A collaborative research project of RISLUS and the Ph.D Program in Urban Education


CUNY-New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB) is a collaborative project of the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) and the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education funded by the New York State Education Department.

The primary focus of this project is to improve the educational outcomes for emergent bilinguals, more commonly referred to as English Language Learners. It is our stance that for schools to be successful at meeting the needs of emergent bilingual students they must develop ecologies of bilingualism that build on the home language practices of their students. In line with this goal, we refer to these students as emergent bilinguals to make their bilingualism central to how we understand the needs of this population of students.

The main focus on our initiative consists of the Leadership Component. We provide professional development to principals and school/district personnel in support of practices that view bilingualism as a dynamic practice and as a resource to be used in classrooms as well as the whole school.

We also disseminate materials developed throughout the initiative, document historical and current practices to support emergent bilinguals, and support New York State Education Department in the development and implementation of the Bilingual Common Core Initiative.

For more information on the Leadership Component, please click here.



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