What We're Reading - September 10, 2018
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In this edition - starting the school year right for all students, valuing newcomers, exploring ELL data by state, and much more.
Teaching and Learning
- In this Education Dive brief, Amelia Harper highlights strategies to help ELLs deal with "transition shock" - a great resource as we begin to form relationships with students.
- From the Edutopia archives, Todd Finley discusses strategies to help remember students names, and it applies to all students.
- ELL Teacher, PD provider, and keynote speaker Emily Francis writes about using a "heart-first approach" when working with newcomers in an article featured in Middle Web. For more from Emily, check out our Highest Aspirations podcast episode with her.
- Chicago Tribune contributor David Gleisner highlights library programs that help newcomers with language learning and cultural support.
- Education Week features ELL teacher and writer Wendi Pillars in a blog post titled, "Valuing our English Language Learners by Learning to Listen".
- In EdSurge, Michael Moody explores the power of a growth mindset to address issues of equity in schools.
- From Edutopia, Billy Corcoran and Mindy Ahrens share a video project that encourages students to tell their stories. Check out an this example about a teenager trying to understand what it means to be Mexican-American.
- On the Highest Aspirations podcast, Hamline University's Amy Stolpestad and Michelle Benegas discuss preparing ELL teachers to become teacher leaders.
Policy and Practice
- In his Gates Notes blog, Bill Gates shares what he learned about teaching newcomers after meeting with Washington state Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning.
- The Migration Policy Institute has released a handy report that outlines ELL demographics, outcomes, and and accountability policies by state.
- This article from The Huffington Post's Rebecca Klein highlights the radical differences in the way school districts handle undocumented students.
- From The Desert Sun, Joseph Hong lays out the benefits of bilingual education programs in California and why they work for all students.
- NPR tells the story of Angel Benavides, a Texas student from a family of migrant workers who is working hard to reach his highest aspirations.
- From The New Yorker, Judith Thurman shares a longer piece titled, "The Mystery of People Who Speak Dozens of Languages" and what they can teach the rest of us.
- Great news from Ellevation partner McAllen Independent School District in Texas, who scored an A on the state's new report card despite significant immigration challenges. Congratulations!
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