Teaching English Learners – What Research Says

English Learners (ELs) make up a large population of the student body of U.S. schools.  EL students in the U.S. hail from over 400 distinct language backgrounds.  Around 76 percent of elementary students born in the U.S. are ELs, while 56 percent of middle and high school ELs were born in the U.S.  However, 80 percent of their parents were … Read More

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Cultural Competency and Family Engagement

Family Engagement is a shared responsibility between schools and other agencies to engage parents in meaningful ways.  Parents learn about their commitment to supporting their children’s development and academic progress in school. Research shows that students with involved parents earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills and show improvement. The first step in reaching out to Hispanic … Read More

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ELLs in Elementary Schools – First to Third Grade Expectations

Reading is a process that involves extracting meaning from printed words.  Young children gain early reading skills by the direct teaching of words and sounds.  It is important for young children to be able to distinguish between varying sounds of oral language.  ELLs in elementary school grades first through third must be able to differentiate between sounds of oral language … Read More

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What Teachers Really Want in Professional Development Workshops

Professional development workshops have been used over the past few decades to help train teachers to become “better” teachers.  However, not all teachers feel that these professional development sessions have been meaningful or career altering.  Take a look at some of the top things teachers really want to experience in professional development workshops. A Voice When it comes to professional … Read More

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3 Suggestions for Hosting a Parent Meeting with Spanish-speaking Parents

3 Suggestions for Hosting a Parent Meeting with Spanish-speaking Parents Teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) sometimes struggle communicating with their students’ parents, especially when said parents cannot communicate comfortably and openly in English.  Take a look at these 3 suggestions for hosting a parent meeting with Spanish-speaking parents. Suggestion 1: Encourage Attendance In order to prepare for a successful … Read More

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Title III for Cultural Family Engagement – is Spanish OK?

Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 was amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.  Title III was enacted to assist English Learners (ELs) attain language proficiency in English, as well as meet state academic standards.  Therefore, as immigrant and EL parents are part of that matrix, it is important to include … Read More

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Is There a Silent Period with ELLs?

When it comes to learning English, English Language Learners (ELLs) go through a variety of stages or periods.  One of the stages that most ELLs go through is a silent period.  During this silent period ELLs typically listen and observe more than they speak.  Teachers must be aware that this silent period is a time of true learning, as ELLs … Read More

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Acculturation and Its Impact on a Home-School Connection

The United States is a diverse country that has been a haven for immigrants from all over the world.  Since its inception, the United States has shaped the lives and experiences of immigrants who hope to improve their lives.  In order to do well in the United States, immigrants must become acculturated to our customs, beliefs, and way of life. … Read More

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Strategies for Authentic Family Engagement with English Learners

Classrooms in the U.S. are more diverse than ever. English Learners account for over 20 percent of students in our nation’s public school system.  School districts and teachers are always looking for ways to connect with EL kids and families for academic support and for family engagement.  Providing EL students with culturally engaging books to take home is a good … Read More

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Research on School Readiness with Hispanic Kids

My Super Cool Friends – Mis amigos super fabulosos Bronze Winner for Moonbeam Award – Reading & Literacy Skills School readiness is a phrase that is used to illustrate the physical, social, and intellectual readiness of young kids at the start of formal education, which is usually at kindergarten.  Some researchers have pinpointed certain questions that can be asked to … Read More

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