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English Language Learners - Videos, Articles, Resources, Experts

English Language Learners - Videos, Articles, Resources, Experts | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

ASCD's ELL Research page, definitely a good resource.

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Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Resonates 30 Years Later

Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Resonates 30 Years Later | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Mark Walsh is a contributing writer to Education Week. He has covered legal issues in education for more than 17 years. He writes about school-related cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and in lower courts.

"By denying these children a basic education, we deny them the ability to live within the structure of our civic institutions, and foreclose any realistic possibility that they will contribute in even the smallest way to the progress of our nation."

Amen!

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Study: Most ELLs Are in Districts That Fall Short of Federal Goals

Study: Most ELLs Are in Districts That Fall Short of Federal Goals | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"Most of the nation's English-language learners were enrolled in school districts that failed to reach all of their accountability goals for that group of students in the 2008-09 school year, according to a national evaluation of the federal program that supports English-language-acquisition services."

It will be interesting to see how it progresses under Common Core...

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Educational Technology Guy: Language Immersion for Chrome - helps you learn a foreign language

Educational Technology Guy: Language Immersion for Chrome - helps you learn a foreign language | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Cool resource!  Would be great for ELLs and parents who speak other languages.

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News | Understanding Language

News | Understanding Language | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Understanding Language is devoted to improving education for English Language Learners in light of the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Watch!  They will be releasing  ELL materials that align with CC.

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Language Demands to Grow for ELLs Under New Standards

Language Demands to Grow for ELLs Under New Standards | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
English-learners will have to go beyond the fundamentals and master "academic language," experts say.

"Under the standards developed through the Common Core State Standards Initiative, however, instruction for English-learners will have to move far beyond those fundamental components of learning the language to include instruction on how to read and comprehend complex texts and to construct and convey arguments in writing across the content areas."

I've always thought that ELL education seemed to take place without context, so I'm glad we're moving in that direction!

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Preparing All Teachers to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners - Center For American Progress

Preparing All Teachers to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners - Center For American Progress | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Center For American ProgressPreparing All Teachers to Meet the Needs of English Language LearnersCenter For American ProgressBy Jennifer F. Samson, Brian A.

Good resource for ELL education for classroom teachers.

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Seven Tips for Building Positive Relationships with English-Language Learners

Seven Tips for Building Positive Relationships with English-Language Learners | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Larry Ferlazzo (@LarryFerlazzo on Twitter) and Katie Hull Sypnieski teach at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.

Great tips for ELL education!

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Wake County's Families of ELLs Need Translations, Complaint Alleges

Wake County's Families of ELLs Need Translations, Complaint Alleges | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

What's next North Carolina? ...

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Report: More Pre-K Programs Needed for Dual-Language Learners

Report: More Pre-K Programs Needed for Dual-Language Learners | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"publicly-funded early childhood programs need to build their capacity and expertise to meet the needs of young English-language learners"\

I couldn't agree more!  Fundamental principle of language: if you improve one, the other improves, too

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Census: Foreign-Born Population Reaches Record High

Census: Foreign-Born Population Reaches Record High | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"The U.S. Census Bureau reports today that the population of foreign-born people living in the United States has reached 40 million, an all-time high. That figure—from the 2010 American Community Survey—comprises about 13 percent of the total population in the U.S., which is roughly 312 million people. That represents the largest share of the population since 1910, when foreign-born residents comprised 14.7 percent of the overall population."

Good stats to know. 

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Assessment & Reflection With ELLs—And All Students

Assessment & Reflection With ELLs—And All Students | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from their upcoming book, Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski highlight student reflection as an important tool in assessing the progress of English-language learners.

My favorite: "Involve students in assessment. Involving students in the assessment process can be powerful, resulting in increased motivation and learning."

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WIDA

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WIDA supports academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.

This is the group supported by 28 states (including MD!) that is creating the Common Core for ELLs to debut next school year.  Definitely keep an eye out.

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A Case for Training All Teachers to Meet Needs of ELLs

A Case for Training All Teachers to Meet Needs of ELLs | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"General education teachers need to be steeped in the same instructional strategies as bilingual education and English-as-a-second language teachers are, in order to support their ELL students."

Good synopsis of the report previously posted.

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Strategies for Meeting All Students' Needs

Strategies for Meeting All Students' Needs | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Special education teacher Laurie Wasserman says collaboration, diligence, and compassion can help schools better support students with learning difficulties.

"But a "student-centered mindset" goes beyond initial modifications: We pay close attention to individual students' progress and adjust our approaches throughout the year."

Good tips for inclusion and differentiation.

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Using Musical Notes to Teach Fractions

Using Musical Notes to Teach Fractions | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Continue reading → (Via @MindShiftKQED: Using Musical Notes to Teach Fractions | http://t.co/V99tMY6F...)...

I made a whole poster for a lesson on this in MUED155!!  No one understood except for our professor though...

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