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January 19, 2016

Obama's Deferred Action Policy for Immigrants to Get Supreme Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the Obama administration's policy offering relief for undocumented immigrant parents of children who are U.S. citizens.

January 08, 2016

Will Schools Be Prepared for Latest Surge of Unaccompanied Minors?

While districts can estimate how many new students they will be absorbing from the border crisis, many won't know how many additional resources they'll need until students show up.

January 04, 2016

English-Language-Learner Graduation Rates Are All Over the Map

West Virginia, Arkansas and Iowa were the states where graduation rates for ELLs topped 80 percent. Less than a third of English-learners in Arizona and Nevada graduated on time.

December 30, 2015

The Most-Read Blog Posts of 2015 From Learning the Language

With the end of the year fast approaching, here's a roundup of the 10 most popular posts on the Learning the Language blog from 2015

December 16, 2015

Report Recommends Longer School Day for English-Language Learners

A study from the National Center on Time and Learning explores how extended school days boosted achievement at three high-poverty U.S. elementary schools.

December 10, 2015

Losing Bilingual Support Staff Can Affect ELL Students, Parents

Layoffs of bilingual secretaries in several Detroit schools come at a time when the U.S. Department of Education and other organizations have called for districts to redouble their efforts to connect with English-language learner parents.

December 09, 2015

How Many Superintendents Are Former English-Language Learners?

Sergio Paez, newly hired to be superintendent in Minneapolis, and Valeria Silva, the schools chief in neighboring St. Paul, are both one-time English-learners, who say their own experiences as ELLs inform their work.

November 09, 2015

ELL Programs Often Focus on Basic Skills, Not Higher-Order Thinking, Study Finds

A focus on students' deficits can lead to unequal access to meaningful content, two new reports argue.

October 28, 2015

Prior Education Determines How Refugee ELLs Adjust to U.S. Schools

A new analysis from the Migration Policy Institute examines the role that prior education experiences play in refugee students' adjustment to K-12 schools.

October 26, 2015

Teachers Should Adapt to Culture of Newcomer ELLs, Researchers Argue

The Migration Policy Institute report painted a picture of teachers and their students with limited or no formal education struggling to bridge cultural and language gaps.

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