English Language Learners
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.
“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.
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.
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.