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January 11, 2016

New Federal K-12 Law Fails to Address 'Value of Bilingualism,' ELL Scholars Say

Some ELL researchers say the new ESSA law fails to make bilingualism and biliteracy a priority for all students in the United States, including English learners.

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 06, 2016

Utah Unveils New Wrinkle For Seal of Biliteracy Honor

Starting with the graduating class of 2017, Utah will offer a two-tier seal of biliteracy to recognize students who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages.

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 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."

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.

December 02, 2015

ESEA Rewrite Could Serve as 'Huge Civil Rights' Bill for ELLs, Some Advocates Say

The legislation would do more to hold all schools, not just those with significant ELL enrollments, accountable for the education of non-native English speaking students.

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