Teaching Dually Classified Learners: Bilingualism and Special Education

Contributing writer Wendy Farr has written an article for Edutopia titled “Working With Dually Classified Learners.” The article offers practical strategies for dually-identified students –  English language learners (ELLs) who are also students with special needs – who have specific and unique needs in the classroom. As background, Farr acknowledges recent U.S. Department of Education … Continue reading Teaching Dually Classified Learners: Bilingualism and Special Education

Bilingualism Found to be Beneficial for Autistic Children

The Conversation, a nonprofit online research journal, has published an article about autism and its possible relation to bi/multilingualism. University of Cambridge’s researchers Katie Howard, Jenny Gibson, and Napoleon Katsos purport that bilingualism may be beneficial for children with autism, as their research has found that “bilingualism has no negative effect on autistic traits, or … Continue reading Bilingualism Found to be Beneficial for Autistic Children

New America report: Cultural Responsiveness Needed In Teaching Standards

EducationDive, an online resource that provides context and clarify to esoteric educational research, offers insight into a recent report by New America that suggests “Some states’ teaching standards lack details on cultural responsiveness.” The “dive brief” explains that teaching standards in all 50 states “include some reference to showing respect for students’ cultural diversity or … Continue reading New America report: Cultural Responsiveness Needed In Teaching Standards

From Edutopia: Four Ways to Support ELL Comprehension

Karissa Knox Sorrell of Edutopia has written an informative article that details “4 Simple Ways to Support English Learners’ Comprehension,” with useful strategies to bolster ELL understanding “in any class.” Visual Cues Imaging will “clarify meaning and encourage understanding,” especially in terms of vocabulary. Knox Sorrell suggests coupling important vocabulary with pictures, a strategy she … Continue reading From Edutopia: Four Ways to Support ELL Comprehension

Rhode Island Names Bilingual Educator Next State Commissioner

In a brief article published by EducationWeek, contributing writer Daarel Burnette II discusses Rhode Island’s newest choice for the commissioner of education. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recommended Angélica Infante-Green as the state’s next commissioner of education. Infante-Green is an expert on English Language Learner communities, a first-generation immigrant, and originally hails from New York. According to … Continue reading Rhode Island Names Bilingual Educator Next State Commissioner

Keep Foreign Language Programs: An Op-Ed on Language Learning from the NYTimes

In a recent New York Times article, the French Embassy’s cultural counselor, Ms. Bénédicte de Montlaur, argues for the proliferation, not the elimination, of language programs in the United States. According to Ms. de Montlaur, the Modern Language Association (MLA), “from 2013 to 2016, colleges across the United States cut 651 foreign language programs,” with … Continue reading Keep Foreign Language Programs: An Op-Ed on Language Learning from the NYTimes

Six Ways to Strengthen Extended Day Programs for ELLs from Colorín Colorado

In an older, though still very much relevant, publication by Colorín Colorado, researchers Nancy Cloud, Judah Lakin, Erin Leininger, and Laura Maxwell provide a resource titled “Before- & After-School Support for Adolescent ELLs.” This resource outlines effective programs and specific elements of those programs that “assist [ELLs] with their academics and acclimate them to the … Continue reading Six Ways to Strengthen Extended Day Programs for ELLs from Colorín Colorado

Ten Strategies for Supporting Immigrant Students and Families from Colorín Colorado

For those interested, Colorín Colorado has an outstanding resource for supporting immigrant students and families. Titled “Ten Strategies for Supporting Immigrant Students and Families,” this resource delineates 10 key strategies: Help families keep their emergency contact information updated. Ensure all staff understand immigrant students’ rights. Let all students and families know that they are welcome. … Continue reading Ten Strategies for Supporting Immigrant Students and Families from Colorín Colorado

Bilingualism in the Windy City: Universities Aim to Train More Bilingual Teachers

Written by contributing writer Adeshina Emmanuel, a recent ChalkBeat article discusses how five Chicago universities are teaming up to expand bilingual education in their state. Bilingualism Matters, an international research center, is connecting with local Chicago universities in their endeavor to spread bilingual education. This collaboration involves “scientists and linguists” from Northwestern University, Loyola University … Continue reading Bilingualism in the Windy City: Universities Aim to Train More Bilingual Teachers

Bilingualism in Florida: Thoughts from Mentor Dr. Ryan Pontier

Ryan Pontier, Visiting Assistant Professor of the School of Education and Human Development at Florida International University, Co-Chair of LULAC Florida Government and Media Relations Committee, and TWIN-CS Network mentor shares keen insight on current developing bi/multilingual education in Florida: Perhaps one of the most challenging tasks we engage in as educators is teaching for … Continue reading Bilingualism in Florida: Thoughts from Mentor Dr. Ryan Pontier