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4 Parent Engagement Strategies for English Language Learners

Smart Parents | Posted 03.16.2017 | Education
Smart Parents

Meriwynn Mansori, Manager of Curriculum, VIF International Education Research shows that parental engagement pays off for all students. Regardless o...

Open Letter to States and Localities: How to Implement "Every Student Succeeds" to Significantly Improve Low-achieving Schools

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 01.31.2017 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

For 15 years, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) increasingly cast a pall over American public schools. Its punitive, rigid and misconceived accountability s...

School Turnaround - Where Is That Magic Formula Again?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.22.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The way some people talk about "turning around" a high-poverty, low-performing school you might think there was some kind of magical formula. If we co...

Shakira and Massachusetts Mayor Agree: Learning English Critical for Immigrants

Jane Swift | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Jane Swift

This new way of looking at ELL students, as untapped assets rather than a drain on resources, may help us reform a system in desperate need of new solutions.

This State May Overturn Its Bilingual Education Ban

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.24.2014 | Latino Voices

A law banning most bilingual education in California schools may be overturned by a new bill, restoring efforts to address language barriers in a stat...

Parents Protest The 'Burden' Of English-Learners | Posted 04.29.2013 | Latino Voices

The 200 or so English-learner students at Marblehead Elementary in San Clemente are an unfair burden on the teachers, parents and students who live in...

Shame on California Districts Seeking to Perpetuate Funding Advantages

John Affeldt | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
John Affeldt

Kudos to Jerry Brown for proposing to end the inequities in California school funding -- and shame on the districts that seek to fossilize the advantages they have enjoyed for decades now.

California Is Back!

Jack Jennings | Posted 04.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Jack Jennings

California shows that deep political and governance deadlocks can be broken, and progress made. This holds a lesson both for the national government but also for other states. Maybe, the rest of us outside the state ought to pay attention.

Finding Classroom Success In Noisy Mix Of Spanish, English

| Sarah Garland | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Ernest R. Geddes Elementary School in Baldwin Park, Calif., is a noisy place. Students ...

Teachers-in-Training Should Not Be Designated 'Highly Qualified'

John Affeldt | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education
John Affeldt

Let's call the HQT amendment what it really is: a farce of a law that undermines equal access to fully trained teachers for our neediest students

California Has One Of Nation's Widest Gaps In Hispanic-White Reading Proficiency

| Sarah Garland | Posted 12.26.2011 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. This is the second of a three-part series. Read the first piece, English-Learning Students ...

English Learners Far Behind Under English-Only Methods

| Sarah Garland | Posted 12.25.2011 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. BALDWIN PARK, Calif. –- The end of the school day in Patty Sanchez’s kindergarten cl...

Don't Let Congress Turn Back the Clock on Teacher Quality

John Affeldt | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
John Affeldt

Let's hope Congress corrects the mistake it made last year and finally fulfills the promise to provide all students with qualified and effective teachers. Our future depends on it.

A Test Young Students Are 'Almost Guaranteed' To Fail

Posted 11.19.2011 | Education

Most four- and five-year-olds who take an English proficiency exam before kindergarten are bound to fail the test, according to a new study. Taking...