Programs and Initiatives


Teaching Diverse Learners

"Teaching Diverse Learners" was developed as part of the National Leadership Area for the 2000-2005 Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory (LAB), a program of The Education Alliance at Brown University.  The goal of this site was to help teachers work effectively and equitably with English language learners (ELLs) by providing access to research-based information, strategies, and resources for addressing the concerns of ELLs in the classroom and beyond.

The Web site addresses educators of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, by inviting the perspectives of teachers and language minority learners, and providing research-based practices at both the classroom and systemic level to promote high achievement for linguistically diverse students.

Practices, strategies, and resources are highlighted for the areas of:

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)
  • General Education Classrooms
  • Bilingual/ESL Classrooms
  • Special Education
  • Assessment

In addition, the Web site provides access to publications, educational materials, and the work of national partners and experts in the field.

Knowledge Loom

In 1998, the United States Department of Education  asked The Education Alliance to develop a "...sustainable, customer-driven, distributed repository/database of information on best practices in teaching and learning." The resulting Knowledge Loom Web site was awarded 2001 Outstanding Product in the Category: Technology-Supported Professional Development Resources by the Association of Educational Publishers. Staff also developed an accompanying guidebook, Using The Knowledge Loom: Ideas and Tools for Collaborative Professional Development. Spotlight topics were developed on Adolescent Literacy in the Content Areas, Art Education, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Professional Development, among others.  The Knowledge Loom Web site was retired in 2013, but the content has been archived in pdf format and is available for free public use.