Literacy/ESL

Cell Phones Promote Literacy in Developing Countries

UNESCO has published a report explaining how mobile technology is used to facilitate reading and improve literacy in developing countries.The report, Reading in the Mobile Era, highlights that hundreds of thousands of people currently...

First Latino Books

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Free Online PD Program Focuses on CCSS & ELLs

"Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering the Language of the Common Core State Standards" is the title of the massive online open course (MOOC) which is being produced by Stanford University's Understanding Language initiative.Language Magazine contributor...

New Report on Urban ELLs

The English Language Learners (ELLs) attending schools in the member districts of the Council of the Great City Schools account for nearly one-quarter of all ELLs in the nation. Specifically, in 2007-08, Council-member districts enrolled...
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Cutting to the Common Core: Decoding Complex Text

Rebecca Blum-Martínez offers a strategy to help English learners cope with the more complex language requirements of the Common CoreThe adoption of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) by many states has brought the...
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Closing the Vocabulary Gap

Alex Rappaport argues that word acquisition may be the easiest way to close the achievement gapOne promise of public education is to level the playing field across the socioeconomic and ethnic spectrum. Unfortunately, the...

Dept of Ed Partners with NCFL to Encourage Family Involvement

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and the U.S. Department of Education today announced a partnership to advance family engagement in education across the country.During the yearlong partnership, the Department and NCFL will...
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Mainstreaming ESL

Common Core State Standards are putting more pressure on all teachers to help English learners achieve literacy proficiency, so here are resources designed to lighten the loadBlake eLearning Reading Eggs & Reading Eggspress Grades Pre-K-6 Reading Eggs...
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U.S. 4th Grade Reading Among Best in World

U.S. 4th Grade Reading Among Best in World Maybe our schools are better than we are being led to believe! Results of the 2011 PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) show that the only...

World Teachers’ Day

"Take a stand for teachers!" is the 2012 motto for World Teachers' Day. Celebrations are being organized around the world. UNESCO calls on everyone to consider undertaking a special celebration for World Teachers' Day....