Literacy/ESL

Making Connections That Count

Roberto Rivera explores the vital connection between social and cultural competence—for both students and teachersMy father is from Nicaragua, and when I was growing up, he brought several of his siblings to the U.S....

States’ Commitment to English Learners Examined

Two reports have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education which examine the extent to which states' education plans are in step with...

Writing By Example

Isabel Haller-Gryc recommends using mentor texts to scaffold writing for English learnersWriting is a struggle for many people, but it is especially difficult for English language learners (ELLs). ELLs face many challenges when writing,...

Access to Books Improves Learning

Yet another study has shown that increasing access to books improves student outcomes “Reaching Families Where They Are: Examining an Innovative Book Distribution Program,” published in Urban Education, examines a community-wide effort to promote greater...

Good Readers Read More

A new study of more than 11,000 7-year-old twins...

Bilinguals Single Out Second Language While Reading

Reading and speaking in a second language can be difficult, especially when the second language was learned later in life. However, a new study...

Advancing English Learner Equity in Math

Report Shows Promising Practices in California and Offers Key Recommendations A new report from The Education Trust—West finds promising practices around the state that...

Year-Round Reading

Michael Haggen explains how summer reading is an integral and achievable part of every district’s comprehensive literacy plan With the end of another school year nearing, we must remember to keep the imperative message of...

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...

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...