Language policy briefs for govt offiicials

Don Osborn dzo at
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.





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[mailto:owner-lgpolicy-list at] On Behalf Of Kate Menken
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Subject: Re: Language policy briefs for govt offiicials


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:

Kate Menken
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Research Fellow, Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban
Society, CUNY Graduate Center
    e-mail: kmenken at
Queens College Department of Linguistics
    e-mail: kmenken at

On 2/23/09 4:42 PM, "Jennifer C" <moiprana at> 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:
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One organization that works closely with policymakers and will also have
briefs online is the Education Commission of the States. 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. 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> wrote:

From: Don Osborn <dzo at>
Subject: Language policy briefs for govt offiicials
To: a12n-policy at, lgpolicy-list at
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
I have found few instances on the web. A couple of examples:
RP_Winter04.pdf (a
61-page document which was described at  as a "policy brief" at
32> &L=lgpolicy-list&P=6132 )
In other domains, such as ICT policy, briefs are also used. An African
example is:
While I am referring to the latter  and others, I am still seeking examples
relating to language policy.
Don Osborn


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