English-Language Learners

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

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

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09/29 03:10 pm | Bureau of Indian Education Joins WIDA Consortium on English-Learners | Joining WIDA allows BIE educators to home in on one set of exams and standards to measure English-language proficiency among American Indian and Alaska Native children.

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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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A panel of educators, advocates, and others are seeking to hash out the best approach to regulating under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
In St. Cloud, Minn., educators are grappling with language and cultural differences in the city's growing Somali community.
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
A small number of charters try to keep racial and income balance by giving groups of students, such as English-learners, a better chance of admission.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
An instructional framework called universal design for learning, or UDL, which supports multiple ways to teach lessons, has found a niche in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
The Las Vegas-area district, along with state officials and stakeholders, has had to experiment with a number of increasingly urgent initiatives designed to tap new pools of potential teachers.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
For big-city districts, Puerto Rico and Spain have becoming recruiting hot spots amid a shortage of teachers for dual-immersion and English-as-a-second-language programs.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
Diversity-centered recruitment initiatives often target the two largest minority groups: African-Americans and Hispanics. Advocates say more efforts are needed to boost the numbers of other underrepresented ethnicities.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
ESSA, the newly reauthorized version of the ESEA, makes changes in how schools can use money set aside for economically disadvantaged students.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
An in-depth review of testing in the nation's largest urban school districts concludes assessments are redundant, misaligned with standards, and often don’t address mastery of specific content.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week

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