Spotlight on English Language Learners

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English-Language Learners

The Education Week Spotlight on English-Language Learners is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • What research tells us about teaching ELLs
  • Building connections between schools and families of ELLs
  • Keeping ELL students on track to graduate
  • Achieving equity in academic language development

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

Questions around which instructional strategies work best for English-learners are far from settled, including how much a bilingual approach to teaching puts such students at an advantage.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week

More states and school districts are aiming to reach ELLs early as mounting evidence shows that exposure to language instruction boosts young children's odds of stronger academic achievement later on.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week

English-language learners whose parents actively support their learning are more successful in learning English and in achieving at school, so how can schools do a better job of building relationships with families that usually speak languages other than English?
May 11, 2016 – Education Week

Teachers and ELL experts say there is an array of problems with curricula and learning materials meant for English-learners. But they all agree on two key points: The materials are usually too simple and too disconnected from grade-level goals.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week

Long-term English-learners—those who are not considered proficient for five or more years—are at a great risk of dropping out of school. What can schools do to keep these students on track to graduate?
May 11, 2016 – Education Week

ESL teacher Wendi Pillars shares the top takeaways compiled from a student project used to hone language skills, catalyze change, and improve how teachers view ELLs.
June 17, 2016 – Teacher

All students can benefit from academic language development modeling, scaffolding, and practice, but ELLs and SELs need it to survive and thrive in school.
July 12, 2016 - Finding Common Ground

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