Tag: literacy

Bookworm Gets the Girl

If you’re in the Los Angeles area over the holidays and are looking for hugely enjoyable way of impressing the value of reading on kids, look no further than the Lythgoe Family Pantomime Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose, now playing at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.Being British, I may be biased in favor of this oh-so Anglo tradition,...

The Role of Early Oral Language in Literacy Development

Timothy Shanahan and Christopher Lonigan explore the connection between early oral language development and later reading comprehension success  Supporting young children’s language and literacy development has long been considered a practice that yields strong readers and writers later in life. The results of the National Early Literacy Panel’s (NELP) six years of scientific research synthesis supports the practice and its...

California Sued for Literacy Failure

 Yesterday, a group of students, parents, and the advocacy organizations CADRE and Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, represented by Public Counsel and Morrison & Foerster, filed suit against the State of California, the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, for their collective failure to provide every child...

Literacy on the Line

Vinod Lobo describes how a California grant is giving adult English learners access to blended education programs on their smartphones Recent data shows that adult ELLs engaging in a blended model of in-person and at-home, smartphone-based learning achieved significant gains in just ten weeks. This tells us that the blended approach works. Now, we have to scale it up.Up until...

Massachusetts Restores Bilingual Education

Massachusetts’ Republican Governor Charlie Baker has signed the LOOK Bill into law which will allow the state’s schools to offer bilingual and dual-language education. According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, there are more than 90,000 English language learners (ELLs) in Massachusetts.The Massachusetts House and Senate earlier voted overwhelmingly to approve the LOOK Bill and endorse the...

Florida’s ESSA Plan ‘Impedes Progress of ELLs’

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The Florida Department of Education’s implementation plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has been roundly criticized as it relates to English learner students and Latino students by experts from UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) and TESOL-related organizations.In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, UnidosUS has expressed strong opposition to the state’s education...

EF ‘s EPI Reveals Worldwide English Skills

Education First For the seventh year in a row, Education First (EF), has released their annual report on English proficiency. EF, an international education company that specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange, states in their introduction to the rankings, “In 2017, English is as essential to international communication as it has ever been.It is...

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week was celebrated September 24-30, 2017.National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness about the need and value of adult education and family literacy in order to leverage resources to support access to basic education programs for the 36 million U.S. adults with low literacy skills. Advocates across the country use this opportunity...

Talk, Read, Talk, Write

Nancy Motley suggests a routine for literacy in all content areas Teachers often feel immense pressure to cover too much material in too little time. They work tirelessly to ensure that their students are adequately prepared for the high-stakes testing that permeates the world of education. In addition to these accountability measures, today’s teachers are asked to communicate a dense...

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Literacy in a digital world Today, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. A global event is taking place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in...