Margarita Calderón, Ph.D, is Professor Emerita and Senior Research Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University’ School of Education. She has served on many national panels including the National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth, Carnegie Adolescent ELL Literacy Panel, The WIDA Formative Language Assessment Records for ELLs (FLARE) in Secondary School, National Institute for Family Literacy (NIFL) Multicultural Advisory and ETS Visiting Panel on Research.
She was the principal investigator in a 5-year study funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to develop ExC-ELL (Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners), a professional development program for middle and high schools science, social studies, and language arts teachers that focuses on teaching ELLs academic language, reading and writing in the content areas.
Among her other accomplishments is developing Reading Instructional Goals for Older Readers (RIGOR) for teaching vocabulary, basic reading, and content to Students With Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE), ELLs in Special Education, and newcomers. She was co-principal investigator with Robert Slavin on the 5-year randomized evaluation of English immersion, transitional, and two-way bilingual elementary programs funded by IES/USDOE and collaborated with the Center for Applied Linguistics to conduct research on reading instruction for Spanish-speaking children funded by NICHD. Other research by Margarita has been funded by the OELA/USDOE, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Texas Education Agency.
Margarita’s most recent books are, Breaking Through: Effective Instruction & Assessment for Reaching English Learners. An Anthology, winner of the 2013 Bronze Publishers’ Award and Teaching Reading and Comprehension to English Learners.