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English Language Learner

Admiring the Problem, or Solving It

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.10.2016 | Education
Kati Haycock

In fall 2016, Jamillah will leave her Head Start classroom to begin kindergarten in a suburb of Washington, DC. Like many of her Head Start classmates, she is a tiny bundle of joy and curiosity; she loves colored pencils and books of all sorts, and adores singing the alphabet song.

New Model for English Language Learners Needed in U.S. Schools

Jane Swift | Posted 06.05.2016 | Education
Jane Swift

Immigration has been a hot button issue for decades and, while Washington continues to play partisan politics, local school districts are struggling to address the challenges created by the influx of these new students, most of whom come from households where English is not the primary language.

Closing the Education Gap for English-Language Learners

Teach Plus | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

English-language learners (ELLs) have failed because we have failed to serve them. We often place these students in mainstream environments long before they are ready, with teachers who do not have the training or the preparation to meet their needs.

Teacher Collaboration for the Sake of Academic Development in PreK-6 English Language Learners

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Education
Dorit Sasson

Research shows that the most common problems English language learners is that of understanding meaning of academic texts. Teachers need to ensure they are also helping their students making important literary and deeper comprehension connections.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

LA Public Schools: A Glimmer of Hope on the 60th Anniversary of Brown

Marqueece Harris-Dawson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Marqueece Harris-Dawson

A new study by UCLA's Civil Rights Project finds that California leads the nation when it comes to segregation of Black and Latino students. What's more, the researchers indicate segregation has "grown substantially in the past two decades."

But Who Is An English-Language Learner?

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Slam Poet Wants To Change The Way You Think About ESL Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.30.2013 | Latino Voices

The statistics regarding education for English as a Second Language Learners (ESL) in America are bleak and abstract: According to George Washington U...

Ensuring All Children Start School Ready to Learn

Catherine Atkin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Catherine Atkin

With 1 in 4 of the nation's English Language Learners students living in California, this federal early learning plan also has the potential to be groundbreaking in that it ensures all children get the strong start they need to succeed in school.

Nevada School District Proposes Elimination of Written Translation Services for Special Education Students

Michaela Pommells | Posted 05.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

The increasing diversity of U.S. students and their families demonstrate the need to develop innovative strategies to encourage meaningful parental involvement. When weighing budget pressures, eliminating ways to engage parents is a step in the wrong direction.

Is the Common Core an Attack on Progressive Education?

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics
Lisa Nielsen

When we insist on measuring the performance of students with cognitive disabilities by giving them a curriculum that is beyond their reach and assessments we know that developmentally they will be unable to read, we are setting everyone up for failure.

MALDEF Wins Case Against Texas

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 02.06.2013 | Latino Voices

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has won a pivotal court case against the State of Texas regarding inadequate school f...

Oh Say Can You Say? Books Apps and ELL Students

Flavia Colgan | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Flavia Colgan

Step inside Julie Kusiak's first-grade class at Ocean Knoll Elementary in Encinitas, Calif., and you'll find her students using iPads in small group rotations. For her English language learner (ELL) students in particular, it's an enriching time where they get to read books on an iPad.

DPS Proposes Spending Increase, Extended School Days

Posted 02.02.2012 | Denver

Denver Public Schools proposed a spending increase of approximately $11 million for English-Language Learners (ELLs) and to extend the school day for...

Teaching Math Without Words and Getting Big Gains

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

A visual approach to math is the best way to teach all students -- visual learners, English learners, and struggling readers.

The Promise of Real Change in Our Education System

Delia Pompa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Delia Pompa

The Common Core State Standards, part of a voluntary, state-led initiative to establish a clear set of educational standards for language arts and math, represent real promise for change for students of color.

Latino and ELL Students in the New Educational Landscape

Delia Pompa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Delia Pompa

The most recent data suggest that nearly one-quarter (23.8%) of today's charter school students are Latino, a number that is expected to keep growing at a rapid pace.

Philanthropy and Education: Support for Those Learning English

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jane Wales

School may be out for the summer, but there's no break in debate about the best ways to help fix America's education system. One topic that hasn't gotten enough attention is the need to help those whose native language isn't English.

Charter Schools Fail Immigrants

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj

Why is there a glaring mismatch between charter school enrollments and the growing English language learner population?