What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

To kick-off this fun holiday that runs from September 15 through October 15, here are some awesome activities for Hispanic Heritage Month for communities, schools and families! The Scholastic literary resource organization suggests growing a heritage garden common to a lot of Spanish-speaking countries. Some of the staple crops can include peppers, squash, corn and beans. … Read More

ELL Support and Programs in North Carolina

With an approximate ELL enrollment of 6.2% among grades K-12, North Carolina has 102,311 English Language Learners in the state public school system as of years 2012-2013. 83.6% of ELL students in North Carolina speak Spanish, with Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Hmong rounding out the five most common languages spoken throughout the state. North Carolina is among the member states … Read More

English Learner Resources and Support in Georgia

With an approximate ELL enrollment of 5.5% among grades K-12, Georgia has 94,034 English Language Learners in the state public school system as of years 2012-2013. 78.2% of ELL students in Georgia speak Spanish, followed by Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese representing the most common languages spoken by the families of these students. The following is a list of useful resources … Read More

5 Important Things to Know About Title I

Title I (Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA) provides funding specifically for local education agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families. In order to better understand how Title 1 affects schools and families, read on to learn five important things about Title 1. What is Parental Involvement under … Read More

A School Library Can Support ELL Families

Libraries have historically been multi-faceted organizations which offer not only books and media, but access to community programs and cultural experiences. There is now a growing trend in public schools in which school librarians, classroom teachers, and ELL teachers are using the library as a meeting and activity venue for ELL families. It can be challenging for ELL parents and … Read More

Early Literacy for ELL is Crucial

There have been a number of studies examining the effects of acquiring literacy skills at a very early age and the findings have shown that the earlier a child begins to learn the basics of reading and vocabulary, the far greater their odds for academic achievement later on. With these results demonstrating the benefits for success of all school children, … Read More

The Discouraging Shortage of Quality Resources for English Learners

Public schools across the country are already faced with budget shortfalls and a decreasing number of quality reading materials and access to digital resources for all students. But the problem is much more significant for English Language Learners, as educators must routinely contend with trying to create an appropriate curriculum with teaching resources that are lacking in adequate content. The … Read More

Understanding the Local Control Funding Formula

California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is a new body of legislation that seeks to simplify the vital process of funding kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) schools and to make it more efficient at helping schools support their student populations. This new methodology for the state’s complex school finance system was presented as part of the 2013-14 Budget Act. Where … Read More

State of Arizona Informational ELL Resources

The state of Arizona had 91,382 ELL students enrolled in grades K-12 during the 2012-13 academic year, making up 8.4% of the school population. Among those children, Spanish was spoken by a large majority at 70.5%, with Arabic, Navajo, Vietnamese, and Somali making up the balance of the top five languages currently spoken by non-English speaking students. The following is … Read More

ELL Support and Programs in Nevada

With an approximate ELL enrollment of 17.4% among grades K-12, Nevada has 77,559 English Language Learners in the state public school system as of years 2012-2013. 79.5% of ELL students in Nevada speak Spanish, with Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Amharic making up the majority of the common languages spoken throughout the state. The following is a list of useful resources … Read More