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January 28, 2019

Ed Dept. Toolkit Offers Guidance for English-Learner, Immigrant Parents

The first two chapters of the department's new "English Learner Family Toolkit" delivers tips on how to enroll children in school and a offers a look at how schools in the United States differ from those in other countries.

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.

January 19, 2018

Watch: A Parent's Campaign to Break Down Language Barriers for ELL Families

When Teresa Garcia's children started school, she often felt lost in translation. Her campaign for improved language services helped break down barriers for English-learner families.

October 24, 2017

Kids Count: Immigrants and Their Children Face Challenges on Path to Opportunity

Nationally, there are 18 million children who live with immigrant parents; an estimated 5 million of those children have at least one parent who is undocumented.

June 30, 2017

Bracing for a Showdown Over Immigration Rights, DACA

As the Trump administration looks to ramp up its immigration crackdown, advocates are rolling out how-to guides to teach schools and educators how to protect the rights of undocumented students.

May 19, 2017

Teaching and Welcoming English-Learners: New Guide Offers Advice

A Teaching Tolerance primer on helping ELL students and their families offers advice on topics ranging from family engagement and anti-bias strategies to classroom culture and instruction.

May 10, 2017

How Should Schools Respond to the Concerns of Undocumented Families?

A University of Missouri researcher examines how individual schools can meet the needs of students and families when the threat of deportation or detainment hit close to home.

August 12, 2016

ELL Parents Can Boost Their Children's English Skills By Doing These Two Things

Spanish-speaking children experience significant improvements in English-language acquisition during preschool when they have a good grasp of the letters and numbers in their home language.

June 24, 2016

Supreme Court Deadlock on Immigration Could Affect Student Well-Being

The fear of having parents forcibly removed from the country could affect the well-being and development of millions of children in K-12 schools, a recent report found.

December 11, 2015

Improving Instruction for English-Learners Is Aim of Ed. Dept. Grants

Soon-to-be Education Secretary John King says the grants are a "smart investment in biliteracy, family and community engagement, and expanding professional development for educators."

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