Back-to-school ELL Parent Outreach Strategies

Back-to-school ELL Parent Outreach Strategies English language learner (ELL) students and families make up a huge portion of today’s society in the US.  School leaders are in the position to create a culture of success within their school community. Therefore, it is important for school leaders to involve ELL parents in their children’s educational experience, since parental engagement is crucial … Read More

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Parents’ Attitudes and Impact on Learning

Parents’ Attitudes and Impact on Learning Parents’ attitudes towards education play a huge role on learning and academic success of their children.  In this context, the term attitude refers to “a favorable or unfavorable evaluative reaction towards something or someone exhibited in ones beliefs, feelings or intended behavior.”  Further, attitudes are a social construct or position on how parents favorably … Read More

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Texas and Bilingual Education: An Early Pioneer

Texas is one of only four states currently requiring bilingual education. Texas is one of only four states currently requiring bilingual education. The other three states are Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. Many consider Texas an early pioneer in bilingual education since it started some bilingual programming as far back as 1968. Bilingual education really began in Texas in … Read More

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Practical Parent Tools for Building Vocabulary

Practical Parent Tools for Building Vocabulary Children are constantly learning new words.  The number of words they learn and retain has a significant impact on their literacy and language skills.  A strong vocabulary is necessary, in order to cultivate a lifetime love for learning and reading. Additionally, a vast vocabulary is the strongest indicator of academic achievement in all curriculum … Read More

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California English Learner Roadmap: An Overview

California English Learner Roadmap: An Overview In July of 2017, the California State Board of Education approved the English Learner (EL) Roadmap policy, which is intended to assist the California Department of Education (CDE) in providing guidance to local educational agencies (LEAs) in order to welcome, understand, and educate the diverse population of students who are English learners. The policy … Read More

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2018 Update on the Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA

2018 Update on the Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA ESSA went into effect across the country during the 2017-18 academic year. It’s now in place and drives how school districts manage their programs and budgets. Under ESSA, states have a lot of leeway in several areas. As in the past, under the No Child Left Behind Act, states still … Read More

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New English Learner Data Story from U.S. Dept. of Ed

New English Learner Data Story from U.S. Dept. of Ed U.S. Department of Education launched a new interactive web page dedicated to data on English Learner students (ELs). The site uses colorful maps, bar graphs and charts to provide a clearer understanding of America’s diverse ELs population in a “data story” format based on data from the Common Core of Data … Read More

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The New ESSA and Title III, Part A

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will go into effect this fall.  The original act was first signed into law in 1965 and reaffirms the commitment to equal opportunity for all students in the U.S.  Title III, Part A of the new ESSA requires states to uphold key protections for vulnerable groups of students, such as English Learners (ELs), … Read More

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Family Literacy and Its Impact on Reading

Family Literacy and it’s Impact on Reading Family literacy is a form of literacy education that places an emphasis on bringing reading into the home and turning it into a family activity where children and parents learn together, states The Ohio Literacy Resource Center.  The rationale for this theory is that parents are their children’s first teachers.  Family literacy programs … Read More

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A Grant Opportunity for Literacy Programs in Low-Income Communities

A Grant Opportunity for Literacy Programs in Low-Income Communities The U.S. Department of Education intends to promote innovative literacy programs that support the development of literacy skills in low-income communities.  Innovative Approaches to Literacy includes programs that: (1) develop and enhance effective school library programs, which may include providing professional development for school librarians, books, and up-to-date materials to high-need … Read More

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