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We are delighted to invite you to register to attend the Second Annual IES Research and Development Centers Conference on Improving Instruction, Assessment, and Policies for Secondary English Learners Across the Content Areas, which will take place on September 16 and 17, 2024, in Washington, DC. Please click here to register.

The conference is intended for educators, administrators, policymakers, researchers, and others involved in enhancing education practices and policies. The conference presents exciting opportunities:

  • Enhance Education Practices and Policies: Discover innovative approaches to teacher education, curriculum development, instruction, assessment, course-taking, and policy implementation that can significantly improve outcomes for secondary English Learners.

  • Learn about Cutting-Edge Research: Participate in discussions with IES Research and Development Centers staff about the latest findings on English Learner students in math, science, language arts, social studies, policy, and supplemental studies.

  • Network and Collaborate: Hear directly from leading researchers and field experts. Connect with professionals across research, policy, and instructional roles to share best practices and insights.

  • Make an Impact on Student Success: Contribute to the advancement of educational strategies that support English Learners in mastering subject matter content while learning English.

This conference is hosted jointly by the Center for the Success of English Learners (CSEL) and the National Research & Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners, both funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the independent statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Both Centers are at the forefront of efforts to improve English Learner education and outcomes.

The conference will be held in the University Student Center at George Washington University, a venue that offers convenient access to metro stations, hotels, restaurants, Smithsonian Museums, and exciting sightseeing opportunities in Washington, DC. Our two-day conference will feature special sessions with senior representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and experts in multilingual education.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Warm regards,

Aída Walqui and David Francis

  • CSEL Website Administrator

Updated: Jun 6

This webinar explored the impact of digital environments on adult immigrants’ language learning and the challenges faced by multilingual individuals in these settings. Jen Vanek, Director of Digital Learning and Research at World Education, discussed research findings from different studies on improving language instruction and digital literacy through technology. Marguerite Lukes, CAL Board member and Director of Research at Internationals Network for Public Schools, and Mathilda Reckford, CAL Adult Language and Communication Specialist, participated in the conversation to examine policy and practice implications for enhancing language education and digital skill development. The webinar covered technologically mediated learning in multilingual contexts and offered insights on digital inclusion, technology recommendations, support and training for teachers, and the role artificial intelligence could play in multilingual education for adult immigrants.

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This webinar from CAL explores how teachers can use generative artificial intelligence (GAI) to maximize access to content and agency in literacy learning for multilingual learners (MLs). Join CAL Board member Ester de Jong of the University of Colorado and CAL’s Director of PK-12 Language and Literacy, Kia Johnson, for an insightful conversation with Kevin Donley of Georgetown University. The speakers will discuss how AI tools, such as ChatGPT, can expand possibilities for teachers to practice linguistically responsive pedagogies. Listen for examples of how teachers can enhance existing scaffolds and accommodations, create new multilingual content, and facilitate multimodal and multilingual writing activities through student-generated text prompts, such as generating and requesting changes to images.

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