English-Language Learners

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Ke’mari Barnes, left, and Yesenia Gomez work together on puzzle cards during a pre-K class at the Dual Language Academy in Tulsa, Okla.
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Teaching English-Language Learners: What Does the Research Tell Us?

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)

Spotlight on English Language Learners

In this Spotlight, explore what research tells us about teaching ELLs, learn how schools can build relationships with the families of ELLs, and read how schools are keeping ELL students on track to graduate.

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06/16 09:40 am | Status of DACA, Dreamers Remains 'Under Review,' Trump Administration Says | The executive order could have lifted the deportation threat for parents of millions of America's K-12 students and eased educator concerns about separating school-aged ...

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English-Learners and the Common-Core: New Instructional Strategies
In this webinar, veteran teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski offer guidance on integrating the common-core standards into ELL instruction.

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Supporting English-Language Learners With Technology
Our guests in this online chat discuss the technology tools designed to support English-language learners in school, as well as the resources available for teachers.

Special Collections

Quality Counts 2009
This report looks at how the sweeping shift in demographic patterns has strained the capacity of school districts to develop and pay for instructional programs to teach children who are still learning English.

Perspectives on a Population
This exclusive 2009 report offers the most comprehensive, data-driven examination to date of ELL students and youths in the United States.

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ELL students are underenrolled in gifted classes, finds an Education Week analysis. But some schools are trying to buck the trend.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Special education accommodations and other supports for students in summer school are an overlooked necessity, writes teacher Adam Feinberg.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Parents, school districts, and advocacy groups say that New Mexico's education system isn't meeting its responsibilities for all students. The trial could upend the way schools in the state are funded.
June 12, 2017 – AP
Spurred by changes in federal law, states are ramping up and revising English-proficiency testing for students who don't yet communicate fluently in English.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week
In a National Academies report on the state of education for ELLs, one theme is consistent: public schools need more resources and research.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
The sweeping order to halt residents from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States and an uncertain fate for undocumented DREAMers are stoking fears for immigrant students.
February 8, 2017 | Updated: March 10, 2017 – Education Week
A California program uses Japanese-style lesson study and other teaching techniques to help ELL pupils "talk through" number problems.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates are keeping close tabs on states over concerns about resources, staff, and know-how to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act's mandates regarding English-language learners.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Students with disabilities will find it easier next year to request accommodations on the SAT, the PSAT, and other tests the College Board runs.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
New federal regulations cover areas such as school ratings and quality indicators, dealing with "consistently underperforming" groups of students, testing opt-outs, and more.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week

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