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Diane August, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Diane August, Ph.D. Dr. August brings 40 years of experience to the many aspects of educating language-minority children.


Currently she is Principal at D. August & Associates, a consulting firm that supports policymakers and educators in improving the schooling and well-being of preschool and school-age second language learners.


Previously she served for eight years as a Managing Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she was responsible for directing the work of the Center for English Language Learners.


Prior to AIR she was a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), where she directed federally-funded research studies related to the development of literacy in dual language learners. At CAL she also served as Co-Principal Investigator of the National Research and Development Center on English Language Learners, where she developed, implemented, and evaluated STEM programs for secondary school second language learners.


Earlier in her career, Dr. August served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. August has also worked as a teacher, school administrator, U.S. Congressional Legislative Assistant, Grants Officer for the Carnegie Corporation, and Director of Education for the Children’s Defense Fund. She is published widely in journals and books.

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