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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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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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
Florida and other states say "English-only" laws prevent them from providing state tests to English-learners in their native language even though ESSA urges them to do so.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
Seeing peers with similar backgrounds succeed helps ELLs stay connected and motivated, educators and researchers say.
October 18, 2017 – Education Week
Three long-standing presidential commissions designed to expand educational opportunities for non-white students are set to expire Saturday and members say months of silence from the Trump administration has them worried they’re about to be dissolved.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Some states that turned in their Every Student Succeeds Act plans earlier this year didn't make many changes after getting feedback from the federal officials.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
With the Trump administration's order to rescind Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, students and educators directly affected say they will mount a fight to win permanent legal status.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
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 – Teacher

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