This keynote address, delivered June 20 at the 2016 Effective Border Schools Conference, described research-based practices to support English learners at different levels of proficiency.

Monday, June 20

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. CT

South Padre Island Convention Centre
7355 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597
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Teachers, administrators, district staff, and education service center staff working with English learners

English Learners Research Alliance
Linda Cavazos, Alliance Liaison

Jackie Burniske
Dissemination Director
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More than ever, schools need effective methods for serving the diverse needs of English learner (EL) students. In this free research-to-practice bridge event, Diane August, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the field, will describe and model effective ways to differentiate content-area instruction for ELs, with an emphasis on middle and high school students.

Key Topics:

  • Research-based routines and scaffolds to help English learners master core academic content
  • Methods to help English learners acquire language proficiency in content‑area classrooms
  • Methods for supporting English learners' vocabulary development, text comprehension, and writing

REL Southwest is partnering with the Effective Border Schools Conference to sponsor Dr. August's keynote presentation, which is free and open to the public. Registration through this page is for the keynote presentation only.



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Diane August, Ph.D.
Managing Researcher, American Institutes for Research

Diane August, Ph.D., is a managing researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she directs projects involving the education of English learners. Dr. August has more than 40 years of experience in educating language-minority children, and her area of expertise is policy, research, and technical assistance related to the education of second-language learners.

Prior to joining AIR, she was a senior research scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, where she directed studies related to literacy development in English learners. She also served as co-principal investigator of the IES-funded National Research and Development Center on English Language Learners, where she developed, implemented, and evaluated innovative STEM programs for secondary-level ELs. Dr. August has also worked at the National Academy of Sciences, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Children's Defense Fund, and as a teacher and school administrator.

Dr. August received a Ph.D. in education and a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology from Stanford University. She has been published widely.


The following resources present Dr. August’s recent work in this area: