Aspiring and existing Colorado educators soon will be required to get additional training in an effort to better teach the state’s growing English language learner population. The State Board of Education on Wednesday directed the education department to begin drafting new guidelines that will lay out what sort of new training will be required. The new.. read more →

The Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education held a Voice Your Language forum on Feb. 20 to promote  multilingualism in the United States. Students, educators and community members attended the event that featured guest speakers authors Amada Irma Perez and Reyna Grande as well as the Grammy award-winning musician 123Andres. Each spoke on the.. read more →

Homework can be a controversial topic in education circles. Some — including parents and educators — strongly believe homework is an important part of a student’s education, and should be assigned to students on a nightly basis. Others believe homework does not provide a benefit for many of the students they serve, and that school.. read more →

All month we’re publishing news-literacy lesson plans devoted to helping students determine why, how and where to find reliable information at a time when “fake news” is headline news. You might begin with our broadest lesson, Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News, which contains scores of activities and questions that.. read more →

Based on in-depth site visits and featuring real world examples of high-performing schools, high-quality professional development, and innovative classroom practices, Unlocking Learning:Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity, lays out a blueprint for increasing access and achievement in science for California’s 1.37 million English learners. The report concludes with district-level and state-level recommendations, along with.. read more →

Researchers say black, Hispanic and Asian students have made gains compared to their white peers but socioeconomic factors still hold students back. Against increasing odds, minority students have made significant academic gains relative to white peers of similar socioeconomic background, according to a new study co-authored by Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) Professor Martin Carnoy… read more →

Before she fled her country’s burgeoning civil war, Micky Bondo was a medical researcher in the Democratic Republic of Congo spending her days in laboratories testing babies for sickle cell disease, a genetic red blood cell disorder, and counseling parents on their care. When she immigrated to the U.S. in 1996, Bondo learned she would.. read more →

Thinking about an early warning system may call to mind radar images of severe storms or hurricanes as they encroach upon coasts. The main goals of these weather warning systems focus on providing potentially affected residents with enough time to adequately prepare and seek safety. See, by the time you see the waves coming over.. read more →

Educators are finding that the new “makerspace” movement -a strategy to teach K-12 students science, math and technology through hands-on activities- is providing the added benefit of helping English learners become more proficient in the language. In makerspaces, students gather a few times a week in a separate classroom, library or museum for a group.. read more →

While a record 64.7 million people ages 5 and older in the United States spoke a language other than English at home in 2015, a growing share of them are also fully proficient in English. Sixty percent of those speaking a foreign language at home were fully proficient in English in 2015, up from 56.. read more →