Thanks to those of you who signed in to today's online chat about adolescent literacy after a long holiday weekend. The guest was Michael L. Kamil, a reading expert at Stanford University who also knows a lot about ELLs. I asked Kamil one question, the last question of the chat, about ELLs and literacy. He answered that "appropriate use of native language is most effective in acquiring literacy in a second language." The transcript is now online here. By the way, a Webinar on adolescent literacy is scheduled for June 2, a week from today, noon to 1:30 p.m.,...


EdWeek will be hosting Michael L. Kamil, a prominent researcher on reading, for a live chat today focusing on adolescent literacy. I'll be the moderator and it will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern time. Find more information here. Kamil was a member of the National Literacy Panel for Language-Minority Children and Youth, so he has a lot of knowledge about literacy and English-language learners as well as adolescent literacy in general. I'm thinking that some of you who are working with ELLs with interrupted formal schooling, who have little or no literacy in their ...


Kenji Hakuta, an education professor and expert on English-language learners at Stanford University, and his doctoral students have created WordSift, a Web tool that enables students to click on words and pull up images that illustrate them.


Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne sends a staffer to the Mexican-U.S. border to collect "video evidence" that a charter school is enrolling Mexican residents.


The top two reasons that immigrant women say they moved to the United States were to join family members already in the country and "to make a better life" for their children, according to a poll of a representative sample of such women by New America Media. The pollsters interviewed 1,002 immigrant women from Latin American, Asian, African, and Arab countries in August and September of 2008. The margin of error is 3 percent. I'm thinking the findings might be helpful for educators of English-language learners who have a lot of interaction with parents. Many of these women, in ...


CNN features today a Methodist preparatory school in El Paso, Texas, that enrolls a significant number of students who live in Juarez, Mexico, and walk across the border each day to go to school. The article says that 70 percent of the 459 students at the Methodist high school, the Lydia Patterson Institute, live in Juarez. This caught my attention because I just wrote on this blog about how Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne wants the Arizona legislature to pass a law barring charter schools from enrolling students who live in Mexico and walk across the border to go ...


The New York City-based Internationals Network for Public Schools is one of four organizations that will receive an "immigrant integration" award today from the Migration Policy Institute. The institute has established the new E Pluribus Unum prizes, a $50,000 award for each organization selected, to highlight organizations that are doing a good job in helping immigrants adjust to U.S. society. Interestingly, the Internationals Network for Public Schools supports a group of high schools that enroll only immigrant newcomers, which are sometimes criticized for separating immigrant English-language learners out from native speakers of English. But when I asked a ...


Tamar Levin of The New York Times visited the Nogales Unified School District in Arizona to write about Horne v. Flores, the case involving state funding for English-language learners that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on soon. The reporter visited the same schools in the district, and even one of the same classrooms, as I did a couple of months ago when I traveled to Nogales and reported on the same court case. I reported on the oral arguments on the case last month....


Read my recent story published in Education Week about how some school districts are planning to spend federal economic stimulus funds to support or improve programs for ELLs. I previously wrote on this blog about how the Seattle school district plans to use some stimulus funds to revamp its ELL programs....


I'll be out of the office on a reporting trip until next Wednesday, May 20. Look for new posts on that day. In the meantime, you might want to browse this week's Carnival of Education. It includes a blog entry, Should children's books be more multicultural?, posted by Sarah Ebner at School Gate, which offers suggestions for books that feature characters from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. My favorite entry, which I admit doesn't have much to do with the subject of this blog, is 100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything, posted by Rated Colleges. The video, "Following ...


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