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.
The unintended consequences of high-stakes testing and accountability systems for English-language learners outweigh any benefits that standardized tests might have for such students, argue Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Corola Suarez-Orozco in an online editorial for the New York Times.
Juan Sepulveda, the director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, is taking an 18-state tour to hold a series of "community conversations" about Hispanic education.
A study in Germany found that if immigrant kids go to kindergarten, they are 25 percent more likely to take a pre-college track in education, according to Newsweek.
Larry Ferlazzo has created a new blog about engaging parents in schools and will also soon publish a book on that topic.
Cafe Latino Lifestyle Magazine takes a look at different kinds of bilingual education programs at private and public schools in the Chicago area.
A state appeals court has ruled that California can stick with English in testing English-language learners for accountability purposes under the No Child Left Behind Act. Nine school districts sued the state over the English-only testing issue in 2005.