English-Language Learners

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

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Wanted: Teachers as Diverse as Their Students

Districts try "grow your own" programs to build an educator workforce that mirrors their changing student body. (September 17, 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.

Learning the Language Blog

02/18 03:20 pm | The Nation's English-Learner Population Has Surged: 3 Things to Know | The number of English-learner students in U.S. schools has increased 28 percent since 2000; 43 of 50 states have experienced an uptick in enrollment, federal data indicate.

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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About English-Language Learners?
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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English-Language-Learner Statistics
See where English-language learners live and which home languages they speak.

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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
The state is under intense scrutiny about how it plans to hold schools accountable for historically disadvantaged groups of students under the new federal law.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week

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