May 2011 Archives

How Instructional Teams Support Education of ELLs

Having school-level instructional teams is one tool that has helped San Diego's Chula Vista Elementary School District succeed with English-language learners, according to a long-time administrator in the district.


A Free Webinar on Teaching Science to English-Learners

The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition is hosting a free webinar on how to teach science to English-language learners on June 7, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.


White House Official Stresses Need for Native-Language Tests

A White House official said that the Obama administration wants to see school districts move forward in making native-language assessments available for English-language learners.


Obama Chose Two ELL Experts for Hispanic Education Commission

Two experts on ELLs are among the commissioners appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.


One State's Problems With Identifying ELLs With Disabilities

Massachusetts school districts are likely mistakenly identifying many English-language learners as having disabilities when they don't and also are not adequately serving many of those who are properly identified, a report released today concludes.


When Administrators Don't Understand Needs of ELLs...

Over at the Teacher channel, educators are giving advice to a teacher of English-language learners on how to work within some constraints provided administrators that don't seem to show an understanding of the needs of such students.


Are You Doing Something Innovative With ELLs?

The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition has put out a call for educators to write about their innovative approaches to educating ELLs in 300 words or less.


A Vision for ELL Inclusion in Tests Pegged to the 'Common Core'

New tests for the Common Core State Standards Initiative should pay particular attention to how formative tests designed within the assessment systems can improve outcomes form English-language learners, a researcher from WestEd contends in a paper released this week.


President's Commission on Hispanic Ed. to Meet in May

President Obama has carried through on his promise to set up an advisory commission on Hispanic education.


Federal English-Learner Office Reaches Out to Districts

The leaders of the office of English-language acquisition of the U.S. Department of Education are working hard to raise awareness about the needs of ELLs within the department and to build links with school districts across the nation, I gathered from an interview Friday.


An Email From the Central Asia Institute on 'Pennies for Peace'

The Central Asia Institute wants readers of this blog to know that Pennies for Peace is a restricted fund and the money donated to it has always gone to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Greg Mortenson's Group Defends Handling of Funds

The Central Asia Institute posts a publication that defends how it has handled donations to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Innovation: A Career and Technical School for ELLs Only

In September, the New York City Department of Education expects to open a new school for English-language learners that has a mission of preparing them to graduate with skills recognized by the graphic-arts industry.


President Obama Vows to 'Keep Fighting' for the DREAM Act

In a speech today in El Paso, Texas, arguing for comprehensive immigration reform, President Obama said "we're going to keep fighting for the DREAM Act."


Feds: Schools Are Obliged to Educate the Undocumented

The federal government is trying to make it absolutely clear that schools must enroll children regardless of their immigration status and that they shouldn't be carrying out any practices that would discourage immigrant families from having their children participate in school.


Blog on Break

Learning the Language is taking a break until Wednesday, May 11.


ELLs and the Rush to Implement the Common Core

A lot of the talk during the webinar I moderated yesterday about improving literacy for English-language learners involved how to make sure English-language learners aren't "an afterthought" in district's instructional plans.


Researcher Says Preliteracy Measures for ELLs are Improving

The field of preschool education is "moving in the right direction" in developing effective tools to assess preliteracy for bilingual youngsters, a researcher said during a forum last week hosted by Princeton University.


Free Webinar Today on Improving Literacy for ELLs

Here's a reminder that ELL experts Diane August of the Center for Applied Linguistics and Gabriela Uro of the Council of the Great City Schools will be guests at a free webinar today.


It's Hard to Get A Handle on Federal ELL Policy

A report on Latino education contains four paragraphs about English-language learners.


'National Conversations' on ELLs Set for May 9 and 10

The last round of "national conversations" on the education of English-language learners is scheduled for May 9 and 10 in New York City and Charlotte, N.C.


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