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New App Created by Latinos Offers Interpreter Services in Real Time

During his visits to several courts as a translator-for-hire, Victor Abundis grew increasingly frustrated at the amount of people who didn’t know they could be eligible for interpreter. "It'll state that in the package they get, but the package is always in English," he says. What usually happens next, he says, is that the lawyers and agents scramble in the waiting room to find any random person who can speak or interpret the language. Abundis thought that wasn't fair. "This is the most important appointment of their lives.

What's Going On in Your Child's Brain When You Read Them a Story?

"I want The Three Bears!" These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa. A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young children's brains in each of those situations. And, says lead author Dr. John Hutton, there is an apparent "Goldilocks effect" — some kinds of storytelling may be "too cold" for children, while others are "too hot." And, of course, some are "just right."

#KidsNeedBooks Twitter Campaign Helping Students and Schools in Need

Ann Braden didn't mean to start a movement. The former middle school teacher, whose debut middle grade novel, The Benefits of Being an Octopus, will be published in September, simply had a stack of books from a recent conference and remembered a recent Donalyn Miller Nerdy Book Club post. It's not complicated, Miller wrote, kids need access to books. With that inspiration, Braden decided to offer her stack of books to a teacher or librarian whose students needed them.

Number of Denver Students Earning a 'Seal of Biliteracy' Continues to Skyrocket

Nearly twice as many Denver students are on track to graduate with a "seal of biliteracy" this year as last year. The seal signifies they are fluent in English and at least one other language.

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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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