The US population has changed dramatically in the past three decades, as nearly 30 million immigrants, both authorized and unauthorized, have settled here seeking a better future for themselves and their children. The Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy has created the English Language Learner (ELL) Information Center to provide informative fact sheets, maps, and state-level data resources that chronicle the demography and trends of immigrant families and their children. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a number of new requirements for the education of English learners (ELs), including standardized criteria for identifying EL students and inclusion of English proficiency as a measurement of school quality. Resources on the ELL Information Center’s web page can help inform decisions, such as how quickly schools must improve and how states can intervene with struggling districts.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
You have a new student, and he speaks no English. His family has just moved to your town from Japan, and although he receives English as a second language (ESL) support, he is also in your classroom every day so he will have more exposure to his new language. How can you be an effective teacher to this student?
Three educators of English learners offer 12 strategies that regular classroom teachers can use to improve instruction for their EL students. The strategies are simple to implement; they take little time to carry out; and best of all, they will help all students to learn.
Try these resources as you implement some of the suggested strategies.
The Institute for Inquiry (IFI) is a professional development program provided by the Exploratorium in San Francisco. IFI has created an online curriculum for professionaldevelopers that addresses the theory and practice of inquiry-based science education.