Literacy/ESL

Reading Illustrated Story Books ‘Just Right’

A new study, “Goldilocks Effect? Illustrated Story Format Seems ‘Just Right’ and Animation ‘Too Hot’ for Integration of Functional Brain Networks in Preschool-Age Children,”...
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Helping Students Find Their Voices

Adrienne Almeida examines the unique challenges that ELL students face and the impact these challenges have on their social-emotional and academic health   Imagine being a student whose family has recently immigrated to the U.S. Your...
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The Bogus Argument to Increase Testing

Stephen Krashen argues that assessment alone cannot improve achievement Few people are aware of the astonishing amount of testing the U.S. Department of Education is planning for our children. The Department of Education will require,...

Free English Lessons in the UK for Non-native Speakers

Long-established group of English-language schools, British Study Centres (BSC) is now offering free English lessons for local, non-native speakers. The classes aim to increase the quality of their students’ lives,...

Investing in Teachers instead of Prisons

Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a stirring speech at the National Press Club that was particularly relevant for minority and English learner students "I agree with Secretary Duncan. Prison is not a solution to inequitable educational...

Why UDL Matters for English Language Learners

Katie Novak explains why the implementation of universal design for learning (UDL) is best practice to increase engagement in all students In 1922, my grandmother moved from Trois-Rivières, a city in Quebec, Canada, at the...

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...

Focus on Student-Centered Learning

In Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice, published by Solution Tree, author Lee Watanabe-Crockett details how educators can shift instruction to focus on student-centered learning competencies to...

Identifying Literacy and Learning Disabilities Early

New research from Northwestern University has found a quick way to detect future literacy challenges in children who have not yet learned to read or write. The study, entitled Auditory Processing in Noise: A...

Cutting to the Common Core with Lori Helman

Lori Helman shares her thoughts on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the teaching of English Language Learners (ELLs) Language Magazine:  How will implementation of the CCSS affect the teaching of ELLs? Lori Helman: The...