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'It's Not Just A Story. It's Our Lives': Student Journalists in Parkland

"Valentine's Day was a day of love, passion and friendships as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School celebrated February 14, 2018 ..." That's how the student journalists writing for the Eagle Eye, the newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, started their story about one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history. Student journalists often face a challenge balancing their roles as students and objective reporters.

Ellen Shocks Charlotte Area ESL Teacher with Big Donation from Chobani

Ellen DeGeneres surprised a Charlotte area ESL teacher on her show last week with an interview and a $100,000 check for her school's backpack program, donated by Chonbani.

ESL Science Class Brings Out Scientists in Students

Kerri Withrow Valentine's science classroom at Central Fall High School seems pretty typical. Yet most of the 14 members of this beginning language-level learner class are Spanish-speakers from Central and Northern South America; three are from Cabo Verde and speak Portuguese. It's in part because of her work with English as a second language (ESL) students that she has been designated "Teacher of the Year for Excellence in Environmental Education" by the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA).

Words Take Wing Will Feature Children's Author Grace Lin

Grace Lin — author of the book for young readers Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (a Newbery Honor book for 2010) — will speak to a large audience of students from around the Sacramento area at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Mondavi Center's Jackson Hall. Her presentation is part of this year's Words Take Wing event, sponsored by the UC Davis School of Education.

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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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Project GLAD: Guided Language Acquisition Design

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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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