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The following organizations provide outstanding education and ESL programs, activities, or information. We are collecting information on local organizations engaged on education/ESL activities and/or issues. If you would like your organization featured, please send us your information.


Center for Applied Linguistics
The Center was developed as a response to the serious situation facing immigrant secondary students and the schools that serve them. One of the goals of the program is to improve the English language and literacy development of secondary school immigrant students. The Program in Immigrant Education includes demonstration projects that enhance links between schools and school districts, schools of education, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, and businesses.


National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
NABE is a non-profit professional membership organization at the national level wholly devoted to representing both the interests of language-minority students and the bilingual education professionals who serve them.


Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)
CAELA’s mission is to help states--particularly those that have recently begun serving adult English language learners-- build their capacity to improve the skills of teachers and administrators in adult English as a second language (ESL) programs. CAELA will also make research findings and evidence-based resources available to practitioners working with adult English language learners across the nation. CAELA replaces the National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE), which was operated by CAL from 1989 to 2004 and provided technical assistance to all who work with adult English language learners.


National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
NCSALL informs and learns from practice. Its rigorous, high quality research increases knowledge and gives those teaching, managing, and setting policy in adult literacy education a sound basis for making decisions. NCSALL is also a leader in designing innovative professional development programs and in building support for research use.


National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)
NCELA is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students to collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S. NCELA provides information through its website and topical publications, and produces OELA's weekly electronic news bulletin,”Newsline”.


National Council of La Raza
Has long worked to ensure that the school system serves Hispanic children and helps them to succeed academically. NCLR's work in education is carried out on both a programmatic and a public policy level – helping its network of affiliates and other community-based organizations run effective education programs and advocating for a public education system that serves Hispanic children equitably.


Office of Migrant Education - U.S. Department of Education
Administers four grant programs that provide academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agricultural, fishing, and timber industries.


Office of Vocational and Adult Education - U. S. Department of Education
The OVAE website has information, research, and resources to help prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful careers, and productive lives.  It  provides information on adult education and literacy, career and technical education, high schools, community colleges, and much more. Review the resources on our pages to find out about recent research and examples of effective programs.


President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
The Commission is charged with strengthening the nation's capacity to provide high quality education while increasing opportunities for Hispanic American participation in federal education programs.


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)
TESOL is an international association representing 15,000 English language teachers worldwide. Its mission is to develop the expertise of its members and others involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages to help them foster effective communication in diverse settings while respecting an individuals’ language rights. TESOL’s website and listserve provide up-to-date information about ESL issues.


The Education Trust
Its goal is to improve the education opportunities for members of the Latino community. It offers educational resources specifically targeted to members of the Latino community including legislators, educators, parents and community members.

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