English-Language Learners

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Teaching English-learners can be a rewarding experience—especially if educators know the best practices and necessary facts. Wendi Pillars shares her tips for having a successful year with ELLs.
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A Quick-Start Guide for Teaching English-Language Learners

Teaching English-learners can be a rewarding experience—especially if educators know the best practices and necessary facts. Wendi Pillars shares her tips for having a successful year with ELLs. (September 6, 2017)

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Spotlight on English-Language Learners

In this Spotlight, explore what research tells us about the effects of early exposure to English, the benefits of bilingualism and biliteracy, and new techniques to help ELLs talk about math.

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08/14 03:43 pm | Activists to DeVos: Hold Firm and Reject Florida's ESSA Plan | Florida is the only state without an Every Student Succeeds Act plan approved by the federal education secretary. Two civil rights groups say things should stay that way, for ...

Education Week Quiz

Quiz Yourself: English-Language Learners
Which teaching practices are most effective for delivering academic content to ELLs, how many English-learners will move out of all language-development courses this year, and in what programs do native Spanish-speaking students have more success learning English?

On-Demand Webinar

How Can Your District Spot—and Support—Diverse Gifted Students?
In this webinar, two experts offer guidance on identifying and serving advanced ELLs and building a stronger gifted program.

Special Collections

Teaching America's English-Language Learners: A Special Report
This 2017 report explores questions around which instructional strategies work best for ELL students, including whether a bilingual approach to teaching English-learners puts students at an advantage. (Report also available in Spanish.)

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By focusing on ELL students’ strengths and not their deficits, teachers can help their students thrive, writes one veteran teacher.
August 1, 2018 – Education Week
Here's a look at the official education requirements for children being detained, the qualifications for those being hired to provide these children with classroom instruction, and more.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
If U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos scraps the long-standing federal office that supports English-learners, a broad community of advocates and experts, including two former directors of the office, warn the move could harm students who already lag their peers on every academic measure.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
New research suggests that the "critical period" for learning a second language is longer than previously thought.
May 9, 2018 – Education Week
Two of the largest states are still awaiting approval from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on their plans for putting the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
It's tempting for students and teachers to go on cruise control during the final weeks of school, but pushing opportunities for practice is especially valuable for English-language learners, write Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski.
April 4, 2018 – Teacher
Teachers say it's a struggle to keep some immigrant students engaged in school while their standing under the Trump administration is so precarious.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
Immigrants in Canada's schools perform on par with native-born students within three years of arriving. What is Canada doing that the United States isn’t?
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
School districts with large Puerto Rican communities are hiring bilingual staff and monitoring student evacuees for signs of trauma.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
When English learners have the opportunity to work in groups and speak their native languages, they feel more comfortable in class, writes Justin Minkel.
February 7, 2018 – Teacher

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