Challenges Facing Suburban Schools

Delighted to have contributed a chapter to Challenges Facing Suburban Schools: Promising responses to changing student populations with these esteemed colleagues.  Here are the chapters: Demography and politics in the Changing Suburbs, Stephen Kotok & Erica Frankenburg Race, ethnicity and social capital in the changing suburbs, Carl L Bankston & Stephen Caldas Administrators’ accountabilities in changing suburban schools, Shelley Wepner and Diane Gomez Lessons for leaders about educating English learners, Douglas Fisher & Nancy ...Read More

Identifying and teaching English learners with disabilities

The nation’s #1 website serving educators and families of English Learners, Colorín Colorado, with generous funding from the National Education Association, produced a new section about identifying, assessing, and teaching English learners who may have learning disabilities. Colorín Colorado’s new website section includes four comprehensive sections including:  (1) special education and ELs: challenges and opportunities, (2) identifying student needs, (3) the special education referral process for ELs, and (4) instruction and assessment. Learn more from the videos ...Read More

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

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

TESOL 2015 International Conference Sessions

Participants attending TESOL 2015 International Conference, please join me at 4 sessions. I’m presenting at the following: 1.  Reaching English Learners Living With Trauma and Chronic Stress, March 25th 1PM-5PM (Ticketed Event) (co-presented with Judie Haynes): Many English learners and others experience trauma, violence, and chronic stress that affects school engagement and achievement. Reaching ELs who lack the language to express themselves as well as the growing population of students experiencing this phenomenon is a challenge ...Read More

English Learners Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress

The film, Spare Parts, was released last month. It’s based on the true story (and book) about 4 undocumented Latino high school students who formed a robotics team that beat MIT engineering students in a contest. Their personal stories as well as the more recent questions, responses and comments heard at President’s Obama’s Town Hall meeting on immigration policies shine much-needed light on a large and growing segment of the nation’s population. Understanding the needs of students ...Read More