December 2010 Archives

One key to improving the education of English-language learners in high schools is to better ease the transition for such students from middle to high school, writes a longtime expert on ELLs.


A controversy over the merits of ethnic-studies courses in Arizona's Tucson Unified School District and how to identify disabilities in English-language learners were two of the hottest topics at Learning the Language in 2010.


A guide by two professional-development consultants spells out in great detail how teachers can tailor instruction for English-language learners according to the students' levels of English proficiency.


The nation's schools with high rates of student mobility have larger than average percentages of students who are low-income, receive special education, and are English-language learners


Refugee "Little Bill Clinton," who was the subject of a yearlong series in 2009 about his adjustment to U.S. schools, has been selected for Georgia's Olympic Development Team.


The Philadelphia School District settled with the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission and the federal government over complaints filed with them about violence against Asian students at South Philadelphia High School on Dec. 9, 2009.


Almost all of the recent proposals to open new charter schools in Massachusetts lack a strong commitment to serve English-language learners, according to Multicultural Education, Training, and Advocacy, Inc., an advocacy group for ELLs based in Somerville, Mass.


One of the goals of the national Early-College High School Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to support English-language learners to succeed in postsecondary education.


In a procedural vote today, the U.S. Senate effectively killed the chances of the DREAM Act passing in the current lame-duck session of Congress.


Some parents of minority students may not be inclined to get involved in their children's schools if they feel the staff make negative assumptions about them and aren't interested in their cultural background, a report released today says.


Expecting the U.S. Senate to cast a procedural vote on the DREAM Act tomorrow, the U.S. Secretary of Education urged senators to pass legislation that would give some undocumented youths a path to legalization.


Juan Sepúlveda, the director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, will be a guest today for an EdWeek web chat about how administration officials plan to work with communities across the country to carry out President Obama's October 19 executive order to improve education for Latino students.


A research center that specializes in instruction for English-language learners has published a framework recommended for teaching social studies lessons for ELLs in the middle grades.


The Immigration Policy Center issued a statement calling for Congress to pass the DREAM Act signed by 250 scholars.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made a plug for the teaching of foreign languages in elementary and secondary schools last week without mentioning the great resource this country has of children who grow up speaking a language other than English at home.


Sylvia Mendez will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 in honor of her lifelong work in speaking out for the importance of educational equity, according to Latina magazine.


In court yesterday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. used the words "illegal aliens" to describe people who are living illegally in this country while Justice Sonia Sotomayor tended to refer to them as "undocumented aliens."


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid initiated the tabling of a procedural vote on the Senate version of the DREAM Act today in an effort to keep the issue alive in Congress.


The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the DREAM Act with a 216-198 vote; eight Republicans voted "yea".


A high school in a suburb of Chicago has implemented "response to intervention" first for its English-language learners and is now expanding the effort to involve all students.


School districts and charter schools could benefit from working together more on how to best serve English-language learners and students with disabilities, Vicki L. Phillips, the director of K-12 education initiatives for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told me this week.


Juan Sepúlveda will be the guest for a live Web chat hosted by Education Week on Dec. 16 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern time, to talk about how the federal government can work with communities to improve achievement among Latinos.


The Obama Administration has put a concerted effort into pushing for passage of the DREAM Act.


U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is urging Congress to pass the DREAM Act because, she says, "it would help improve immigration enforcement."


Spanish is not the top home language for students who are English-language learners in some states.


How to manufacture "teachable moments" is one of the topics discussed by bloggers who participated in an English-learning blog carnival.


A report recommends that if educators become aware that a student is undocumented, they should talk with the student about how to pursue legal status.


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