By Scott Sterling Students who speak a language other than English at home are projected to make up a third of the nation’s public school students by the end of the decade. This is a huge demographic shift being felt not only by states like California, Texas, and Florida, but also Massachusetts, North Dakota, and […]
By Mary Shea, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Writing is an expressive language process that allows us to record thoughts, feelings, knowledge, and inspirations. That expression can be for ourselves or for an audience. Transforming ideas into written words requires considerable effort, making the message clear and interesting enough to hold readers’ attention. […]
By Mary Shea, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Wondering is the mind’s query to itself — questioning observed phenomena, seeking information about the unknown, or solving a problem or puzzle. It’s a natural force that drives learning from the first breath of life. Effective teachers harness this energy in designing instruction that is […]
By Scott Sterling This is the second of a two-part series on helping English-language learners feel more comfortable at a new school. Read Part I here. English language learning students already have an uphill battle in acclimating to a new, unfamiliar, and complicated language, but they also tend to change education settings more frequently than […]
By Toby J. Karten Walking along the shore, hand in hand, glancing at the horizon, are two protagonists: A student with an IEP An educator who is implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) As partners, these two characters—along with colleagues, administrators, legislators, related service providers, families, and peers—comprise a supporting cast who collaboratively ride […]
By Scott Sterling This is the continuation of a series for back to school focusing on the best apps that you might want to consider using this school year. The list is limited to apps that don’t require expensive site-wide licenses or subscriptions (although that might be an option for additional features). If there is […]
By Scott Sterling This is the last in a series focusing on the demographic changes going on in the nation’s schools. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here. This shift presents opportunities for sustained success and best practices that have been pioneered by districts and schools around the country. Family and Community Outreach […]
By Scott Sterling This is the second in a series focusing on the dramatic demographic changes going on in the nation’s schools. This shift presents challenges to the existing system, but also opportunities for sustained success and best practices that other districts and schools around the country have pioneered. Last week, we discussed how, for […]
By Scott Sterling This is the first in a series focusing on the dramatic demographic changes in the nation’s schools. This shift presents challenges to the existing system, but also opportunities for sustained success and best practices that other districts and schools around the country have pioneered. We’re at a historic point in the history […]
By Scott Sterling By the end of this decade, it has been estimated that one quarter of the nation’s students will be, at some level, English language learners. Although these students represent an opportunity to create a large group of the multilingual workers that the 21st century economy desperately requires, we first need to meet […]
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