What We're Reading - September 24, 2018
It has been a busy couple of weeks with news and resources from educators, researchers, and policy makers. In this edition of What We're Reading - the bilingual brain, dual-language programs, funding higher education for ELLs, and much more.
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Teaching and Learning
- From Newsweek, Kashmira Garden discusses what happens in the bilingual brain when you flip between languages, and it may surprise you.
- In a piece featured in Language Magazine, Patricia Hanson shares a thorough list of tips for classroom success for teachers working with ELLs.
- From Penn State News, Jim Carlson reports on Dr. Amy Crosson's research exploring how we might improve dual-language learners' reading comprehension skills.
Policy and Practice
- Education Week's Corey Mitchell has released a five part series on dual-language learning. You can access all of them from this article spotlighting a former principal's advice for launching and strengthening dual-language programs.
- The New York Times contributor Sabrina Tavernise reports that the U.S. has the highest foreign-born population share since 1910, with many coming from Asian countries.
- In a piece featured in Multibriefs, Erick Herrmann discusses the many labels we use to classify students (including ELLs) and asks whether they are helpful or harmful.
- From the Pew Research Center, Jens Manuel Krogstad and Jynnah Radford report that education levels of U.S. immigrants are rising. They point to several factors to explain.
- In a blog post from New America, Ingrid T. Colón analyzes students' perceptions about the Seal of Biliteracy, which is currently offered in 33 states.
- From Education Week, Corey Mitchell reports on a bill introduced by Senator Catherine Cortez Mastro of Nevada that addresses the national shortage of teachers who work with ELLs.
- From Forbes, Vivian Nunez highlights the work of Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, who created an app that helps undocumented students find ways to pay for college - it has helped over 20,000 students so far.
- From Coastal View, Christian Beamish highlights the benefits of Carpinteria Unified School District's (CA) dual language immersion program one year into its implementation.
- The Rio Grande Guardian's Steve Taylor reports on Pharr-San Juan Alamo ISD's (TX) success with dual language programs and highlights what they have done to achieve it.
- Study International discusses four of the craziest rules in the English Language. ELLs and their teachers will appreciate these!
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