Literacy/ESL

A Common Wish Amongst Our Children

My studying abroad experience started five years ago. Five long, sometimes short years, depending on my challenges, studying the Spanish language and all its glory in Dallas, Texas--a city filled with Hispanic culture. I...

Why UDL Matters for English Language Learners

In 1922, my grandmother moved from Trois-Rivières, a city in Quebec, Canada, at the age of eleven. Speaking only French, and traveling with her older sister, she was determined to learn English once she...

Filling the Achievement Gap through Multigenerational Learning

There is a crack in our nation’s foundation. Although it is historically referred to as the achievement gap, today we more accurately call this the teaching and learning gap. When children fail to reach...

Study Reveals Misconceptions about English Learners

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students who began kindergarten as English learners (ELs), on average, progressed to eighth grade with academic achievement similar to or better than their peers who began kindergarten proficient in English,...

A Futile War

The War on Drugs In 1998, the United Nations decided that it was going to eradicate drugs from planet Earth by 2008. The project was doomed to failure from the start. Human beings have been...

Urge Congress to #FundLibraries

For a fourth consecutive year, the White House budget proposal for FY21 eliminates direct federal funding for libraries. The majority of this funding is provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which provides...

From Deficit-Based to Assets-Based: Breaking Down the Wall One Essential Shift at a...

This is part two of our series Breaking Down the Wall. View Part 1 here. Dan Alpert: Debbie and Diane, tell us more about the urgency for using an assets-based versus a deficits-based approach when...
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Analysis of State Funding for English Learners

The Education Commission of the States (ECS), an interstate compact on U.S. education policy, has released a new analysis of how states allocate funding for English Learners (ELs). Based on the analysis, 48 states and the District...

Testing in Place

In 2017, California Assembly Bill (AB) 705, by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, was drafted to eliminate placement bias and grant greater access for students in California’s community college system. The bill, which mandates that colleges...

Free Workshops for Bilingual Parents in California

In February, Californians Together will be hosting two free workshops for Spanish-speaking parents, community members, and parent organizers of English learners. The workshops are part of a campaign, Alas y Voz, which aims to...
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