Helpful Resources for English Learners in Florida

The state of Florida had 277,802 ELL students in their public school system as of 2012-2013. That figure represents just over 10% of the children enrolled in grades K-12. The largest concentration of ELLs is found in Dade County with an estimated 66,497 students. Among the state’s ELL population, 72% speak Spanish, with Haitian, Portuguese, Arabic, and Vietnamese rounding out … Read More

Katherine Del MonteHelpful Resources for English Learners in Florida

Links and Resources for English Language Learners in Washington

The state of Washington has an ELL population of 107,307 students in the public school system. With a total enrollment of 1,051,694, ELLs make up just over 10% of the students enrolled in grades K-12. The five languages spoken by ELLs are Spanish, followed by Russian, Vietnamese, Somali, and Chinese. The following is a list of useful resources and programs … Read More

Katherine Del MonteLinks and Resources for English Language Learners in Washington

James Cummins’ Theory of Second Language Acquisition

We continue our examination of some of the more groundbreaking and essential theories on the subject of second language acquisition with the work of James Cummins. He believed that there are marked differences between social interaction and academic teaching as a method for acquiring and comprehending a second language. His theory can be broken down into two different aspects that … Read More

Katherine Del MonteJames Cummins’ Theory of Second Language Acquisition

Useful Support Resources for ELL Students in New York

In the state of New York, ELL enrollment was 237,499 students in the state public school system in 2012-2013, making up over 14% of the classroom population. 61% of all ELL students in the state speak Spanish, with Chinese, Arabic, Bengali, and Haitian representing the next four most common spoken languages at 19% combined. The following is a list of … Read More

Katherine Del MonteUseful Support Resources for ELL Students in New York

James Crawford’s Theory of Second Language Acquisition

We conclude our look at some of the most prominent voices in the second language learning community with James Crawford, who has long been an activist for more effective bilingual education policies. A former editor of the online magazine, Education Week, Crawford has written numerous essays and books discussing language policy in schools, advocating for sensible language-learning legislation, pushing for … Read More

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Support for Programs with English Learner Students in Texas

The State of Texas has the second largest ELL enrollment at 773,732 students in the public school system as of years 2012-2013. The state is second only to California with a 15% ELL share among all students enrolled in grades K-12, but first in the nation with respect to the percentage of ELL students who speak Spanish at 90%. Spanish … Read More

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Understanding Basic Terms and Definitions for English Learners

Understanding Basic Terms and Definitions for English Learners The following are some terms that you’ve no doubt heard before, but you may be unclear on the definitions that are associated with each of them. This primer should help to better delineate between the most commonly used acronyms and jargon that parents and teachers alike might find confusing. ESL: English as … Read More

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A New Framework for Hispanic Parent Programs

A New Framework for Hispanic Parent Programs Now that Parent Involvement is such a strong national focus, it is important to provide teachers with a whole new framework for Hispanic Parent Programs, if we want parents and kids to become life long readers. Harris County Department of Education formed the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, or CASE, in 1999 to mobilize … Read More

Katherine Del MonteA New Framework for Hispanic Parent Programs

The Power of Parent Involvement

We review research on parent involvement on an ongoing basis. In reviewing the research, major educational studies, and overviews of the evidence, it is clear that parent involvement works and is a powerful determinant in whether or not a child succeeds in school. The overwhelming research also concludes that the collaboration between parents and schools is the way to academic … Read More

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Illinois Has Surge in Spanish Speaking English Learners

Illinois Has Surge in Spanish Speaking English Learners Over the past few years, Illinois has experienced a surge in the number of English Learners enrolled in public schools. In an analysis of Illinois’ Latino Demographic by Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, a PhD Research and Policy Analyst for the Latino Policy Forum, the state has experienced a 25% increase of English Language Learners from 2004 … Read More

Katherine Del MonteIllinois Has Surge in Spanish Speaking English Learners