English-Language Learners

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Teacher Meredith Vanden Berg works with Jose Virgen, an English-learner in her 8th grade science class in Beaverton, Ore. She has been working with other teachers in her school to develop strategies for helping English-learners master the common core.
—Leah Nash for Education Week

ESL and Classroom Teachers Team Up to Teach Common Core

In some schools, the new standards are leading to a closer collaboration between content-area teachers and those who serve students with special needs. (October 28, 2013)

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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10/01 09:39 am | Making Immigrant Students and English-Learners Feel Welcome in School | At a panel discussion and film screening Tuesday, experts in education and immigration advocacy discussed how to build welcoming school communities for all students, like ...

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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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To help individualize lessons, teachers often rely on digital curricula used for all students as well as software programs tailored for English-language learners.
May 20, 2013 - Education Week
Plaintiffs in a long-running lawsuit challenging Arizona's practice of educating ELL learners in separate English-language classes for four hours a day are appealing a federal court ruling that upheld the practice.
May 14, 2013 - Education Week
The first of two groups of states working to design common assessments has released a draft accommodations manual that outlines the types of test supports that can be used to help ELLs and students with disabilities.
April 23, 2013 - Education Week
The consortia devising new common assessments must navigate many obstacles in making the tests accessible to English-learners and students with disabilities.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
In drafting test protocols, the consortia crafting common assessments are using research to sort through the wide variety of state-permitted accommodations for English-learners.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
A California school district and a museum are working together to teach English-learners the language in tandem with science.
March 26, 2013 - Education Week
The NAEP policy board grapples with ways to expand participation of English-learners and students with disabilities.
March 12, 2013 - Education Week
The common-core standards may be paving the way for more uniform definitions for deciding who gets ELL services.
February 26, 2013 - Education Week
The push is on to speed a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including for more than 2 million brought to the United States as children.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week
Twenty years after desegregation ended, the mayor wants to change the way students are matched to schools.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week

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