What We're Reading - February 4, 2019
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Teaching and Learning
- In a column from The Hechinger Report, Jill Barshaw digs into a study that shows immigrants learned English in half the time when they were held back in third grade.
- Larry Ferlazzo brings in a variety of experts to discuss how to promote speaking with ELs in part three of five-part series from Education Week.
- From Middle Web, ELL Community contributor Valentina Gonzalez writes about replacing strategies that don't work those that do when working with ELs.
- From Education Week, Joe Feldman takes a hard look at how we might make grading bias-resistant and fair for all students, including ELs.
- For some great success stories around immigrants and refugees, take a look at Southern New Hampshire University's Global Education Movement.
Policy and Practice
- The U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) recently released the first part of their English Learner Family Toolkit as a way of helping answer questions families of ELs may have about school in the U.S.
- From THE Journal, Dian Schaffhauser lays out why and how education needs to revamp how to teach English Learners STEM, complete with actionable recommendations.
- In another STEM related article, Education Week's Corey Mitchell breaks down a Duke and Stanford study that shows immigrant students tend to study more STEM courses than their peers in high school and college.
- From New America, Jenny Muñiz breaks down more research that shows integrating home language in school does not negatively impact English learning.
- The Hechinger Report's Casey Parks highlights Louisiana State Athletic Association's decision to lift a rule requiring social security numbers for students to participate in sports.
ELL Community Updates
- Season 2 of the Highest Aspirations podcast is well underway with interviews on academic conversations with Jeff Zwiers and building relationships with immigrants communities with Laura Gardner.
- Check out Whiteboard Wednesday, our weekly short video series where we bring you the week's most important ELL news and resources - all in less than 5 minutes.