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Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education

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  • 30 Nov 2017 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PROVIDENCE – African-American and Latino children face systemic barriers to healthy development in Rhode Island, the latter facing the worst prospects in the U.S., according to “2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children,” released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in October.

    The report compares how children of different racial and ethnic groups are faring across the country on key indicators of children’s opportunities at the state and national level.

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  • 30 Nov 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New legislation has paved the way to allow Massachusetts schools to teach English-language learners in their native language while they learn English.

    Gov. Charlie Baker signed the legislation that effectively overturns the state's 15-year-old law that eliminated bilingual education from most public schools.

    The new law, passed by state lawmakers last week, aims to offer school systems and parents flexibility to choose programs that best suit the needs of their students.

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  • 15 Nov 2017 8:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a move to boost the academic performance of more than 90,000 Massachusetts students who lack fluency in English, the state Legislature Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a measure that would allow local schools to teach students in their native tongue.

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  • 09 Nov 2017 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Newly released Census Bureau data for 2016 shows that a record 65.5 million U.S. residents five years of age and older spoke a language other than English at home. The number is up six million since 2010 and has increased by nearly 34 million since 1990. Massachusetts is one of the top ten states with the largest share of their populations speaking a foreign language at home (24%).

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  • 09 Nov 2017 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dual Language Learners (DLLs)—those under age 8 with at least one parent who speaks a language other than English at home—make up 32 percent of the U.S. young child population and a growing share of children in most states. While these young learners stand to benefit disproportionately from high-quality early childhood education and care (ECEC), they are less likely than their peers to be enrolled in such programs—potentially contributing to lags in kindergarten readiness and later academic achievement.

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  • 09 Nov 2017 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the largest random-assignment study of DLI education to date, RAND partnered with the American Councils on International Education and the Portland Public Schools in Oregon (PPS) to estimate the causal effects of the district's DLI programs on student performance over time in reading, mathematics, and science, and on English learners' reclassification as English proficient.

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  • 01 Nov 2017 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education is NOW AVAILABLE!

    ORDER A PRINT COPY  OR  DOWNLOAD THE PDF FREE HERE

    http://www.cal.org/resource-center/publications/guiding-principles-3

  • 29 Oct 2017 8:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Read the Answers to Questions from the Field:

    • How does the structure of a dual language program support the goals of bilingualism and biliteracy, high academic achievement in both program languages, and cross-cultural competence?
    • How does the accountability movement impact instruction and assessment in dual language programs?
    • How does the current focus on standards based curricula impact dual language education? What are some recommended approaches when designing dual language curricula?
    • What does the current research on dual language education say about the strict separation of languages?
    • How are the professional development needs of dual language educators similar to and different from those of other teachers?
    • What strategies do dual language program leaders use to recruit and retain appropriately qualified staff in the face of the bilingual teacher shortage?
    • How do successful dual language programs promote family and community engagement?
    • What is the role of program leaders as dual language advocates and what is their impact on effective implementation of dual language programs?
  • 19 Oct 2017 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Legislature passed two bills this summer that could make it easier for schools to teach students in their native language. It would be the latest shift in a debate going back decades about the best way to teach newcomer students. Do you immerse them in English, or do you teach them how to read and write first in their native language?

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  • 16 Oct 2017 8:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Curious about the history and origins of the Seal of Biliteracy? This podcast describes the development of the Seal of Biliteracy in California and how the initiative spread across the country (including Massachusetts). America the Bilingual Podcast - Episode 15: Sealed con un Beso.

    View PODCAST here.

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