This bridge event examined evidence-based practices to support English language learners as well as research efforts to address achievement gaps in New Mexico.

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New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education 41st Annual State Conference
April 23–26, 2014

Information and registration

Friday, April 25, 2014
Embassy Suites Hotel
Albuquerque, NM
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Jackie Burniske
Dissemination Director
REL Southwest, SEDL
800-476-6861
relsouthwest@air.org

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Agenda

Part of the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education 41st Annual State Conference, this bridge event focused on evidence-based practices for effectively supporting English learners in meeting rigorous standards as well as research efforts to close achievement gaps among Hispanic and Native American students in New Mexico.

10:00–11:30 a.m.

General Session: Helping ELLs Meet the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts
Diane August, PhD
REL Southwest Partner, American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Dr. August will present research evidence on effective methods for helping English language learners (ELLs) acquire academic content knowledge and skills in a second language. She will then discuss how to use these methods to assist ELLs in meeting the Common Core State Standards in English language arts.

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3:00–4:00 p.m.

Panel: Research Efforts to Close Achievement Gaps
Alliance Members

Join members of our New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance as they discuss their research efforts to examine and address the state’s achievement gaps among Hispanic and Native American students. Panelists include the following alliance members:

  • Dr. Patricia Jiménez-Latham, Alliance Liaison and Panel Facilitator; Director, Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, New Mexico Highlands University
  • Dr. Jim Abreu, Executive Director, Northeast Regional Education Cooperative #4
  • Dr. Ferlin Clark, Assistant Secretary for Indian Education, Indian Education Division, New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Mr. Ron K. Martinez, Director, Northeast Region, Engaging Latino Communities for Education (ENLACE), Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, New Mexico Highlands University
  • Dr. Gloria O. Rendón, Executive Director, New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders

Materials for download:

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Breakout Session: Reflections and Connections
Diane August, PhD
REL Southwest Partner, American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Featured speaker, Dr. August, will lead a small group session that builds upon her morning presentation. She will model evidence-based practices for assisting ELLs in meeting the Common Core State Standards in two key areas: developing academic language and reading text closely. Participants will then have opportunities to apply the practices.

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Featured Speaker and Presenter

Diane August

Diane August, PhD
Managing Researcher, Education Program
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
District of Columbia

Diane August, PhD is a managing researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). At AIR, Dr. August is responsible for directing the English language learner work for the Education Program. Her area of expertise is the development of science, language, and literacy in preschool and school-age second-language learners. Currently, she assists states and districts throughout the nation to implement the College- and Career-Ready Standards for English learners (ELs).

Dr. August has more than 35 years of experience related to educating language-minority children. Before joining AIR, she was a senior research scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, where she directed federally-funded studies related to the development of literacy in ELs. She also served as co-principal investigator at the IES-funded National Research and Development Center on English language Learners, where she developed, implemented, and evaluated innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for secondary school ELs. Other positions include senior program officer at the National Academy of Sciences, grants officer for the Carnegie Corporation, director of education for the Children's Defense Fund, legislative assistant, school administrator, and teacher.

Dr. August received a PhD in education and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at Stanford University. She has been published widely in journals and books.

Resources

The following articles and publications provide the research basis for the bridge event:

  • August, D., & Shanahan, T. (2010). Effective English literacy instruction for English learners. In F. Ong with V. Aguila (Eds.), Improving education for English learners: Research-based approaches (pp. 209–237). Sacramento: CA: California Department of Education.
  • Graves, M. F., August, D., & Mancilla-Martinez, J. (2012). Language and Literacy Series: Teaching vocabulary to English learners. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Mancilla-Martinez, J., & Lesaux, N. K. (2010). Predictors of reading comprehension for struggling readers: The case of Spanish-speaking language minority learners. Journal of Educational Psychology, 102 (3), 701–711.
  • Nation, I. S. P. (1990). Teaching and learning vocabulary. New York, NY: Newbury House.
  • Saunders, W., & Goldenberg, C. (2010). Research to guide English language development instruction. In California Department of Education (Ed.), Improving education for English learners: Research-based approaches (pp. 21–81). Sacramento, CA: California Department of Education.
  • Schleppegrell, M. J., Achugar, M., & Oteíza, T. (2004). The grammar of history: Enhancing content-based instruction through a functional focus on language. TESOL Quarterly, 38, 67–93.