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English Learners

Using deep expertise and evidence-based knowledge, WestEd strengthens practice and policy to accelerate achievement among English learners. We conduct research and evaluation studies, and provide professional development and other services that help address the dual needs of students who must master academic content and the English language simultaneously.

Our approach recognizes that language is best learned in the context of rigorous academic content learning for students at all grade levels and all English language proficiency levels.

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  • Leslie Hamburger

    Leslie Hamburger

    Director, English Learners and Migrant Education

    Leslie Hamburger assists states, districts, and schools in the development and implementation of excellent educational programs for English learners and migratory students. She serves as Director of English Learners and Migrant Education Services at WestEd and is Co-Director of the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) initiative.

  • Aida Walqui

    Aída Walqui

    Senior Research Scientist

    Aída Walqui directs the IES-funded National Research and Development Center for Improving the Education of English Learners in Secondary Schools, focused on providing the knowledge and evidence needed by educators to strengthen and accelerate the education of English Learners in middle and high schools.

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    Pamela Spycher

    Senior Research Associate

    Pamela Spycher is the Project Director for Leading with Learning, a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant focused on the implementation of the California English Language Arts (ELA)/English Language Development (ELD) Framework and ELD Standards.