Advanced Placement English classes

Manhattan teacher helps immigrant students excel in Advanced Placement English classes

None of the students at the Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language can speak English when they enter the school.

In fact, many start without any significant formal education or literacy skills.

But tireless English teacher Lauren McCoy has figured out how to meet the needs of all her students, and quickly build their literacy and language ability.

McCoy is now teaching one of the school’s first-ever Advanced Placement classes. She’s taking students who just learned English to the next level, where they’re writing strong rhetorical analysis essays and taking the AP exam.

Mark Oronzio suggests concept-mapping strategies for language learners

Drawing on Ideas for Language Learners

For more than 40 years, education researchers have advocated the use of concept mapping as an effective approach to fostering higher-order thinking skills, moving students from mere knowledge acquisition to knowledge utilization and creation (Novak and Cañas, 2008). By specifying and linking concepts in a concept map, students and language learners create a visible structure of their understanding in a given domain that can be modified over time to assimilate new concepts and reflect new understanding.

In short, concept mapping can move learners toward more in-depth learning, i.e., more meaningful learning, by facilitating the process of linking new concepts with existing knowledge and experience. Concept mapping is an effective strategy for educators to use to support English language learners (ELLs) and prepare them for success in school and beyond.

The multiple benefits of learning two languages

The multiple benefits of learning two languages

Despite fear-based immigration rhetoric and policy proposals out of our nation’s Capitol, California is working to turn the page on phobia. When it comes to education policies impacting children in immigrant families – and any family where a language other than English is spoken at home – the California Legislature and voters have opted for science over fear.

The Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit

The Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit

Collective storytelling and outcomes data make an impact on policy makers in helping them understand the value we bring to their priority agendas. To help you advocate for Adult Education as an investment in America’s future, we have assembled these campaign outreach tools. These tools should help you showcase your success stories, garner press coverage, and motivate stakeholders to support adult education by contacting their legislators.



What Constitutes Good Literacy Assessment?

What Constitutes Good Literacy Assessment?

Reading and writing are complex areas to assess. No single
assessment can include all aspects of these complex
processes. What’s more, there are multiple purposes
for literacy assessment, and no single assessment can
serve all purposes. Together, these facts make it clear that literacy
assessment is much more complicated than many realize.
In short, literacy assessment needs to reflect the multiple
dimensions of reading and writing and the various purposes
for assessment as well as the diversity of the students being

In school funding trial, father says N.M. neglects English-language learners

In school funding trial, father says N.M. neglects English-language learners

The father of three bilingual students testified Tuesday in a state court that his children are struggling because they have not received tutoring, summer school or any other form of intervention to help keep them on track.

Speaking in Spanish, with a court interpreter translating his remarks, Roberto Sanchez painted a portrait of a state public school system that neglects English-language learners because, as he put it, “There’s more students, less teachers and less attention paid to the students.”

Sanchez, whose children attend Santa Fe public schools, is one of many plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming New Mexico and the state Public Education Department are not investing enough money in public schools and are therefore failing students across the state.

201​7 TESOL Research Mini-​Grant Call for Proposals

The TESOL International Association Research Agenda seeks to promote spirited inquiry and systematic investigation that will contribute to the knowledge base of the TESOL field. As described in the agenda, TESOL research may focus on individual, community, or societal issues and should be responsive to current theoretical perspectives and ecological conditions driving change in language learning and teaching. TESOL research should be governed by ethical consideration for research participants and society as a whole and seek to inform and improve both policy and practice.

201​7 TESOL Call for Proposals


20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain

20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain

What specific strategies
stimulate brain cognition or a desire to participate? Sit and Get Won’t Grow
Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain
by Marcia L. Tate offers answers to these questions. As its name suggests,
the book rejects the notion that consistent stimulation of the brain and,
by extension, effective learning can occur in a setting where adults receive
information passively. As such, its purpose is to describe 20 methods of
delivery that grow dendrites, or memory cells, and facilitate long-term
retention. Tate begins with adult learning theories that outline the conditions
under which adults learn best. She then discusses learning strategies related
to these theories. She concludes with sample professional lesson designs
and practical tips. Like its previous version, the book is geared towards
adult educators in various contexts.

Check out the link for the entire article!

Small-Group Instruction

Supporting English-Language Learners: Small-Group Instruction


Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, shares how she prepares English-language learners before a whole-class lesson. During small-group instruction, she reviews vocabulary and provides ELLs with sentence starters so that they are prepared to engage in class discussions.

Teachers need improved training

Teachers’ training needs improvement so students benefit


“It is obviously most important that what teachers are taught reflects the practices that can actually make a positive difference for student learning. That is, the content of professional development matters, along with its form,” said the report titled “Effective Teachers Professional Development.” Its authors include Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the Learning Policy Institute and chairwoman of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.