Bilingual Education

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the education model where students are taught part of the day in their first language and the rest of the day in a language that is new to them, typically English.
English-Language Learners Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Supporting English Learners?
Answer 7 questions about supporting English Learners.
February 21, 2023
Inside the mobile book bus on Dec. 20, 2022.
Natalie Griffin, the executive director of special programs for the Mineral Wells school district, in Mineral Wells, Texas, has directed more resources, including a mobile book bus, to help English learners.
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English-Language Learners Photo Essay PHOTOS: When Support Starts at the District Office
EdWeek photographer Natashia Johnson reflects on her day with Natalie Griffin, a 2023 Leaders To Learn From honoree.
February 6, 2023
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Natalie Griffin, Executive Director of Special Programs for Mineral Wells ISD, pictured at the mobile book bus on December 20, 2022.
Natalie Griffin has successfully recruited bilingual teachers to her Texas district.
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English-Language Learners Leader To Learn From She Defied Expectations as a Pregnant Teen. Now She’s Helping English Learners Do the Same
Natalie Griffin found bilingual educators for a district with a long-neglected English-learner population.
Caitlynn Peetz, February 6, 2023
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English-Language Learners Video Teachers, Try This: Incorporate Students' Home Languages Into Your Classrooms
One Texas teacher utilizes her ELL students’ home languages to build community.
Lauren Santucci, December 15, 2022
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Teaching Profession Q&A Immigrant Teacher's Memoir Sheds Light on What English Learners Need
Emily Francis came to the United States at 15. Now an English-as-a-second-language teacher, she shares advice in her new book.
Ileana Najarro, October 25, 2022
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Lesliean Luna teaches her third grade class at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in Fairfax, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.
Lesliean Luna teaches her 3rd grade class at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in Fairfax, Va., earlier this month.
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Recruitment & Retention Q&A Answering a District's Call for Bilingual Teachers, a Mother and Daughter Leave Puerto Rico for Virginia
Lesliean Luna and Gabriela Muriente answer a school district's call for their language skills and teaching expertise.
Elizabeth Heubeck, October 21, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion Principals: Supporting Your Teachers Doesn't Have to Be Such Hard Work
Principals can show teachers they care by something as simple as a visit to their classrooms or a pat on the back.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 24, 2022
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English-Language Learners Opinion Crystal Ball Predictions: What Will Education for ELL Students Look Like in 10 Years?
In the next decade, schools just might appreciate English-learners for whom they are and the language skills they possess.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 17, 2022
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English-Language Learners Spotlight Spotlight on Bilingual Instruction
In this Spotlight, identify potential gaps in your schools, evaluate dual-language education programs, and more.
September 15, 2021
English-Language Learners Spotlight Spotlight on Bilingualism and Remote Learning - Second Edition
In this Second Edition Spotlight, evaluate how schools will measure learning loss for English-learners and more.
February 26, 2021
English-Language Learners Spotlight Spotlight on Bilingualism and Remote Learning
In this Spotlight, discover how educators are remotely assessing English-learners and more.
December 1, 2020
English-Language Learners Q&A Spanish-Speaking Students Need Support. A New Podcast May Help
Por Nuestros Niños, an education-focused Spanish-language radio show and podcast, could help families navigate an uncertain return to school.
Corey Mitchell, August 31, 2020
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English-Language Learners How Will Schools Measure English-Learners' 'COVID-Slide' Learning Loss?
Native-language assessments may more fully reflect what English-language learners know and can do academically after months away from school. But not all states offer them.
Corey Mitchell, June 17, 2020
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Federal More Funds Needed for English-Learners During Coronavirus Crisis, Advocates Tell Congress
More than 40 organizations have signed on to a letter to Congress, requesting $1 billion in aid to help districts and states meet the needs of the nation's nearly 5 million English-learners.
Corey Mitchell, April 21, 2020
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