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Struggles with English Take A Toll on Buffalo Students

Only about one in four English language learners from the Class of 2017 graduated on time last year. More than 40 percent dropped out somewhere between the start of high school and graduation day. That is raising alarm bells, most recently from a group that understands the struggles and is speaking up on behalf of these students, many of whom are kids of refugee and immigrant families that have proliferated in Buffalo in recent years. "To us, this is really a crisis," said Haoua Hamza, a member of the Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team, a project of VOICE-Buffalo, the community organizing network. "It's an issue for our families and there aren't adequate resources to address it."

Helping English-Learners End the School Year Strong

Teachers and students may feel like they are limping across the finish line at the end of the school year. During the last quarter, when testing is finished and spring is in the air, teachers and students can be tempted to go on cruise control. However, this attitude can result in a loss of valuable learning and practice time, especially for English-language learners who benefit from as many language-learning opportunities as possible.

Games Are Memorable Teaching Tools or ESL Learners

Children love playing games, particularly during school hours. Fun experiences are memorable to the brain, which has been shown to help information stick — an especially important component to ESL learning.

Helping English-Learners Understand Vocabulary With 7 Steps

In this video, a 9th-grade world studies teacher introduces a seven-step process to help English-language learners learn new vocabulary. The process starts with repeating the word three times and ends with students discussing the meaning and usage of the word with a peer.

What the U.S. Could Learn from Canada About Integrating Immigrant Students

In Canadian public schools, the children of new immigrants do as well as native-born children within three years of arriving. There kids don't just get language and academic support; their home cultures are celebrated as they are integrated into classes. And strong social services and healthy education funding help too. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week reports.

How 5 Districts Unlock ELLs' Math Potential

Across the country, many English-learners don't have access to the same high-quality math courses that their native English-speaking peers do. These five California districts offer a road map to change.

Don't Underestimate, Shortchange ELLs With Disabilities, Researcher Argues

Some educators feel bilingualism is "too lofty a goal" for English-language learners with disabilities, an attitude that could limit the educational trajectory of an already underserved population, a new study found. During a seven-month ethnographic study, Sara Kangas, an applied linguist and assistant professor in Lehigh's College of Education, found that some educators did not prioritize language services for ELLs because they had low expectations for the students. "This underscores the necessity for teacher education programs to work towards systematically dismantling these perceptions through curricula," Kangas wrote in her study.

In a Heavily Puerto Rican City, Schools Scramble to Help Students Displaced By Hurricane

Since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico last year, more than 24,000 students have left for the U.S. mainland and more than 400 came to Hartford, Connecticut, where a third of residents identify as Puerto Rican. Now, Hartford is working to support the students amid a series of budget difficulties. Ivette Feliciano reports on the challenges facing the school system and students.