October 2009 Archives

Ruby Takanishi, co-editor of a new book titled Immigration, Diversity, and Educationtells New America Media that in the Obama administration, "immigrant children are not on anybody's agenda, except in a negative way."

Among students in Los Angeles Unified School District who are classified as English-language learners, 29 percent are not reclassified as fluent in English by the 8th grade.

The U.S. Department of Education has given a $1.6 million grant to the University of South Florida's college of education to research how to identify English-language learners and students from low-income families who are gifted

The American Federation of Teachers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor that a teacher-recruiting company cheated more than 200 teachers from the Philippines out of thousands of dollars.

The U.S. Department of Education has made English-language learners the focus of one of the three meetings it will soon be hosting to get public input on how $350 million in Race to the Top funds for assessments should be given out.

The Council of the Great City Schools released this week a report that offers a composite description for district policies that support strong achievement among English-language learners.

Latina mothers from low-income households have healthy babies compared with other ethnic groups, but their children don't make as much progress in developing cognitive skills from 9 months to two years as their white middle-class counterparts, according to a study released by the University of California, Berkeley.

Researchers at a conference presented findings that show that English-language learners, and other students with weak verbal skills, benefit from oral language.

Two U.S. senators have proposed an amendment that civil rights groups contend would discourage participation in the census by Latinos or other minorities. At the same time the U.S. Census Bureau has a project in school to try to increase the reach of the census to underrepresented groups.

U.S. District Judge Wayne Justice, who more than a quarter of a century ago ordered Texas to educate undocumented children, passed away on Oct. 13.

Guatemalans and Hondurans are more likely to have limited skills in English than eight other groups of Hispanics living in the United States.

English-language learners in 8th grade performed a tad worse in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2009 than they did in 2007.

Christina Porter is a literacy coach at Revere High School in Massachusetts and has co-taught William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and "Midsummer Night's Dream" to a class of English-language learners.

Newcomer centers are increasingly offering academic content as well as classes in beginning English, according to a study by the Center for Applied Linguistics.

A report by two researchers from New York University features efforts to integrate immigrants in to their homelands, including a number of after-school projects from around the world.

An post over at My English Pages makes the case that dictation has a role in the modern ELL classroom.

An advocacy group has filed a complaint with the office for civil rights of the U.S. Department of Education arguing that the Centinela Valley Union High School District discriminated against English-language learners.

I expect to be away from the blog until Thursday, Oct. 8. Here's a news tidbit that I'll leave with you that may be interesting for some English-language learners who would really like to maintain and improve their native language while also learning English. Astronaut Jose Hernandez is tweeting from space in two languages: English and Spanish. (Hat tip to HispanicTips.)...

A column in the Huffington Post about ELLs in charter schools in New York state doesn't have the evidence to match the conclusion of the headline of the column, "Charter Schools Fail Immigrants."

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