In Memoriam: Ivannia Soto

Ivannia Soto was an exemplary scholar-practitioner. Her scholarly contributions are impressive and include 14 published books, but perhaps even more impressive was her dedication...

Winners Announced for 2024 Crystal Apple Awards

School Specialty today announced the 2024 winners of its annual Crystal Apple Awards, which celebrate teachers who embody inspiration, leadership, and passion in teaching. Each...

Podcast Seeks to Legitimize US Spanish

Spanish speakers in the...

Chinese ‘Linguistic Coup’ in East Africa

As part of its goal to displace American influence, China is winning linguistic hearts in East Africa (a bloc of 300 million people), by...

Ukraine Focuses on Minority Languages

Last month, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, in cooperation with the European Union and the Council of Europe, organized a round...

Learning Chinese Stimulates Both Temporal Lobes

New evidence suggests that studying Chinese and learning to write Chinese characters may train a whole array of cognitive abilities not developed by learning...

California District Introduces Hindi

The board of Silicon Valley’s Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) has voted to introduce Hindi as a world language into its curriculum, making it...

California Bill Requiring Kindergarten Exempts Early English Testing

Parallel California Assembly (2226) and Senate...

Teaching Cooperatively across Borders

“Magandang umaga! Kumusta kayo, mga bata?” “¡Buenos días!” As students enter their classrooms, brightly decorated with colorful masks, piñatas, or flags, they may be greeted warmly in languages such as Filipino, Spanish, or Twi. These schoolchildren are not entering their classes in the...

Building Bonds

Social–emotional learning’s (SEL’s) reach has expanded significantly over the past decade and has especially accelerated during the last few years. High-quality SEL can support...

Learning from Long Shadows

My decade-long involvement in shadowing projects...

Breaking Down the Monolingual Wall III

Premise: Nationally, there is a higher demand for...

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Implementing a Bilingual Authorization Program

In Fall 2022, Whittier College’s Teacher Education program launched their online bilingual authorization program (BILA). In year 1, the program was initially fully asynchronous, but after surveying BILA students mid-way through...

To Support the Science of Reading, Replace Disinformation with Collaboration

My first teaching job after earning a Master of Arts in teaching was at a...

Students at the Center

All educators are teachers of language—and engaging students in thinking about...

Acting UP

When I signed up for an improv theater class, I never thought to combine my...

Collaborative Planning: Never Having to Go It Alone

This experience gave me the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues I don’t usually get...

Breaking through Language Barriers

With about 7,200 students speaking 20 different languages, our district needs technology tools that support...

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New America and SEAL to Co-host Webinar about Science of Reading and ELs

Concerns have been raised that methodologies based on the Science of Reading may negatively impact English Learners (ELs). On February 8, New America and SEAL will co-host a webinar that will unpack the relationship between the Science of Reading and ELs, including the misconceptions about this much debated topic, best practices for EL-identified students, and implications for dual language programs. The first panel of experts will discuss the policy implications...

To Support the Science of Reading, Replace Disinformation with Collaboration

My first teaching job after earning a Master of Arts in teaching was at a private school in Austin, Texas, for students with...

California Bill Would Mandate Science of Reading

A newly introduced California Assembly bill would require the state’s teachers to be trained and reading to be taught only according to the principles of the Science of Reading. AB 2222, introduced by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, a Democrat from...

Small Investment Offers Big Literacy Gains

Research by Stanford University found that 75 of the lowest-performing California elementary schools that received funding from an out-of-court settlement made significant progress on third-grade state Smarter Balanced tests this year. Major news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times,...

Background Knowledge and Where to Get It

Stephen Krashen argues that those who read more know more Wexler (2023) has pointed out that a reader’s background knowledge is a significant predictor of reading proficiency. She concluded that “greater background knowledge of the topic was correlated with...

Listen to the Bilingual Science!

Two years ago, we (Dual Language Education of New Mexico’s professional development coordinators) outlined a framework for high-quality dual language education that...

Building Biliteracy

Transfer is important in all learning, but it is especially important in language-learning contexts. The purpose of this paper is to present practical,...

Laying Down the Law

Every few years, education bubbles up to the top of the political agenda in state capitols across the US and legislatures scramble to pass bills that seek to bind the state’s education policy to the prevailing political ideology. This...

Making (Language) Data CUTE:Comprehensible, Usable,Timely, and Empowering – Part I

(July 2023) Ayanna Cooper explains how we need the right data as a tool for equitable instruction

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Ensuring Equity in Reading Instruction

Early one summer, my parents moved our family into a 900-square-foot house in the central part of town that would become home for my siblings and me for the next 25 years. We didn’t have much, so it only...
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