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Vol 57 No. 16 : Sept. 1, 2005
Vol 57 No. 16 | Sept. 1, 2005
Goldenberg, Nguyen-Lam Named at CLMER Center

Claude Goldenberg and Kim Nguyen Lam

Claude Goldenberg (l) and Kim-Oanh Nguyen-Lam

T
eacher Education’s Claude Goldenberg was named executive director of CSULB’s Center for Language Minority Education and Research (CLMER) while the center’s interim director Kim-Oanh Nguyen-Lam was named associate director.
College of Education Dean Jean Houck praised the selection. “Clearly, the new leadership in the Center for Language Minority Education and Research is an exciting, dynamic one,” she said.

“I feel happy to be named executive director of CLMER,” said Goldenberg, a Seal Beach resident who joined the university in 1994. “I’m pleased about the prospect of getting involved with aspects of work that have implications for educational opportunities for language minority students. In addition, I also think I can bring more of the research focus to CLMER than it has had over the past few years.”

Nguyen-Lam, a member of the university since 1993, also was pleased at her appointment. “It gives me the opportunity to continue to do the community advocacy work that I care deeply about while expanding the research focus of the center,” said the Fountain Valley resident. “The center was established in 1993 as the only center created from the top down with the very clear primary charge of building partnerships with the community in terms of local school districts, community-based organizations, and diverse language, ethnic and racial groups that form the larger part of the university community. We took that charge very seriously.”

CLMER is a university-wide appointed entity affiliated with the College of Education that engages in a wide range of services, projects and research initiatives aimed at the promotion of equity, excellence and justice in schools and society with a focus on traditionally underserved and underrepresented children, families and communities. CLMER services have included professional development and program development for K-12 Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Programs; assessment and assistance for high-priority, low-performing schools; program development and evaluation services for 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Community Technology Centers; alternative certification for pre-service and in-service educators; and professional development, coaching and mentoring in standards- and research-based English Language Development instructional services.

Goldenberg has done research on literacy development among Latino students, home-school connections and educational reform. He is the author of Successful School Change: Creating Settings to Improve Teaching and Learning which was published by Teachers College Press in 2004, the same year he received a Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award. He served for several years as the College of Education’s associate dean. Teacher Education’s Leslie Reese and he recently received a four-year, $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a project titled “Language and Literacy Development in Mexican Children.” He appears on the PBS program “Becoming Bilingual” currently airing around the country and available on the Web site www.readingrockets.org/tv/bilingual.php. He has an A.B. (Magna Cum Laude in History) from Princeton University and an M.A. in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood and Development Studies from UCLA in 1984. 

Nguyen-Lam currently directs two federally funded projects working with in-serve teachers of language minority students and preparing highly qualified teachers for high needs urban schools. She also oversees professional development contracts with local school districts working to improve secondary education for the underserved populations including recent contracts with the Inglewood Unified School District to work with Morningside High School for one year. She is a member of the Garden Grove School Board and was appointed recently to the statewide P-16 Council formed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. She earned her B.A. in psychology from CSULB in 1980, her M.A. in educational psychology from United States International University in 1983, a second M.A. in Educational Administration from Pepperdine in 1989 and her doctorate from California Institute of Intergrated Studies in San Francisco in 2002.

Nguyen-Lam led the effort in the establishment of the CSU Asian BCLAD Consortium in 1998, a collaborative endeavor among six CSU campuses in the L.A. basin area to prepare bilingual teachers in a number of Asian languages including Mandarin, Korean, Khmer and Vietnamese. She was the president of the National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese Americans and served on its Board of Directors from 1996-2004.

One of Goldenberg’s goals as executive director is gauging the impact of the center’s projects. “Education has a habit of moving from enthusiasm to enthusiasm,” he said. “We mustn’t confuse activity with effect. Are the people we are trying to serve better off as a result of what we do? I want to answer that question.”

As associate director, Nguyen-Lam wants to strengthen the center’s partnerships with local school districts and community groups. “I want to bring to this campus their voices and perspectives to the many levels of decision making,” she said. “I also want to document the good practices happening in area schools and to share those practices with other schools through research and dissemination.”

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