Literacy/ESL

Rumi in the Language Classroom Vol 7: Operational Definition

Rumi in the Language Classroom Vol 7 See Vol 1 hereSee Vol 2 hereSee Vol 3 hereSee Vol 4 hereSee Vol 5 hereSee Vol 6 here In the seventh part of Rumi in the Language Classroom,...

Words Matter – The Case for Shifting to “Emergent Bilingual”

Throughout IDRA’s almost five decades, we have paid close attention to how we speak about people in terms of race or ethnicity, gender, etc. Words matter. Almost 5 million students in U.S. public schools are...

Rumi in the Language Classroom Vol 6: Learner Differences

Rumi in the Language Classroom Series Vol 6 See Vol 1 hereSee Vol 2 hereSee Vol 3 hereSee Vol 4 here See Vol 5 here In this sixth volume, we will explore another story by Rumi...

Creating a Culturally Responsive Teaching Ecosystem

Culturally responsive teaching (CRT), a research-based approach that makes meaningful connections between what students learn in school and their cultures, languages, and life experiences, should be a priority for districts in today’s society. Not...

Help Your Students Slide Up, Not Down, Over the Summer

During the summer months, young children lose literacy gains made during the school year, a phenomenon known as “summer slide.” The most important thing teachers can do to reverse this trend is...
Mother doing home schooling with child while wearing surgical face mask for coronavirus

Preschoolers Continue to Lose Learning Opportunities from Pandemic

Children from 3 to 5 years of age have lost important learning opportunities due to the pandemic, according to a nationwide survey by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at the Rutgers...

The Science of Reading in Dual Language

“Literacy has two beginnings: one, in the world, the other, in each person who learns to read and write.”—Margaret...

California Bill Would Redefine Dual Language Learners

A new bill in the California State Assembly could change the way educators work with and accommodate the unique...

Día Turns 25

Each year on April 30, libraries, schools, parks, and community organizations across the nation observe El día de los niños, El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). This year is no exception as...

Translanguaging as a Transformative Force in Literacy

Translanguaging is a 21st-century way of thinking about language and the language practices of emergent bilinguals that takes a...
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