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May 2, 2019
New York State leaders want teachers to spend more time learning how to help English learners
New York state education officials want to bolster how teachers are learning to educate the state’s growing English language learner population — as graduation rates for these students remain chronically low.
July 19, 2018
There are lots of ways schools teach English learners. Here’s how it works.
Many school districts have been, or are under, federal orders to improve education for English learners.
June 20, 2018
Memphis principal retires after 17 years lifting up school with long odds
The U.S. Department of Education recognized Yolanda Heidelberg and Jackson Elementary School in 2016 for academic gains for students of color from poor families.
Parents in school
March 13, 2018
English class for parents at one Memphis school fuels sense of community
Kate Bond Elementary offers a model for Shelby County Schools, where a growing immigrant population is compounding longtime challenges with parent involvement.
How I Teach
January 17, 2018
From bikes to blue hair: how one Denver kindergarten teacher shares his passion with students
A Denver kindergarten teacher, originally from Venezuela, talks about the teachers who inspired him, why he uses secret codes, and how he gets to know students.
How I Teach
October 27, 2016
How I Teach: Work smarter, not harder, says veteran ESL teacher
Tanya Hill, an ESL teacher at Kate Bond Elementary School in Memphis, on what makes her classroom tick
August 8, 2016
How one Queens high school became a safe haven for children fleeing Central America
The Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology is finding creative ways to serve an influx of new immigrants from Central America.
August 20, 2015
Warren Township school receives almost $100,000 for Spanish immersion pilot
Pleasant Run Elementary School in Warren Township was one of five schools in the state chosen to begin a dual-language immersion pilot program.
July 16, 2015
The basics of English language learning: Schools struggle to adapt
Indianapolis is at the center of the state's demographic shift, seeing more than 200 percent growth in English learners since 2001.
June 1, 2015
20 years of Spanish immersion make Lawrence Township a model for Indiana
A just-passed bill encouraging more dual-language study could mean more students learning in both English and a new language.
May 29, 2015
IPS lays off 14 bilingual assistants among 44 job cuts
The move comes as IPS tries to reduce its spending on central services.
May 15, 2015
10 inspiring minutes on education, freedom and the American dream
Last week, Chalkbeat brought together four people from Lost in Translation for a panel discussion. Watch these 10 minutes of highlights and be prepared to be moved.
April 23, 2015
Indiana kids learning English are getting less funding, more testing
More than 15 years of steep growth in the number of English language learners in Indiana schools might require a reconsideration of funding and accountability policies.
April 23, 2015
Teachers connect with language learners with strategy and purpose
Teaching students English isn’t magic — there might never be an “Aha!” moment for them. But the strategies teachers use to get through to them are no less impressive.
April 22, 2015
Charter innovations show promising results for teaching language
As the number of English language learners in Indianapolis charter schools swells, some schools are becoming beacons for a fast-growing Latino population.
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