This report shares findings from a survey conducted with Newcomer students, defined as individuals attending schools in the United States for three years or less and who speak a language other than English at home, in Oakland Unified School District. The survey was designed to inform the work of the Newcomer Wellness Initiative, a program … Continue reading Newcomer Wellness Initiative 2019-20 Evaluation Report
The First 5 Dual Language Expansion Pilot project provides an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Dual Language Supports for Early Learning Settings tool with coaches supporting educators implementing personalized oral language learning (POLL) strategies to ensure full access and effective participation of children who are Dual Language Learners (birth to age 5) and their families.
For the last two years, a team of educators from the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) has collaborated with REL Northeast & Islands researchers on a project designed to ensure equitable access to high-quality instruction for USVI English learners. The team—composed of two administrators from the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE), two district English as … Continue reading REL Northeast & Islands Virgin Islands English Learner Project
The purpose of this Region 4 Comprehensive Center project was to support the New Jersey Department of Education to expand their preparation pipeline for certified bilingual teachers. The project culminated in a series of publically available briefs focused on bilingual education programs across the country, including when and how they are implemented, strategies to address … Continue reading Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center Bilingual Teacher Project
From 2017 to 2020, REL Northeast & Islands staff worked with state and local partners in the region to learn about the policies and practices they use to identify disabilities among English learners and to provide resources to implement key policies and practices at the district, school, and classroom levels. » Learn more Project Leaders: … Continue reading REL Northeast & Islands Identifying Disabilities among English Learners
The project provides Professional Learning Communities to early childhood providers focused on the integration of POLL strategies into Educare’s social-emotional supports for teacher practice efforts and Dual Language Coordinated Approach for Program and Classroom Practice Toolkit. Project Leaders: Maricela Morales Funder: Educare Years: 2020-2021
The First 5 Dual Language Expansion Pilot project delivers early childcare provider professional development sessions to strengthen instructional strategies and community and family engagement sessions to provide strategies to support DLL children’s learning and development. The overarching focus of the DLL Pilot is to address cultural and linguistic responsiveness in family engagement, PD, and instructional … Continue reading First 5 Dual Language Expansion Pilot Calaveras
This brief focuses on current research trends and implications for racial and ethnic disparities related to early childhood. It highlights policy choices to reduce disparities and set children and families on more favorable trajectories, contributing to their school success and ability to live happy, fulfilled lives.
From 2017 to 2020, REL Northeast & Islands staff worked with state and local partners in the region to learn about the policies and practices they use to identify disabilities among English learners and to provide resources to implement key policies and practices at the district, school, and classroom levels. The resulting resources can be … Continue reading Resources for Determining Special Education Eligibility of English Learners
This blog introduces a series of policy briefs that were developed in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Education to better understand the state of bilingual education across the country, potential strategies to address the shortage of bilingual educators, and approaches to bilingual education policy and programming. View Resource Citation: Rutherford-Quach, S., Kelly, H., … Continue reading Examining Bilingual Programs and Policies
In this brief, the authors define some of the key terms in bilingual education and then provide an overview of the different state policies for the provision of bilingual education to English learners. View Resource Citation: Rutherford-Quach, S., Torre Gibney, D., Kelly, H., Ballen Riccards, J., Garcia, E., Hsiao, M., Pellerin, E., & Parker, C. … Continue reading Bilingual Education Across the United States
In this brief, the authors share strategies that can help mitigate bilingual teacher shortages and provide considerations for state and district leaders who are interested in addressing these shortages. View Resource Citation: Torre Gibney, D., Kelly, H., Rutherford-Quach, S., Ballen Riccards, J. & Parker, C. (2021). Addressing the bilingual teacher shortage. CCNetwork. Related Project: Mid-Atlantic … Continue reading Addressing the Bilingual Teacher Shortage
In this brief, the authors share strategies that state education agencies may use to provide more flexibility in teacher certification policies and thereby mitigate bilingual teacher shortages, including: 1) providing educators multiple pathways to certification, 2) offering prospective teachers a menu of certification requirements, 3) allowing educators to earn probationary certifications, and 4) creating flexible … Continue reading Leveraging Flexible Teacher Certification Policies to Address the Bilingual Teacher Shortage
In this brief, the authors describe Washington state’s approach to bilingual education and detail the ways in which state leaders have leveraged policy and funding to expand access to it. They also offer specific policy considerations for strengthening bilingual education and developing bilingual educators in states across the country. View Resource Citation: Rutherford-Quach, S., Kelly, … Continue reading Bilingual Education: Lessons from Washington State