Five-Part Series on ELLs Concludes: Learning with Larry Ferlazzo

Larry Ferlazzo, an award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in California and author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges and The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide, recently completed his five-part series about English Language Learners on Education Week. As we have written about before, each publication of … Continue reading Five-Part Series on ELLs Concludes: Learning with Larry Ferlazzo

The C6 Biliteracy Framework: Learning from Dr. Jose Medina

Dr. José Medina, Founder and Chief Educational Advocate at Dr. José Medina: Educational Solutions, has written an article for DualLanguageSchools.org, an organization dedicated to the proliferation of advice columns and materials for bilingual educators. In his article, Dr. Medina addresses classroom teacher concerns. As he reflects on his own experience, Dr. Medina recalls working “hard … Continue reading The C6 Biliteracy Framework: Learning from Dr. Jose Medina

Non-cognitive Skills and Bilingual Education: Lifelong Benefits

In a recent publication by Edutopia, contributive writer Youki Terada considers the long-term impacts of school teachers. The article begins by introduces a recent study which concludes that, “Teachers who help students improve noncognitive skills such as self-regulation raise their grades and likelihood of graduating from high school more than teachers who help them improve … Continue reading Non-cognitive Skills and Bilingual Education: Lifelong Benefits

Four Main Causes of Misbehavior at School, as Described by Sister Pat McCormack

Today’s post is being shared from Today’s Catholic Teacher. Written by Sr. Patricia M. McCormack, IHM, EdD and originally published January 30, 2019. ——- Manage Misbehavior When your heart is happy, things do not bother you; you are less likely to take offense, you are cooperative, and the day flows by pleasantly. When your heart … Continue reading Four Main Causes of Misbehavior at School, as Described by Sister Pat McCormack

Besos and Double Sevens: Celebrating St. Valentine’s Day Across Many Cultures

As the TWIN-CS community enjoys chocolates, flowers, and Valentine’s cards today, they can also take a look at these resources for celebrating the holiday of love in Spanish- and Mandarin-speaking cultures: St. Valentine’s Day in the Spanish-Speaking world: -Vocabulary and traditions from the Fluencia blog –Five Facts about St. Valentine’s Day in Spain -Valentine’s messages … Continue reading Besos and Double Sevens: Celebrating St. Valentine’s Day Across Many Cultures

Hugs and Smiles: How Relationships with Teachers Help Students Become Healthy and Happy

In How Learning Happens, a video series created by Edutopia, educators can discover various teaching practices rooted in “the science of learning and human development.” In one such video, titled “The Power of Relationships in Schools,” educators discuss how strong relationships with students are central to the learning process. Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO … Continue reading Hugs and Smiles: How Relationships with Teachers Help Students Become Healthy and Happy

Uplifting All Cultures in Our TWIN-CS Classrooms: Thoughts on Recent Discussions

As we reflect on recent news, we must remind ourselves that multilingualism, the very concept ingrained in two-way immersion education, echoes the immeasurable diversity of the United States. PBS Newshour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor argues that, “the idea that we think Americans can only speak English, as if Spanish and other languages wasn’t always part of … Continue reading Uplifting All Cultures in Our TWIN-CS Classrooms: Thoughts on Recent Discussions

Expanding bilingual schooling options in New York City

In a recent publication from Chalkbeat news, contributing writer Christina Veiga discusses the addition of 47 new dual language programs for pre-K students in New York City. With these programs, the city will have their first dual-language pre-K programs in French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, and Hebrew, in addition to their already-established programs in Spanish, Chinese, … Continue reading Expanding bilingual schooling options in New York City

Learning from Merci: Award-winning novel changes hearts and minds

An article by School Library Journal, penned by contributing writer Kara Yorio, commemorates the success of recent Newbery Medal award-winner Meg Medina. For those unfamiliar, Medina wrote the popular children’s book “Merci Suárez Changes Gears” which follows a sixth-grade girl through “dealing with growing up and changes at school and within her large immigrant family.” … Continue reading Learning from Merci: Award-winning novel changes hearts and minds

The Year of the Pig! TWIN-CS Celebrates Chinese New Year

Happy New Year! On February 5th, 2019, the TWIN-CS community celebrates the Chinese New Year! During this Year of the Pig, some TWIN-CS schools are commemorating the New Year with their very own festivals. All Souls World Language Catholic School, located in California, is a dual language school that teaches in Mandarin Chinese and English … Continue reading The Year of the Pig! TWIN-CS Celebrates Chinese New Year