Applying Scaffolding in Programs with English Language Learners

Applying Scaffolding in Programs with English Language Learners There are a couple of scaffolding techniques that work particularly well when applying scaffolding in programs with English Language Learners (ELLs). Though ELL students benefit from effective teaching like all learners do, they need it to be even more so as they’re working on achieving both their content area learning and English … Read More

Five Reasons to Teach Children a Second Language

Five Reasons to Teach Children a Second Language There are innumerable benefits to teaching kids a foreign language, but for the purposes of this article, let’s just take a look at the top five reasons to teach children a second language. So the first and most obvious is how advantageous it is to know another language when traveling, for career … Read More

The Connection Between School Dropouts and Incarceration

The Connection Between School Dropouts and Incarceration The connection between school dropouts and incarceration is a costly proposition for Americans. The figures don’t lie. Let’s take a look. In a detailed report written about in the NY Times, approximately one in 10 male dropouts is either in juvenile hall or jail. The Center for Labor Market Studies states in the … Read More

Creating a Home/School Connection with Hispanics

Creating a Home/School Connection with Hispanics For all kinds of valid reasons, creating a home/school connection with Hispanics may seem challenging at first, but once the process begins, it’s often not half as difficult as first thought. Let’s look at how schools can build a great connection with Hispanics. The answer could lie in a storybook. Family literacy studies indicate … Read More

Using Scaffolding as a Tool in the Educational Process

Using Scaffolding as a Tool in the Educational Process Using scaffolding as a tool in the educational process refers to various techniques implemented to guide students toward better understanding, and ultimately, more independence in learning a certain objective. More specifically, scaffolding is when a teacher provides step-by-step levels of support that assists students in achieving a high level of comprehension … Read More

5 Myths About Learning Two Languages

5 Myths About Learning Two Languages Let’s address some of the myths floating around out there to see why they’re just that: “myths.” Myth #1: Can a child get a disorder from learning a second language? Based on research, the answer is no. Interestingly, this concern often comes from parents when they see that their child knows fewer words in … Read More

The Culture, Values, and Behaviors of the Latino Community

The Latino community is as diverse and wide-ranging as any other and has grown to become the second largest in the United States. When we analyze this population by culture, values, and behaviors, the first thing that is evident is the emphasis on family and community. Latinos, particularly immigrant families, often have traditional norms when it comes to familial structure … Read More

The Power of Books in the Home

Books are the foundation for education, not just for their value as sources of information, but for the vital purpose they serve in introducing children to the fundamentals of communication and literacy. When a child is provided with access to books and reading materials that are age-appropriate, he or she picks up skills for literacy much quicker and it keeps … Read More

The Fate of English Learners in California

The Every Student Succeeds Act is a new set of federal mandates that bring a decrease in government intervention in the testing requirements for students in grades K-12. But one area where the recent legislation provides an increased role is through the progress of English Learners in the public school system. The ESSA comes with provisions that broaden the expectations … Read More

The Magic of Words

Words are powerful! The number of words that a child learns appears to be connected to socioeconomic influences. There has been a long standing concern over the vocabulary gap that exists between first graders who come from lower socioeconomic families, and children who are from middle class or wealthy class backgrounds. The issue stems from the size of the vocabulary … Read More