Christopher Frederick is a Research Assistant in the PreK-12 EL Education division. He provides online professional development to teachers of English learners through his work on Education Connections, a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Prior to CAL, Chris was an intern for two summers at Pearson Knowledge Technologies, where he helped develop the Pearson TELL iPad assessment for English learners. He also worked on a mobile health app as a consultant at Analytic Measures. Chris was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. State Department to study Mandarin Chinese, and spent one year teaching in rural China as a Dr. C.J. Huang Fellow. He is the creator of Beyond Bieber, a Mandarin-language podcast series about American music. Chris holds a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University.
CAL is partnering with the Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department (MMED) of Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A. Unified) to collaborate on a new English Learner Master Plan for the district.
The project will customize an online platform (Oba) to enhance traditional approaches to professional development (PD) through teacher networks.
Education Connections is an initiative of the Center for Applied Linguistics funded by three grants to provide free professional development for teachers regarding improved implementation of sheltered instructional methods to better meet the needs of English learner students in standards-based, mainstream education settings.
CAL is partnering with the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, on this two-year project to provide support for secondary teachers working to implement the Common Core with English learners.