Language policy briefs for govt offiicials

Jennifer C moiprana at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 23 21:42:21 UTC 2009


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&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&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-technology/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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