English-Language Learners

The latest news about English-language learners, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña speaks to the media last year at the Laboratory School of Finance in the Bronx. The chancellor has pledged to improve language instruction for the city’s English-learners.
—Frank Franklin II/AP-File

New York Expands Dual-Language Programs

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 9, 2015)

Spotlight on Common Core for ELLs

The Common Core State Standards are placing new demands on English-language learners. In this Spotlight take a look at how schools are making the standards accessible to ELLs, understand how the common core may help establish uniform definitions for ELLs, and see how teachers are preparing for instruction and assessment challenges.

Spotlight on ELLs in the Classroom

This Spotlight focuses on ways to meet English-Language Learners’ needs, including teacher professional development, early detection of dropouts, and what the new common-core standards mean for ELL students.

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06/25 10:32 am | San Francisco Seeks Federal OK For Plan to Upgrade ELL Services | The head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division praised the plan, calling it a "critical step toward ensuring that all students, no matter their ...

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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.

PD Directory

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English-Language Learners

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Justin Minkel asks: When many legislators and superintendents have lost sight of the true purpose of education, what chance do kindergartners have?
December 30, 2014 - Teacher
The benefits of bilingual K-12 schooling drive Annalisa Nash Fernandez to go to great lengths for her children.
December 9, 2014 - Education Week
Ensuring that charter schools don't turn away students with special needs and English-learners is the goal of secret-caller programs in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
December 5, 2014 - Education Week
The nearly 4 million K-12 students who have at least one undocumented parent stand to benefit from the president’s executive action.
December 2, 2014 - Education Week
With their heightened emphasis on language and explication, the new math standards pose unique challenges for students who are not fully proficient in English.
November 10, 2014 - Education Week
Justin Minkel, an elementary teacher in Arkansas, says that a supportive school environment coupled with tailored instructional techniques can help English-language learners make dramatic gains in achievement.
November 4, 2014 - Teacher (Web)
Ten months since taking over the helm of the 1.1 million-student district, Carmen Fariña has chipped away at former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's signature K-12 policies.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
In the 2008-09 school year, students enrolled in "two-way" dual-language programs in six North Carolina districts, on average, outscored their peers who were not enrolled in dual language on the state's reading and math tests.
October 16, 2014 - Education Week
Collinswood Language Academy's experiences with two-way language learning illustrate why North Carolina state education officials are sold on the idea.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
A new office at the U.S. Department of Education will aim to reduce duplication and boost support for states when it comes to monitoring and administering federal grant programs.
October 7, 2014 | Updated: June 23, 2015 - Education Week

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