Tag: ELLs

Every Summer Counts

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The largest and longest study of its kind on summer learning programs reveals short- and long-term benefits among students who consistently attended voluntary, five- to six-week summer learning programs. The findings suggest that these programs can be an important component of how school districts support learning and skill development among children in low-income communities. The study, conducted by the RAND...

Setting a New Federal Agenda on English Learner Education

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With the beginning of a new presidential administration earlier this year, some language activists and thinkers believe 2021 could be a pivotal year for education policy surrounding English learners (ELs). New America, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on innovation in public policy, recently published its own agenda for increasing the federal government’s provisions for ELs. “Historically, ELs have been...

Stop Overlooking English Learners

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Deborah J. Short outlines a plan to invest and engage in English Learner education In the past six months, we have heard the cry “DEFUND” in varied contexts, often as a call for social justice, always engendering public controversy. But when the action is the gradual defunding of one area of education, we hear nothing: no controversy, no public outcry....

And Justice for ELs

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A Leader's Guide to Creating and Sustaining Equitable Schools by Ayanna Cooper September 2020 | 152 pages | Corwin And Justice for ELs is a resource every school leader must read right away—for that matter, keep within arm’s reach because you’re certain to refer to it constantly. Ayanna Cooper, editor of Language Magazine's Pass the Mic series and a former U.S....

Needs Attention

When we have a chance to look back, many in education will recognize 2020 as the year that learning radically changed. The impact of quickly pivoting the entire industry to an online environment has only begun to truly sink in. It is clear technology will play a role in learning in more conscious and thoughtful ways for the foreseeable...

Taking English Learning Online

Instructional strategies that have proven effective in improving English language learner (ELL) achievement include providing ELLs with intentionally planned vocabulary instruction; using gestures, visual cues, or realia; providing opportunities to practice using language; activating prior knowledge; and linking content to language instruction (Calderón et al., 2011; Facella et al., 2005; Gersten and Baker, 2000; Haynes and Zacarian, 2010; Lake...

Feds Lay Out Rules for English Learners during Closures

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a factsheet clarifying states’ responsibilities to English learners (ELs) and their parents during the extended school closures: Annual ELP Assessment — If a state educational agency (SEA) cannot administer English language proficiency (ELP) assessments in spring 2020 due to COVID-related school closures, the requirement will be waived, but some SEAs have already administered...

Toolkit to Highlight English Learner Progress

In response to renewed calls to strengthen programs for English Learners in California, the Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University and Californians Together have created a set of resources to support educators and community members to ensure schools’ efforts to serve English Learners (EL) are not only comprehensive but also visible. The resources respond to...

Guidance Requested on Use of Federal Education Funding for English Learners

The U.S. Department of Education has been asked to provide guidance on the use of CARES Act funding for English Learners (ELs) in K-12 public schools by an alliance of associations: ACTFL, CABE, Californians Together, CAL, JNCL-NCLIS, MPI, NAELPA, and TESOL International. The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) includes billions of dollars for K-12...

Why UDL Matters for English Language Learners

In 1922, my grandmother moved from Trois-Rivières, a city in Quebec, Canada, at the age of eleven. Speaking only French, and traveling with her older sister, she was determined to learn English once she arrived. Each day, after she finished her official au pair duties, she walked to the local market to teach herself English. Her textbooks? The handwritten...
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