English-Language Learners

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

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Trump Administration to End Schooling, Recreation, Legal Aid for Migrant Children in Shelters

Officials say the massive influx of immigrant children from Central American countries has created a budget crunch. Educators and advocates called the move inhumane and illegal. (June 5, 2019)

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Spotlight on English Language Learners
Schools and educators are working tirelessly to support ELLs amid changing immigration patterns and learning environments. In this Spotlight, learn how teachers can identify struggling English-learners, what research says could benefit ELLs, and how to help ELLs through co-teaching.

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08/15 04:35 pm | A 'One-Size-Fits-All' Approach to English-Learner Education Won't Work. Here's Why | The current system results in less access to academic classes for long-term English-learners, a new study argues, while more recent arrivals sometimes fare better.

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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?

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

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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
Thousands of students were uprooted from schools over the last decade in communities where local police partnered with ICE on immigration enforcement, a Stanford study found.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
Demand for bilingual, biliterate graduates is high. Experts in dual-language learning explain how schools can start programs and strengthen existing ones.
September 19, 2018 – Education Week
He leads the federal office for English-learners. She’s in charge of the White House initiative for Hispanic students. Who are they and what’s the fate of the efforts they oversee?
September 5, 2018 – Education Week
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

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