Tag: ELL

Words Matter – The Case for Shifting to “Emergent Bilingual”

Throughout IDRA’s almost five decades, we have paid close attention to how we speak about people in terms of race or ethnicity, gender, etc. Words matter. Almost 5 million students in U.S. public schools are learning English as a second language. That’s over 10% of the student population. The number almost doubled over the last 15 years. IDRA recently took...

New Framework for Early Multilingual Learners

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One-third of the nearly 23 million preschool-age children in the U.S. live with a parent who speaks a language other than English. Despite the size of this population and its distinct linguistic assets and learning support needs, nearly all states lack any standardized policies for systematically identifying these children. Yet doing so would provide the means for early childhood...

Cardona Stresses Equity in Rescue Funding

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As the Department of Education releases $122 billion directly to states as part of the American Rescue Plan, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona is encouraging states to make sure students who have been hit hardest by COVID-19 are provided with the resources and support they need.  American Rescue Plan funds can be used by SEAs and school districts to...

Improving Accountability for English Learners in California

Californians Together, a statewide education advocacy coalition, has introduced a new framework for accountability focused on the needs of English learner (EL) students in California, with the support of 20 organizations including Advancement Project California, California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), Education Trust–West, Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL), and UnidosUS. Their brief, “The Accountability System English Learners Deserve: Framework...

Improving Accountability for English Learners in California

Californians Together, a statewide education advocacy coalition, has introduced a new framework for accountability focused on the needs of English learner (EL) students in California with the support of 20 organizations, including Advancement Project California, California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), Education Trust-West, Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL), and Unidos US. The Accountability System English Learners Deserve: Framework for...

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...

TESOL’s ‘Quick Guide’ to the 6 Principles

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The 6 Principles® Quick Guide: Remote Teaching of K-12 English LearnersAndrea Hellman TESOL’s handy new resource, The 6 Principles Quick Guide: Remote Teaching of K–12 English Learners, is here to make remote teaching smoother for you and bring out the best in your students. There’s an overwhelming...

Call to Reimagine English Learner Education

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Coalition for English Learner Equity issues a call to help address the education disparities faced by English Learners across the U.S. The Coalition for English Learner Equity (CELE), a group of national education leaders and organizations, working together to improve educational outcomes for linguistically and culturally diverse students, has launched a new national effort to help address the education disparities...

Conversations with Experts in Multilingualism

Aida Walqui, the director of WestEd's Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) initiative will lead a dozen conversations over six weeks with renowned linguists and experts from around the world that will highlight scholarly perspectives on the education of English Learners across a wide variety of settings. The hour-long discussions, starting Tuesday, July 14, will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays for...
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