Hispanic Kids are Learning English Faster than Their Parents

Hispanic Kids are Learning English Faster than Their Parents It’s no surprise that mostly due to schooling, Hispanic kids are learning English faster than their parents. An article on Learning Community, a website for Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers, tells parents to not be alarmed by their kids learning English quicker than they do. To get everyone on the same track, … Read More

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The Power of Vocabulary

The Power of Vocabulary When it comes to the experts, there’s no mistaking the power of vocabulary in a person’s life. According to the language website, The Linguist, the reason is obvious: the size of a person’s vocabulary is often a telltale sign for a range of educational achievements and capabilities. That’s not just in writing, reading, listening and speaking, … Read More

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The Impact Poverty has on School Attendance

The Impact Poverty has on School Attendance It doesn’t matter if it’s in a school in America or in a learning institution in another part of the world, the negative impact poverty has on school attendance is a reality for many families. Let’s take a look at what the research says. An article in the Jamaican-Gleaner newspaper reported on a … Read More

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ELL Student Resources and Support in New Mexico

The state of New Mexico has 53,071 students enrolled in grades K-12, making up just 16.1% of the school population. Within this group Spanish is spoken by a large majority with Navajo, Nias, German, and Vietnamese making up the top five languages currently spoken by non-English speaking students. The state has also adopted the English language development framework of WIDA. … Read More

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Title I and Parent Engagement: What You Need to Know

Title I, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act, is intended to ensure that the parents of Title I students have the information they need to make informed choices regarding their children. Title I is designed to support schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families. According to the federal government, more than 56,000 public schools across the … Read More

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Scaffolding in Literacy with Preschoolers

Scaffolding in Literacy with Preschoolers Using scaffolding in literacy with preschoolers is a highly effective way to teach this unique age group. In fact, considerable research indicates that scaffolding cannot only help these kids in building a firm foundation of their reading and writing abilities but can assist greatly in them becoming exemplary students in their K-12 years. Some well-known … Read More

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The Best Time to Introduce a Second Language to Children

The Best Time to Introduce a Second Language to Children The data is out. Rather than causing a language disorder or delay, as was once believed, exposing kids to a foreign language at the same time they’re learning their home language, may be the best time to introduce a second language to children. Although many people in the US don’t … Read More

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Foundations of Family Literacy with Adult Learners

Foundations of Family Literacy with Adult Learners An important element in the foundations of family literacy with adult learners is understanding their needs. Research suggests that the most effective programs are those that meet the needs of the children, parents and any other caregivers, such as grandparents. The Hamilton Literacy Council states that parents whose native language isn’t English will … Read More

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Parental Engagement a Top Priority in California

Parental Engagement a Top Priority in California Passed in 2013, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was a huge win for parent involvement advocates, specifically the stakeholder engagement guideline, as it made parental engagement a top priority in California. The reason it held such appeal, and still does, is because, along with making parental involvement an important goal, it also … Read More

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Children Do Best in School When Parents Have High Expectations

Children Do Best in School When Parents Have High Expectations Most of the research indicates that children do best in school when parents have high expectations. It’s not a surprise that a strong correlation has been found between these two variables. Children are strongly influenced by their parents in nearly every way, so how they perform in school is often … Read More

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