English-Language Learners

The latest news about English-language learners, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

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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. (April 27, 2020)

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Spotlight on English Language Learners
Amid rapid growth, educators are finding new ways to better serve English-Language Learners. In this Spotlight, discover 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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06/19 12:00 pm | A Look Back at How Undocumented Children Won the Right to Attend U.S. Schools | The fight over the rights of undocumented students has its origins in Tyler, a northeast Texas city where municipal leaders feared their school system would be overrun with ...

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What are common instructional approaches for teaching ELLs, what is the effect of labels on English-learners, and how are schools educating immigrant children?

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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.

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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.)

Teaching Migrant Children
Tens of thousands of children have fled chaos in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, surviving dangerous journeys and confinement in shelters in a quest to get to the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, many are living in communities and attending schools across the United States and face new risks and ominous questions about their futures.

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See where English-language learners live and which home languages they speak.

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Educators in schools across the United States are working to support migrant students who’ve recently arrived from Central America. But the intensity of their needs can be a strain.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
To pay for rent, food, lawyer’s fees, and still send money home to El Salvador every week, Paty, 18, waits tables in a restaurant while attending high school in Virginia.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Fernando, 12, is grateful he made it to the United States to reunite with his mother after years apart. But his new life in Maryland is difficult and he misses many things about home, including being a top student in school.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
When Eric and Alberto left Honduras with their mother in 2017, they were hopeful for gaining asylum. But their mom was deported and now the boys attend school in a high-crime neighborhood that is making them question if their lives can be better here.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
New research that suggests struggling English-learners could benefit from repeating 3rd grade is drawing strong pushback from scholars.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
The researchers behind a splashy new study join two policy experts to urge great caution before holding back ELLs.
March 1, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
A Call for Systemic Change
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
A New Hypothesis on Reading
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
In Defense of Retention
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
The widespread embrace of foreign-language instruction is raising some uncomfortable questions. Corey Mitchell explains the inclusion problem at the heart of bilingual education.
January 9, 2019 – Education Week

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