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

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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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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
The U.S. Department of Education is encouraged by preliminary state-by-state data showing that graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year were up from the year before.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
Newer efforts to bring families of minority students into the classroom are eye-opening for both parents and teachers.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
With more than 130,000 black ELLs in public schools, White House and U.S. Department of Education officials will develop tools for educators.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week
Shifting demographics and economic interests are transforming views on multilingual education around the country.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
Once a journalist covering English-language learners, Mary-Ann Zehr realized she had a lot to learn once she stepped into the classroom.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week
Most states will shift to new, computer-based assessments to measure their ELLs' English-language proficiency this school year.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week

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