Language policy briefs for govt offiicials

Don Osborn dzo at bisharat.net
Sat Feb 28 13:14:06 UTC 2009


Thank you Kate and Jennifer for these links. They are very helpful in
scoping out the field, and provide useful examples to work from.

 

Don

 

 

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I would add to Jennifer Crandall's list the Institute for Language Education
Policy, an advocacy organization currently involved in lobbying for changes
to NCLB assessment and accountability policies for ELLs:
http://www.elladvocates.org/index.html


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On 2/23/09 4:42 PM, "Jennifer C" <moiprana at yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi Don,
 
I am in the process of writing an annotated bibliography in preparation for
a policy briefing paper on NCLB assessment and accountability issues for
ELLs. There is a lot out there. It is just a matter of tapping into the
right sources. I would look at the educational regional labs and agencies
that advocate whatever position you are interested in. Many policy briefs
follow a similar format, which you briefly outlined in your message.
 
I am attaching a few links with more examples to draw from:
http://www.urban.org/publications/311468.html
 
http://www.nclr.org/content/publications/detail/37365/
 
http://www.nasbe.org/index.php/file-repository?func=select
<http://www.nasbe.org/index.php/file-repository?func=select&id=2> &id=2
 
http://www.mcrel.org/topics/products/257/
 
One organization that works closely with policymakers and will also have
briefs online is the Education Commission of the States.
http://www.ecs.org/. It might be worthwhile to contact ECS' information
clearninghouse to ask them your questions. 
 
Lastly, I did a quick search and the Language Policy Research Unit at
Arizona State University seems to have a comprehensive list of links to
language policy, research and professional ogranizations.
http://www.language-policy.org/blog/ After doing another quick search within
some of the links provided however, I could not find as much as I did by
doing a google/googlescholar search on a given language issue.
 
I hope this helps. I am not sure if this answers your question.
 
Jennifer Crandall
PhD student
Administrative & Policy Studies
University of Pittsburgh
 

--- On Mon, 2/23/09, Don Osborn <dzo at bisharat.net> wrote:

From: Don Osborn <dzo at bisharat.net>
Subject: Language policy briefs for govt offiicials
To: a12n-policy at bisharat.net, lgpolicy-list at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Date: Monday, February 23, 2009, 10:13 AM

Has anyone done any work producing policy briefs/memos relating to language
for people in government who are in a position to influence language policy
and its implementation?
 
By policy briefs or policy memos I mean information presented in a succinct
way for an educated audience not specialized in the topic addressed.
Commonly these are used to advocate a position on the topic described. I'm
particularly interested in the form used, purpose or agenda promoted, and
evaluations. 
 
I have found few instances on the web. A couple of examples:
 
http://www.aera.net/uploadedFiles/Journals_and_Publications/Research_Points/
RP_Winter04.pdf
 
http://www.language-policy.org/content/features/EPSL-0509-103-LPRU.pdf (a
61-page document which was described at  as a "policy brief" at
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0509
<http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0509&L=lgpolicy-list&P=61
32> &L=lgpolicy-list&P=6132 )
 
In other domains, such as ICT policy, briefs are also used. An African
example is:
http://www.apkn.org/areas-of-activity/information-and-communication-technolo
gy/ict-policy-briefs-for-mps 
 
While I am referring to the latter  and others, I am still seeking examples
relating to language policy.
 
Don Osborn
Bisharat.net
 
 

 

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