Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) and the Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment (ELLOPA) are flexible computer-based training programs in CAL’s world language assessment suite.
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Starting March 30, the new assessment for Kindergarten English language learners called “WIDA Screener for Kindergarten” will be available for members of the WIDA Consortium
There is an ideological war of words waging in America. The Power of Narrative: Climate Skepticism and the Deconstruction of Science, released October 1, 2020 by coauthors are Raul P. Lejano and CAL Board of Trustee, Shondel J. Nero, pulls from science and technology studies, narrative and discourse theory, and public policy to examine the strength of climate skepticism as a story, offering a thoughtful analysis and comparison of anti-climate science narratives over time and across geographic boundaries.
Today, the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) announced a multi-year digital partnership to benefit language teachers across the United States through newly available online courses taught live by Spanish professors in Spain.
"I was teaching abroad to non-native English learners. As with so many other teacher, when the pandemic struck it threw my life into chaos. It is one thing to end the school year online, but it's another to START building relationships from scratch through a screen! I was dreading trying to figure out how I would connect with students virtually, let alone teach. Let me just say, the Professional Development Team at the Center for Applied Linguistics did not take the easy route and gloss over these issues: the whole world is going virtual, and CAL is leaning in."
Dr. Igone Arteagoitia and Dr. Kathy Escamilla have accepted an invitation to serve on the Spanish and Bi-literacy Assessment Council established by Renaissance. The Council's contributions will help shape the assessment tools used to support millions of bilingual students across the country and around the world.
On August 7, the Department of Education announces the approval of BEST Plus 2.0 and BEST Literacy through February, 2023.
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is collaborating with the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) on a new grant project called "Developing a Native Language Immersion Program Model."
The Seal of Biliteracy is an official academic recognition affixed on a qualifying student’s diploma indicating proficiency in English and at least one other language. Today, the Center for Applied Linguistics is proud to announce a bill in Congress that would expand opportunities for millions of bilingual high school graduates across the country.
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded the University of Houston (UH) a multi-year, $10 million grant to establish a national research and development center for English learners at the University’s Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES). The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is one of six other key investigative partners subcontracted by the UH to provide outreach and leadership support, including hosting an annual conference to build the national, regional and local infrastructure in disseminating and encouraging the adoption of research-based policies.
Civil rights lawyer, Peter Roos, who was recently featured in Education Week and Language Magazine, sat down with CAL to speak about his time arguing to the Supreme Court, including the 1982 landmark decision, Plyler v Doe. In the interview, Roos offers hopeful advice for the next generation of education and equity advocates.
Remembering Plyler v Doe and Other Landmark Civil Rights Cases: CAL Publishes Timely Memoir from Peter Roos
To mark 38th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Plyler v Doe, the Center for Applied Linguistics has published a timely memoir, Putting My Mind and Heart to Education Equity: Memoirs of an Advocate. from the civil rights advocate and lead counsel, Peter Roos (now available on Amazon).
A first step in this direction is to add our name in support of Black Lives Matter. It is a small step, but it communicates our clear position on the significance of the issues before us.
The CARES Act, part of Congress's coronavirus relief package, set aside $13.2 billion specifically for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Now, school districts are weighing what to do about their school budgets for the upcoming school year:
How can the funds be used? What limitations are there? And how much does each state get?
A timely report for policymakers, principals and supervisors looking to bridge the gap for all students, Internet Disparity Challenges: Schooling for All from CAL researcher, Dr. Beatriz Arias, examines a newly created group of ELs without access to the Internet.
Roberta Miceli of the Center for Applied Linguistics has joined a nationally focused education working group charged with providing policy support for states, districts and schools in light of the pandemic.
Dr. Gene Garcia, chair of the Board of Trustees, presented proclamations of appreciation to past Board of Trustees from their leadership and commitment to CAL's mission.
What CAL staff is doing day-to-day demonstrates courage and provides hope to our community. We will persevere through these unprecedented times and emerge stronger, more connected and better prepared for a changed world. [...]
I am not in a rush to have staff transition back to work at CAL headquarters. I will continue to evaluate the situation about work at the CAL facility and make any necessary adjustments as needed.
"...Without hesitation, CAL Staff have mobilized to help to our community. And you are making a huge impact.We are giving a clear message to the field that CAL can be counted on as a go-to resource during these challenging times...It is not an exaggeration to say that what you are doing is giving people is hope."
On Monday the Center for Applied Linguistics in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico announced the release of hundreds of free Spanish language educational materials for language teachers across the United States.