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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 23, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Report: “The Condition Of Education 2018”

The National Center For Education Statistics just published their annual Condition Of Education report.

They’re always about two-and-a-half years behind the present-day, but it also always presents the most accurate date about ed that you’re going to find anyway.

For obvious reasons, I’m always especially interested in their section on English Language Learners in Public Schools, which has several charts like the one at the top of this post.

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research

The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data

May 22, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No, Secretary DeVos, Schools Cannot Choose To Call ICE On Students – Here Are The Best Rebuttals To Her False Claim

U.S. Education Secretary DeVos certainly did not make many families feel safer today when she said it’s up to schools to decide if they should identify undocumented students to federal immigration authorities (see DeVos: Schools should decide whether to report undocumented kids from Politico).

The ACLU quickly made it clear that doing so would be unconstitutional.

Learn more about why this action would be unconstitutional at Public Education for Immigrant Students: Understanding Plyler v. Doe.

May 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Reports On North Carolina Teacher Walkouts

It’s North Carolina’s turn!

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The Best Videos & Articles About The Arizona and Colorado Teacher Walkouts

The Best Videos & Articles On The Kentucky & Oklahoma Teachers Strikes

The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis

Here’s the latest on North Carolina:

Teacher Walkouts Spread to North Carolina, but the Movement Has Limits is from The NY Times.

Teachers Take School Funding Fight Straight To North Carolina’s Capitol is from NPR.

Now It’s North Carolina Teachers’ Turn: How Did We Get Here? What’s Next? is from NPR.

May 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Every Teacher Interested In SEL Should Read This Report On Its Connection To Racial Equity

I’ve been long-concerned about The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning and what can often be its lack of connection to racial equity issues.

The Aspen Institute just published a report raising those issues very eloquently: Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action.

I have questioned the value of some of the reports Aspen has put out about SEL, but I think this one should be studied by every school that thinks they are emphasizing SEL at their site.

I’m adding this info to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

May 12, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

 

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two):

A Quick Centennial State Guide To Questions About Teacher Pay is from Colorado Public Radio. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis.

What you don’t know about the schools at the top of U.S. News’ 2018 high school rankings appeared in The Washington Post.

Effect Sizes and the 10-Foot Man is by Robert Slavin. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Making Teachers’ Strikes Illegal Won’t Stop Them appeared in The New York Times.

Political veteran vs. political outsiders in race for California schools superintendent is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Insider vs. Outsider Superintendents is by Larry Cuban.

How to Use Metrics Instead of Being Used by Them is from Bloomberg. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”

How teacher strikes in other states help California unions make their case is from Ed Source.

Gates, Zuckerberg team up on new education initiative is from ABC News. Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Team Up to Seek ‘State of the Art’ Ideas for Schools is from Ed Week. I’m adding both to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

May 10, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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DeVos Might Eliminate Federal ELL Office

Just because there are five million English Language Learners in the United States doesn’t mean they should have a separate federal office looking out for them, according to a proposal being considered by the U.S. Department of Education.

According to Ed Week, the proposal would:

fold her department’s office of English-language acquisition into the broader office for elementary and secondary education.

Read more about it at:

Is Betsy DeVos About to Scrap the Federal Office for English-Language Learners? at Ed Week.

Reorganization at U.S. Department of Education May Eliminate Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) is from Transact.

It’s a pretty safe bet to say this kind of move would not be in the best interests of our students…

May 8, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “North Carolina teachers plan walkout”

Here’s a new video from Newsy.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Videos & Articles About The Arizona and Colorado Teacher Walkouts

The Best Resources For Learning About – & Supporting – The West Virginia Teachers

The Best Videos & Articles On The Kentucky & Oklahoma Teachers Strikes (& In Other States!)

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