[EDLING:1649] CFP: Immigrants, Education, and Language

Francis M Hult fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jun 7 21:52:54 UTC 2006

>                                Call for Commissioned Papers
>                                   Deadline: July 1, 2006
> The University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute (UC LMRI) and
> the Arizona State University Linguistic Minority Research Initiative (ASU LMRI) of
> the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education Institute announce a Call for Commissioned
> Papers on the topic of "Immigrants, Education, and Language."
> More than 10 million school children in the United States are first or second
> generation immigrants. One of the traditional functions of U.S. public schools has
> been to help prepare immigrants for successful integration into American society.
> This not only includes teaching them English, but also providing academic and social
> supports to meet the increasingly high standards for subject matter competency, high
> school graduation, and college access. Yet the achievement of immigrant students,
> even those who have mastered English, lags behind those of other students.
> UC LMRI and ASU LMRI will commission up to eight papers addressing important issues
> of policy and practice concerning the education of immigrant students, with a focus
> on language. Papers may address such questions as:
>  *  What are the educational challenges in meeting the needs of immigrant students?
>  *  To what extent are those needs related to language versus other factors?
>  *  What educational practices are most effective in meeting those needs?
>  *  What skills and competencies do teachers need to successfully educate these
>     students?
>  *  What educational policies are needed to promote effective practices?
>  *  To what extent are immigrant heritage and community languages (HL-CLs) being
>     retained or lost?
>  *  What efforts are being made at the community level to retain immigrant HLs-CLs?
>  *  What is the relationship between HL-CL retention and academic achievement?
> The commissioned papers should be 20-30 pages in length and present new research or
> synthesize existing research. Authors will be paid $2500 and travel costs to present
> their papers at a three-day conference to be held May 3-5, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona.
> Interested scholars should send a two-page, single-spaced prospectus of their
> proposed paper by July 1, 2006 to Russell Rumberger, Director, UC LMRI at:
> russ at lmri.ucsb.edu. Proposals will be evaluated on relevance to theme, knowledge of
> literature, methodology, and quality of writing. Authors will be notified by August
> 1, 2006. Draft papers must be completed by March 1, 2007.

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