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English-Language Learners ‘A Unique Challenge’: What English Learners With Disabilities Need
From language barriers to bilingual education program lockouts, dual-identified students face unique challenges researchers say.
Ileana Najarro, May 13, 2024
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Families & the Community Opinion How AI and Other Tech Tools Might be Used to Strengthen Family-School Partnerships
Too often, investing in building parent relationships is seen as a frill and not central to student learning.
Rick Hess, June 15, 2023
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Marifer Sager, manager of the Language Access Services Department for Portland Public School in Portland, Ore.
Marifer Sager goes beyond language translation to create multilingual tools and supports for families in the Portland, Ore., district.
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Families & the Community Leader To Learn From Using the Power of Language to Serve Students and Families
Marifer Sager has made language translation services in the Portland, Ore., district more accessible, timely, and relevant.
Madeline Will, February 16, 2022
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English-Language Learners Q&A Spanish-Speaking Students Need Support. A New Podcast May Help
Por Nuestros Niños, an education-focused Spanish-language radio show and podcast, could help families navigate an uncertain return to school.
Corey Mitchell, August 31, 2020
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In Burlington, Vt., public schools, a team of multilingual liaisons work from home to keep English-language learners connected with their schools and teachers during the coronavirus shutdown.
In Burlington, Vt., public schools, a team of multilingual liaisons work from home to keep English-language learners connected with their schools and teachers during the coronavirus shutdown.
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English-Language Learners 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.
Corey Mitchell, April 27, 2020
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English-Language Learners English-Learners May Be Left Behind as Remote Learning Becomes 'New Normal'
English-learners often lack access to technology at home, experts and educators say, and their teachers are less likely to assign them to use digital learning resources outside of class.
Corey Mitchell, March 17, 2020
7 min read
English-Language Learners Ed Dept. Toolkit Offers Guidance for English-Learner, Immigrant Parents
The first two chapters of the department's new "English Learner Family Toolkit" delivers tips on how to enroll children in school and a offers a look at how schools in the United States differ from those in other countries.
Corey Mitchell, January 28, 2019
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English-Language Learners Will Every State Offer Special Recognition for Its Bilingual Graduates?
Forty-three states and the District of Columbia offer special recognition for high school graduates who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages. Just a handful of mostly rural states have yet to be swept up in the movement.
Corey Mitchell, July 26, 2018
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English-Language Learners Watch: A Parent's Campaign to Break Down Language Barriers for ELL Families
When Teresa Garcia's children started school, she often felt lost in translation. Her campaign for improved language services helped break down barriers for English-learner families.
Corey Mitchell, January 19, 2018
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Kids Count: Immigrants and Their Children Face Challenges on Path to Opportunity
Nationally, there are 18 million children who live with immigrant parents; an estimated 5 million of those children have at least one parent who is undocumented.
Corey Mitchell, October 24, 2017
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English-Language Learners Another Round of Summer Reading for English-Language-Learner Educators
For time-crunched educators looking for tips and insights on their work with English-language learners, we've curated our second summer reading list.
Corey Mitchell, July 28, 2017
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English-Language Learners Bilingual Children Can Distinguish Voices in Languages They Don't Know
A New York University study examined how children process information about who is talking, and adds to a growing body of research that demonstrates the benefits of bilingualism.
Corey Mitchell, July 25, 2017
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English-Language Learners Gifted English-Learners Often Ignored, Overlooked
Providing equal opportunities and access for English-learner students has long been an issue in K-12 education. An exclusive Education Week analysis found it's even a problem for the brightest students.
Corey Mitchell, July 10, 2017
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