M2-Si Grant

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) received an almost $3 million U.S. Department of Education’s 2022 Competitive Grants for State Assessments. Partnering with the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) the team will build a Multilingual Multimodal Science Inventory (M2-Si) e-portfolio assessment that educators can use to adjust instruction and that is intended to increase proficiency of students in grades 3-5 science. Multilingual learners are at the center of the inventory design, which aims for a “bridge to educational equity” (Gottlieb, 2016). The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that educators learn what students know and can do in science, without limiting teachers’ understanding to what students know and can do in science in English.

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DPI Grant Team

  • Principal Investigator: Ivanna Mann Thrower Anderson, NCDPI, Multilingual Learner (ML)/Title III Consultant
  • Senior Science Advisor: Dr. Charles Aiken, NCDPI, Section Chief, Mathematics, Science and STEM

CAL Grant Team

  • Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Keira Ballantyne, Vice President, Programs & Development, CAL
  • Dr. Amy Burden, Test Development Manager, CAL
  • Brittany York, Senior Research Assistant, CAL  

Senior Advisors

  • Dr. Margo Gottlieb, Co-Founder and Lead Developer, WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research 
  • Dr. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Professor, Educational Research Methodology (ERM), University of North Carolina at Greensboro  

Technical Working Group (TWG)

  • Peggy McLeod, Consultant 
  • Dr. Margaret Heritage, Educational Consultant, Heritage Consulting 
  • Dr. Mariana Castro, Deputy Director for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
  • Dr. Ye Jane He, Professor, Teacher Education and Higher Education, School of Education, UNC Greensboro    
  • Dr. David Crowther, Professor of Science Education and Director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education, University of Nevada, Reno  
  • Dr. Joel Gómez, President and CEO, Center for Applied Linguistics 
  • Dr. David Francis, Director, Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES), University of Houston 


Grantees are required to share information on findings resulting from the CGSA program through presentations at national conferences, publications in refereed journals, or other products disseminated to the assessment community. The M2-Si Team dissemination efforts through presentations, publications, and webinars are available for review via the links below. These links are updated as new materials are available.


Contact Us

Ivanna Mann Thrower Anderson, Multilingual Learner (ML)/Title III Consultant, NCDPI (Principal Investigator)  

Dr. Keira Ballantyne, Vice President, Programs & Development, CAL (Co-PI)