Education

Reimaging/Reimagining America’s Oldest Language Association

Last summer’s civil unrest, BLM protests, and the inequities laid bare by the pandemic forced much reevaluation. The teachers of Spanish and Portuguese were no exception. During the quiet periods offered by the pandemic,...

Improving Accountability for English Learners in California

Californians Together, a statewide education advocacy coalition, has introduced a new framework for accountability focused on the needs of English learner (EL) students in California, with the support of 20 organizations including Advancement Project...

Language Restrictions Exacerbate Pandemic Toll

A recently published study is stressing the necessity of accessible multilingual information on public health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The research—published in JAMA Network Open, a journal of the American Medical Association—underscores the...

Call to Delay In-Person English Learner Tests

To protect students who are learning English from being forced into schools for the sole purpose of testing, and to enable parents to withdraw them from testing if they do not feel safe sending...
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Seal of Biliteracy Goes Nationwide

For the first time since its inception, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are or have begun working toward implementing a state Seal of Biliteracy program, according to the recently released 2020...

Advocacy Groups Call to Postpone In-Person Exam for ELL’s

A number of advocacy groups have called on President-elect Joe Biden’s education transition team to amend the requirements for...
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California Set to Boost Education Spend

California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, is proposing to spend almost $86 billion in his newly released budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, thanks to the state recording a $15 billion budget surplus despite the economic...
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Parting Blow to Fair Federal Funding

According to The New York Times and The Washington Post, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to do away with the disparate impact rule when it comes to federal funding approvals in the...

Creating Community by Reading Aloud

The COVID-19 pandemic has unearthed so many challenges for our loved ones and our communities. In my work as a literacy advocate, I think about our children who have been so deeply affected by...

Risk-taking

Rumi in the Language Classroom Series Vol 3 See Vol 1 of the series here. See Vol 2 of the series here. One of the poems of ‘Masnavi-e-Manavi’ of Rumi depicts how risk-taking can lead to...
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