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New Webinar! Supporting English Learners in Math and Science: Effective Instructional Practices and Examples from NCELA’...
06/03/2021

New Webinar! Supporting English Learners in Math and Science: Effective Instructional Practices and Examples from NCELA’s Teaching Briefs → Join OELA and WestEd on June 30 at 1:30 PM ET to learn about five educator practices that can be enacted to enhance the teaching of math and science to ELs and how these practices can be implemented in remote learning environments. Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x6h0-GuuTTy0CeyBxrK-Ag

New Webinar! Supporting English Learners in Math and Science: Effective Instructional Practices and Examples from NCELA’s Teaching Briefs → Join OELA and WestEd on June 30 at 1:30 PM ET to learn about five educator practices that can be enacted to enhance the teaching of math and science to ELs and how these practices can be implemented in remote learning environments. Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x6h0-GuuTTy0CeyBxrK-Ag

For English language learners (ELLs), the challenges of applying and going to college can be overwhelming. Colorín Color...
06/03/2021

For English language learners (ELLs), the challenges of applying and going to college can be overwhelming. Colorín Colorado has helpful resources with great ideas for ways that ELL educators can support their students as they consider their future plans. https://www.colorincolorado.org/school-support/college-readiness-ells

For English language learners (ELLs), the challenges of applying and going to college can be overwhelming. Colorín Colorado has helpful resources with great ideas for ways that ELL educators can support their students as they consider their future plans. https://www.colorincolorado.org/school-support/college-readiness-ells

Interested in learning more about your state’s Seal of Biliteracy program? Currently 42 states and the District of Colum...
06/02/2021

Interested in learning more about your state’s Seal of Biliteracy program? Currently 42 states and the District of Columbia offer a state Seal of Biliteracy program. Use this interactive map to learn more about your state’s program: https://sealofbiliteracy.org/ #MultilingualAdvocacy

Interested in learning more about your state’s Seal of Biliteracy program? Currently 42 states and the District of Columbia offer a state Seal of Biliteracy program. Use this interactive map to learn more about your state’s program: https://sealofbiliteracy.org/ #MultilingualAdvocacy

Congratulations Class of 2021! All of us at the Office of English Language Acquisition want to recognize and congratulat...
06/02/2021

Congratulations Class of 2021! All of us at the Office of English Language Acquisition want to recognize and congratulate the Class of 2021 on reaching this exciting milestone. During this season, we celebrate your accomplishments and your ability to persevere in these difficult and unprecedented times.

Congratulations Class of 2021! All of us at the Office of English Language Acquisition want to recognize and congratulate the Class of 2021 on reaching this exciting milestone. During this season, we celebrate your accomplishments and your ability to persevere in these difficult and unprecedented times.

The Department of Education launched a website highlighting the innovative practices for K-12 schools to continue reopen...
06/01/2021

The Department of Education launched a website highlighting the innovative practices for K-12 schools to continue reopening. The Best Practices Clearinghouse includes resources that target the needs of K-12, early childhood and higher ed students. https://bestpracticesclearinghouse.ed.gov

The Department of Education launched a website highlighting the innovative practices for K-12 schools to continue reopening. The Best Practices Clearinghouse includes resources that target the needs of K-12, early childhood and higher ed students. https://bestpracticesclearinghouse.ed.gov

05/31/2021
OELA is recruiting peer reviewers with professional expertise in EL programs or services, including current and former p...
05/30/2021

OELA is recruiting peer reviewers with professional expertise in EL programs or services, including current and former pre-k─12 teachers and principals, LEA and SEA leaders, college and university educators, educational evaluators, and others with EL education and language acquisition expertise. OELA also seeks peer reviewers with experience in designing, conducting, and reviewing rigorous educational evaluations.
Please click on the links below for more information on the program and the areas of expertise needed. If you are interested, please reach out to Melissa Escalante at [email protected]
NPD NOTICE INVITING APPLICATIONS
FY 2021 NPD FULL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (PDF, 587 KB)
FAQs Related to the 2021 NPD Competition (PDF, 325 KB)
Seeking Qualified Peer Reviewers for the 2021 NPD Competition (PDF, 46 KB)
ED Peer Reviewer Toolkit (PPT, 944KB)

OELA is recruiting peer reviewers with professional expertise in EL programs or services, including current and former pre-k─12 teachers and principals, LEA and SEA leaders, college and university educators, educational evaluators, and others with EL education and language acquisition expertise. OELA also seeks peer reviewers with experience in designing, conducting, and reviewing rigorous educational evaluations.
Please click on the links below for more information on the program and the areas of expertise needed. If you are interested, please reach out to Melissa Escalante at [email protected]
NPD NOTICE INVITING APPLICATIONS
FY 2021 NPD FULL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (PDF, 587 KB)
FAQs Related to the 2021 NPD Competition (PDF, 325 KB)
Seeking Qualified Peer Reviewers for the 2021 NPD Competition (PDF, 46 KB)
ED Peer Reviewer Toolkit (PPT, 944KB)

It's here! A NEW infographic from OELA highlights facts on Black students within the EL population.  According to data f...
05/29/2021

It's here! A NEW infographic from OELA highlights facts on Black students within the EL population. According to data from the 2017-2018 school year, 223,893, or 4.2%, of K–12 ELs identify as Black in U.S. schools. In some states, such as South Dakota and Maine, more than 25% of all Black students are ELs. Learn more:https://www.ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/20210428-OELA-BlackELsInfographic-508.pdf

It's here! A NEW infographic from OELA highlights facts on Black students within the EL population. According to data from the 2017-2018 school year, 223,893, or 4.2%, of K–12 ELs identify as Black in U.S. schools. In some states, such as South Dakota and Maine, more than 25% of all Black students are ELs. Learn more:https://www.ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/20210428-OELA-BlackELsInfographic-508.pdf

NEW RESOURCE: Two sets of videos that portray implementation of evidence-based practices for teaching ELs from the WWC g...
05/28/2021
The Doing What Works Library

NEW RESOURCE: Two sets of videos that portray implementation of evidence-based practices for teaching ELs from the WWC guides are now available! The Pre-K-1st Grade English Learner Instruction set covers interactive read-alouds and academic vocabulary instruction. The 6th-7th Grades English Learner Instruction set explores instructional strategy for 6th grade science and history instruction in 7th grade. Watch now: https://dwwlibrary.wested.org/resources?t_id=318

Teacher preparation is a key challenge in providing high quality instruction for ELs. OELA’s two-part podcast featuring ...
05/27/2021

Teacher preparation is a key challenge in providing high quality instruction for ELs. OELA’s two-part podcast featuring Jessica Swan and Anjali Pandey explores the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the TARGET teacher training program in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Listen now: https://www.ncela.ed.gov/teacher-resources#ELTeachPrepP1

Teacher preparation is a key challenge in providing high quality instruction for ELs. OELA’s two-part podcast featuring Jessica Swan and Anjali Pandey explores the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the TARGET teacher training program in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Listen now: https://www.ncela.ed.gov/teacher-resources#ELTeachPrepP1

OELA is recruiting peer reviewers with professional expertise in EL programs or services, including current and former p...
05/26/2021

OELA is recruiting peer reviewers with professional expertise in EL programs or services, including current and former pre-k─12 teachers and principals, LEA and SEA leaders, college and university educators, educational evaluators, and others with EL education and language acquisition expertise. OELA also seeks peer reviewers with experience in designing, conducting, and reviewing rigorous educational evaluations.
Please click on the links below for more information on the program and the areas of expertise needed. If you are interested, please reach out to Melissa Escalante at [email protected]
NPD NOTICE INVITING APPLICATIONS
FY 2021 NPD FULL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (PDF, 587 KB)
FAQs Related to the 2021 NPD Competition (PDF, 325 KB)
Seeking Qualified Peer Reviewers for the 2021 NPD Competition (PDF, 46 KB)
ED Peer Reviewer Toolkit (PPT, 944KB)

OELA is recruiting peer reviewers with professional expertise in EL programs or services, including current and former pre-k─12 teachers and principals, LEA and SEA leaders, college and university educators, educational evaluators, and others with EL education and language acquisition expertise. OELA also seeks peer reviewers with experience in designing, conducting, and reviewing rigorous educational evaluations.
Please click on the links below for more information on the program and the areas of expertise needed. If you are interested, please reach out to Melissa Escalante at [email protected]
NPD NOTICE INVITING APPLICATIONS
FY 2021 NPD FULL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (PDF, 587 KB)
FAQs Related to the 2021 NPD Competition (PDF, 325 KB)
Seeking Qualified Peer Reviewers for the 2021 NPD Competition (PDF, 46 KB)
ED Peer Reviewer Toolkit (PPT, 944KB)

Attention educators! Check out this article and a companion 10-minute BAM! Radio Show to discover strategies for effecti...
05/25/2021
Assessment Strategies for English-Language Learners (Opinion)

Attention educators! Check out this article and a companion 10-minute BAM! Radio Show to discover strategies for effectively assessing the learning and progress of ELs. Strategies include using assessment to maximize linguistic and cultural equity, formal and informal assessments, rubrics, portfolios, and conferences, and portfolio-based assessment for young dual language learners. Explore now > https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-assessment-strategies-for-english-language-learners/2021/04

Four educators share practical assessment strategies to support English-language learners.

NEW RESOURCE: Algebra Tips for Parents and Caregivers! The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has a new guide for parents an...
05/24/2021

NEW RESOURCE: Algebra Tips for Parents and Caregivers! The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has a new guide for parents and caregivers to use when helping children learn algebra at home. Download now:https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Docs/ReferenceResources/WWC2021_algebra-parent-tips.pdf

NEW RESOURCE: Algebra Tips for Parents and Caregivers! The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has a new guide for parents and caregivers to use when helping children learn algebra at home. Download now:https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Docs/ReferenceResources/WWC2021_algebra-parent-tips.pdf

NEW RESOURCE: Math Tips for Parents and Caregivers! The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) released a new set of #MathTips f...
05/24/2021

NEW RESOURCE: Math Tips for Parents and Caregivers! The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) released a new set of #MathTips for parents and caregivers to use when helping children grades K through 5 learn fractions at home. Start exploring the tips: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Docs/ReferenceResources/WWC2021_fraction-parent-tips.pdf

NEW RESOURCE: Math Tips for Parents and Caregivers! The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) released a new set of #MathTips for parents and caregivers to use when helping children grades K through 5 learn fractions at home. Start exploring the tips: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Docs/ReferenceResources/WWC2021_fraction-parent-tips.pdf

05/21/2021

English learners need a high-challenge and high-support pedagogy. In case you missed it, get this and other highlights from OELA's recording of the English Learners in Secondary Schools webinar. Watch now: https://www.ncela.ed.gov/Webinars

05/21/2021

Good news! Summer learning and enrichment programs can be beneficial in meeting the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students. Check out this webinar recording to discover how American Rescue Plan funds can be used to support program design and implementation, and how these opportunities can be available this summer and beyond by building district capacity: https://www.wested.org/resources/addressing-the-impact-of-covid-19-through-summer-learning/

The debate over how to handle kids’ “lost year” of learning → Some want to hold students back but experts say there’s a ...
05/20/2021
The debate over how to handle kids’ "lost year" of learning

The debate over how to handle kids’ “lost year” of learning → Some want to hold students back but experts say there’s a better way! Early results from Gregory Heights use of an accelerated approach to address “lost learning” show that this method is working. Learn more: https://www.vox.com/22380650/school-remote-distance-learning-pandemic-covid-19

Some want to hold students back. Experts say there’s a better way.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Check out this free issue of Educational Leadership with articles on educator ment...
05/20/2021
Educational Leadership:Mental Health for Educators

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Check out this free issue of Educational Leadership with articles on educator mental health that is available through the end of the school year. Explore now: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec20/vol78/num04/toc.aspx

To support educators at this time, we are making all the stories in this issue of Educational Leadership on educator mental health free and open to all users through the end of the school year.

05/19/2021

It's here! A NEW infographic from OELA highlights facts on Black students within the EL population. According to data from the 2017-2018 school year, 223,893, or 4.2%, of K–12 ELs identify as Black in U.S. schools. In some states, such as South Dakota and Maine, more than 25% of all Black students are ELs. Learn more:https://www.ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/20210428-OELA-BlackELsInfographic-508.pdf

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Check out "12 Ways to Enrich Kids’ Appreciation of Asian-Paci...
05/19/2021
May Is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month: 12 Ways to Enrich Kids’ Appreciation of Asian-Pacific American Culture

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Check out "12 Ways to Enrich Kids’ Appreciation of Asian-Pacific American Culture" for resources from the Smithsonian, the National Park Service, and more on the rich history and culture of the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to America’s diversity and success. Explore now: https://www2.ed.gov/free/features/asian-pacific-heritage.html

Disclaimer: The U.S. Department of Education does not mandate or prescribe particular curricula or lesson plans. This information is provided for the visitor’s convenience and is included here as an example of the many resources that parents and educators may find helpful and use at their option. ...

TIPS FOR EDUCATORS: Personal narrative assignments in the upper elementary and secondary grades hold promise for #multil...
05/18/2021
Narrative Instruction for Multilingual Learners - Language Magazine

TIPS FOR EDUCATORS: Personal narrative assignments in the upper elementary and secondary grades hold promise for #multilinguallearners to explore their linguistic and cultural backgrounds and develop a positive identify. Click here to discover six steps educators can employ to help MLLs learn to write effective personal narratives > https://www.languagemagazine.com/2021/04/06/celebrating-multilingual-learner-identity-through-personal-narrative-instruction/

The social isolation and countless hours of silent, independent assignments young linguistically diverse scholars have endured during the past year of online learning have left scores in dire need of lessons that affirm their identities while advancing their academic communication skills. In hopes o...

Check out this video from the National PTA on language inclusivity. Mini Martinez, a PTA leader from Florida, explains w...
05/18/2021
Let's Talk about Language Inclusivity

Check out this video from the National PTA on language inclusivity. Mini Martinez, a PTA leader from Florida, explains why it is so important for PTAs to meet the language needs of families in their school communities and what steps they can take to do so. https://youtu.be/v2RbchAOKac

Our school communities and PTAs are made up of students and families that use a diverse range of languages and communication styles. Mini Martinez, a PTA lea...

Save the date! Join the Center for Applied Linguistics on May 18 for the Digital Equity and Dual Language Bilingual Educ...
05/17/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Digital Equity and Dual Language Bilingual Education. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Save the date! Join the Center for Applied Linguistics on May 18 for the Digital Equity and Dual Language Bilingual Education webinar! Speakers will consider digital teaching and learning in dual language bilingual education programs, including Indigenous language programs. Register now! https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v431dRT4QmO2biMFM1Plyw

What practical considerations are involved in supporting English learners who are students with interrupted formal educa...
05/17/2021
Supporting ELs with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)

What practical considerations are involved in supporting English learners who are students with interrupted formal education (SIFE)? Listen to this two-part OELA podcast sharing research-based best practices and an inside view on daily programming for ELs who are SIFE. https://soundcloud.com/ed_oela/sets/supporting-sife-els #MultilingualAdvocacy

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) provides national leadership to help ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant students attain English proficien

Happy #MothersDay from the Office of English Language Acquisition!
05/09/2021

Happy #MothersDay from the Office of English Language Acquisition!

Happy #MothersDay from the Office of English Language Acquisition!

Teachers! Did you know that if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income scho...
05/08/2021

Teachers! Did you know that if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, you may qualify to have up to $17,500 of your student loans forgiven? Learn more > https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher #TeacherAppreciationWeek

Teachers! Did you know that if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, you may qualify to have up to $17,500 of your student loans forgiven? Learn more > https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher #TeacherAppreciationWeek

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7 Reasons Why Using Sign Language Helps Families of Deaf Children You can overcome hesitation to learn sign language!
Unique bilingual ASL + reading videos with Deaf presenters Take off with ASL, Your Turn with ASL, 10 Faces in ASL, ASL lights, ABLE in ASL, Around and Around with ASL, ASL rolls
ABLE with ASL! One word. Many meanings. English by Eye on YouTube Designed to give deaf children and others a better understanding of English. Real-life scenes signed by Deaf ASL presenters. Related sentences on screen for reading fun!
ASL Lights! This video gives deaf children a better understanding of English. Deaf ASL presenters describe real-life scenes. Related sentences are on-screen. English by Eye YouTube videos: ASL and English learning experiences, not lessons. Please share and give feedback!
100% visual comprehensible input, delightful for deaf and hearing English language learners and American Sign Language learners! Your turn with ASL! One word: TURN. Many meanings! These ASL + English videos offer language experiences, not lessons. Deaf ASL presenters do not “translate” the on-screen sentences; they describe the real-life scenes. Click “Videos” on the English by Eye YouTube channel for more fun! Read related articles on Aslaccess.org. https://youtu.be/TB_ajlz47iI
Deaf persons and others appreciate opportunities to learn American Sign Language as well as the English language 5 ways ASL and English are different Informational content authored by Chris Wixtrom © 2021 Many thanks to Trix Bruce (Deaf) for the ASL translation! American Sign Language and English are equally complex, with different origins and modes. More ASL + English videos on the English by Eye YouTube channel, a project of the volunteer-based nonprofit organization, ASL Access. PM through Facebook to help with 20-second ASL videos or voice-overs!
TESOL in Deaf Education: Bringing a refreshed perspective to Special Education (Chris Wixtrom, M.S. Education: TESOL 2013) I am advocating a refreshed perspective and the addition of four types of professionals to Special Education programs: TESOL instructors, ASL instructors, Reading Specialists, and Literacy Coaches. (TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) I wrote this article in 2013.
Dual Language Immersion Two-Way Programs are the quickest and most inclusive path to academic English Language Acquisition for ELs, and as an added bonus, ALL students - including English monolinguals - learn a second language in an inclusive, student-centered, family-engaged environment. It is our hope that OELA and Cardona lead the DOE in educating the nation's school districts about this enriching and "astounding" (Thomas and Collier descriptor) instructional model! In the meantime, we are leading in Florida. Opening this year in August, Dreamers Academy provides the most innovative and effective instructional model public school has to offer, the proven Dual Language Two-Way Immersion program (DLI-TWI). Two-way because monolingual English-speaking students and children already with two languages in the brain learn all academic content together as young as Kindergarten and 1st grade, using their entire linguistic potential and repertoires, becoming bilingual and biliterate by 5th grade, and often surpassing grade-level academic expectations by 7 months or more. Now you know - so why wouldn't you advocate school district board members and administrators to implement DLI-TWI and give all students the opportunity to acquire the life-long competitive advantage of being able to communicate in more than one language, able problem solve with their compare & contrast superpowers, and empowered to navigate diverse situations in any setting? Email, call or text Geri at 941-867-0779 if you wish to learn more. Como dicen aquí - es un "No Brainer"!
In my article, Deaf Education: Replace a “Special Education” Perspective with an “ESOL Education” View ( © 2014, Chris Wixtrom), I am not suggesting a replacement of the existing “Special Education” structure and personnel. I am suggesting a refreshed mindset and an additive perspective which would bring in professionals and principles from the fields of Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and American Sign Language (ASL) instruction, as well as ASL-fluent reading specialists and literacy coaches who would together design and implement accessible research-based reading education. A tremendous amount of research is available in our times which can facilitate reading education with persons of various hearing levels. A recommended article: Visual Skills and Cross-Modal Plasticity in Deaf Readers: Possible Implications for Acquiring Meaning from Print (Matthew W.G. Dye, a Peter C. Hauser, b and Daphne Baveliera)
Tips to encourage bilingual American Sign Language (ASL) and English acquisition and reading development in Deaf education and family settings. Deaf Education: Replace a “Special Education” perspective with an “ESOL Education” view © 2014 Chris Wixtrom
Bilingual language acquisition: American Sign Language + English! English by Eye on YouTube: Fun for all ages and all language levels • Deaf ASL presenters, CC, transcripts, real-life photos & clips • Playlist: “1 word with different meanings” (contextual reading) • Playlist: “ASL can explain English!” (ASL in everyday life)
Can American Sign Language (ASL) be helpful with a deaf student who has autism and no communication skills? A special education teacher asked me this question. My response: Yes. Communication begins with receiving and expressing meaning. Like all languages, ASL establishes communication. However, be aware that American Sign Language and English are completely different languages. While using “sim-com” (talking and signing together) can help with communication, remember that sim-com is not American Sign Language. For learning ASL, I recommend Lifeprint. For improving reading comprehension, I recommend English by Eye videos. In videos from the playlist “1 word with different meanings!” Deaf ASL presenters describe real-world scenes, encouraging readers to figure out the meaning of each on-screen sentence. In “10 faces in ASL!” American Sign Language helps with reading! ASL and English are not the same. Learn both! Find more fun videos on the English by Eye YouTube channel, supported by ASL Access, a 100% volunteer NPO.