What We're Reading - August 8, 2018
It's the second week of August! If you're not back to school yet, you are certainly beginning to think about the exciting days ahead. Here at Ellevation, we are working to help make 2018-19 a great school year by providing you with the news you need, brand new resources, and some exciting product enhancements.
Last week, we quietly debuted our first edition of Whiteboard Wednesday, a 4 minute video outlining the most exciting news and trends we are observing in the ELL Community. Check out this week's version and let us know what you think by leaving a comment right below the video.
This week's articles span a variety of topics, including the power of media, ELLs and SPED, SIFE, and much more. Spread the news far and wide using the hashtag #ELLReads!
Policy and Practice
- On the Highest Aspirations podcast, we discuss ELLs in Canada with Paula Markus, former ESL Coordinator for the Toronto School Board and current lecturer at the University of Toronto.
- From The 74, Esmeralda Fabián Romero explores how Latino voters are finding political activism through education issues.
- Corey Mitchell breaks down which states offer special recognition for their bilingual graduates in Education Week.
- In an opinion piece from The Hechinger Report, Karen Henry provides 6 questions teachers must ask to help ELLs succeed.
- From Education Week's commentary section, Rochelle Verstaendig discusses taking an asset based approach for the increasing number of ELLs with disabilities.
- In Education Dive, Linda Jacobson summarizes a study by the American Educational Research Journal that finds at least 1 in 10 immigrant students has interrupted education.
- From The 74, Kate Stringer interviews Harvard Graduate School of Education family engagement expert Karen Mapp about ESSA, family engagement, and community partnerships.
Teaching and Learning
- From Chalkbeat, Shelby Mullis profiles how music teacher Kristin Gladish builds relationships with newcomers through music they can relate to and understand.
- In another article about the power of music, Sarah Minette discusses how she uses music-making technology to unite a classroom of diverse learners.
- From Edutopia, University of Notre Dame's Clare Roach and Tim Jacklich outline 6 insights they gained from starting a heritage language book club.
- In The Providence Journal, Linda Borg reports on the continued partnership between Providence School District and Roger Williams University to certify teachers in ESL.
- From VOA News, Charles Fern discusses the power of American TV shows like Friends and House of Cards as language learning tools.
- The Guardian's Matthew Hall highlights a film about the power of soccer to help Oakland youth from undocumented family find success amid uncertainty. You can watch the film here.
What are you reading? Leave a comment below and share on social media using the hashtag #ELLReads!
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