It's OK to teach children to read two languages at the same time, says Barbara Zurer Pearson, author of Raising a Bilingual Child, in an "ask an expert" column posted at SpanglishBaby.


Pamela Spycher, who directs WestEd's Egnslih-learners and language arts project, will be giving a Webinar on Aug. 20, from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eatern Time on how to teach academic language to English-language learners in grades K-8.


Scholastic and Colorin Colorado have published articles providing tips for how teachers can welcome English-language learners.


A task force looking at how best to include English-language learners in the National Assessment of Educational Progress report that "targeted testing" might work well for that group of students, according to Curriculum Matters.


With Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, it's possible that a "Sotomayor effect" on Latino education has begun.


Eduflack says that people shouldn't lose sight of the fact that while Los Angeles schools experienced a 17 percent decline in the dropout rate over the course of one year, the dropout rate is still 26.4 percent.


An article by Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher of English-language learners at Luther Burbank High School in California, published today by Teacher Magazine is not only about Ferlazzo's experiences in visiting the homes of some of his students. It's also about how the Sacramento City Unified School District has partnered with its local teachers' union to support visits of teachers districtwide to their students' homes. It's called the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project. Through the project, teachers are compensated for their time in making home visits. Now that's an innovation....


The summer edition of the Language-Learning Carnival has been posted.


Mary Ann Zehr of Learning the Language is tweeting. http://twitter.com/mazehr


The principal of Valley High School in Las Vegas says his school's graduation rate of 55 percent is inaccurate. One reason for the inaccuracy, he says, is that many of his school's students are Mexicans who go back and forth across the border, and are hard to track.


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