September 2021 Inside the Issue

Pass the Mic Series: Make English Truly a World Language
Venice Irving and Anna Hearrell explain how cultural awareness can bridge the English divide

Family Advice
ASHA offers tips to share with parents who support children with speech and language disorders as they return to in-person school

Questioning the Test
Fernando Fleurquin examines the features universities care about in an English language proficiency exam

Improving Language Equity for the Seals of Biliteracy
Angela Sherman, Cornelius Godfrey, Lini Athavale, and David Bong suggest ways to improve access to language qualifications

Choosing and Using Tests Effectively
Liz Brooke asks the questions that assessments need to answer

Testing with Sensitivity
Instructure’s Trenton Goble responds to questions on how assessments are adapting

Is Planning Key to Task-Based Learning?
Sarah Langridge proposes more research into the effect of combining learning by doing with on-line planning on communicative pressure situations

Reading Is the Answer
Alicia Levi and Jeanette Edelstein have learned that it takes a community to keep children engaged in reading

Emphasizing the Needs of Hispanic Students
Patricia Trejo outlines the work of the Florida Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents

COVID’s Literacy Fallout
Lauren Page laments the way the pandemic affected students worldwide, whether they caught the virus or not

Breaking through Language Barriers
Melissa Deavers-Lowie and David Lesich share three reasons to use a district-wide communication platform