ELLs With Disabilities

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English-Language Learners ‘A Unique Challenge’: What English Learners With Disabilities Need
From language barriers to bilingual education program lockouts, dual-identified students face unique challenges researchers say.
Ileana Najarro, May 13, 2024
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Waist-up view of early 30s teacher sitting with 11 year old Hispanic student at library round table and holding book as she pronounces the words.
English-Language Learners How Special Ed. and English-Learner Teachers Can Collaborate: A Guide
School and district leaders share how they got two departments to more deeply collaborate to support their students.
Ileana Najarro, October 19, 2023
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English-Language Learners How to Identify and Serve English Learners with Disabilities
When it comes to identifying and serving English learners with disabilities, there are various nuances at play.
Ileana Najarro, September 7, 2023
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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
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English-Language Learners Ways to Better Serve Often-Misunderstood English-Learners With Disabilities
Identifying and supporting students who are eligible for English-language acquisition and special education support can leave teachers feeling underprepared and overwhelmed. A new policy paper offers support.
Corey Mitchell, July 31, 2019
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English-Language Learners Evaluating English-Learners for Special Education Is a Challenge. Here's Help
Two new resources aim to help educators determine whether English-learners' struggles in schools stem from learning disabilities. Experts say educators often struggle to identify these students and to steer them to the right services.
Corey Mitchell, June 18, 2019
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English-Language Learners Itinerant English-Learners Pose Challenges for School Systems
A new study that sought to examine learning conditions across the country for long-term English-learners found that 1 in 5 of the students are highly mobile, and may not have access to consistent language support as a result.
Corey Mitchell, May 23, 2019
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English-Language Learners Opinion 700,000 English-Language Learners Have a Disability. We Have to Do Better by Them
By focusing on ELL students’ strengths and not their deficits, teachers can help their students thrive, writes one veteran teacher.
Rochelle Verstaendig, August 1, 2018
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English-Language Learners Don't Underestimate, Shortchange ELLs With Disabilities, Researcher Argues
A researcher found that some educators though bilingualism was "too lofty a goal" for English-language learners with disabilities.
Corey Mitchell, March 30, 2018
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English-Language Learners Minority Students Missing Out on Speech and Language Services, Study Finds
Black and Hispanic children are not receiving speech and language therapy at the same rate as similar white peers, which could set them up for academic problems later on, says new research.
Christina A. Samuels, August 8, 2017
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Equity & Diversity Civil Rights Groups Take New Mexico to Court in Fight Over Equitable Education
Advocates argue that New Mexico's constitution requires the state to provide an adequate public school education for all school-age children. Two civil rights organizations will make their case in court in a trial that begins next week.
Corey Mitchell, June 8, 2017
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English-Language Learners Schools Often Fail to Educate, Support English-Language Learners
In a wide-ranging report on the state of education for ELLs, one theme is consistent: The nation's public schools must devote more resources and research to educating students who aren't native English speakers.
Corey Mitchell, February 28, 2017
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English-Language Learners How Will ESSA Rules Change Education for English-Language Learners?
Advocacy groups and researchers are taking a deeper look at what changes may be on the horizon for English-language learners and the people responsible for educating them.
Corey Mitchell, August 5, 2016
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