Tag: COVID-19

Language Restrictions Exacerbate Pandemic Toll

A recently published study is stressing the necessity of accessible multilingual information on public health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The research—published in JAMA Network Open, a journal of the American Medical Association—underscores the various social and demographic factors associated with higher incidence and death rates of COVID-19, such as limited English proficiency, race and disability. “(COVID-19) neither created the...

Advocacy Groups Call to Postpone In-Person Exam for ELL’s

A number of advocacy groups have called on President-elect Joe Biden’s education transition team to amend the requirements for the in-person WIDA Access exam for English Language Learners. The request comes due to the potential risks associated with such gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. “No student should be forced to choose between their health and well-being, or taking a test...

Questions to Ask Ourselves

Educators, WE Can’t Wait for the U.S. to Change!The global coronavirus pandemic took education systems by surprise, exacerbating the educational and economic inequities that have existed for centuries and continue to be overshadowed by what educators, sociologists, psychologists, and researchers call gaps (the “wealth gap,” the “achievement gap,” the “opportunity gap,” the “language gap,” the “gender gap,” and more),...

Five Million Assessments Reveal COVID Educational Slide

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A new report based on 5.3 million assessments of student progress in grades 1-8 details the effects on learning associated with COVID-19 school disruptions. Released by Renaissance (a leader in pre-K–12 education technology) to end the speculation and provide guidance for educators as they address learning gaps, How Kids Are Performing: Tracking the Impact of COVID-19 on Reading and...

Let’s Talk COVID-19

Conversemos COVID-19 (Let’s Talk COVID-19) is an initiative produced by the Indigenous and Diasporic Language Consortium at the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in collaboration with CUNY Mexican Studies Institute, Kichwa Hatari, and the Linguistics Summer School Bolivia, aimed at offering valuable information about the coronavirus pandemic in various Indigenous and diasporic languages widely spoken in...

The New Normal Takes Testing Online

While academic institutions around the world struggle to decide the way forward for the upcoming school year, how to test students safely and accurately is often at the forefront of their decision making. There is no way around it. We must embrace new methods so that testing as well as the entire academic process can continue. It is no...

A Third of World’s Schoolchildren Cannot Learn Remotely

At least a third of the world’s schoolchildren were unable to access remote learning when COVID-19 shuttered their schools, according to a new UNICEF report released last month as countries across the world grapple with their back-to-school plans. “For at least 463 million children whose schools closed due to COVID-19, there was no such thing as remote learning,” said Henrietta...

No-Cost Access to BeeLine Reader

In response to widespread school shutdowns, BeeLine has launched a program to give free access to affected teachers and students. Click here to learn more about their program and to sign up. BeeLine Reader is designed to make reading on-screen easier, faster, and more enjoyable. It uses a simple cognitive trick — an eye-guiding color gradient — to pull your...

Distance Learning Packet for ELs

Ballard & Tighe, a publishing company that creates materials designed especially with ELs in mind, is offering educators a free distance learning packet. It contains eight units that can completed with students in person and remotely. Educators can download the company's School unit preview for a peek at some of the content and resources in the packet. For more information, visit...

Coronavirus Language Access Act Introduced to Senate

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U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) have introduced the Coronavirus Language Access Act, which expands access to coronavirus-related resources by increasing language access services and supporting culturally appropriate COVID-19 response programs to help those who have limited English proficiency (LEP), older Americans, and people with disabilities. “We’ve seen that...
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