English Language Learners

Editor’s Note

Significant demographic shifts in the U.S. population have sent school districts in nearly every state in search of effective approaches to educating English language learners. The articles on this page discuss research-based strategies schools are using to meet the needs of English language learners – whether through innovative teaching strategies, adapted assessments, or stronger school-family relationships.

Dual Language Programs on the Rise

“Enrichment” model puts content learning front and center for ELL students

Dual language programs, which provide instruction in both English and a second language, are flourishing in elementary schools across the country as educators find benefits for both English-language learners (ELLs) and those fluent in English.
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Educating Teenage Immigrants

High schools experiment with ways to group new English-language learners

As the nation debates immigration policy, educators in communities across the country are seeking ways to meet the needs of a rapidly changing school-age population. Students born abroad or to immigrant parents now make up the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. student population. Continue

The Power of Family Conversation

School and community programs help parents build children's literacy from birth

School matters, but literacy starts at home. Teachers armed with reading contracts and carefully worded missives have long urged parents to read aloud to their children. But now there is a second and perhaps more powerful message: Talk to your kids, too. Continue

Canadian Second-Language Immersion

What It Does—and Doesn't—Suggest for American ESL Students

Bringing Parents on Board

Strong home-school connections enrich learning opportunities for immigrant kids—and their parents, too

Teaching Math to Migrant Students

Lessons from Successful Districts

Raising the Achievement of English-Language Learners

How principals are working to make a difference

Assessing Young Immigrant Students

Are We Finding Their Strengths?

“The Language Game of Math”

Approach draws on language arts methods to help English-language learners solve math problems

Learning from Haiti

One school marshals its resources to support its students, families in wake of the earthquake

“Dumb” Phones, Smart Lessons

Schools Answer Student Calls for Mobile Computing


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