Tomorrow I leave Washington for a one-month journey through the Middle East. For half of the time—in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan—I’ll be reporting for Education Week. For the other half, I’ll be taking a vacation in Egypt, which includes visiting an aunt and uncle who have lived in Cairo for several years. (My uncle is director of the Narmer American College, a private K-12 school in the outskirts of Cairo, and my aunt teaches kindergarten at the same school.)
I’ll be filing Web stories from Dubai and Amman. You’ll find them on the home page of www.edweek.org, not here, unless I get inspired to write something about how English is taught in Jordan or the UAE that would be relevant to teachers of ELLs in the United States.
Until mid-February, then, I’m turning this blog over to two of my colleagues at Education Week: Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, an associate editor who writes about curriculum, standards, and instructional issues; and Rachael Holovach, a research librarian. Both have helped me to cover my beat by sending me news items or reports about ELLs from time to time. Ms. Holovach has taught Spanish in a variety of settings, including a dual-language program here in the District of Columbia.
I hope you’ll enjoy the input at Learning the Language from some new writers.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.