English-Language Learners

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

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

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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10/01 09:39 am | Making Immigrant Students and English-Learners Feel Welcome in School | At a panel discussion and film screening Tuesday, experts in education and immigration advocacy discussed how to build welcoming school communities for all students, like ...

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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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A Texas district employs an intensive professional development method to help regular educators engage English-language learners.
April 4, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
A federal grant program to develop the next generation of English-proficiency tests could spur dramatic shifts in ELL policies.
April 4, 2011 - Education Week
A large majority of U.S. teachers believe that schools are not doing enough to prepare students with diverse learning needs for success after high school, according to a nationwide survey released today.
March 23, 2011 - Teacher
Experts say a U.S. Department of Justice settlement requiring Philadelphia schools to beef up language services for non-English-speaking parents could have ramifications for schools nationwide.
March 3, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
One exception is the University of Utah, where aspiring urban teachers get exposed to 'tiered-instruction' techniques in all their core classes.
February 28, 2011 - Education Week
While use of response to intervention is expanding in schools across the country, evidence is limited on how to use it best.
February 28, 2011 - Education Week
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

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