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Students With Interrupted Formal Education: Bridging Where They Are and What They Need
How to Design and Implement a Newcomer Program
Academic Language Accelerator

Students with Interrupted Formal Education:  Bridging Where They Are and What They Need

by Brenda Custodio and Judith O'Loughlin

In March, 2017, a book by authors Brenda Custodio and Judith O'Loughlin was published by Corwin Press.  The book, Students with Interrupted Formal Education:  Bridging Where They Are and What They Need, (shown to the left) discusses the causes of interrupted formal education and provides suggestions for teachers and school districts to best support these students.  Recommendations for creating welcoming schools and classrooms, academic programming that creates a support systems to help bridge the gap, and guidance for building internal resilience for long-term social and emotional health.   Both authors are available for workshops and seminars to discuss this critical issue in immigrant education.  See the presentations schedule on this website for upcoming sessions on these topics.


Additional information on newcomer programs is available at the following links, which provide access to the information collected by the Center for Applied Linguistics during their studies on secondary newcomer programs in the US.

Brenda Custodio wrote about the details of designing and establishing a newcomer program. The book has information about topics such as the history of newcomer programs, developing appropriate standards-based curriculum for newcomers, materials selection, assessment, and program evaluation. Published by Allyn and Bacon, the book is available through popular websites such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


Judith O'Loughlin is the author of the Academic Language Accelerator, a companion to the Oxford Picture Dictionary for the Content Areas (Oxford University Press, 2010). The Accelerator is designed to help English learners acquire new content area vocabulary and build word knowledge. It provides teaching tips to support and develop students' content area vocabulary and contains over 100 suggestions for facilitating content vocabulary work and concept learning.

The Academic Language Accelerator focuses on content instruction in language arts, science, social studies, and math. ​The Academic Language Accelerator is available from Oxford University Press at