Tag: ELL

Lorena McElwain to Run Federal English Language Office

Lorena Orozco McElwain has been appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Prior to joining the federal government, McElwain was as an ESL/Spanish/Italian instructor, translator, interpreter, and assessed language proficiency using the State Department’s language proficiency scale. She was also a bilingual educator in New Mexico prior to...

Rosetta Stone Launches New Award Program for EL Teachers

Language learning company Rosetta Stone is launching its first Emergent Bilingual Educators of the Year award program. The company is inviting K–12 teachers across the U.S. to submit 800-word essays explaining how a particular EL teacher is helping their students and how the program’s prize money will make a local impact. The entry period begins Monday, May 4, 2020...

Practice English on the Hallo app

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads and we become more isolated, Hallo is making live classes with native speakers FREE for all English learners around the world. Hallo is all about community and empowering people to become their best. Has the Coronavirus pandemic interfered with your preparation for the TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS exam? Has your English class been canceled and...

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 getting high since prehistoric times. How could the UN hope to eradicate in ten years something which has been in use for 10,000 years? Instead...

Free Resources in English and Spanish for U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools Week

Statistics in Schools (SIS) Week, which will take place March 2-6, is a program of the U.S. Census Bureau designed to educate students about the importance of the Census. The Census Bureau has called upon teachers to help promote the program, even collaborating with them to design a week's worth of in-class activities for students. The Bureau has also...

School Climate Changes EL Success Rates

Ohio’s Cleveland Partnership for English Learner Success—an alliance of Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD’s) Multilingual Multicultural Education Office, the research office, and researchers from Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest—has prioritized identifying English learner student and school characteristics associated with student achievement and language proficiency and completed a study examining means and percentages of student and school characteristics and English learner...

Topic-Based Nonfiction and Fiction for Tween Newcomers

A new program is aiming to provide paired nonfiction and fiction books that help newcomers learn about the many aspects of living in the U.S. and set them up for success in their new country. U.S. schools have seen a sharp increase in newcomers in the past two decades. As these students learn English and adapt to living in...

Teachers ‘Optimistic’ about English Learner Success

A new McGraw-Hill Education survey shows that while social and emotional learning challenges still present hurdles for English Learners (ELs), the state of English Learning in the U.S. is improving rapidly, with most educators indicating they are optimistic about ELs ability to succeed academically. More than 460 teachers and administrators in K-12 schools across the U.S. took part in the second McGraw-Hill...

English Learners Succeeding in Math and STEM

The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) has released its third data story (“Academic Performance and Outcomes for English Learners,” www2.ed.gov/datastory/el-outcomes/index.html) about ELs in U.S. schools. This story, which builds on two previously released stories about the characteristics and educational experiences of English learners (Els), focuses specifically on ELs’ NAEP performance and high school graduation rates. Through interactive infographics...

Two Teams Share $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE

XPRIZE, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has announced two grand prize winners of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, a multi-year, multi-phase competition focused on transforming the lives of low-literate adults across the nation. Launched on former first lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday in 2015, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy...
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