October 2010 Archives

Hakuta: Fear of Bilingualism Is Part of U.S. Culture

In the more than 30 years that Kenji Hakuta, an education professor from Stanford University, has been studying English-language learners, he's come to realize that many Americans are threatened by bilingualism


Webinar to Feature Math and Science Test Items for ELLs

A free Webinar on Oct. 29 will explore considerations for testing English-language learners in math and science.


High-Profile Charter School Will Give Preference to ELLs

A charter school just approved for the Upper West Side of Manhattan, to be run by the Success Charter Network of schools headed by Eva S. Moskowitz, will give preference to English-language learners


Book Author: Teachers Have Insight Into Illegal Immigration

A discussion is under way and continuing through Friday over at the Teacher channel with Helen Thorpe, author of Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America


Is It True That Language Lessons Are Good for All Kids?

An elementary school in Sterling, Va., has implemented strategies for teaching English-language learners schoolwide and found them to be beneficial for all students


Mobility for Arizona's ELLs is Higher Than for Other Students

More than a quarter of Arizona's students changed schools over a four-year period, but the state's English-language learners experienced more mobility than other students, a report released by the Institute of Education Sciences says.


Lawsuit Calls Ariz. Ethnic-Studies Ban Unconstitutional

Ten teachers and the director in the Mexican-American Studies Department at Tucson Unified School District in Arizona filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this week challenging a law that targets ethnic studies in the state's public schools.


Discussion on Book About Illegal Immigration Starts Monday

A discussion with Helen Thorpe about her book, Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, starts on Monday and runs all next week.


White House Honors Boston Arts Program for ELLs

An out-of-school arts program received a White House award yesterday for having reduced the dropout rate among English-language learners in Boston.


Portland ELL Programs Get Low Marks in Recent Audit

An audit has found that recent efforts of the Portland, Ore., school district to improve services for English-language learners are not helping to narrow the achievement gap between those students and other students.


Teachers Set To Sue Over Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban

Teachers are poised to file a lawsuit challenging Arizona's law that targets the teaching of ethnic studies in public schools.


Obama to Sign Order for White House Hispanic Initiative

President Obama is expected to sign an executive order tomorrow that will establish a presidential advisory commission on Hispanic education and a federal interagency working group on improving Hispanic education and the lives of Latinos.


White House Hispanic Initiative To Host Ed. Summit Today

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will host an education summit today that will draw on information and ideas gathered in visits to more than 90 communities.


Dianne Piche Leaves Ed. Department for Civil Rights Group

Dianne Piche left the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights and will soon start working for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.


Data: Comparing Children of Immigrants in Eight Rich Countries

One-third of children in Australia have at least one immigrant parent, compared with 24 percent of children in the United States. In the United Kingdom the proportion is 16 percent while in Switzerland, it is 39 percent.


California To Create Teaching Credential for Secondary ELLs

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has decided to create a new teaching credential to prepare teachers to provide English-language-development instruction at the secondary level.


Getting 'Response to Intervention' Right for ELLs

Two articles in a special issue on "response to intervention" just published by the education journal Theory Into Practice provide advice from researchers on how to carry out the education approach for English-language learners.


English-Learning Blog Carnival

The 19th edition of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival has been posted and is rich with links to resources for the English-learning classroom.


ELL Civil Rights Probes Span From Coast to Coast

Eight school districts are currently being investigated in compliance reviews by the Education Department's office for civil rights on whether they provide adequate services for ELLs or their parents.


What's at Stake in Horne v. Flores?

Patricia Gándara speculates that Arizona's four-hour program for teaching ELLs could become "the preferred instructional model for Arizona and other states as well if sanctioned by the federal court."


WestEd Offers Free Webinars on ELL Instruction

Researchers Diane August and Timothy Shanahan will be guests for a free Webinar on effective instruction for English-language learners on Oct. 27, hosted by WestEd.


Boston ELLs Who Missed Out To Get Makeup Services

Boston English-language learners who since 2003 didn't get the ELL services that they were entitled to under federal law are eligible to receive makeup services under a settlement agreement signed today by Boston Public Schools with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education.


Boston District and Feds Settle on How to Fix ELL Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice and Education reached a settlement agreement today on how Boston Public Schools will fix violations of the civil rights of English-language learners, according to a press release from the Justice Department.


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