This bridge event, held March 8, 2016, explores best practices and programs to help newly arrived immigrant students succeed.

Educators working with English learners, especially newcomers

English Learners Research Alliance
Linda Cavazos, Alliance Liaison

Jackie Burniske
Dissemination Director
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Presentation: Research on Newcomer Programs and Practices
Deborah Short, Ph.D.

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Presentation: How to Design and Implement a Newcomer Program
Brenda Custodio, Ph.D.

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Handouts: Dr. Deborah Short


Handouts: Dr. Brenda Custodio


Build your knowledge of programs and practices for newcomers—newly arrived immigrant students who need to learn English. Two presenters share research and lessons from the field.


Participants will increase their working knowledge of the following:

  • Newcomer program models and features, curriculum and instructional practices, strategies for developing academic literacy and numeracy skills, and resource selection
  • Case study research on family and community connections in newcomer programs
  • Evidence-based practices that districts are implementing to support newcomers


photo of Deborah Short

Deborah J. Short, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Language Research & Training, LLC

Deborah J. Short, Ph.D., directs Academic Language Research & Training LLC and provides professional development on content-based ESL, sheltered instruction, and academic literacy. As a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics, she co-developed the research-validated SIOP Model for sheltered instruction and directed research on English language learners with an emphasis on newcomer programs for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Rockefeller Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education. She is on TESOL's board of directors.

Brenda K. Custodio, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor and Education Consultant

Dr. Brenda Custodio recently retired from Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio. She helped to create the newcomer program for the district and served as a building administrator for the program for several years. Her book, How to Design and Implement a Newcomer Program is based on her experiences with this school. Dr. Custodio has spoken at numerous workshops and conferences on the subject of newcomers and has visited newcomer programs across the country. She is currently at work on a book about students with interrupted formal education and the challenges they face.

Related Resources

The following resources provide the basis for the workshop: