What are we missing when we look at data to improve instruction?

Great visual report from the Data Quality Control Campaign on “Data: the Missing Piece to Improve Student Achievement“– this report provides guidance on how to use data for student improvement. The visual present how things were done in the past and what the future should look like guided by the questions: What is data? How will it help? What do we do now? The visual chart address how this process.

Annenberg Institute’s Vue Journal- Issue on ELLs and Innovative Educational Programing

This great resource just came out this month (September 2013). The journal entitled “English Language Learners: Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm / Estudiantes del Idioma Inglés: Valorizando los Aportes Que Brindan” focuses on seeing the education of English language learners not as a problem, but an opportunity for innovation and valuing of biculturalism and bilingualism. Three articles in particularly are worth reading: 1. Innovations in Educational Equity for English Language.

New Article from Penn State on the Benefits of Bilingualism

Think twice, speak once: Bilinguals process both languages by Victoria M. Indivero is one of the articles on the benefits of bilingualism. The study conducted by Judith F. Kroll, a distinguished professor, provides some new interesting new views: 1. Bilingual speakers can switch languages seamlessly showing a sign of higher level of mental flexibility than monolinguals 2. Switching languages all the time strengthens your mental muscle and the executive function.

Response to Intervention (RTI) and the role in the Referral of Learning Disabilities

As par tof my current role in the Urban Special Education Collaborative we have just published a new research brief entitled “The Nexus of Response to Intervention (RtI) and the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD): Guidelines for District-Level Implementation.” This brief summarizes current research in the field and describes guidance that states have been developing for districts, schools, and educators on the special education referral and eligibility practices for.

Essential Concepts in Reading for Bilingual Students by Maria De Lourdes Serpa

This is a definition of reading I can live with as a bilingual myself and as a teacher and teacher trainer of reading. Dr. Serpa in 1982 developed the following definition of reading. Reading is a language-based process that uses written symbols as a means of communication (Serpa, 1982). The SIX elements of Reading for bilingual English Language Learners (ELLs) from the National Reading Panel and the National Literacy Panel.

Despite of language, what type of ability grouping should teachers use?

Sharon Vaughn answers that in the International Reading Association blog site -the following question from a teacher. What Type of Literature Circle Grouping Works Best—Same Ability or Mixed Ability? Click here to read what latest research says about ability, mixed, pairing, small group and 1 to 1 instructional grouping. Basic summary use it all!– find your purpose, identify the standards you are addressing, look at your data and provide a.

Teacher Blog– Her Journey in a Dual Language Classroom

Through SpanglishBaby once again, we get a great link to a teacher blog. LearningIn2 is a blog by a teacher who teaches in a dual language classroom. She shares information on reading in two languages and what she does in her Dual Language classroom. Would be fun to have her build a network of other teachers in Dual Language classrooms so that they can capitalize on: Teaching experiences Exchange in.

Dual Language Learning in Early Childhood is Best for Young Children- Study

English Language Learners with Disabilities? A Great Resource for Districts, Schools, and Families

IMPACT Newsletter, a new resource from the University of Minnesota. The newsletter presents 18 short practitioner/teacher friendly articles focused on the needs of English Language Learners with disabilities. Articles include critical issues like ELLs with disabilities in a Response to Intervention framework by our own Dr. Julie Esparza Brown, issues related to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), resources for parents and professionals from a variety of fields including regular education,.

Great Free E-Book – The IEP Planner