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U of Puerto Rico Students Prep to Spend a Semester at Cornell

Sixty-two students from Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) are getting ready to arrive on campus by mid-January. They’re choosing classes and – almost as importantly – buying winter coats and long underwear online. For one semester, UPR students will leave behind the devastation of Hurricane Maria to study at Cornell.

North Carolina Teacher Is Changing the Lives of Her ESL Students — and Their Families

A group of North Carolina parents walk into Irvin Elementary School in Concord, armed with homemade tamales, tacos, enchiladas, pozole and their children — little Allen and Briana, Alison and Alexander — in tow, for an all-Spanish-language Cinco de Mayo teacher appreciation party. They may have given their children English names, but these parents struggle with English. Astrid Emily Francis, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, hopes the party feels welcoming; for some of the immigrant parents it will be the first time they have walked into the school.

“Juntos” Program Prepares Hispanic Students and Their Families for a Future Education

The University of Illinois Extension and the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley gives eighth grade Latino students and their parents an opportunity to explore education and career goals. Sally Galindo and her son are taking part in the next five weeks of the program that will help them prepare for the future.

Why 'Legal Immigration' Doesn't Apply to Early Immigrants to the U.S.

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Kevin Jennings, president of the Tenement Museum in New York City, about why the phrase "legal immigration" does not apply to early immigrants to the U.S., who came to this country before immigration laws were enacted.

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EL Parent Involvement in the 21st Century

What does parent involvement look like for our non-English speaking parents in the 21st century? With technology increasingly incorporated into the educational system, how do we make sure we don’t leave parents behind? Our school site found a way.

 

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In 2015, my school site started opening up our computer lab for parents 2 days a week to use technology. We gave guided support to create email accounts, access Google translate, Cyber…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on December 31, 2017 at 6:11am

California Becomes a Sanctuary State

Recently the LA Times posted an article "California becomes 'sanctuary state' in rebuke of Trump immigration policy" that discusses Senate Bill 54 that aims to protect the 2.3 million undocumented immigrants living in California. California, as one of the larger states that is claimed as home to large populations of immigrants, has been at the forefront of…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on October 9, 2017 at 9:37pm

The Rise of Bilingualism

To quote a famous movie line..."They're baaack!" This can be aptly referred to bilingual educators in California. In October, California residents voted in California Proposition 58, Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education (2016).…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on March 2, 2017 at 6:03am

How do we open our classrooms, or give access, to our language learners?

I know the California Department of Education, and other state agencies, mean well by posting curriculum for ELD instruction. However, ELD is based on theory without a lot of research to support instruction. In the article, English Language Development: Guidelines for Instruction, the authors point out, "There are two primary tenets of…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on October 16, 2016 at 11:30am

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EL Parent Involvement in the 21st Century

What does parent involvement look like for our non-English speaking parents in the 21st century? With technology increasingly incorporated into the educational system, how do we make sure we don’t leave parents behind? Our school site found a way. Here’s our story... In 2015, my school site started opening up our computer lab for parents 2 days a week to use technology. We gave guided support to create email accounts, access Google translate, Cyber Safety, review student grades, and lessons on…See More
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California Becomes a Sanctuary State

Recently the LA Times posted an article "California becomes 'sanctuary state' in rebuke of Trump immigration policy" that discusses Senate Bill 54 that aims to protect the 2.3 million undocumented immigrants living in California. California, as one of the larger states that is claimed as home to large populations of immigrants, has been at the forefront of this legal…See More
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The Rise of Bilingualism

To quote a famous movie line..."They're baaack!" This can be aptly referred to bilingual educators in California. In October, California residents voted in California Proposition 58, Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education (2016). No longer must we hold informational meetings, sign waivers, or adhere to strict guidelines to implement bilingual programs. This is a huge plus for my…See More
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Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

How do we open our classrooms, or give access, to our language learners?

I know the California Department of Education, and other state agencies, mean well by posting curriculum for ELD instruction. However, ELD is based on theory without a lot of research to support instruction. In the article, English Language Development: Guidelines for Instruction, the authors point out, "There are two primary tenets of communicative language teaching: (1) The…See More
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"I know the California Department of Education, and there state agencies, mean well by posting curriculum for ELD instruction. However, ELD is based on theory without a lot of research to support instruction. In the article, English Language…"
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