Celebrating Ourselves: St. Frances Cree Bilingual Program, Saskatoon

In an article written for CBC news, reporter Ntawnis Piapot discusses how one school is using hip-hop as a means to encourage and support Indigenous cultural identity in the classroom. Zoey Roy, a spoken word poet and community educator, visits the middle school students at Saskatoon’s St. Frances Cree Bilingual School and shows them how … Continue reading Celebrating Ourselves: St. Frances Cree Bilingual Program, Saskatoon

Nine Ways to Welcome All Students: Lessons From Canada

Education Week’s Equity and Diversity gallery includes many short videos created to help teachers of English Language Learners. In this brief video, we explore Islington Junior Middle School in Toronto, Canada. According to the video, a third of the schoolchildren in Canada “are immigrants or have a parent who was born abroad,” and a portion … Continue reading Nine Ways to Welcome All Students: Lessons From Canada

Free Webinar from TESOL

TESOL International Association, a professional organization dedicated to “advancing the quality of English language teaching through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy,” will be hosting a webinar on December 5, 2018 about the unique learning needs and experiences of English Language Learners in early education.   “ELs in the Early Years: Focus on High-Quality Teaching … Continue reading Free Webinar from TESOL

Two Boston-Area Schools Advance Dual Language Teaching

A recent article published by the Christian Science Monitor examines the impact of dual language education in Boston, Massachusetts. Written by Noble Ingram, a staff writer, this article considers a kindergarten Haitian Creole-English dual language immersion school recently opened in 2017 – it’s the only one in the United States. The Toussaint L’Ouverture Academy finds … Continue reading Two Boston-Area Schools Advance Dual Language Teaching

5 Thoughtful Ways to Create a Classroom Library

Talya Edlund, contributive writer for Edutopia, regards classroom libraries as crucial in cultivating student interest in reading. But a classroom library is not enough –  educators must make careful, purposeful choices of the books found in their libraries. Edlund advocates for book choices that are reflective of students’ cultures, histories, families, and experiences, as many … Continue reading 5 Thoughtful Ways to Create a Classroom Library

Dual Language Students are Changing the National Narrative

Journalist Conor P. Williams discusses how school districts are utilizing advantages English Language Learners (ELLs) bring to the classroom a recent Edutopia article. As the article explains, many U.S. school districts have been “scrambling for ways to meet the needs of ELLs,” since this population totals “nearly 5 million U.S. students—an increase of over 1 million since … Continue reading Dual Language Students are Changing the National Narrative

A Call for ELL Students to Access STEM Classes

Corey Mitchell, a contributing writer for EducationWeek, has published an article about the findings from a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report. The report from the National Academies reveals that under-resourced schools and underprepared educators “limit English-learners’ access to high-quality and challenging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educational opportunities.” This research report … Continue reading A Call for ELL Students to Access STEM Classes

Tips for Teachers: Numeracy and the Bilingual Classroom

ColorínColorado has a resource page dedicated to “Instructional Strategies for Dually-Identified Students,” written and researched by Dr. Diane Torres-Velasquez of the University of New Mexico and Dr. Diane Rodriguez of Fordham University. This page includes articles, videos, and recommended resources for educators looking to effectively modify instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) with “identified disabilities.” … Continue reading Tips for Teachers: Numeracy and the Bilingual Classroom

Three Tips for In-Class Assessments

Andrew Miller, a contributing writer for Edutopia, has recently published an article on assessment in the classroom. He suggests that informal “interviews or chats” with our students are more effective in assessment than formalized tests. Assessment can be scary. Miller suggests that “the word assessment carries a lot of baggage and can cause anxiety in both … Continue reading Three Tips for In-Class Assessments

“Learning How to Speak with My Ancestors”: A Story of Finding Identity Through Language

Learning our heritage language allows us access to our ancestral roots, so believes Alisha Drabek, a woman who recently learned her native language of Alutiiq. Published by Sierra Club National Magazine, in a compelling piece titled “Learning How to Speak with My Ancestors,” Drabek divulges her personal history (and struggle) with her native language and … Continue reading “Learning How to Speak with My Ancestors”: A Story of Finding Identity Through Language