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This site provides information on public education in California: curriculum standards, information on student academic achievement, data and statistics to help identify trends and educational needs, resources and instructional strategies.
English Learners has links to information to improve the language proficiency of English learners and help them meet content standards adopted by State Board of Education.
Adult Education has a description of the California Adult Education Program, information and resources to help adult education and literacy providers.
CALPRO provides statewide professional development for adult education and literacy providers. Its goal is to enhance student learning gains and to help adult learners meet their goals as productive workers, family and community members, and lifelong learners. The CALPRO - ESL New Teacher Resource Guide introduces teachers to some of the important aspects of teaching adult ESL.
OTAN provides electronic collaboration and information, and support for instructional technology and distance learning, to literacy and adult education providers in California. This Web site has a rich collection of resources for literacy and adult education providers.
NCSALL is a center dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma. Its rigorous research has given those teaching, managing, and setting policy in adult literacy education a sound basis for making decisions. NCSALL’s federal funding ended in 2007, but its informative publications, the quarterly journal Focus on Basics, teaching resources, and other materials continue to be available on the NCSALL Web site.
LAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the expansion of quality literacy services in New York. It provides services for adult students who want to find free classes, literacy instructors who want to become more effective teachers, program managers, parents, and policymakers. See this site’s Literacy Resources.
CAELA’s mission is to help states build their capacity to improve the skills of teachers and administrators in adult English as a second language (ESL) programs. It makes research findings and evidence-based resources available to practitioners working with adult English language learners. CAELA replaces the National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE) (operated by CAL from 1989 to 2004).
This Center at the University of Minnesota aims to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages. It is engaged in esearch and program initiatives related to second language teaching, learning, and assessment. This site offers a number of resources to language teachers, including a battery of second language proficiency assessments and a working paper series.
CAL is a private, nonprofit organization working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture. Established in 1959, it is well known for contributions to the fields of bilingual, ESL, literacy, and foreign language education; dialect studies; language policy; and refugee orientation. CAL's researchers and educators conduct research, design instructional materials and language tests, provide technical assistance and professional development, and disseminate information and resources. See CAL’s Resources. The archive includes CREDE resources and ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics (ERIC/CLL) resources.
This center at Michigan State University supports the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the U.S. through various projects and outreach activities: Web-based materials development, professional development, evaluation/assessment, collaborative projects, and research projects.
CELA is a national research center specializing in research, development, and services to improve literacy teaching and learning across grades K-12 and across subjects. It focuses on identifying elements of curriculum, instruction, and assessment essential to developing high literacy and academic success. Many reports are online.
This is a private, nonprofit foundation designed to foster an awareness and appreciation of cultural differences in both the international and domestic arenas. It offers resources for building intercultural, cross-cultural, multicultural, and international understanding.
At the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, NFLRC conducts research and provides resources to improve foreign language education. It provides a variety of publications and organizes numerous conferences.
Supports scholarly exchange about writing/communication across the curriculum. In partnership with the International Network of Writing Across the Curriculum Programs, publishes journals, books, and other resources for teachers who use writing in their courses, across all academic disciplines.