From an Education Week examination of Florida’s push for an Every Student Succeeds Act waiver to a look at efforts to improve teacher training in California, journalists and advocacy groups across the country have produced timely and informative work on English-language learners and the people who serve them.
We’ve provided links to some of the highlights below for time-crunched educators looking for tips and insights on their work with English-language learners. You’ll also find links to several stories from the EdWeek archives that may be of interest.
This will remain a biweekly feature on the Learning the Language blog, at least for the remainder of the summer.
Education Week: Florida to Seek Waiver From Key ESSA Provisions
Florida is asking, among other things, that it not be required to judge schools based on how well English-learners perform on language-proficiency exams.
A change to how a widely used English-proficiency test is scored has led to thousands of students being retained in English-language-learner classes.
Boston Globe: Lawmakers Hope to Undo English-Only Education in Mass.
Education Week: Bilingual Education Set to Return to California Schools
Southern California Public Radio: As California Bilingual Education Grows, Teacher Training is Key
Colorín Colorado: Building Bridges Through Storytelling: What Are Your Students’ Stories?
Herald Sun: Reverse the Decline in Language Education
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal: Bilingual Speech Contest Builds Relationships Between American and Chinese Students
Peoria Journal-Star: Spanish Education ‘Instills Bicultural Heritage’ in Students
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.