November 2009 Archives

It can be helpful for English-language learners who are new to the country to have a buddy in class.


A guest commentary in the Los Angeles Daily News accuses Los Angeles Unified School District of keeping students in programs to learn English because they get extra funds from the federal and state governments to educate these students.


The school board of St. Paul public schools has picked Valeria Silva, a native of Chile and former director of ELL programs for the district, as the district's next superintendent.


Minnesota's Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District is offering English-language learners a half day of kindergarten taught by an English-as-a-second-language teacher in addition to a regular half-day of kindergarten.


Some school districts are helping to fill a shortage of bilingual teachers through international teacher exchanges.


This coming spring, Tennessee will give its state assessment to English-language learners for the first time in 'simplified English.'


It's getting to be a common complaint that English-language learners are underrepresented in charter schools.


The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition is hosting several webinars on issues concerning ELLs, including one this week about how math teachers can best work such students.


Some Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing for the state to permit undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at public universities.


WestEd is providing a live webinar for mainstream teachers of math to teach ELLs in their classroom who have different levels of language proficiency.


The three top ways that federal stimulus funds are being used to improve schooling for English-language learners are to improve the quality of teachers, step up services at the middle and high school levels, and increase instructional time through after-school or summer programs, according to a survey conducted by the ELL Working Group.


The blogging has been light this week because I've been taking some days off work.


Representatives of education organizations attending a public hearing on how best to include English-language learners and students with disabilities in the National Assessment of Educational Progress this week expressed support for the ELL policies proposed by the test's governing board.


Yesterday, President Obama visited a charter school in Madison, Wis., where 39 percent of students are English-language learners.


The governing board for the National Assessment of Educational Progress will hold a public hearing on Monday about including of English-language learners and students with disabilities on the test.


In his latest move to try to get Tucson Unified School District to halt offering ethnic studies, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction has commissioned a study looking at the test scores of students who take the ethnic studies compared with Hispanics in the state who don't.


Of immigrants living in the United States who are age 25 and older, only 27.1 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2008, according to facts put together by the Migration Policy Institute.


New Mexico has joined 19 states and the District of Columbia in adopting the most popular English-language-proficiency test in the nation, ACCESS for ELLs.


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