English-Language Learners

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Spotlight on English Language Learners

In this Spotlight, explore what research tells us about teaching ELLs, learn how schools can build relationships with the families of ELLs, and read how schools are keeping ELL students on track to graduate.

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10/12 09:39 am | Early Education for Young Dual-Language Learners Weak in Many States, Report Finds | The dual-language-learner population in the United States has grown by about 24 percent since 2000, and now represents about 32 percent of children ages 8 and younger.

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How Can Your District Spot—and Support—Diverse Gifted Students?
In this webinar, two experts offer guidance on identifying and serving advanced ELLs and building a stronger gifted program.

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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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Teaching America's English-Language Learners: A Special Report
This 2017 report explores questions around which instructional strategies work best for ELL students, including whether a bilingual approach to teaching English-learners puts students at an advantage. (Report also available in Spanish.)

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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In Oakland, Maria Santos uses "instructional rounds," much like those in teaching hospitals, to coach educators on how best to involve ELL students in academic discourse.
March 5, 2014 – Education Week
A bill to roll back long-running restrictions on bilingual education is only the latest signal of changing politics around English-language instruction in California.
March 5, 2014 – Education Week
Some built-in student accommodations for the common-core tests being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be unavailable during spring 2014 field tests.
November 6, 2013 – Education Week
For students with special needs, English-learners, gifted students, and others beyond the mainstream, educators have to work harder to make new standards fit.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week
The Common Core State Standards' focus on persuasion, analysis, and other discourse skills is accelerating the push to teach English-language learners to master "academic" English.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week
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 30, 2013 – Education Week
The goal of a new guide is to help states find common ground on figuring out who qualifies for English-language-learner services and when students no longer need them.
September 11, 2013 – Education Week
The PARCC consortium outlines supports to be offered English-learners and students with disabilities on common-core-aligned assessments.
July 10, 2013 – Education Week
From the start, the writers of the Next Generation Science Standards sought to keep in mind the needs of students who are historically underrepresented in advanced science classes.
July 10, 2013 – Education Week
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 22, 2013 – Education Week

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