June 2010 Archives

Most American Indians Receive English-Only Instruction

Most Native American and Alaska Native students receive their instruction entirely in English, says a report released today by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.


Lifelong Civil Rights Advocate William Taylor Dies

Members of the civil rights community are mourning the passing of William L. Taylor, a longtime civil rights lawyer and advocate, who died yesterday at age 78.


Ed. Department Names Head of English-Language Office

The Obama administration has selected Rosalinda B. Barrera, the dean of the college of education at Texas State University—San Marcos, as the assistant deputy secretary and director of the office of English-language acquisition for the U.S. Department of Education.


Illinois Board of Ed. Sets the Record Straight

A spokesman for the Illinois state board of education provided a few corrections to my post about the board's vote to require public preschools to provide transitional bilingual education.


American Institutes for Research Focuses on ELLs

The American Institutes for Research signals in a post for a job opening that the organization plans to increase the attention it is giving to the education of English-language learners.


Should We Have a National Definition for ELLs?

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators and the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute are calling for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education to include a common definition for English-language learners.


Illinois Board Votes to Require Bilingual Ed. in Preschool

The Illinois Board of Education board yesterday unanimously adopted regulations that will require all public preschools in the state to identify any children who have limited proficiency in English and provide transitional bilingual education for them.


Stanford Profs Oppose Arizona Stance on Teachers' Accents

A long list of professors from Stanford University's school of education have signed a statement opposing the Arizona Department of Education's stance that teachers with strong accents shouldn't be teaching English-language learners.


Trend Watch: Credit Recovery for English-Language Learners

Aventa Learning, one of the companies or nonprofits often tapped by schools to provide online courses for credit recovery, has tailored its credit-recovery line particularly for English-language learners.


Good Read: Why One ESL Teacher Doesn't Like Test Prep

An English-as-a-second-language teacher in New York City was successful in teaching ELLs so they could pass the English Regents exam, but he thinks his writing lessons were meaningless for students over the long-term.


No 'Right Test' For Identifying ELLs With Disabilities

Identifying English-language learners who have disabilities is not just about giving students the right test, said a keynote speaker recently at a meeting in New York state of educators interested in improving how their school districts determine if ELLs need special education services.


Trend Watch: Early Childhood Center Has Eye on ELLs

A significant number of states now identify English-language learners in preschool, even though their state laws for providing services to ELLs apply only to students in K-12.


No Executive Order for 'DREAM Act' Students

The Obama administration has rejected a request by four undocumented college students for an executive order halting deportations of such youths who have come to the United States illegally as children.


Hispanic Freshmen College Enrollment Rises By 15 Percent

Freshmen enrollment of Hispanics at postsecondary institutions grew by 15 percent from 2007 to 2008, according to a report released today by the Washington-based Pew Research Center.


Are ELLs 'Off the Radar' for Grantmakers?

Grantmakers for Education has observed that issues affecting ELLs are off the radar screen for most funders.


Funders to Discuss How to Make ELLs a High Priority

Three groups of funders have joined together to host a meeting in New York City next week about strategies for making English-language learners a high priority among grantmakers and policymakers.


Researchers Provide Guidance on Using RTI With ELLs

Researchers Sharon Vaughn and Alba Ortiz have summarized in a straightforward way what is known about how to apply "response to intervention" to English-language learners in an article posted at Colorín Colorado.


What's a School Police Officer to Do in Arizona?

USA Today has published a story about the lack of clarity regarding how police working in schools in Arizona should carry out the state's new immigration-enforcement law, which goes into effect July 28.

Ariz. Republicans Target 'Anchor Babies'

An Arizona lawmaker is poised to introduce a bill that would deny U.S. citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born in Arizona.


Reclassification Rate for ELLs in Los Angeles Isn't Improving

The Los Angeles Unified School District didn't improve its rate for reclassifying English-language learners as fluent in the language this last school year over the previous two school years.


No Services for ELLs: Is It an Isolated Incident?

A Bronx elementary school didn't provide 75 students who hardly knew English with any special help to learn the language for most of last school year, according to a story in the New York Daily News.


Read Well Has 'Potentially Positive Effects' for ELLs

The What Works Clearinghouse has found the Read Well curriculum for kindergartners and 1st graders to have "potentially positive effects" on English-language development for English-language learners.


Lexington Institute: School Choice Boosts Latino Outcomes

A paper from the Lexington Institute released this month makes the case that school choice programs can help close the achievement gap in the United States between Latinos and all students.


Who is Advocating for Minority Students in Dallas?

A Dallas Morning News story makes the case that the Dallas community has been losing activists who advocate for minority students with a decline in enrollment of African-American students.


Report: Reviewers Aren't Getting Consistent State Data on ELLs

Federal peer reviewers and monitors aren't asking states consistent questions about how they include English-language learners in large-scale testing, a report says.


A Columnist Pokes Fun at Arizona Teachers' Accent Issue

A columnist from California pokes fun at Arizona education officials' concern about teachers of English-language learners who speak "faulty English."


A Q&A English-Learning Blog Carnival

This latest edition of the English-learning blog carnival has a lot of lesson ideas, and a smattering of education philosophy.


Some Immigrant Families are Leaving Arizona

Some school officials in Arizona expect an exodus of immigrant families over the summer because of the state's new immigration-enforcement law.


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