Latvia Drops Russian from Schools

Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers has unanimously and without debate approved new education rules that plan for the gradual rejection of studying Russian as a...

Name Changes Seen as Plot to Expunge Afrikaans

South Africa’s government is on a name-changing spree—and that’s sparking a fierce language war and fierce feelings. South Africa was colonized by Dutch settlers...

Russian in Turkmenistan

Last month, the Dunya Turkmenleri (Turkmen of the World) radio program, produced by Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL’s) Turkmen Service, launched a series...

Reading Legislation Update

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed into law the Kansas Blueprint for Literacy legislation, which would “amend teacher education programs to improve classroom instruction in...

VA Budget Amendment Could Hurt MLLs

According to analysis by WTOP News, Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin’s proposed changes to the state’s budget would cut funding for multilingual learners (MLLs). Some...

School Library Investment ‘Crucial’ to Literacy Success

According to a new report (www.americanprogress.org/article/investing-in-school-libraries-and-librarians-to-improve-literacy-outcomes) from the Center for American Progress, “libraries and librarians not only spark a love of learning; they are...

New Bilingual Educator Grant Opens for Dual Language Teachers to Help Build More Equitable Classrooms

Hispanic English language learners are now one of the fastest growing student populations in the country. Due to limited state and federal funding, bilingual teachers...

Science of Reading Bill Fails in California

California Assembly Bill 2222 (see April...

Supporting Multilingual Learners in Developing Reading Fluency across the School Day

The Importance of Building Reading Fluency in Every Classroom To comprehend and discuss challenge-level text, English learners (ELs) must first be able to read the content relatively fluently. Fluency in reading is the ability to read print material with accurate decoding,...

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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

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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

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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...

Science of Reading Bill Fails in California

California Assembly Bill 2222 (see April issue, p. 9: “California Bill Would Mandate Science of Reading”), which would have required teachers...

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...

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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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