As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom. Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can’t determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach media literacy.. read more →

Classrooms today are becoming increasingly diverse. Children from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds bring so much color and depth to the classroom. But a number of challenges can also emerge when working with students who speak different languages. How do you address the needs of multilingual learners when they are developing emergent literacy skills in.. read more →

New York City’s four-year graduation rate hit 72.6 percent last school year, the highest rate in city history and a two-point increase over 2015. That continues an upward trajectory for the city, which has seen a 26-point increase in its graduation rate since 2005. It also mirrors statewide and nationwide trends of rising graduation rates:.. read more →

The Seal of Biliteracy has been hailed as an important initiative to recognize high school graduates who have attained proficiency in two or more world languages, and provide employers in their states a method of identifying job candidates with multiple language skills, according to a New American Economy study. The Seal of Biliteracy creates a tangible.. read more →

Miami businesswoman Elizabeth De Zulueta speaks English and Spanish. She knows some Italian and Russian, too. She’s also a robotics engineer who knows how to code using technical training in computer science and electrical and mechanical engineering. Having studied languages and coding, De Zulueta knows the value of both skills, and she can attest from her personal.. read more →

ESL instructors need to understand how languages work to be better able to serve the student population. Language is what makes us human, and it’s something no other creature has. Note the following, according to Noam Chomsky: “Language is a mirror of mind in a deep and significant sense. It is a product of human intelligence, created anew in.. read more →

The Fairbanks Native Association has been granted an award from the U-S Department of Education to start an Indigenous Language classroom project within its Head Start Program. The goal of the project is to have a classroom setting where three to five year olds will be able to speak the Koyukon Athabaskan Language. FNA will be hiring.. read more →

A group of Voorhies Elementary School third-graders huddled together on a carpet as their teacher, Julissa Moreno, called them to the whiteboard for a math lesson. “Doscientos paginas veces seis fotos en cada pagina. Cuantos?” Moreno asked, as she tapped the board with her marker. The question in English: There are 200 pages times six.. read more →

This fall 50 Spokane kindergarten students will learn in Spanish and English. Spokane Public Schools will add two Spanish language immersion kindergarten classes in the Libby Center, where students will be instructed in Spanish half of the time. “We’re trying to prepare our students to be global citizens and be competitive in the workforce,” said.. read more →

A surge of refugees to the Sacramento area has transformed San Juan Unified into the local epicenter for students from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq and Syria. As a result, the district has hired non-credentialed bilingual instructional assistants who speak Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto and Ukrainian to help newcomers understand classroom lessons. In the last school year,.. read more →