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 English-Language Learners

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

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Learning the Language Blog

09/28 03:59 pm | Arizona Alters Mandatory English-Only Immersion Program | The amount of time that can be cut from the mandatory four-hour block of English-only instruction depends on a student's grade level and English proficiency.

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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.

Special Collections

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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Growing numbers of schools are offering dual-language classes, where teachers split instruction between English and a second language.
March 23, 2012 | Updated: June 24, 2015 - Education Week
Writing with teacher Mary Jewell, students of undocumented immigration status share their hopes and fears about the future.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
A new Education Department guidebook has advice for states on setting proficiency standards and academic goals for English-learners.
February 21, 2012 - Education Week
Providing non-English-speaking students with resources to navigate through their school day can make all the difference in their academic success, writes Helen Janc Malone.
February 6, 2012 - Education Week
The state schools chief has assigned an expert team to boost the achievement of the state's 1 million English-language learners.
January 31, 2012 - Education Week
A bill in the House on reauthorization would offer more leeway for districts and less federal oversight on use of education funding.
January 20, 2012 - Education Week
Toronto's Crescent Town Public School serves a diverse population of students who speak more than 50 different languages.
January 9, 2012 - Quality Counts
Immigration policies, culture, and other factors complicate efforts to help foreign-born students and those learning a new language.
January 9, 2012 - Quality Counts
December 5, 2011 - Education Week
The Education Department grant went to just one consortia, bypassing a bid from a California-led group of states.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week

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