Diane August is currently a research scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, as well as an educational consultant located in Washington, D.C. At the Center for Applied Linguistics, she is the coprincipal investigator for a number of federally funded studies; one is an investigation of the development of literacy in second- language learners and the other is focused on the development of a measure of reading comprehension.
In addition, she is coprincipal investigator with the National Research and Development Center on English-Language Learners. Dr. August has also worked for many years as an educational consultant in the areas of literacy, program improvement, evaluation and testing, and federal and state education policy. She has been a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences and Study Director for the Committee on Developing a Research Agenda on the Education of Limited English Proficient and Bilingual Students. She is widely published in educational journals and books.
Dr. August has worked in a number of other positions. For ten years she was a public school teacher and school administrator in California, specializing in literacy programs for language minority children in Grades K–8. Subsequently, she served as Legislative Assistant in the area of education for a U.S. Congressman from California, worked as a Grants Officer for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and was Director of Education for the Children's Defense Fund. In 1981, she received her Ph.D. in education from Stanford University, and in 1982, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology, also at Stanford.
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