Diane August
Managing Researcher


  • English language learners
  • Hispanic students
  • Reading and literacy
  • Science

Diane August is a managing researcher affiliated with the American Institutes for Research, where she is responsible for directing the Education Program’s work for English language learners. August has 40 years of experience in the many aspects of educating language-minority children. Prior to her position at AIR, she was a senior research scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, where she directed federally-funded studies related to the development of literacy in English language learners. She also served as co-principal investigator of at the Institute of Education Sciences-funded National Research and Development Center on English Language Learners, where she developed, implemented and evaluated innovative STEM programs for secondary school ELLs. She has also been a senior program officer at the National Academy of Sciences, a teacher, school administrator, legislative assistant, grants officer for the Carnegie Corporation, and director of education for the Children’s Defense Fund. She received her doctorate in education from Stanford University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology, also at Stanford. She has published widely in journals and books.