English-Language Learners

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First grader Aston Prieto, 6, uses magnetic letters to form words in Italian at the Franklin International Language Academy in Glendale, Calif.
—Emile Wamsteker for Education Week

More States and Districts Embrace Biliteracy

Shifting demographics and economic interests are transforming views on multilingual education around the country. (October 21, 2015)

Spotlight on English-Language Learners

In this Spotlight, explore dual-language programs, common-core instruction for English-learners, and new ELL guidelines.

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05/17 10:46 am | Program Uses Graphs, Data to Help ELL Families Track Student Performance | Graphs and data help parents, who are English learners with low literacy skills, understand their students' academic progress through a WestEd program.

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Improving Literacy for English-Language Learners
Our guests discussed the research on the most effective approaches to improving literacy for ELLs and how school districts can implement common core for such students.

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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.

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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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More states and school districts are aiming to reach English-language learners in the earliest stages of their schooling as mounting research evidence shows that early exposure to language instruction boosts childrens' odds of stronger academic achievement later on.
May 11, 2016 - Education Week
At Pennsylvania's Upper Darby High School in suburban Philadelphia, more than 15 languages are spoken in a student body of nearly 4,000.
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—students who have typically been designated as still in need of English-as-second-language services for five or more years—are at great risk of dropping out of school. What can schools do to help these students become proficient in English and stay on track to graduate?
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
Questions around which instructional strategies work best for ELL students are far from settled, including how much a bilingual approach to teaching English-learners puts students at an advantage.
May 11, 2016 - Education Week
See where English-language learners live and which home languages they speak.
May 11, 2016 - Education Week
A national campaign aims to raise awareness in schools about the importance of pronouncing students' names correctly.
May 10, 2016 - Education Week
In at least 35 districts in 14 states, hundreds of unaccompanied minors from Central America were discouraged from enrolling in schools or pressured into what advocates and lawyers argue are separate but unequal alternative programs—essentially an academic dead end, and one that can violate federal law.
May 10, 2016 - Education Week
May 10, 2016 - Education Week

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