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Spotlight on English-Language Learners

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The Education Week Spotlight on English-Language Learners is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how districts are building workforces that mirror their student bodies, how educators are supporting ELLs with disabilities, and how parental fluency affects a student’s chance for success in school.

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Adrian Galvan, left, is a bilingual paraprofessional at Lyman Hall Elementary School in Hall County, Ga. He is part of program that aims to recruit teacher-candidates who reflect the ethnic and linguistic diversity of the student population.
Adrian Galvan, left, is a bilingual paraprofessional at Lyman Hall Elementary School in Hall County, Ga. He is part of program that aims to recruit teacher-candidates who reflect the ethnic and linguistic diversity of the student population.
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Teaching Profession Wanted: Teachers as Diverse as Their Students
Districts try "grow your own" programs to build an educator workforce that mirrors their changing student body.
Corey Mitchell, September 17, 2019
6 min read
Special Education Overlooked: How Teacher Training Falls Short for English-Learners and Students With IEPs
Many English-learners and students with disabilities spend lots of time in the general education classroom, and yet teachers there often lack training in how to meet their needs
Corey Mitchell, May 14, 2019
6 min read
Education How Many English-Learners Do Districts Serve? Data Are Inconsistent
An Education Week analysis finds some big holes in a federal database on English-language-learner students in the nation's school districts, and that's a concern for researchers in the the field.
Debra Viadero, January 8, 2020
4 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
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Equity & Diversity Commentary 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
4 min read
Teaching Opinion 'Prevention Is the Best Way to Support Long-Term English-Learner Students'
Four educators provide recommendations on how to support Long-Term English-Learners, including providing more support to them earlier and identifying whether they have other special needs earlier, too!
Larry Ferlazzo, January 22, 2020
17 min read
International Opinion Valuing Our English Language Learners by Learning to Listen
The value that English Language Learners bring to the classroom and the country.
Wendi Pillars, August 29, 2018
6 min read