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Academic Language Notebooks: The Language of Math


Authors & Consultants


Dr. Suzanne Irujo has been a teacher and teacher educator in the fields of English as a Second Language (ESL), bilingual, and foreign language education for 30 years. Suzanne holds an Ed.D. in applied psycholinguistics, an M.Ed. in bilingual education, and a B.A. in Spanish. She is the author of Teaching Bilingual Children: Beliefs and Behaviors (Heinle & Heinle, 1998), series editor of the four-volume series Integrating the ESL Standards Into Classroom Practice (TESOL, 2000), and co-editor of Collaborative Conversations Among Language Teacher Educators (TESOL, 2004).

Alex Ragan holds a Master of Education degree, Specialized (Ed.M.), from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of an article with Dr. Nonie Lesaux investigating the effects of ELL program entry and exit criteria at the district, state, and national levels, which was published in August 2006 in the Educational Policy Analysis Archives. He founded and is editor-in-chief for The ELL Outlook, a bi-monthly e-newsletter focusing on the education of English language learners (ELLs), and is Editorial Director of Course Crafters.

Course Crafters, Inc.

Course Crafters, Inc. is the creator of the Academic Language Notebooks: The Language of Math (ALN). The result of more than a year of research and another year of design, development and production, the program is a labor of love of a team of ELL and math writers, editors, and reviewers led by Course Crafters' program authors Dr. Suzanne Irujo and Alex Ragan.

Since 1993, Course Crafters, Inc. has been a developer of successful educational materials for English language learners and their teachers, kindergarten to grade 12. The company is committed to creating high-quality programs that build in ELL best practices and help teachers to ensure the academic achievement of the growing population of ELLs in the classroom.

Math Education Consultants

Debra Coggins
Kathy Ross
María Torres

ESL Consultants

Dr. Myriam (Mimi) Met is a Senior Research Associate at the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, where her work focuses primarily on K–12 language policy and planning. Her previous positions include supervisor of foreign language programs, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and bilingual education for several major urban and suburban school districts, including responsibility for designing, implementing, and supervising a variety of language immersion program models. She was one of the founders of the Ohio Association for Bilingual Education; the founder and first president of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages; a founding member, and later president, of the National Network for Early Language Learning.

Dr. Met has provided consultant services to school districts, state departments and ministries of education, universities, professional associations, and private agencies throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, South America, and Canada. She has published extensively in books and refereed journals on topics related to ESL, foreign language, and bilingual education.

Dr. Met has received major national awards from The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12, and the Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. She has also received a Pioneer in Bilingual Education Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education and the Palmes Academiques from the Government of France.

Ms. Lydia Stack is formerly the Director of the Screening and Assessment Center in the San Francisco Unified School District. She has also directed ESL professional development, secondary ESL programs, and world languages for the San Francisco school district. From 1992 to 1997, she coordinated the Mentor Teacher and Beginning Support Programs. Ms. Stack's teaching experience includes elementary and high school ESL, as well as the Bilingual/ESL Department Head at Newcomer High School in San Francisco, where she worked with non-English speaking immigrant students. She also teaches teacher education classes at Stanford University in second language acquisition.

Ms. Stack is involved in writing ESL standards for students and teachers, curriculum writing, and teacher training. She has been a consultant and presenter worldwide. She worked on the California English Language Development Standards, and she was a reviewer for the TESOL K–12 ESL Standards. Currently she is the chair of the TESOL Pre-K–12 Teacher Education Standards Committee.

Ms. Stack has co-authored several textbooks for ELLs. Her awards include the San Francisco Star Teacher and Mentor Teacher awards for outstanding ESL teaching and the James E. Alatis and Sadae Iwataki awards for service to the TESOL Profession.