Tag: ELL

Recognizing Gifted English Learners

The National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCREGE) has published a study, commissioned during the Obama administration, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of English-language acquisition, to help improve the identification of English Learners (ELs) as gifted and talented by better understand the following: What are the patterns of underrepresentation in gifted and talented programs for...

EdTech for English Learners

U.S. Department of Education data show that English learners in grades K–12 in U.S. public schools in the 2015–16 school year numbered over five million students—about 10 percent of all enrolled students—and that roughly three-fourths of public school districts included students who are English learners. Many teachers, including those in small and rural districts, have one or more English...

Making S-PACE for Grammar

Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno introduces a new model to teach second-language grammarThe complexities of teaching and learning a foreign language have been greatly explored over the last decades. By acknowledging that, in addition to grammatical competence, pragmatic, sociolinguistic, and discourse competences play relevant roles in communication, we have made authentic, real-life communication our main goal for teaching and learning a foreign...

Decoding Versus Cognitive Ability

Terrie L. Noland believes we need to understand the automaticity of executing lower-level reading processes in order to master higher-level comprehensionAutomaticity is necessary in everything we do to enable us to move to higher-order thinking skills and perform tasks flawlessly. When we first learn to drive a car, we expend our brainpower on technical skills such as speed, turn signals, and road signs. We use...

Bill in Congress Aims to Help ELL Teacher Shortage

The Reaching English Learners Act has been introduced in Congress in hopes of creating a solution to the national shortage of ELL teachers. The act would create a grant program under Title II of the Higher Education Act. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible teachers. The grants aim to ensure that teachers possess the knowledge...

1 in 4 Students is an English Language Learner: Are We Leaving Them Behind?

Despite a push to train and recruit more bilingual teachers, school counselors, and school administrators, the US is facing a shortage of educators who can support issues relevant to English language learners.English language learners — often called ELL students or ELLs — are the fastest-growing student population group, according to the National Education Association. By 2025, an estimated 25 percent of public school students...

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 guidance established by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with regard to English learners (ELs). Advocacy groups UnidosUS and Achieve produced the briefs, entitled “How Have States Set Goals for English Leaners in ESSA Plans?”...

Approval of SEAL

Sobrato Philanthropies, funded through the real estate successes of the Sobrato family in Silicon Valley, has developed an innovative pre-K to third-grade capacity-building program for teachers to address the needs of English learner (EL) students, specifically Latino ELs. The Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) model is a replicable model of professional development and program design aligned with Common Core...

AB-2514 Dual Language Programs Grant Program Passes in California

AB 2514 Pupil Instruction: Dual Language Grant Program was moved to passed in the state Assembly. The bill has officially been moved to ‘enrolling’ status, meaning that it has passed and been signed by legislature, and only waits to be signed by the President. The grant program, called the Pathways to Success Grant Program, comes at the tail of...

Focus on Student Centered Learning

In Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice, published by Solution Tree, author Lee Watanabe-Crockett details how educators can shift instruction to focus on student-centered learning competencies to support critical thinking and digital skills.Based on Watanabe-Crockett’s work with schools around the world, Future-Focused Learning details ten core shifts of practice—along with simple microshifts—educators can use immediately, regardless of...