Launching the Just-Right Tools for English Learners

Many are using social networking to get word out that the US Departments of Education and Justice released guidance and tools about the legal obligations of teaching English learners. Last month, the US Department of Education released an English Learner Toolkit to help state and local education agencies help English Learners (ELs) by fulfilling these obligations. The guidance is an important time to remind us of the following. English Learners are Not a Monolithic Group English learners speak over 350+ languages ...Read More

Why Partnerships Can Energize Our Classrooms by Kevin Hodgson

A Middleweb Blog by Kevin Hodgson Like many educators, I find the first days of school are a time to get to know my students through community-building activities. I am always curious about family connections, yet never feel as if I do nearly enough to forge partnerships with families, beyond the Curriculum Night, Parent-Teacher Meetings, and regular newsletters. As a parent of three boys, ironically, I also often feel that I don’t know what my ...Read More

Corwin TeachALL Released in Apple Store!

Corwin’sTeachALL APP has been released in the Apple App Store! It is a research-based planning, observation, and reflection/evaluation tool that is intended for teachers, coaches, & supervisors to advance student engagement and academic performance & parent-school partnerships. It draws from teachers’ strengths using a four-stage model for professional growth to support the needs of ALL learners.  TeachALL includes over 20 video examples of elementary, middle and high school practitioners. Go here to learn more! http://www.corwin.com/learning/corwinteachall.html

UNDERSTANDING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP AS AN ACADEMIC LANGUAGE GAP

Many educational scholars and practitioners, including me, have written extensively about teaching students from underserved populations.  The focus of this work has included students living in poverty, from diverse cultural and racial experiences, and who are English learners. These are made more relevant by an ever-increasing population of students and families living in poverty, the significant rate of school absenteeism among our nation’s poor, and an increase in racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity among the ...Read More