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Reaching Every English Language Learner From Hawaii To New York City


Sponsored by
Senator Daniel Akaka

Speakers Include
Senator Daniel Akaka (HI)
Senator Daniel Inouye (HI)

Daniel Hamada, Superintendent, Kaua’i Complex Area (Kaua’i, HI)
Dr. Margarita Calderón, Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

With low literacy rates, poor performance on national and international assessments, low graduation rates, and high postsecondary remediation rates, it is clear that the majority of older students—particularly low-income, minority, and English language learner students­­—are not being adequately prepared by America’s secondary schools for college, work, or citizenship. Yet in middle and high schools across the country, innovative leaders are using a number of strategies to beat the odds, keeping students enrolled and engaged, and graduating them prepared for success.

Join us for an informative look at how one district—Kaua’i Area Complex in Hawaii—has leveraged quality instruction to improve the achievement of poor students and English language learners. Interestingly, at Kappa High School, low-income students outperformed high-income students after receiving targeted, intensive intervention. Superintendent Daniel Hamada will share the secrets of Kauai’s success. In addition, Dr. Margarita Calderón will share information on her highly successful program, Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners (ExC-ELL), used in secondary schools across the country. Calderón has developed a research-based approach to expediting reading comprehension that results in higher test scores, not just for ELLs, but for all students.

This discussion will focus on the challenges related to English language learners faced by secondary school students, parents, and educators; policies and practices to overcome those challenges; and implications for federal policy to improve America’s secondary schools.

Event Audio Audio (MP3)*

I. Welcome & Introduction

Bob WiseBob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

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II. Remarks

Daniel AkakaThe Honorable Daniel Akaka, United States Senator from Hawaii

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III. Presentation

Daniel HamadaDaniel Hamada, Superintendent, Kaua’i Area Complex

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Margarita CalderonDr. Margarita Calderon, Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) VideoVideo (Streaming)

Project ExC-ELL PowerPoint Presentation





IV. Remarks

Daniel InouyeThe Honorable Daniel Inouye, United States Senator from Hawaii

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NOTE: Program Disruption

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The Dirksen Senate Office Building experienced a power outage at this point during Senator Daniel Inouye’s remarks. The Senator finished his anecdote and the meeting adjourned for five minutes until power was restored. At that point, the program began again, with the continuation of Dr. Margarita Calderón’s presentation. The Alliance for Excellent Education apologizes for the inconvenience.

III. Presentation (cont…)

Margarita CalderonDr. Margarita Calderon, Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

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V. Question & Answer

Q&AQuestion & Answer Session

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VI. Closing

Bob WiseBob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

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