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Posts tagged as “EL”

Despite COVID-19, standardized testing may force English learners back to school campuses

Alia Wong, USA TODAY |

A coalition of groups including the National Association for Bilingual Education and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law recently wrote a letter to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, saying the tests for English learners should be postponed or made optional.

“While measuring EL students’ proficiency of English remains important, EL students and their families should not be forced into schools and expose themselves to unnecessary risks during these unprecedented times,” the letter states.   

As we tackle school segregation, don’t forget about English Learner students

Diana Quintero and Michael Hansen, Brown Center Chalkboard – Brookings |

The Department of Education under the incoming Biden administration is expected to quickly turn the page on former Secretary Betsy DeVos’s priorities. This expected pivot entails a restoration of Obama-era priorities promoted by former Secretary John King for further racial and economic integration in public schools, among both students and staff.

Colorado’s emphasis on phonics in reading could hurt English language learners, advocates say

Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat |

A group of Colorado educators and advocates are raising concerns that the state’s new directives on reading instruction might harm one group of students who can’t afford to be left behind: those whose first language is not English.

Officials across the country have been following a new push to align reading instruction with science that shows students need direct phonics instruction in the early grades to learn to read.

Rubric for Recovery: ELs face more hurdles amid lost in-person learning

Education Dive |

While there are examples of innovative and inspiring approaches by schools to continue language development programs and give EL students access to the full academic curriculum, roadblocks remain, including the difficulty of adapting language development instruction to online learning platforms — or in socially distanced in-person classes where students’ and teachers’ masks hide their lips and muffle their voices. 

WWCS Provides Safety See-Through Masks for Speech and ESL Students and Teachers

WWCS |

This year, see-through masks have been provided to teachers, tutors, staff, and students across the district who need these specifically designed face masks to teach and learn while remaining safe. Recipients included speech-language pathologists and their students and English as Second Language (ESL) teachers and English Learners (ELs). All protective coverings have a clear plastic material where the student’s mouth is positioned.  

CPS: With community help, Hispanic Chamber donates 500 computers to Cincy students learning from home

WCPO |

CPS officials said these computers will not only help children complete work, it will also help families get in touch with social services and other resources that are operating online during the pandemic.

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