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 Common Core for ELLs

The Common Core State Standards are placing new demands on English-language learners. In this Spotlight take a look at how schools are making the standards accessible to ELLs, understand how the common core may help establish uniform definitions for 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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06/25 10:32 am | San Francisco Seeks Federal OK For Plan to Upgrade ELL Services | The head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division praised the plan, calling it a "critical step toward ensuring that all students, no matter their ...

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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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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
States are excluding fewer ELLs and special education students from NAEP tests but they still fall short of federal targets.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week
Under pressure from state and federal education departments, the nation's two largest school systems announced plans this month to dramatically improve services for hundreds of thousands of English-language learners.
October 25, 2011 - Education Week
The Los Angeles Unified School District agrees to changes involving English-learners and African-American students.
October 18, 2011 - Education Week
Having teachers experience “a day in the life of an English-language learner” can reveal gaps in academic-language exposure.
October 12, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook

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