February 2011 Archives

Integrating ELLs in to Whole School Reform

I consider it to be a good thing that a middle school in Burien, Wash., is incorporating English-language learners in its implementation of a new approach to discipline.


ELL Group Urges Enforcement of Mass. Charter Provisions

An ELL advocacy group that had a hand in getting requirements written into Massachusetts law aimed to spur new charter schools to serve English-language learners is worried that the requirements are being largely ignored.


Rosalinda Barrera, the Listener

So far, Rosalinda B. Barrera has not publicly articulated new recommendations for federal policy on ELLs.


How Schools Fail Long-Term English-Language Learners

Over at Language on the Move, blogger Ingrid Piller writes about how educators often overlook the need of long-term English-language learners for reading and writing support.


Iowa's Grad Rate for English-Learners Improves

The rate for English-language learners to graduate from Iowa high school in four years increased from 64 percent to 73 percent from 2009 to 2010


'The Best Resources to See Who Might Fall Next After Mubarak'

What's going on with ordinary people in the Middle East taking to the streets and calling for changes in their governments is providing not only a "teachable moment" but rather a teachable month.


Will the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Change Course?

The composition of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has changed, and thus the issues it decides to focus on could also change.


Immigrants in 'New-Destination' States

South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee had the fastest growing foreign-born populations from 2000 to 2009, according to an analysis by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute of immigration trends.


Parents of an ELL Tackle Complexity of Spec. Ed. Identification

A story about two parents advocating for their adopted son, an English-language learner, to be placed in special education touches on a thorny issue regarding the education of ELLs.


Latino Advocacy Group Starts Bilingual Cyber Charter School

ASPIRA of Pennsylvania has launched a bilingual cyber school, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


The Face of the Undocumented Isn't Only a Star Student

A researcher from the University of Washington has published findings that show many undocumented students aren't honor students, nor do their schools support them to do well academically.


Undocumented Students May Get In-State Tuition Rates in Colorado

Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would give undocumented students in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.


Free WestEd Webinar to Focus on Adolescent ELLs

Instruction of English-language learners at the secondary-school level will be the subject of a free webinar hosted by WestEd, a San Francisco-based research and development organization, next week.


Teacher Says Funders' Report on ELLs Likely to 'Gather Dust'

The report released by Grantmakers for Education yesterday doesn't articulate a practical approach for improving the education of English-language learners, says Larry Ferlazzo, an English teacher of ELLs and other students at a high school in Sacramento.


Education Funders Group Calls for ELLs to Be High Priority

If philanthropists want to see education improved in this country, they need to focus more on the needs of English-language learners, says a report released today by an influential group of funders.


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