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The Education Week Spotlight on Dual-Language Learning is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how schools and districts are keeping English-language learners connected during school closures, the importance of English fluency among parents, and the demand for bilingual and biliterate graduates.

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In Burlington, Vt., public schools, a team of multilingual liaisons work from home to keep English-language learners connected with their schools and teachers during the coronavirus shutdown.
In Burlington, Vt., public schools, a team of multilingual liaisons work from home to keep English-language learners connected with their schools and teachers during the coronavirus shutdown.
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Families & the Community Schools Lean on Staff Who Speak Students' Language to Keep English-Learners Connected
The rocky shift to remote learning has exacerbated inequities for the nation's 5 million English-learners. An army of multilingual liaisons work round the clock to plug widening gaps.
Corey Mitchell, April 27, 2020
7 min read
Kindergartner Ava Josephine Mikel and teacher Priscilla Joseph dance to Haitian music during a game of “freeze dance” at Toussaint L’Ouverture Academy, a Haitian Creole dual-language program at Mattahunt Elementary School in Boston. More dual-language programs are cropping up in districts around the country.
Kindergartner Ava Josephine Mikel and teacher Priscilla Joseph dance to Haitian music during a game of “freeze dance” at Toussaint L’Ouverture Academy, a Haitian Creole dual-language program at Mattahunt Elementary School in Boston. More dual-language programs are cropping up in districts around the country.
Gretchen Ertol for Education Week
English-Language Learners Dual-Language Learning: 6 Key Insights for Schools
Demand for bilingual, biliterate graduates is high. Experts in dual-language learning explain how schools can start programs and strengthen existing ones.
Corey Mitchell, September 15, 2018
6 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
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Families & the Community English Fluency Among Parents: Why It Matters for Student Success
How does the lack of fluency in English impact a student's chance for success in school? And what can we learn from new nationwide data on parental fluency?
Sterling C. Lloyd & Corey Mitchell, January 21, 2020
4 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
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English-Language Learners Commentary Stop Trying to Standardize Your Students' Language
Instead of fixating on the word gap and other false language-skills dilemmas, focus on what's really hurting students, writes Olivia Obeso.
Olivia Obeso, June 12, 2019
5 min read
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Classroom Technology Opinion English-Language Learners Need More Support During Remote Learning
These four evidence-based suggestions can help educators offset learning loss for young English learners, write Leslie M. Babinski, Steven J. Amendum, Steven E. Knotek, and Marta Sánchez.
Leslie M. Babinski, Steven J. Amendum, Steven E. Knotek & Marta Sanchez, June 19, 2020
5 min read