CAL Provides Leadership and Support for $10 Million Grant to Break Down Barriers for Middle and High School English Learners


WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 19—Researchers at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) have published actionable recommendations for states and districts educating English learners during the on-going pandemic. The publication supports the work of the newly established national research and development center, the Center for the Success of English Learners (CSEL), funded for 5 years through the Institute of Education Sciences.

CAL staff and partners, including Trey Calvin, Maria Cieslak, Dr. Joel Gómez, and Dr. Diane August, contributed to the report.

The new publication, entitled “Educating English Learner Students During the Pandemic: Remote & In-person Instruction & Assessment,” includes a summative list of all 50 states’ resources and policies pertaining to English learners in a remote or in-person setting since the beginning of the pandemic.

The report also examines:

  • Current federal legislation that authorizes funds for a variety of activities that could be used to support ELs and their families;
  • The impact of remote learning on EL students and their teachers; and
  • The potential and limitations of using digital learning resources (DLRs) to educate these students.  

 CAL will participate on a live panel in early March with special guests to discuss the report. For information can be found on CSEL’s public website: 

About the Center for Applied Linguistics

CAL is a non-profit organization founded in 1959. Headquartered in Washington DC, CAL has earned an international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual and dual language education, English as a second language, world languages education, language policy, assessment, immigrant and refugee integration, literacy, dialect studies, and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children. CAL’s mission is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted resource for research, services, and policy analysis. Through its work, CAL seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.


For more information, please call Trey Calvin at 202-362-0700, or email at

Posted On February 19, 2021
Posted On February 19, 2021