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November 02, 2018

English-Learners and Social Media: Can Facebook Boost Literacy in Two Languages?

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota found that using Facebook as a platform for English-language learner writing and engagement helped students build confidence, reduced inhibitions about producing written English, and paved the way for more complex language use.

October 23, 2018

English-Learners and Ed Tech: A 'Tool Kit' From the Education Department

The U.S. Department of Education has released a five-step guide for educators on the hunt for tech tools to support their English-language-learner students and guidance to teachers already using technology in their classrooms.

October 18, 2018

English-Learners Often Denied Full Access to STEM Education, Report Finds

"It is imperative that ELs have the same quality of STEM-related learning opportunities as their never EL peers," a new study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes. The study, led by a blue-ribbon panel, offers a series of recommendations designed to help schools reach that goal.

October 12, 2018

The Five Most Common Native Languages of English-Learners

Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole are the most prevalent native languages spoken by English-learners in America's public schools, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education.

October 08, 2018

Most States Failing to Meet English-Learner Academic Targets, Report Finds

Over the past decade, English-learner enrollment in K-12 schools has increased by more than 100 percent in 11 states. While the number of ELL students is on the rise, the quality of education those students receive may not be keeping pace.

October 04, 2018

Four Steps Schools Should Take to Identify Gifted English-Learners

Researchers from the National Center for Research on Gifted Education visited elementary and middle schools in three states to study schools that had "exemplary" track records in spotting academically talented ELLs. Nationally, only 2 percent of English-learners are enrolled in gifted and talented programs.

September 27, 2018

DeVos' Approval of Florida's ESSA Plan Is Bad for English-Learners, Advocates Say

The state's plan for educating English-language learners under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act falls short of equity for the state's 300,000 ELLs, advocates argue. The education secretary and federal education officials see things differently.

September 21, 2018

ELL Teachers Are in Short Supply. Some Lawmakers Want to Fix That

Democrats in Congress are pushing legislation to help increase the skills and knowledge of teachers who work with English-learners, including how to identify and teach ELLs with disabilities and how to promote family and community engagement.

September 21, 2018

Dual-Language Learning: A Former Principal's Advice for Schools

In this sixth installment on the growth in dual-language learning, an expert argues that true dual-language education is not just learning how to speak another language. The experience provides an opportunity to immerse a student in both language and culture.

September 20, 2018

Dual-Language Learning: How Schools Can Empower Students and Parents

In this fifth installment on the growth in dual-language learning, the executive director of the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder., says districts should focus on the what students and their families need, not what educators want.

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