Literacy/ESL

English Learners Succeeding in Math and STEM

The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) has released its third data story (“Academic Performance and Outcomes for English Learners,” www2.ed.gov/datastory/el-outcomes/index.html) about...

Literacy Starts in the Library

Literacy is the foundation of everything we do for our learners. Reading is a required skill for every subject, whether it is science, English,...

Literacy as a 21st- Century Survival Skill

Brooke Foged and Jenny Hammock share their insights into fighting generational illiteracy with the engaging power of technology In today’s world, reading is an...

Connecting the Community

Tracey Smith makes integrating English language learners into her school’s community a lesson in empathy I’m the principal at Brookwood Elementary, where we serve more...

Making Learning Come to Life

Trish Roffey creates makerspaces to...

The Art of Teaching

M. Elhess, E. Elturki, and J. Egbert offer strategies to support creativity in the language classroom “Our students aren’t creative,” claimed one of the language teachers in the professional development workshop. The other participating teachers nodded in agreement. “How...

Growing Gains

Diane Glass explains why measuring reading growth should be a top priority for educators The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are transforming the way that reading is taught and assessed. The complexity of texts associated...

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...
Teacher and school kid using digital table in library at school

Growing Bilingual Teacher Shortage in California

A new report released by Californians Together shows that many school districts across the state are currently facing a growing bilingual teacher shortage, and that in the near term, there is a pool of...

ESL Students Outperforming Native Speakers in England

Pupils with English as a second language (ESL), outperform pupils whose mother tongue is English in the UK General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), data shows. Data released by the Department of Education shows...