Peter DeWitt -- There seems to be a lot of debate about how to teach English Language Learners (ELL) students. Some believe in bilingual education, while others believe students need to be immersed in the language they're learning.
Lesli A. Maxwell -- I'm back in my regular Ed Week saddle after a trip to the West Coast, where I had the chance to visit schools and classrooms full of English learners. One of my favorite days was the one I spent at Gardner Academy, in downtown San Jose, Calif., where some native Spanish speakers are being taught in their primary language and in English from the moment they start prekindergarten.
Lesli A. Maxwell -- English-learners are the fastest-growing subgroup of students in public schools and will likely be so for the next decade, but education philanthropy dollars targeted toward the unique needs of these students haven't kept pace, a new report says.
Brown's plan would allot significantly more money for districts with large percentages of poor children — those eligible for subsidized lunches — and English learners. But that would mean less than otherwise for middle-class and better-off districts where the vast majority of kids speak English at home.
Facing resistance at the Capitol and in suburban school districts to his effort to shift more education money to California's poor and English-learning students, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called his measure a civil rights issue and promised opponents "the battle of their lives."
Language learners must pay close attention to the material as it’s translated back and forth among peers and the teacher. With the right support, they can acquire a better understanding of both language and content during language-digesting sessions.
Lesli A. Maxwell -- More than 20,000 English-learners in California's public schools are not receiving language instruction and the state department of education is failing in its role to ensure that schools educate such students, alleges a lawsuit filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Lesli A. Maxwell -- The first of two groups of states working to design assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards today released its recommendations for the types of supports that can be used to help English-learners demonstrate their content knowledge and skills.
Anita Bright -- In the past, much of our work as mathematics educators of English learners has focused on supporting our students in decoding the information presented in mathematical contexts—like word problems. The need for this is not going away, but rather, is being augmented by the new verbs included in the CCSS.
California's credentialing board plans to expedite new rules governing intern teachers—those who came into the profession on alternative routes—in what will likely require them to take more upfront training on how to teach English-language learners.
Action by California credentialing panel seems to settle a debate over the rights of students who speak only limited English, the effectiveness of interns and the flexibility of districts in hiring instructors.