Bilingualism in Arizona: Changing Perspectives

A local news article by KJZZ, penned by Lauren Gilger, discusses a changing perspective toward bilingual education in Arizona. As the article states, Arizonian voters passed an “English-only” law in 2000 which pushed English Language Learners (ELLs) into structured English immersion programs. As recently as 2017, the graduation rate for ELLs “was only about 18 … Continue reading Bilingualism in Arizona: Changing Perspectives

Giving Students the Time They Need: Report from the Migration Policy Institute

Corey Mitchell, contributing writer for Education Week, discusses a recent Migration Policy Institution (MPI) publication that suggests ESSA may be penalizing English Language Learners (ELLs). According to the article, the four-year graduation expectation which has becomes “such a prominent part of school accountability plans,” might lead “administrators in traditional high schools to turn away older … Continue reading Giving Students the Time They Need: Report from the Migration Policy Institute

Preschool Tools in Mandarin, Spanish, and English from the Education Development Center

The Education Development Center (EDC) has released Tools to Support Preschool Learning, a toolkit for early childhood educators who are “looking for ways to develop a supportive learning environment for children who are emergent bilingual (or dual language) learners.” This toolkit now has two new additions, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, titled … Continue reading Preschool Tools in Mandarin, Spanish, and English from the Education Development Center

Learning from the 2019 Teacher of the Year: Mr. Rodney Robinson

In an article by Education Week, written by contributing writer Sarah Schwartz, Rodney Robinson was announced as 2019 National Teacher of the Year. According to the article, Robinson teaches social studies to students in juvenile detention at the Virgie Binford Education Center in Richmond, Va. With his new accolade, Robinson states that he will focus … Continue reading Learning from the 2019 Teacher of the Year: Mr. Rodney Robinson

Science Resources for Bilingual Classrooms

Colorín Colorado has supplied a resource of articles, websites, book recommendations, and teaching strategies that offer unique methods of teaching about the environment in conjunction with learning language. This science toolkit for bilingual learners bridges the gap between dual language learning and the sciences, truly emulating the ideal connection between language and content area. With … Continue reading Science Resources for Bilingual Classrooms

Learning from Larry: A Highest Aspirations Podcast interview with Larry Ferlazzo

In a recent episode of the Highest Aspirations, a podcast hosted by ELLevation Education, Steve Sofronas interviews well-known educator Larry Ferlazzo. In this 46-minute podcast, Ferlazzo and Sofronas consider effective and pragmatic ways to differentiate reading comprehension strategies for English learners; discuss how motivation, relationship building, and student agency impacts student growth; examine family engagement … Continue reading Learning from Larry: A Highest Aspirations Podcast interview with Larry Ferlazzo

Edutopia: Six Essential Strategies

Written by contributing writer Emily Kaplan, this recent Edutopia article highlights 6 Essential Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners. In a prelude to the article, Kaplan mentions that multiple educators with “decades of experience in teaching ELLs” were interviewed to find effective teaching strategies; such interviewees include Larry Ferlazzo, an educator and author of The … Continue reading Edutopia: Six Essential Strategies

Six Facts About ELLs in US Schools: Information from the Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact-tank, has a research article that details 6 facts about English language learners (ELLs) in U.S. schools. Penned by Kristen Bialik, Alissa Scheller, and Kristi Walker, this study acknowledges that, according to most recent available data from the National Center for Education Statistics, there were approximately 5 million ELLs in … Continue reading Six Facts About ELLs in US Schools: Information from the Pew Research Center

Teachers Needed!: Strategies for Training More Bilingual Teachers

Penned by contributing writer Corey Mitchell, Education Week has published an article detailing how school districts are attempting to fill English Language Learner (ELL) teaching vacancies. According to a 2017 survey by the Council of the Great City Schools, which “examines data on English-learner enrollment, linguistic diversity, student achievement, professional development, and staffing,” a growing … Continue reading Teachers Needed!: Strategies for Training More Bilingual Teachers

Professional Development Webinar Opportunity from Colorín Colorado

For those interested, Colorín Colorado has published a recording of their recent webinar on Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and how this framework can better serve English Language Learners (ELLs), specifically addressing concerns surrounding special education identification and related services. Participants will have access to resources related to the subject. This webinar is hosted by … Continue reading Professional Development Webinar Opportunity from Colorín Colorado