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January 21, 2011

WIDA Tally: Half of States Are Now Members of Consortium

With Alaska joining the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium this week, half of the nation's states are now members of the nonprofit organization that has developed English-language-proficiency standards and an assessment for English-language learners.

January 14, 2011

Trend Watch: Co-Teaching in Classrooms With ELLs

Time is the number one challenge for teachers to collaborate in instructing English-language learners, says the co-author of a book published on how general education and ELL specialists can work together.

January 04, 2011

Report Says Most Countries Aren't 'Managing' Migration Well

Most countries of the world, including industrialized countries, don't have the capacity to effectively handle migration, according to a report by the International Organization for Migration.

December 29, 2010

Easing the Transition of ELLs from Middle to High School

One key to improving the education of English-language learners in high schools is to better ease the transition for such students from middle to high school, writes a longtime expert on ELLs.

December 28, 2010

Most-Read Posts at Learning the Language in 2010

A controversy over the merits of ethnic-studies courses in Arizona's Tucson Unified School District and how to identify disabilities in English-language learners were two of the hottest topics at Learning the Language in 2010.

December 27, 2010

GAO Study Shows Link Between Student Mobility and ELLs

The nation's schools with high rates of student mobility have larger than average percentages of students who are low-income, receive special education, and are English-language learners

December 20, 2010

Have Early Colleges Reached English-Learners?

One of the goals of the national Early-College High School Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to support English-language learners to succeed in postsecondary education.

December 07, 2010

Gates Urges Charter-District Collaboration on Serving ELLs

School districts and charter schools could benefit from working together more on how to best serve English-language learners and students with disabilities, Vicki L. Phillips, the director of K-12 education initiatives for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told me this week.

December 02, 2010

Spanish is Not the Top Language for ELLs in Some States

Spanish is not the top home language for students who are English-language learners in some states.

November 03, 2010

Trend Watch: A Bilingual Test for Speech-Language Disorders

Researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, have created an assessment designed to detect speech-language disorders in children who speak both Spanish and English

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