Thousands of Central American children made a harrowing journey to the United States. Now they are navigating the arduous process of getting an education.
Multilingualism has been shown to have many social, psychological and lifestyle advantages. Moreover, researchers are finding a swath of health benefits from speaking more than one language, including faster stroke recovery and delayed onset of dementia.
Advocacy groups and researchers are taking a deeper look at what changes may be on the horizon for English-language learners and the people responsible for educating them.
More students in the Tucson Unified School District will get the chance to learn a second language this school year. For the first time, the district’s dual language program is expanding to the east side. The program at TUSD was audited earlier this year, and one of the things that was found was that the district could do a better job at implementing the program. The district has since created a master plan. Their new pilot program will start at Bloom Elementary. With this new model, 90 percent of instruction will be in Spanish, and students will only get about 30 minutes of English each day. As students go through elementary to middle school, instruction in English and Spanish will even out.
Last Thursday, Luis Sanchez Aguilar stood before the inaugural Caminos al Futuro cohort of Latino high school students and their families in the Lehman Auditorium of GW’s Science and Engineering Hall and prepared to deliver his final presentation. Mr. Aguilar was among 15 high-achieving students selected for the three-week residential, pre-college leadership program funded by the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. The institute encompasses Caminos al Futuro for rising high school seniors, as well as scholarship and mentoring support for selected Cisneros Scholars, GW students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership and community service, particularly within the Hispanic community.
About two dozen migrant education students from the Fresno metro area competed in robotics at an event sponsored by the Fresno County Office of Education’s Migrant Education Program. FCOE said the competition is the culmination of a migrant summer program where students have been introduced to the NXT graphic programming language. STEM concepts and teamwork were combined in the summer program to teach students real-life skills while having fun.
For one educator, poetry was a transformative outlet for immigrant kids who are struggling with issues of language, identity and trauma. In an article for The Guardian, Kate Clanchy chronicles her experience teaching poetry to students who have recently immigrated to England from all over the world. Some of her students’ families fled poverty, others war zones, and many still struggled with English. But through poetry her students were able to express themselves in English on deeply personal themes like the scents of home and the struggles of arriving in a new place.
The Houston school board on Wednesday announced San Francisco Unified Superintendent Richard Carranza as their pick to lead the 215,000-student district. Carranza has led the 53,000-student San Francisco Unified since 2012. He was among Education Week's 2015 class of Leaders to Learn From for his work with English-language learners. Houston has the sixth-largest enrollment of ELLs in the nation, according to a 2015 Migration Policy Institute report. According to the report, Texas has the second highest ELL K-12 enrollment in the nation, trailing only California.