October 2010 Archives

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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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 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.


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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