English-Language Learners

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Study: Language-Learning Ability Is Strong Until Late Teens

New research suggests that the "critical period" for learning a second language is longer than previously thought. (May 8, 2018)

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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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01/11 03:35 pm | Do Schools Value the Bilingualism of English-Learners? | What started out as an effort to promote educational equity for English-language learners in California may be morphing into something else as more states pass legislation ...

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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.)

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

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With their heightened emphasis on language and explication, the new math standards pose unique challenges for students who are not fully proficient in English.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week
Justin Minkel, an elementary teacher in Arkansas, says that a supportive school environment coupled with tailored instructional techniques can help English-language learners make dramatic gains in achievement.
November 4, 2014 – Teacher (Web)
Ten months since taking over the helm of the 1.1 million-student district, Carmen Fariña has chipped away at former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's signature K-12 policies.
October 22, 2014 – Education Week
Collinswood Language Academy's experiences with two-way language learning illustrate why North Carolina state education officials are sold on the idea.
October 15, 2014 – Education Week
In the 2008-09 school year, students enrolled in "two-way" dual-language programs in six North Carolina districts, on average, outscored their peers who were not enrolled in dual language on the state's reading and math tests.
October 14, 2014 – Education Week
A new office at the U.S. Department of Education will aim to reduce duplication and boost support for states when it comes to monitoring and administering federal grant programs.
October 8, 2014 | Updated: June 20, 2018 – Education Week
The Council of the Great City Schools has set out criteria to help educators bring common-core-aligned lessons and materials to English-learners.
September 10, 2014 – Education Week
Researchers are scaling up an effort to teach young urban children to embrace their own dialect—and to know when and how to switch to standard English.
September 10, 2014 – Education Week
Like tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who've arrived in the country since last fall, David brings harsh memories, and his family’s hopes, as he starts middle school in the District of Columbia.
August 27, 2014 – Education Week
Despite increased professional development for teaching to the new standards, about half of teachers surveyed do not feel the preparation has been adequate.
August 20, 2014 – Education Week

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