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The Learning First Alliance is hosting a social media chat next Tuesday with Richard Long, its Executive Director, and me on English Language Learners and the Common Core.

Here’s how they are describing it:

How are the Common Core State Standards impacting English language learners? What do educators and policymakers need to know and do to ensure the needs of this growing population are met? 

On June 14, Larry Ferlazzo, an International Baccalaureate and English and social studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., and Richard Long, Executive Director of the Learning First Alliance, will discuss these issues in an online chat. The pair will examine the challenges and opportunities that those in the classroom must handle and what policymakers can do to support them.  

Mr. Ferlazzo writes a well-known blog and and has published eight books that give practical advice for teachers who work with English language learners, based on his work with immigrant students in his second career as a teacher. He is co-author of “Navigating the Common Core with English-Language Learners,” released earlier this year.

The conversation will take place on Tuesday, June 14 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the new social media platform Blab, which features a live streamed video chat that allows participants to send comments and questions via Facebook or Twitter. Please register for the event to participate.  

The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of the largest education organizations in the United States.