Prolific blogger Larry Ferlazzo gives a nod to National Library Week by posting "the best sites to teach ELLs about libraries." I'm sure that Ferlazzo wouldn't disagree with me that one of the best ways to teach ELLs about libraries is to take them to a library. But these Web sites provide activities that could be used to set up the visit. I've noticed that Stephen D. Krashen, who is an expert on ELLs and a huge fan of libraries, consistently speaks up in public forums about the need for libraries in schools and communities to be well supported....


Alan Bersin, who was superintendent of San Diego City schools from 1998 to 2005, has been named by the Obama administration to lead the administration's policy on illegal immigration and drug-related violence near the U.S.-Mexican border, Politics K-12 reports. He's on the board of Democrats for Education Reform. He's also a former Secretary of Education for California. (Bersin is pictured here in a May 2006 Associated Press file photo taken by Rich Pedroncelli, during a state board of education meeting in Sacramento.) Here's the Los Angeles Times' take on the appointment. While we're on the topic of illegal ...


Judith Sloan, an artist and teacher, helps immigrant students from the International High School at LaGuardia Community College to shape their stories into a theater performance, The New York Times reports. And like a lot of arts programs, the project is in jeopardy because of a lack of funds....


Pennsylvania is requiring all its teacher-preparation programs to provide teacher-candidates with three credit hours of training in how to work with English-language learners and nine credit hours in how to work with special education students. The regulation was approved in June. By Jan. 1, 2011, all colleges and universities in Pennsylvania must meet the mandate, according to Leah M. Harris, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania education department. "We looked at the makeup of our students and classroom instruction, and it was very evident that teachers don’t just deal with students that some people would say are regular students in ...


Read The School Law Blog, written by Mark Walsh, for a preview of the arguments that are likely to be made in Horne v. Flores in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, April 20....


A Boston Globe editorial follows up on a report that shows that the approach of Boston Public Schools to teaching English-language learners is widening the achievement gap at all levels between such students and native speakers of English. The dropout rate for ELLs also dramatically increased from 2003 to 2006. The editorial suggests that Boston educators should take a field trip to some smaller school districts in the state that were featured in a 2007 Rennie Center report as implementing "best practices" for ELLs. Margaret Adams, who is a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Association of ...


Bill Evers, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, has critiqued on his blog the article I wrote about a long-running ELL case, Flores v. Arizona, published in Education Week last week and concludes I used "biased journalistic judgment" in my writing of the article. I beg to differ. But I've always found "letters to the editor" instructive, so I treated his blog entry as such and read it carefully. When I cover this legal battle in the future—specifically when it is taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court next week on April 20 and when a ruling...


Friday was Peter Zamora's last day as the Washington regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Zamora sent me a brief e-mail saying he's accepted a job as the senior education counsel for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a Democrat from New Mexico. I mention Zamora's job change on this blog because he has been one of the most prominent voices among nonprofit advocacy organizations speaking about English-language learners at various education meetings in the nation's capital. On behalf of MALDEF, he has supported the No Child Left Behind law's current requirements (and U.S. Department ...


Nik Peachy has published online the latest edition of the blog carnival for teaching English-language learners. One of the sites he selected that relates the most to the education of ELLs in primary and secondary schools in the United States (the subject of this blog) is a post, "The Best Sites for K-12 Intermediate English-Language Learners," by Larry Ferlazzo, who founded this particular carnival. Lindsay Clandfield also has an interesting post, "Six computer games to use in an English-language classroom." Peachy includes in his edition of the language-learning carnival criteria for what makes for a good blog post: informative, complete, ...


The National High School Center in Washington will host a Webinar on research-based methods for educating ELLs in high school. A school principal and two researchers will talk about "best practices" for educating ELLs and how these practices can be supported by policies at the district, state, and national levels. The event will be held on Thursday, May 14, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here for more details. While the question of how to improve high schools for ELLs is getting more attention in education circles (see this earlier post of mine), I ...


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