Area of Work

English Language Learners

Using deep expertise and evidence-based knowledge, WestEd strengthens practice and policy to accelerate achievement among English language 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.

Featured WestEd Experts

Making a positive difference in the field

  • Aida Walqui

    Aida Walqui

    Director, Teacher Professional Development Program

    Aida Walqui directs the widely acclaimed Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL), which provides teachers and leaders nationwide with approaches for supporting the conceptual, academic, and linguistic development of English language learners.

    Walqui is a proven leader on increasing the academic success of English language learners. She has published extensively on the education of English learners, and is a frequently invited keynote speaker.

  • Robert Linquanti

    Robert Linquanti

    Project Director

    Senior Researcher Robert Linquanti is nationally recognized for helping states and school districts examine and strengthen their assessment, evaluation, and accountability policies, practices, and systems for English language learners.

    Passionate about improving education outcomes for English learners, Linquanti has published extensively, including a report for the Council of Chief State School Officers to help states move toward a more common definition of English language learner.