Literacy/ESL

A Futile War

  Ross Thorburn rejects the illogical insistence upon banning mother tongues in the second-language classroom The War on Drugs In 1998, the United Nations decided that it was going to eradicate drugs from planet Earth by 2008....
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Review: Creating Enthusiastic Writers

Paula Bourque’s enthusiasm for experience her subject is undeniable. She is a K–8 literacy coach in Augusta, Maine, and has worked for 28 years in education. Her book Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in...

Free Understanding Language MOOC

Stanford University Graduate School of Education and University of California Davis are offering a free, new MOOC: “Seven Essential Practices for Developing Academic Oral Language and Literacy in Every Subject” is now open for...

Teachers ‘Optimistic’ about English Learner Success

A new McGraw-Hill Education survey shows that while social and emotional learning challenges still present hurdles for English Learners (ELs), the state...

Bringing Parents In

Veteran second-grade teacher Nadya Abu-Rish explains how every educator can foster a learning environment centered on open and honest communication

Celebrating National Library Week 2019

We are halfway through this year’s National Library week, and celebrations continue to take place in and about libraries across the country. National Library Week is an...

Smarter Balanced Making the Grade

Rachel Kachchaf explains how the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is helping to improve outcomes for English language learners What improvements/provisions do the latest versions of Smarter Balanced have for ELLs? The Smarter Balanced suite of...

Mother Language Dictates Reading Strategy

Research Offers Insight to the Way ELLs Learn to Read

Donating Your Textual Body to Science

Linguists, sociologists, anthropologists, and psychologists want you to donate your text messages to science. The text4science project, also known as sms4science, aims to build a large corpus of text messages in different languages and...

Two Teams Share $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE

Learning Upgrade's App XPRIZE, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has announced two grand...