Literacy/ESL

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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....

A Day in the Life of a Learner

Ivannia Soto reveals how shadowing learners enables educators to monitor their use of academic language Academic language has been broadly defined as the language of school, the language of textbooks, and the language of testing....

Reading Across America

Read Across America week commenced on March 2. This celebration of literacy also commemorated the birthday of Dr. Seuss and promoted his book, The Lorax, which was adapted into a film starring Zac Efron,...

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...

Timing of Reclassification Key to ELL Dropout Rate

The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles has released a new report comparing student enrollment history, achievement gaps, and persistence in school of English Language Learning...