The FLARE Advisory Board consists of experts in the areas of teaching English to students of other languages, implementing assessment systems in urban school settings, student college readiness preparation, and English language learner (ELL) formative assessment. The Board is closely involved in all aspects of FLARE project development, from initial planning to final implementation. The FLARE Advisory Board is comprised of the following members:
Alison Bailey, Ed.D., Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California at Los Angeles
Larry Berger, CEO and Co-Founder of Wireless Generation
Margarita Calderón, Ph.D., Founder of Margarita Calderón & Associates
Suzanne Donovan, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP)
Andrés Henríquez, Program Officer; Urban Education, National Program Carnegie Corporation of New York
Kenji Hakuta, Ph.D., Professor, Stanford University School of Education
Nonie Lesaux, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Human Development and Urban Education Advancement, Harvard University
Robert Linquanti, Director of the English Learner Evaluation and Accountability Support (ELEAS) in WestEd's Comprehensive School Assistance Program
Edynn Sato, Ph.D., Director of Research and English Language Learner (ELL) Assessment in the Assessment and Standards Development Services (ASDS) program and the Director of Special Populations for the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center (AACC) at WestEd
FLARE could not be developed without the full commitment and support of participating districts and schools. Initial development and rollout of the FLARE secondary school project has occurred in three urban districts: Chicago, IL, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC, and Garden Grove, CA.
Piloting and field testing of these assessments has taken place in these urban school districts in keeping with the Carnegie Corporation of New York's priorities for assistance by building the K-16 pipeline, strengthening accountability, and strengthening human capital*, specifically as they related to ELLs' pathway to college. The project will have an integrated, secondary formative assessment system aligned with World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) and college readiness standards operationally available by 2012.
*Carnegie Corporation of New York's National Program priorities for assistance.