Understanding Language Conference

Project Co-Chairs Kenji Hakuta and María Santos hosted a conference for invited guests—researchers, assessment and policy experts, and district leaders and practitioners—to respond to a series of commissioned papers which forms the research foundations of this work. This conference was held on January 13-14, 2012 at Stanford University.

As a way of informing the systemic implementation of the new Common Core State Standards in ELA and Math and the Next Generation Science Standards, the papers addressed several themes including: language and literacy in the content areas, assessment considerations, system capacity, and policy implications. 

The Understanding Language Conference attracted more than 60 invited attendees. Speakers included Kenji Hakuta (co-chair), George Bunch, Judit Moschkovich, Helen Quinn, Okhee Lee, Aída Walqui, Glynda Hull, Lily Wong Fillmore, Robert Linquanti, Alison Bailey, Mikyung Wolf, Margaret Heritage, María Santos (co-chair), María Brisk, Delia Pompa, Phil Daro, Jennifer O'Day, and Guadalupe Valdés.

Key partner organizations, the Council of Great City Schools, the Council of Chief State School Officers and National Council of La Raza were present in supporting this initiative.

The papers can all be found on our website.


Listen to our conference participants discuss issues related to language and literacy and the Common Core during our January 2012 conference held at Stanford University.