Chicago: Dual Language Program Coming to Roosevelt High School Aims to Empower New English Learners – Not Punish Them The student body at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Chicago is 70% Hispanic and 33% ELs. Starting in the 2019–2020 school year, Roosevelt will offer a dual language program. Students will be able to take classes like chemistry that will be taught in both Spanish and English. The school’s goals for the dual language program are to build its career track and foster biliteracy.
TIPS FOR TEACHERS: Connecting native and second language deepens English literacy for ELLs This article presents several strategies teachers in three different contexts — the San Jose Union School District, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and the Saigon South International School in Vietnam — use to support ELs to make connections between their primary language and English. These strategies include transferring literacy skills learned in the primary language to English, building on concepts students have in their primary language, and using poetry, history, and literature.
Education Week NEW RESOURCE: Bilingual Teachers Are in Short Supply. How Can Schools Cultivate Their Own? According to federal data, 31 states and the District of Columbia have a shortage of teachers to work in bilingual classrooms, ESL classrooms, and in dual-language immersion programs. The Education Policy Program at New America has studied “grow your own” bilingual teacher development efforts in Oregon, Washington, and Minnesota to identify which policies and practices appear to be most effective. They have summarized their findings and research in a two-page guide to help others develop their “grow your own” bilingual teacher programs.
NEW RESOURCE: Head Start & Framing Bilingualism as an Asset The U.S. is undergoing a major demographic shift: more children of color and children whose home language is not English are entering K–12 schools. Head Start, a federal preschool program for children from low-income families, is also experiencing this shift. In response to research showing bilingualism is an asset, the new Head Start Performance Standards now mandate that programs “recognize bilingualism and biliteracy as strengths.” This has led Head Start programs to emphasize home-language development as well as English language development. www.languagemagazine.com/2019/03/05/framing-bilingualism-as-an-asset/... See MoreSee Less