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November 27, 2019

Connecting With English-Learner Families: 5 Ideas to Help Schools

English-language-learner families are less likely to attend parent-teacher conferences and other school-related events, which means they miss out on important opportunities to communicate about their children's academic progress.

November 14, 2019

José Viana, Head of Federal ELL Office to Resign

"I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and privilege I have been given to serve my country and its learners," Viana wrote in an email to supporters this week.

October 15, 2019

100,000 Students Earned the Seal of Biliteracy, But They're in a Handful of States

Dozens of states offer the seal of biliteracy, but more than 80 percent of students who earn the honor are concentrated in just five states, a new report reveals.

August 15, 2019

A 'One-Size-Fits-All' Approach to English-Learner Education Won't Work. Here's Why

The current system results in less access to academic classes for long-term English-learners, a new study argues, while more recent arrivals sometimes fare better.

July 26, 2019

Is Congress Lagging in Nationwide Push for Language Learning?

The popularity of the seal of biliteracy has surged across the country but federal legislation that would fund U.S. Department of Education grants to help states and school districts establish and strengthen programs has repeatedly sputtered in Congress.

July 17, 2019

Do English-Language Learners Get Stigmatized by Teachers? A Study Says Yes

New research suggests that English-language-learner classification has a "direct and negative effect on teachers' perceptions of students' academic skills."

May 23, 2019

Itinerant English-Learners Pose Challenges for School Systems

A new study that sought to examine learning conditions across the country for long-term English-learners found that 1 in 5 of the students are highly mobile, and may not have access to consistent language support as a result.

May 21, 2019

U.S. Economy Needs More Foreign Language Studies to Stay Competitive, Report Says

A new report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages determines that U.S. employees are missing out on business opportunities because they struggle to find employees who can communicate in languages other than English.

May 13, 2019

As More States Adopt Bilingualism Seal, Equity Concerns Arise

While demographic information on students earning the seal of biliteracy is not tracked in many states, new research suggests that English-learners and students from low-income families may be on the wrong side of an equity gap.

April 11, 2019

School Districts Get Creative to Fill English-Learner Teaching Vacancies, Survey Finds

A new survey from the Council of the Great City Schools reveals trends on English-learner enrollment, linguistic diversity, student achievement, professional development, and staffing in the nation's largest school districts.

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