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Southwest English Learners (SWEL) Research Partnership

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With one of the highest proportions of English learner (EL) students in the nation, New Mexico has prioritized providing high-quality and culturally appropriate EL language instruction. REL Southwest is working with the New Mexico Public Education Department and other partners to support these ongoing efforts.

Goals

  • Identify effective instructional practices for English learner students and increase the use of these practices in New Mexico classrooms.
  • Identify New Mexico schools that exhibit consistently higher gains in English learner students’ success and that may serve as models of effective practice.
Brenda Arellano, Partnership Facilitator Ashley Simpson Baird, Partnership Research Lead Diane August, Partnership Senior Advisor
Partnership Facilitator Partnership Research Lead Partnership Senior Advisor
Brenda Arellano Ashley Simpson Baird Diane August
barellano@air.org asimpsonbaird@air.org daugust@air.org

Partners

  • Berlinda Begay, Multiethnic Bilingual/Education Coordinator, Central Consolidated School District, New Mexico
  • Richard Cisneros, Instructional Manager, Language and Cultural Equity, Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico
  • Geni Flores, Bilingual Program Professor, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico
  • Cecilia Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, New Mexico State University, New Mexico
  • Katharine Jacobs, Data Analyst, Policy, Measurement, and Innovation Division, New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico
  • Kirsi Laine, English Learner Specialist, Language and Culture Bureau, New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico
  • David Rogers, Executive Director, Dual Language Education of New Mexico, New Mexico
  • Renee Russ, Deputy Director of Federal Programs, Clovis Public Schools, New Mexico
  • Tenley Ruth, Director of Program Evaluation and Research, Dual Language Education of New Mexico, New Mexico
  • Joe Strickland, Deputy Superintendent, Clovis Public Schools, New Mexico
  • Victoria Tafoya, Director of Operations, Dual Language Education of New Mexico, New Mexico
  • Mayra Valtierrez, Director, Language and Culture Bureau, New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico
  • Jessica Villalobos, Senior Director, Language and Cultural Equity, Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico

Training, Coaching, and Technical Support Projects

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Applied Research Studies

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