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

See how schools are making the standards accessible to 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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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.

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English-Language Learners

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Federal officials are offering grants for states to work together to develop English-proficiency tests tied to the common-core standards.
January 10, 2011 - Education Week
November 29, 2010 - Education Week
Educators in Chicago are gearing up to provide bilingual instruction to preschoolers—as Illinois becomes the first state to mandate such instruction.
November 29, 2010 - Education Week
'It behooves us to prepare all teachers to work with ELLs,' says Rosalinda Barrera, the new head of English-language acquisition programs for the federal education department.
November 12, 2010 - Education Week
An evaluation Austin conducted of the first two years of the program for regular classroom teachers finds it "moderately effective."
November 10, 2010 - Education Week
An emerging body of research dispels old myths about language learning and makes a case for multilingualism.
October 22, 2010 - Education Week
The school system has agreed to take steps to make up for having violated the civil rights to thousands of students needing English instruction.
October 1, 2010 - Education Week
Federal officials promise to do better when they provide technical assistance to states.
September 27, 2010 - Education Week
The ruling comes as a hearing opens in a closely watched legal battle over the state's ELL programs.
September 13, 2010 - Education Week
The case opens as federal officials, in a separate ruling, determine that state ELL practices violate federal civil rights law.
September 2, 2010 - Education Week

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