Spotlight on English-Language Learners 2016

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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:

  • Using dual-language immersion to boost student outcomes
  • Meeting the needs of Black ELLs
  • Promoting bilingualism through "seals of literacy"
  • Breaking language barriers with effective ELL strategies

You get the eight articles below in a downloadable PDF.

The nation's largest school district, which enrolls 160,000 ELLs, remains under a state-imposed corrective-action plan to improve services for English-learners.
June 10, 2015 – Education Week

With more than 130,000 black ELLs in public schools, White House and U.S. Department of Education officials will develop tools for educators.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week

Shifting demographics and economic interests are transforming views on multilingual education around the country.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week

Though a federal appeals court has upheld the state's mandate of four-hour blocks of English-immersion daily for ELLs, federal civil rights officials are pushing Arizona to overhaul its approach to language instruction.
June 18, 2015 – Education Week

Teachers can play a big role in helping families of diverse languages and cultures feel welcome and comfortable in schools, writes Anabel Gonzalez.
December 1, 2015 – Teacher

Once a journalist covering English-language learners, Mary-Ann Zehr realized she had a lot to learn once she stepped into the classroom.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week


A four-year study finds English-learners and native English speakers alike improved significantly in bilingual schools.
November 13, 2015 - Inside School Research

Breaking Language Barriers: An Effective ELL Approach
Many English-language learners are bright, but struggle to learn due to language barriers.
August 24, 2015 - Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12

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