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Educational services for immigrant children and those recently arrived to the United States
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Schools in the United States have always welcomed new immigrant children to their classrooms — according to the most recent data, there were more than 840,000 immigrant students in the United States, and more than 4.6 million English learners. We have begun to receive inquiries regarding educational services for a specific group of immigrant children who have been in the news — children from Central America who have recently crossed the U.S. — Mexico border.
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Make math visual: Strategies and resources for ELL students
PBS Learning Media
Math often seems like a foreign language, and to English language learners, it can be especially daunting. Visualizing math concepts through interactive activities and video clips can help ELL students understand general principles and persevere through problems better than solving word problems or formulas alone.
Keeping it real
For years, theorists and cutting-edge language educators alike have been advocating a move away from rote learning and grammar-centered instruction. Many believe that facilitating content-driven, learner-centered acquisition is a better approach. However, until recently, there were few resources available to achieve this. But as language learning moves from textbooks to the online realm, a great opportunity has presented itself: easily and inexpensively immersing the student in a wide variety of authentic language produced by and for native speakers. Sure, there have been offline resources in the past, but they tended to be costly and cumbersome.
More and more kids are becoming fluent for life thanks to Imagine Learning Español, an educational software solution that helps young students increase Spanish language and literacy proficiency. To get a better look at the program—and how it's helping early learners build a stronger foundation—click here.
White students to no longer be majority at school
The Associated Press via The Arizona Republic
The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished but cheerful handwriting. Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America's changing school demographics. For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than white students enrolled, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.
How Tucson, Ariz., teacher paved way for Bilingual Education Act
Arizona Daily Star
It was the summer of 1967 and Adalberto Guerrero, a Tucson educator, sat before a U.S. Senate committee and spoke. In Spanish. After his brief remarks in his native language, Guerrero noted the bewildered senators' faces. Then he told them that's how Mexican-American children, whose primary language is Spanish, feel when their teacher instructs them in English. From that historic testimony, and from the preceding years of pioneering education in Tucson's Pueblo High School, came the landmark 1968 Bilingual Education Act. For the first time, Congress recognized the need to support innovative education programs to support school children with limited English-speaking abilities.
Diversity on the rise among TFA recruits
Fully half of Teach For America's 5,300 crop of new recruits identify as people of color, the organization announced. The focus on diversity is a deliberate move by the organization, which changed some of its recruiting techniques in order to have a more diverse pool of applicants. According to its figures, 47 percent of the new teaching corps received Pell Grants, which are meant for low-income college students; 33 percent are actually coming from graduate school or with professional experience, and 22 percent identify as African-American.
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New York City libraries struggle to meet demand for English language classes
The New York Times
They came, one after another, through the glass doors of the Bronx Library Center, the largest public library in the borough. Some rode multiple trains or buses from home; others took precious time away from work. A few struggled with young children in tow. It was not books they wanted, but something more basic: to learn English. The Bronx library on East Kingsbridge Road has become a hub of English instruction at a time when many of New York City's public libraries are seeking to expand their language and literacy programs to better serve patrons who increasingly come from all over the world.
Children learning English: An educational revolution
Oxford University Press
Did you know that the introduction of languages into primary schools has been dubbed the world's biggest development in education? And, of course, overwhelmingly, the language taught is English. Already the world's most popular second language, the desire for English continues apace, at least in the short term, and with this desire has come a rapid decrease in the age at which early language learning starts. From the kindergartens of South Korea to classes of 70 plus in Tanzania, very young children are now being taught English. So is it a good idea to learn English from an early age? Many people believe that in terms of learning language, the younger the better.
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Schools brace for up to 50,000 migrant kids
Schools across the USA are bracing for as many as 50,000 immigrant children who would start school this fall, most of them unaccompanied by their families. "We haven't started school yet, so we are all just holding our breath to see what's going to come on the first day of school," says Caroline Woodason, assistant director of school support for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia. Under federal law, all children are entitled to a free public education, regardless of their immigration status.
Teacher collaboration for the sake of academic development in pre-K-6 English language learners
The Huffington Post
Research shows that the most common problem English language learners face is that of understanding meaning of academic texts. As they acquire more academic vocabulary across content areas, teachers need to ensure they are also helping their students make important literary and deeper comprehension connections. For example, ELL students need to hear targeted academic vocabulary in various reading and read-aloud contexts.
New insights into how young and developing readers make sense of words
University of Leicester via Science Daily
Skilled readers are often able to make sense of words suffering from "typos" and jumbled up letter orders as long as the beginning and end letters of the words are correct.
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