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Have you registered for the "Developing Educator Expertise to Work with English Learners" webinar hosted by the Office o...
01/27/2023

Have you registered for the "Developing Educator Expertise to Work with English Learners" webinar hosted by the Office of English Language Acquisition and the National R&D Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners?

Join us on February 14 from 3–4:30 p.m. ET. Panelists will present a teacher expertise development model and share resources for planning and implementing professional learning. Register here > https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tqw_ACgoRlWm7MkCKEn6WA?fbclid=IwAR0wIez2cei9y9gdgX3HIcVczkculiIHnjIIRIDliHDO8UJPjpqi9BiIYXE

Check out this report from the U.S. Department of Education to learn how your school can use American Rescue Plan funds ...
01/25/2023

Check out this report from the U.S. Department of Education to learn how your school can use American Rescue Plan funds in the new year to address lost instructional time and meet students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs.

Download:https://www2.ed.gov/documents/coronavirus/lost-instructional-time.pdf

01/24/2023

It's ! Parent and family engagement is key to student educational success. Check out this interview in Spanish featuring OELA Director Montserrat Garibay talking about the importance of family engagement. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=661904041999685

OELA’s Benefits of Multilingualism infographic is now available in Chinese! Check it out here: https://ncela.ed.gov/file...
01/23/2023

OELA’s Benefits of Multilingualism infographic is now available in Chinese!

Check it out here:https://ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/NCELAInfographic-Chinese_20221201_508.pdf

Happy Lunar New Year from the Office of English Language Acquisition!
01/22/2023

Happy Lunar New Year from the Office of English Language Acquisition!

Become a presenter at the  Annual Conference and share your expertise with other educators. The deadline to submit propo...
01/20/2023

Become a presenter at the Annual Conference and share your expertise with other educators. The deadline to submit proposals is January 31. Learn more: https://events.wida.us

A new report from the What Works Clearinghouse found moderate evidence that dual language programs positively impacted s...
01/19/2023

A new report from the What Works Clearinghouse found moderate evidence that dual language programs positively impacted student literacy achievement in English compared with instructional programs in English only. Learn more: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/InterventionReport/726

NEW RESOURCE: This brief from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research looks at middle and high school outcomes of long-t...
01/17/2023
KI HERC Report-LTEL Outcomes Final.pdf | Powered by Box

NEW RESOURCE: This brief from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research looks at middle and high school outcomes of long-term English learners (LTELs) in the Houston region, focusing on how the timing of reclassification is associated with academic achievement and school engagement. Download:

"Be a bush, if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be the sun, be a star. It i...
01/16/2023

"Be a bush, if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be the sun, be a star. It isn't by size that you win or you fail. Be the best of whatever you are." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Our "Developing Educator Expertise to Work with English Learners" webinar is one month away! Register today.Join the Off...
01/14/2023

Our "Developing Educator Expertise to Work with English Learners" webinar is one month away! Register today.

Join the Office of English Language Acquisition and the National R&D Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners on February 14 at 3 p.m. ET for a webinar about the development of teacher expertise to serve ELs. Panelists will present a teacher expertise development model and share resources for planning and implementing professional learning.

Register here > https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tqw_ACgoRlWm7MkCKEn6WA?fbclid=IwAR1TSEei7Qn-N5hB_P4dxfVU-QFXJ2vYEd_3nsvt60UEiytpM41fJj-O3PQ

What can teachers do to support  in the new year? Check out this article for strategies and resources that can be used i...
01/13/2023
Twelve Things Teachers Can Do to Support ELL Success in the New Year

What can teachers do to support in the new year? Check out this article for strategies and resources that can be used in any learning setting – in-person, hybrid, or remote.

Add new commentTwelve Things Teachers Can Do to Support ELL Success in the New Year ByKristina Robertson As you look ahead to the New Year, here are some specific and measurable actions you can take to support your English language learners' success.On this pageStrategies for InstructionStrategies:....

01/11/2023
OELA Infographics and Fact Sheets

: The Office of English Language Acquisition has nearly 60 published infographics and fact sheets for on a range of topics, from STEM, demographic trends, college credit-bearing courses, heritage languages, career and technical education, early care, to homelessness, and more. Check them out: https://www.ncela.ed.gov/fact-sheets

Free virtual event for Spanish-speaking parents! Sign up for the Leyendo en Casa (Reading Together at Home) workshop on ...
01/10/2023

Free virtual event for Spanish-speaking parents! Sign up for the Leyendo en Casa (Reading Together at Home) workshop on Thursday 1/12 with La Fuerza de Familias Latinas and Literacy Partners. The theme is STEM in the Kitchen. A free children's book will be mailed to participating parents. Register > https://www.lafuerzadefamilias.org/leyendo-en-casa-con-univision/

Join Seidlitz Education in Houston, TX to learn from educators as they share what they are doing to successfully meet EL...
01/09/2023

Join Seidlitz Education in Houston, TX to learn from educators as they share what they are doing to successfully meet ELs' current needs. The conference schedule includes a keynote by author Emily Francis, breakout sessions, and informal discussion opportunities with presenters.

Register here: https://seidlitzeducation.com/upcoming-events/jan26whatsworking/

Join Dr. Aída Walqui (WestEd), Dr. George C. Bunch (UC Santa Cruz), and Dr. Alexandra Estrella (Norwalk Public Schools) ...
01/08/2023

Join Dr. Aída Walqui (WestEd), Dr. George C. Bunch (UC Santa Cruz), and Dr. Alexandra Estrella (Norwalk Public Schools) from 3–4:30 p.m. ET on February 14 for the "Developing Educator Expertise to Work with English Learners" webinar hosted by the Office of English Language Acquisition and the National R&D Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners.

Register here > https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tqw_ACgoRlWm7MkCKEn6WA?fbclid=IwAR3hkbaFDQIMFWz7shKXzgNQScCEZvRTTM9LygOtk_BFFPTq-a6EUFZ1MLQ

January is . The importance of mentoring  cannot be understated. Check out this video on "Mentoring Programs for English...
01/06/2023
Mentoring Programs for English Learners

January is . The importance of mentoring cannot be understated. Check out this video on "Mentoring Programs for English Learners" to learn more about ProjectExcEL and how it expands personalized learning opportunities:

ExcEL Leadership Academy is a national model. A program created and based on the best practices for serving English language learners. The United States of A...

The Office of English Language Acquisition and the National R&D Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learne...
01/05/2023

The Office of English Language Acquisition and the National R&D Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners are hosting a webinar about the development of teacher expertise to serve ELs.

Join us on February 14 at 3 p.m. ET for "Developing Educator Expertise to Work with English Learners." Panelists will present a teacher expertise development model and share resources for planning and implementing professional learning.

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tqw_ACgoRlWm7MkCKEn6WA

TNTP’s new toolkit provides guidance on how districts can take action to ensure multilingual learners are reflected with...
01/04/2023

TNTP’s new toolkit provides guidance on how districts can take action to ensure multilingual learners are reflected within American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief plans. Read the "Leveraging Opportunity Toolkit: The Use of Pandemic Recovery Funds to Support Multilingual Learners" here:https://tntp.org/assets/covid-19-toolkit-resources/FINAL_Leveraging_Opportunity%E2%80%94The_Use_of_Pandemic_Recovery_Funds_to_Support_Multilingual_Learners_TOOLKIT.pdf

There's a new Spanish translation of the  Benefits of Multilingualism , illustrating the cognitive, educational, economi...
01/03/2023

There's a new Spanish translation of the Benefits of Multilingualism , illustrating the cognitive, educational, economic, and sociocultural benefits of learning multiple languages. Read Beneficios del Multilingüismo here:
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The latest Information ELevated offers a snapshot of data on English Learners and Language Instruction Educational Progr...
01/02/2023

The latest Information ELevated offers a snapshot of data on English Learners and Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) participation. Watch now for more information about the top five state education agencies offering these programs, languages of instruction, and enrollment trends: https://youtu.be/LiciELRhHTk

Happy New Year! Here's to a great 2023. Stay engaged with OELA this year for research updates and resource releases to e...
01/01/2023

Happy New Year! Here's to a great 2023. Stay engaged with OELA this year for research updates and resource releases to ensure multilingual learners have the support they need for academic success, in both English and their native languages.

Applications are open for the English Language Fellows Program, a U.S. Department of State  public diplomacy program tha...
12/30/2022
Fellow Program - English Language Programs

Applications are open for the English Language Fellows Program, a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy program that sends professionals on paid teaching assignments around the world. Fellow projects are 10-month positions for ESL/EFL educators. Learn more:

Fellows are experienced and dedicated English language educators with an MA in TESOL or related field. Fellows have 10-month, in-person assignments around the world. Projects include English language teaching, teacher training, and daily opportunities for cultural exchange.

As technology and global interconnectivity expand, so does the need for digital literacy. With everyone having access to...
12/29/2022
Multiliteracies and Multilingual Learners - Language Magazine

As technology and global interconnectivity expand, so does the need for digital literacy. With everyone having access to rich, complex media, and in teaching and learning could become mainstays in classrooms and schools. Read more about why at Language Magazine:
https://www.languagemagazine.com/2022/11/17/multiliteracies-and-multilingual-learners/

Equipped with Miami Linguistic Readers, Camino de la Escuela, and my own ingenuity, my young multilingual learners and I dived into what we believed were sound biliteracy practices. These leveled reading programs developed eons ago were lifeblood to a novice teacher like me who had been trained in S...

New Resource: The "Best Practices for Monitoring Current and Exited English Learner Students" eBook is a great resource ...
12/28/2022
eBook: Best Practices for Monitoring Current and Exited Students

New Resource: The "Best Practices for Monitoring Current and Exited English Learner Students" eBook is a great resource for LEAs that are looking for more information about the policy, practice, and pedagogy of effective EL and exited EL progress monitoring processes.

Check it out here: https://ellevationeducation.com/news/ebook-best-practices-monitoring-current-and-exited-students

Best Practices for Monitoring Current and Exited EL Students is a resource for educators and Local Education Authorities (LEAs) that seek to learn more about the policy, practice and pedagogy behind effective EL progress monitoring and exited EL monitoring processes. Download the eBook Adapting moni...

"Biliteracy Seals in a Large Urban District in New Mexico," a new study from REL Southwest, examines the characteristics...
12/27/2022

"Biliteracy Seals in a Large Urban District in New Mexico," a new study from REL Southwest, examines the characteristics of students in an urban district in New Mexico who earned biliteracy seals among the four seal options available. Read here: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/rel/Products/Publication/100913

Today marks the start of Kwanzaa, which celebrates family and unity with the lighting of the first candle on the kinara....
12/26/2022

Today marks the start of Kwanzaa, which celebrates family and unity with the lighting of the first candle on the kinara.

Wishing you a bright and meaningful !

Today, we wish you a Merry Christmas filled with peace, goodwill, and happiness!
12/25/2022

Today, we wish you a Merry Christmas filled with peace, goodwill, and happiness!

New podcast alert: The Effective Literacy Instruction for Multilingual Learners (MLs) podcast is now available! Stream t...
12/23/2022

New podcast alert: The Effective Literacy Instruction for Multilingual Learners (MLs) podcast is now available! Stream the OELA discussion on Soundcloud for information about literacy development for and instruction in English only educational contexts. Listen here: https://ncela.ed.gov/teacher-resources#EffecLitInstP1

The Office of English Language Acquisition has had a busy year! At the end of 2022, we now have over 25,000 available re...
12/22/2022

The Office of English Language Acquisition has had a busy year! At the end of 2022, we now have over 25,000 available resources in our library--just one of the many ways we support multilingual learners and those who strive to help them achieve proficiency and academic success. Check out our infographic to learn more:https://ncela.ed.gov/files/OELAPromotingExcellenceInfographic-20220929-508.pdf

Today marks the first official day of winter, with the shortest period of daylight in the year. Happy Winter Solstice!
12/21/2022

Today marks the first official day of winter, with the shortest period of daylight in the year. Happy Winter Solstice!

A University of Texas study has found that bilingual children as young as six months old can differentiate between the l...
12/20/2022
Bilingual children might have a superpower, UT study finds

A University of Texas study has found that bilingual children as young as six months old can differentiate between the languages they hear. Additionally, they use different parts of their brains than monolingual kids when performing the same tasks. Read more:

“Children who grow up hearing their parents switch back and forth between languages are strengthening mechanisms that are critical to executive function, even before they are able to produce …

Hanukkah sameach! May this next eight days bring blessings upon you and your family.
12/18/2022

Hanukkah sameach! May this next eight days bring blessings upon you and your family.

A new study highlights how states differentiate  identification for Indigenous students across all 50 states. Findings s...
12/15/2022

A new study highlights how states differentiate identification for Indigenous students across all 50 states. Findings suggest that, broadly, states use four distinct classifications. Read more:https://www.edworkingpapers.com/sites/default/files/ai22-551.pdf

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Grow Deaf children’s reading & everyone’s ASL learning! Deaf presenters describe everyday scenes. On-screen sentences are related reading opportunities, not ASL translations. Read with ASL videos are free on YouTube.

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MAKE: 10 meanings described in ASL
Learn ASL and ESL with real-life scenes
Read with ASL YouTube channel. Please share!
Join the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) on 11/30 for the Native American Heritage Month Authors Series! Ron Lessard will talk about culture, history, and diversity with award-winning authors Traci Sorell, Brenda Child, and Brian Young. Register now > https://bit.ly/OELAWebinar
A resource for English and ASL acquisition
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THROUGH: 15 meanings in sentences.
ASL with voice-overs. Read with ASL YouTube channel.
Voice text: Click (…) under video, then Open transcript. Please share!

We are partnering with the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) in hosting a panel discussion: Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultures with featured authors whose work features heroes and heroines that highlight the diversity within Latino communities and the importance of representation in literature

Join us tomorrow, October 13, 2021, at 2:30 pm ET (90 min) for a panel discussion on the importance of Hispanic representation in literature. The event will feature the authors’ works and encourage the audience to explore and engage with these stories.
Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw
JUST IN: Migratory Children Who Are English Learners. The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)’s new fact sheet discusses the unique educational needs of migratory children, states with the greatest number and highest percentage of migratory children, and student performance on statewide assessments. Download now: http://bit.ly/MigratoryELs
📣Congratulations to CETE's Professional Learning for Educators program for being awarded the National Professional Development for English Learners’ grant, Helping English Learners and Partners Excel with Research-based Practices and Support. Explore how the Professional Learning for Educators program can help your school or organization. https://cete.osu.edu/programs/professional-learning-for-educators/
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Join the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Oct 13 Webinar: Heritage Month Authors Series - Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Culturehttps://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw
In case you missed it, the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)’s early childhood education webinar featuring WestEd’s Pam Spycher is now available for viewing! Watch now to discover four educator practices that can be enacted to enhance the teaching of dual language learners > https://bit.ly/EarlyChildhoodNCELA
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11 meanings of UP: ASL fun for all ages! Encourages kids with reading.
Read with ASL on YouTube - a project of the nonprofit ASL Access.
Check out the article, "Supporting Bi/Multilingual learners this school year," recently featured in Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Newsletter:
https://wida.wisc.edu/about/news/supporting-bimultilingual-learners-school-year

[Title: Read with ASL – YouTube. Image: A woman and two children looking at a book.] Specifically designed for Deaf children's English language acquisition. Beneficial for ASL and English learners. Easy to understand with real life scenes. Comprehensible input.
To read spoken sign language voice-over text on the screen: Click the 3 dots (...) below the YouTube video, then Open transcript. Producer: Chris Wixtrom, M.S. Education: TESOL, Founder, ASL Access (1997)
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