3 Ways to Bridging Theory & Practice with ELs

English Learners (ELs) are the fastest growing student population, as there has been a huge influx of individuals from around the globe coming to the U.S.  The arrival of non-English speakers creates a bit of disconnect between theory and practice in the classroom. However, there are measureable ways to bridge the gap and promote academic success among ELs.   Continue to … Read More

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Reaching Out to Hispanic Families in Rural Schools

Rural schools have their own unique challenges, very different than urban or suburban schools. For the Hispanic children in these schools, the daily life issues facing them include poverty, travel distance, housing, and fear. One in four babies born in the U.S. is Hispanic and, more than ever, they are being born into immigrant families who live in rural America, … Read More

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Issues of Poverty in Reading and Language Development

Socioeconomic status greatly impacts mental and physical factors, such as language development, reading, and academic success.  It is undeniable that poverty leads to disparities in reading and language development.  Research has consistently demonstrated that poverty levels are associated with a decrease in phonological awareness, vocabulary, and syntax throughout the various stages of development.  But, what causes those disparities, and how … Read More

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Parent/Teacher Conferences with ELL Parents

Parent/teacher conferences are crucial for helping students to succeed and grow in their academic journeys.  Holding parent/teacher conferences can be rewarding for kids who are succeeding in school and it’s a great time to review their successes. This good progress is something all parents want and need to hear! But parent/teacher conferences can also prove to be significantly challenging for teachers, … Read More

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Federal Education Programs Summary

This piece features several major programs from the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as well as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Title VII-B Education for Homeless Children and Youth) and IDEA (Special Education).  We will give a snapshot of each, which includes funding and purpose. Funding amounts listed are the most currently available from the U.S. Department of Education … Read More

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Parents are Untapped Resources for Emergent Bilingual Students

Emergent bilingual students are students who are developing skills in their native language while learning a new, second language.  Additionally, this term is used in place of terms such as Limited English Proficient (LEP), English Language Learners (ELLs), and English as a Second Language (ESL) students, which don’t accurately describe this student population.  Emergent bilinguals are on their way to … Read More

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The Latest Research on Latinos and College

College attainment among Latinos has rapidly changed in recent years, which coincides with the increasing number of Latinos in the public school and college systems.  Furthermore, the Latino high school dropout rate has significantly declined and enrollment in college has increased. Read on to learn about some of the latest research on Latinos and college. 1) High School Dropout Rate … Read More

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Empowering ELL Parents with Academic Vocabulary

Parents play a leading role in the educational endeavors of their children.  For that reason, parental involvement is crucial in the academic success of their children.  However, oftentimes, immigrant and English Language Learner (ELL) parents don’t have the proper knowledge or academic vocabulary to help their children succeed in school.  School districts and teachers should work together by creating seminars … Read More

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3 Tips for Promoting Dual Language Learning with Parents and Kids

Dual language learning involves the instruction of content and literacy in two distinct languages.  The English and Spanish combination is the most predominant type of dual language learning in the United States.  Dual language learning helps English Language Learners (ELLs) foster strong literacy skills and English language skills over an extended period of time.  Likewise, dual language learning helps ELLs … Read More

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Current Literacy Rates in America

The United States is currently facing a literacy dilemma.  This critical state of literacy in America isn’t new, but it majorly impacts our children, our society, and our economy.  Despite that comprehensive national literacy studies are not conducted on a yearly basis, the National Commission of Adult Literacy releases occasional reports such as the report from June 2018, which pinpoints … Read More

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