Second Language

 Californians Together is a statewide coalition of parents, teachers, education advocates and civil rights groups committed to securing equal access to quality education for all children. Founded in 1998 after the passage of Proposition 227, Californians Together joined with other organizations to foster full participation in a democratic society through quality education for children and parents from underserved communities.


On April 7, 2004, Secretary Paige, OELA’s Deputy Under Secretary Maria Hernandez Ferrier and others shared a special “Kick Off” presentation of information designed to assist parents and educators to better understand and work with parental rights and opportunities under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The Kick Off event included a special media presentation outlining Parental Rights, including printable copies of the rights available in both English and Spanish. Other languages will be available in the future. You can access the presentation at:

John S. Ovard, Ed.D.
Director, Division of Innovation and Improvement
USDE, Office of English Language Acquisition,
Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement
for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA)
550 12th Street, S.W. Rm 10108, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: 202-245-7150
Fax: 202-245-7163

From EDUCATION WEEK, Feb. 4, 2004, page 10
“Study Gives Advantage to Bilingual Education Over Focus on English” by Mary Ann Zehr
Bilingual approaches are more effective than English-only methods in teaching children who speak other languages to reading English, concludes a review of 30 years of studies on programs for English-language learners.The 69-page “Effective Reading Programs for English Language Learners” A Best-Evidence Synthesis” can be downloaded at

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) – Promoting educational excellence and equity through bilingual education, the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) is the only national organization exclusively concerned with the education of language-minority students in American schools.

Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs at the US Department of Education:

The National Clearinghouse for English Acquisition (and Language Instruction Educational Programs) – NCELA, the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (formerly NCBE, the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA, formerly OBEMLA) to collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S.

Center for Applied Linguistics – CAL is a private, non-profit organization: a group of scholars and educators who use the findings of linguistics and related sciences in identifying and addressing language-related problems. CAL carries out a wide range of activities including research, teacher education, analysis and dissemination of information, design and development of instructional materials, technical assistance, conference planning, program evaluation, and policy analysis.