CAL News | March 22, 2021
CAL News | March 22, 2021
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CAL News | March 22, 2021
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CAL Researchers Work to Maintain Choctaw with Adapted Assessment

Currently, there are fewer than 10,000 native Choctaw language speakers in the US, but a new project called "Annopa Tikbishtiya," or "Carry the Language Forward," is rewriting that narrative.
Read More and Watch the Demo

Replay Last Week's Webinar with Rodney Robinson

Last Friday, our panelists, including 2019 Teacher of the Year, Rodney Robinson, delivered incredibly encouraging messages and policy recommendations for educators supporting the unique needs of disenfranchised and culturally diverse students.
Watch the Recording

Updated Assessment Resources: World & Heritage Language Teachers

Researchers at CAL recently launched two updated resources for world language and heritage language educators.
View Updated Assessment Tools

Recommended Reads & Resources

Curated events & articles from the CAL Staff!

Replay: Examining State Resources for ELs Webinar

Replay this informative policy discussion on recent recommendations for state and district level educators related to instructing and assessing EL students during the pandemic developed by the Center for the Success of English Learners (CSEL).
Watch the Recording

A Message from Mark Schneider, Director of IES: The Road to Learning Recovery

IES, March 16 | "IES was singled out in one of President Biden's first executive orders with a directive to administer a survey identifying how schools and instruction are changing in response to COVID. Accordingly, we are currently surveying a NAEP-based national sample of elementary and middle schools to ask how they are providing instruction (fully in-person/ fully remote/hybrid), including information about specific types of students." Read more.

The Trickle Down Effect of COVID-19 Relief for English Learners

New America, March 18 |  "Combined with the previous two stimulus packages, the K-12 education system will receive an additional $190 billion one-time federal funds compared to the $55 billion it usually receives in a typical year." Read more

Deb Haaland Confirmed As 1st Native American Interior Secretary

NPR, March 15 | Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo, has become the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history. Read more.

Opening of World Language Advancement and Readiness Grant Application

Office of Representative David Price (NC-4), March 19 | The Department of Defense is accepting applications for the new World Language Advancement and Readiness Grant Program. The deadline to apply is May 7, 2021. Read more.

Looking Ahead:

Upcoming Events with CAL

2021 Virtual Conference Corner

Here's where we'll be seeing you virtually this Spring Conference Season:
March 30 Webinar Continues Series on Examining Digital Equity in US Education

Join CAL's Senior Director of Psychometrics and Quantitative Research, Shu Jing Yen, and special guests, Lorena Llosa of NYU and Liying Cheng of Queen's University. 
Join the discussion! Submit your questions for our panelists to
RSVP for March 30
April 7 Book Launch Event with editors Drs. Castro and Artiles 

Join us April 7th at the crossroads of early childhood education, bilingual education, and special education! Together, editors Dr. Dina Castro and Dr. Alfredo Artiles will discuss their new book, "Language, Learning, and Disability in the Education of Young Bilingual Children" available now from Multilingual Matters. Pre-register and receive a 50% discount off the new publication.
RSVP for April 7

March 24: National Professional Development (NPD) Grant Pre-Application Webinar

This webinar will serve to provide technical assistance to applicants in preparing their National Professional Development Grant Program applications and to respond to questions from applicants. Read more.

March 25: Priorities to Supporty Our Students: A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona

Join this AFT Share My Lesson keynote session featuring newly appointed Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona in conversation with AFT President Randi Weingarten. They will discuss the challenges ahead and the urgent priorities facing America's students, teachers, school staff and parents. Read more.
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