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.
With winter holidays and festive gatherings on the horizon, let’s reflect on the sustaining power of food, friends, and family—and the essential need for connection across our differences and along our common hopes. Nothing supports connection more than food and the shared rituals of mealtime.
“Supporting English Language Learners: Resources for Leaders” is a free self-paced course developed by staff at the Understanding Language Initiative, housed at Stanford University. Understanding Language’s vision is to increase college, career, and community readiness for all students—especially English language learners (ELLs)—by transforming the quality of their educational experiences.
Microsoft has provided an online collection of free hacking STEM lessons and hands-on activities developed by middle school teachers for Office 365. The inquiry- and project-based activities help students to visualize data across the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula.