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 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
4 min read
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
3 min read
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
3 min read
English-Language Learners Where They Are: The Nation's Small But Growing Population of Black English-Learners
In five northern U.S. states, black students comprise more than a fifth of ELL enrollment.
Corey Mitchell, April 17, 2020
1 min read
English-Language Learners English-Learners May Be Left Behind as Remote Learning Becomes 'New Normal'
English-learners often lack access to technology at home, experts and educators say, and their teachers are less likely to assign them to use digital learning resources outside of class.
Corey Mitchell, March 17, 2020
7 min read
Teacher Preparation The Invisible Burden Some Bilingual Teachers Face
The extra work that many dual-language bilingual educators take on "too often goes unrecognized and is never remunerated," a new small-scale study concludes.
Corey Mitchell, February 7, 2020
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Spanish Dominates Dual-Language Programs, But Schools Offer Diverse Options
Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Vietnamese are also among five most-offered types of dual-language programs, a new federal report shows.
Corey Mitchell, January 14, 2020
2 min read
English-Language Learners U.S. Schools See Surge in Number of Arabic- and Chinese-Speaking English-Learners
While Spanish remains the most commonly spoken English-learner language by far, the numbers for speakers of Arabic and Chinese have grown dramatically over the past decade, federal data show.
Corey Mitchell, January 7, 2020
2 min read
English-Language Learners On Bilingualism, Bias, and Immigration: Our Top English-Learner Stories of 2019
Education Week's top English-language learner stories on 2019 explored who's teaching the nation's English-learners and the struggles those educators encounter on the job, how the Trump administration's immigration policies affected students and their families and examined why more schools in the United States are embracing bilingualism.
Corey Mitchell, December 31, 2019
2 min read
Families & the Community Connecting With English-Learner Families: 5 Ideas to Help Schools
English-language-learner families are less likely to attend parent-teacher conferences and other school-related events, which means they miss out on important opportunities to communicate about their children's academic progress.
Corey Mitchell, November 27, 2019
3 min read
Federal José Viana, Head of Federal ELL Office to Resign
"I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and privilege I have been given to serve my country and its learners," Viana wrote in an email to supporters this week.
Corey Mitchell, November 14, 2019
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