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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.

November 13, 2015

Portland Dual-Language-Immersion Students Outperform Peers in Reading

A four-year study finds English-learners and native English speakers in Portland, Ore., alike improved significantly in bilingual schools.

November 12, 2015

Study Offers Snapshot of Global English-Language-Learner Trends

An annual report card from a private language-instruction company ranks the English language skills of adults in 70 countries.

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 30, 2015

Reports Spotlight Dual-Language-Learner Programs in D.C., Oregon, Texas

The New American Foundation's Dual Language Learners Work Group takes a look at efforts in three cities to support the development of young dual-language learners.

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.

October 22, 2015

Pre-K Literacy Key to English-Language Learner Reclassification, Study Finds

Analysis shows that students who don't achieve English-proficiency by the time they reach upper elementary are less likely to ever do so

October 20, 2015

Federal Guide Outlines Supports for Undocumented H.S. and College Students

The guide should help school leaders support children "regardless of actual or perceived immigration status," wrote Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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