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May 11, 2010

Innovation: LUCHA Helps ELLs Get High School Credits

A program that provides online courses to English-language learners in Spanish while they learn English is continuing to gain a foothold in Texas public schools.

February 02, 2010

Phila. District Offers Callers a Language Hotline

The Philadelphia school district has a message on its voice mail system notifying callers that a language hotline is available for interpretation in languages other than English or Spanish.

January 25, 2010

Readers Weigh in on RTI and English-Learners

Readers have posted thoughtful critiques to a story on using "response to intervention" with English-language learners.

January 13, 2010

Innovations: Practicing a New Language Through Technology

Both expensive and free technology is available to help students practice using a new language.

January 12, 2010

Some California High Schools Offer 'Seal of Biliteracy'

Some California school districts are providing a "seal of biliteracy" on high school diplomas for graduates who show proficiency in two languages.

December 03, 2009

A Mexican Pinocchio, Brought to You by Bilingual Theater

An arts organization in New York City presents a show in Spanish and English featuring a Mexican Pinocchio.

November 24, 2009

Innovation: English-as-a-Second-Language Kindergarten

Minnesota's Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District is offering English-language learners a half day of kindergarten taught by an English-as-a-second-language teacher in addition to a regular half-day of kindergarten.

October 14, 2009

Innovation: Teaching Shakespeare to English-Learners

Christina Porter is a literacy coach at Revere High School in Massachusetts and has co-taught William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and "Midsummer Night's Dream" to a class of English-language learners.

August 05, 2009

Innovation: Teacher House Calls

An article by Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher of English-language learners at Luther Burbank High School in California, published today by Teacher Magazine is not only about Ferlazzo's experiences in visiting the homes of some of his students. It's also about how the Sacramento City Unified School Distric...

June 09, 2009

Innovation: Gone Fishing

What I like best about this article from the Washington Post about how English-language learners from two different schools take a fishing trip together every year is the story about how the annual event got started. Two decades ago, an English-as-a-second-language teacher at Bethesda Elementary ...

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