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    Language (Policy) Matters!

    1/1/11 - Kozleski, Elizabeth B.; Mulligan, Elaine M.; Hernandez-Saca. David I., Equity Alliance at ASU, Equity Alliance at ASU

    Public education has a vital role in ensuring that this and subsequent generations are successful in a global, multilingual economy. In this What Matters brief, we examine how teachers, students, parents, and communities in our nation's schools can create rich opportunities for students to learn. Language (Policy) Matters! includes information and resources about: * School policies and practices that support language access * Research on best practices for students who are English...

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    Understanding English Language Learners' Needs and the Language Acquisition Process

    1/10/09 - Alicja Rieger, Ewa McGrail, Equity Alliance at ASU

    This OnPoint tackles the complexity of English language learners’ needs from our point of view. We are native Polish-speaking teacher educators who use our own experiences and knowledge as English language learners in methods courses that we teach in teacher education programs in the United States. We both were born and raised in Poland, and share our passion for our native language and culture with our students, who are either already practicing public school teachers or in the process of...

  • A Focused Look at Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants that Have Percentages of English Language Learner Students

    4/1/14

    Numbering nearly 5 million during the 2010-11 school year, English language learners (ELLs) are a diverse and growing group of K-12 students whose varied linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds present unique needs and assets for the school community. Nationwide, the number of ELLs in the United States has increased by more than 10 percent in the past decade, although growth rates and percentages differ across states.

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    Addressing Promises and Challenges of Response to Intervention Models for ELLs

    1/13/09 - Artiles, Alfredo J.

    This presentation outlines trends in ELL placement in special education, gives an overview of RTI issues with ELLs, and provides ideas for future directions.

  • Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America

    1/1/09 - Pew Hispanic Center Staff

    A Pew Hispanic Center report based on a new nationwide survey of Latino youths and on analyses of government data examines the values, attitudes, experiences and self-identity of this generation as it comes of age in America.

  • BPS to expand dual language opportunities for students

    9/11/13

    BPS is expanding dual-language opportunities for students across Boston following the model of the successful Rafael Hernández and Hurley K-8 Schools as well as similar programs elsewhere in which English Language Learners and native English speakers are educated in integrated classrooms. The expansion of this program is part of the District’s ongoing effort to raise school quality and opportunity as we transition to the new Home-Based school choice plan.

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    Charter schools should educate, not discriminate

    1/13/14 - Dean, Amy B.

    Today traditional public schools are suffering cuts and closures at the hands of federal and state lawmakers — sometimes even at the hands of mayors. Schools committed to bilingual and English language learner (ELL) education, which serve kids who are learning English in addition to their native language, are as vulnerable as the rest. And the charter schools sprouting in U.S. cities, where many first-generation immigrants live, aren’t always able or willing to provide the same service.

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    Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners

    1/14/09 - Deborah J. Short, Shannon Fitzsimmons

    This report explores challenges to improving the literacy of adolescent ELLs who must complete double the work of native English-speaking students and still reach the same performance standards. In response to these challenges, the report presents recommendations for meeting ELLs’ varying literacy needs, taking into account their educational background, native language literacy, and socioeconomic status. Double the Work is informed by expert advice and a review of relevant literature and...

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    Dual-language programs in U.S. schools: An alternative to monocultural, monolingual education

    1/5/09 - Eugene Garcia, Bryant Jensen

    "Dual Language (DL) programs are relatively new in the United States. After the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1994, a large federal effort related to the education of dual language students was launched. It was at this point that the US Department of Education promoted the development of educational programs whose goal was dual language competency for both language minority students speaking a non-English home language as well as for students whose...

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    Educating English language learners at the high school level: A coherent approach to district- and school-level support

    1/3/09 - National High School Center,

    The development of state policy to promote academic achievement for ELLs is critical to improving educational outcomes and consistent with the goals of increasing high school graduation rates and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Recent research indicates that states have multiple opportunities to take the initiative in supporting school systems and schools in their efforts to keep ELLs on track to meet postsecondary success.

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    Effective literacy and english language instruction for English learners in the elementary grades: A practice guide (NCEE 2007-4011).

    1/24/10 - Gersten, R., , Baker, S.K., Shanahan, T., Linan-Thompson, S., Collins, P. , Scarcella, R.

    This practice guide, from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, formulates evidence-based recommendations for teaching literacy to English Language Leaners (ELLs) in the elementary grades based on the current body of studies for each area. The authors evaluated the effect sizes of interventions to measure their impact on programs and practices. The recommendations involve areas such as curriculum selection, sensible...

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    Effective practices for English Language Learners: Principals from five states speak

    1/28/10 - Mabel O. Rivera, David J. Francis, Magdalena Fernandez, Ani C. Moughamian, Julia Jergensen, Nonie K. Lesaux

    "This document addresses questions about how best to assist students who face the significant dual challenge of acquiring the content knowledge necessary for academic success and simultaneously developing their English language competency. Looking at key practices in schools with high populations of non-native speakers of English that have achieved exemplary academic success in their second, acquired language, this document details findings from 49 school principals on nine factors...

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    Effects of the implementation of Proposition 227 on the education of english learners, K-12

    1/10/09 - T. B. Parrish, A. Merickel, M. Perez , R. Linquanti, M. Socias, A. Spain, , C. Speroni, P. Esra , L. Brock, D. Delancey

    “In June of 1998, Proposition 227 was passed by 61 percent of the California electorate. The initiative was intended to significantly alter the ways in which the state’s English learners are taught. Proposition 227 requires that English learners be taught ‘overwhelmingly in English’ through sheltered/structured English immersion programs during ‘a temporary transition period not normally intended to exceed one year,’ and then transferred to mainstream English-language...

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    Engagement-based sheltered instruction

    1/9/10 - Intercultural Development Research Association,

    "Are your English language learners meeting state standards and passing required tests? IDRA’s new research-based sheltered instruction model can assist you in improving the academic success of your English language learners."

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    English Language Learners

    1/3/09 - National Council of Teachers of English,

    In the largest sense, all students are learning English, and each ELL student falls at a different point on the spectrums of experiences. One thing is certain: there is no one profile for an ELL student, nor is one single response adequate to meet their educational goals and needs. ELL students are a diverse group that offers challenges and opportunities to U.S. education and to English language arts teachers in particular.

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    Final report: How district-wide systems change impacted LRE for students with severe disabilities

    1/23/10 - Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Sullivan, Amanda L., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "This final report chronicles the outcomes of the second generation National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), Award Number # H326B020002. Built on the previous five years of innovative work from 1997-2002 (a $5 million award), NIUSI’s second round of funding ($3.5 million) produced important results that offer a district-wide blueprint for the design and delivery of least restrictive environments and access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities...

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