I am an ELL teacher at a public high school. Of the 1,200 students who attend, about 150 of them are refugee and immigrant students who come from more than 20 countries, including Nepal, Liberia, Iraq, Somalia, Vietnam, and Mexico. I have a mix of ninth to twelfth graders in all classes. I emphasize writing and speaking in the curriculum through an intensive writing and public speaking project called Journey to America.
Each month we publish blogs and 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 January.
Teachers of English learners can add a spark to their instruction with a new group of celebrities called “YouTubers”—videographers who have gained popularity from their videos for English learners on the video-sharing website YouTube. These YouTubers consistently produce high-quality, engaging videos for ESL and EFL learners.
School systems across the country should do more to ensure that current and former English language learners have access to STEM education, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds. The report follows up on a 2017 study that detailed how under-resourced schools and underprepared educators hinder efforts to help students learn English.
Google is helping to educate children about good online behavior as part of a partnership with the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the nonprofit DonorsChoose.org. Schools that adopt the program “Be Internet Awesome” will receive resources and training about digital safety, among other things.