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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02/15 07:40 am | AFT President Urges Big-City Mayors to Shield Immigrant Students, Families | The American Federation of Teachers is concerned about recent federal immigration raids that swept up hundreds of undocumented immigrants, President Randi Weingarten said.

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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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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: February 9, 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
Starting in fall 2017, English-learner students will be able to request extra time or other accommodations on the college-entrance exam.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
Nationwide, data show that nearly 7 percent of high school freshmen stop out for four weeks or more—and then return to graduate.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
After nearly two decades of restrictions, educators say it will take time for schools to create new programs and hire bilingual teachers.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
Nearly 20 years after voting to restrict bilingual education in a state with more than 1 million schoolchildren who don't speak English as their first language, California voters appear poised to reverse that ban.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Buzz builds around a pilot program under the Every Student Succeeds Act that aims to jump-start the next generation of assessments.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week

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