English-Language Learners

The latest news about English-language learners, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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 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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Learning the Language Blog

03/17 03:02 pm | English-Language Learners: How Schools Can Drive or Derail Their Success | Recent changes in federal law require all states to standardize how they identify and reclassify ELLs; a researcher says it may prove difficult.

On-Demand Webinar

English-Learners and the Common-Core: New Instructional Strategies
In this webinar, veteran teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski offer guidance on integrating the common-core standards into ELL instruction.

Chat Transcript

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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The first of two groups of states working to design common assessments has released a draft accommodations manual that outlines the types of test supports that can be used to help ELLs and students with disabilities.
April 24, 2013 – Education Week
The consortia devising new common assessments must navigate many obstacles in making the tests accessible to English-learners and students with disabilities.
April 3, 2013 – Education Week
In drafting test protocols, the consortia crafting common assessments are using research to sort through the wide variety of state-permitted accommodations for English-learners.
April 3, 2013 – Education Week
A California school district and a museum are working together to teach English-learners the language in tandem with science.
March 27, 2013 – Education Week
The NAEP policy board grapples with ways to expand participation of English-learners and students with disabilities.
March 13, 2013 – Education Week
The common-core standards may be paving the way for more uniform definitions for deciding who gets ELL services.
February 27, 2013 – Education Week
An immigrant herself, Valeria Silva led by example a nationwide push to teach English-learners in mainstream classes.
February 6, 2013 – Education Week
The push is on to speed a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including for more than 2 million brought to the United States as children.
February 6, 2013 – Education Week
Twenty years after desegregation ended, the mayor wants to change the way students are matched to schools.
February 6, 2013 – Education Week
Experts are piloting lessons intended to show educators what common-core instruction might look like with students learning English.
January 16, 2013 – Education Week

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