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Stories about English Language Learners

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Bilingualism as a Life Experience
By Newseditor 05/18/2011 2:48 PM EDT
Moise Derosier
Moise Derosier is passionate about the education of English Language Learners (ELLs). This zeal -- which the Haiti native says originated with his personal experience as an ELL -- drove him to take a leave of absence from his job in West Palm Beach, Fla., as a high school math teacher of ELLs to come to HGSE and study programs and policies related to access. “Moise exemplifies with distinction the qualities of the students and graduates of the International Education Policy (IEP) Program,” said Professor Fernando Reimers, director of IEP. “His commitment to serving the most disadvantaged, his...
By Newseditor 05/13/2011 4:19 PM EDT
Alum Named Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools
We asked our Facebook fans to tell us what one question they would ask an Ed School faculty member if given the opportunity. The one we chose for this issue was from Maria Marimar. Maria Marimar: How is Obama’s education policy working for English language learners? Associate Professor Nonie Lesaux: The Obama administration has certainly been focused on education reform, but I don’t know of a policy that focuses explicitly on English language (EL) learners. While federal education legislation during the last administration focused on the important goal of improving young children’s...
By Ruth E. C. Prince 07/25/2010 11:01 AM EDT
the word language on a book
Many children who enter kindergarten with few English language skills successfully learn to read and comprehend text during the early grades. They also acquire oral English language skills that enable them to communicate effectively with their teachers and classmates. When these students reach the upper elementary years, however, many of them lack the necessary academic language skills to work with higher grade-level texts. As a result, English language learners may score in the 80th percentile on a word reading test, but in just the 19th percentile on a test of reading comprehension. In a...
By Newseditor 03/03/2010 10:59 AM EST
Maria Martiniello
Maria Martiniello, Ed.M.'97, C.A.S.'98, Ed.D.'07, was named the second place winner in the 2010 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Outstanding Dissertation Competition. She will receive the award at the AAHHE Conference this week in Costa Mesa, Calif. A panel of experts in higher education selected Martiniello's HGSE dissertation, "Linguistic Complexity and Differential Item Functioning (DIF) for English Language Learners (ELL) in Math Word Problems" for its contributions and efforts as an agent of change in improving education. Martiniello's research examined whether math...
By Jill Anderson 02/12/2010 10:39 AM EST
Jeanne Chall
In the past 50 years, instructional texts for first grade students have undergone massive changes and become much more difficult, which inevitably leaves some children who struggle with learning to read on the sidelines. Elfrieda Hiebert, professor at the University of California at Berkeley, spoke about these changes at the Ed School's fifth annual Jeanne S. Chall Lecture held on Wednesday, February 10. "I can state without a doubt, unless you have a moderate level of reading ability, you are not going to be able to read those books," she said in her talk, "Changing Readers, Changing Texts:...

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