November 2010 Archives


Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are expected to take steps to reconsider the DREAM Act this week.

Illinois Schools Roll Out Bilingual Education in Preschool

Educators in Illinois are wrestling with what a strong bilingual education should look like in implementing the state's new mandate to provide bilingual education in preschool.

New York Offers Guidance for RTI With English-Learners

New York State has released guidance for how to implement "response to intervention" that includes considerations for using the educational approach with English-language learners.

Undocumented Students Get a Break in California

The U.S. Congress has not yet given undocumented students across the country a break by passing the "DREAM Act," but the California Supreme Court has boosted opportunities for high school graduates without papers in that state by upholding a law enabling them to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities.

Blog on Break

I won't be updating my blog while I'm on the road for a couple of days. Look for new posts next Wednesday, Nov. 17.

What's the Budget for the Federal English-Language Office?

Rosalinda B. Barrera, the new director for the Education Department's office of English-language acquisition, oversees about $56 million of the $800 million funds for Title III, the section of the No Child Left Behind Act authorizing funds for English-language acquisition programs.

What Does Sustained Teacher Training for ELLs Look Like?

Educators at Lanier High School in Austin, Texas, credit a professional-development program developed by WestEd as helping teachers to narrow the gap between English-language learners and other students.

Will the Ed. Department's Voice for ELLs Leave for L.A.?

My colleague Alyson Klein reports a rumor over at Politics K-12 that Melendez, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education is on the short list for the superintendency in Los Angeles.

Mass. Ed. Commissioner Asks Districts to Focus on ELLs

Mitchell D. Chester, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education for Massachusetts, has sent a memo to superintendents of school districts in his state asking them to focus on closing the achievement gap between English-language learners and non-ELLs.

Ed. Consultant is Filling the Leadership 'Void' at NABE

The National Association for Bilingual Education, which once had a strong voice in Washington on issues affecting English-language learners, has someone filling in as executive director after four years without a leader.

Arne Duncan Honors History Teacher of Immigrant Kids

U.S. Secretary of Education honored a history teacher from Salt Lake City who received the Preserve America National History Teacher of the Year Award

Webinar Today: How an 'i3' Grant Will Boost 'Success for All'

A free Webinar about an 'i3' grant for expansion of the Success for All reading program is scheduled for today from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern time.

Trend Watch: A Bilingual Test for Speech-Language Disorders

Researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, have created an assessment designed to detect speech-language disorders in children who speak both Spanish and English

Sen. Harry Reid Promises To Bring Back DREAM Act

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) vowed to bring back the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, for a vote during a lame-duck session when interviewed over the weekend on Univision.

Latino Outlook: Puerto Ricans Fare Worse Than Other Groups

Puerto Ricans males are the most disadvantaged group of youths in New York City, according to a report released today by an antipoverty group, Community Service Society.

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