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May 20, 2015

New Glossary Aims to Offer Clarity on Language-Learner Terms

The New America Foundations hopes the glossary will pin down what educators mean when they talk about dual-language learners, English-language learners, long-term English learners, and other groups of students.

May 12, 2015

D.C. Schools to Offer Seal of Biliteracy

To earn the seal, D.C. students must demonstrate "cultural and communicative competency" in English and another language.

April 20, 2015

English-Learner Advocate Appointed to California Board of Education

In January, leaders in 20 nonprofit organizations wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown, asking him to consider the importance of appointing a champion for ELLs, who constitute a quarter of the state's K-12 student population.

April 02, 2015

Catching Up on Statewide Efforts to Promote Bilingualism

Biliteracy seal bills are under consideration in the Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Rhode Island, Utah, and Virginia state legislatures. Several states with large English-language learner enrollment, including California, New York, and Texas, have already approved laws.

February 04, 2015

Q&A With Libia Gil, Head of the Federal ELL Office

The longtime educator says English-learners are a population of students who are "historically underserved," but she expects that to change.

February 02, 2015

Obama Budget Seeks More Funding for English-Learner Programs

The president's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget would raise spending levels for those programs to $773 million, an increase of nearly 5 percent.

January 28, 2015

Adults, Peers Play Different Roles in ELLs' School Readiness, Study Finds

The study found that the quality of early-childhood teachers' English use is more important than the quantity for developing language skills in young ELLs.

January 14, 2015

New York City Schools to Add Dual-Language Programs at 40 Schools

The programs will include instruction in Mandarin, French, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Japanese, or Spanish, depending on the school site.

December 12, 2014

Houston to Open Arabic Immersion Elementary School

Arabic classes have failed to become a common offering in U.S. public schools despite a 2006 initiative by former President George W. Bush to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking and teaching the language.

October 21, 2014

Georgia's Preschool Providers to Learn How to Better Support English-Learners

As a result of Georgia's Race to the Top-Early Learning challenge grant, state preschool and early-care providers will be trained to identify and support dual-language learners.

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