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District Administration magazine
Schools seek best practices for ELL instruction. The best path for teaching the nation’s 4.5 million English-language learners may be unclear. Some educators say adding native-language instruction is a best practice, but there are challenges, they say, such as limited curriculum materials.

The Atlantic
How discrimination nearly stalled a dual-language program in Boston. A committed group of Haitian leaders in Boston have succeeded in pushing Boston Public Schools to open a dual language program in Haitian Creole, the third most-spoken language in the schools, second only to English and Spanish. This article describes the bumpy road to the creation of the new program.

School Library Journal
Día 2017: A celebration of literacy and diversity. Officially celebrated on April 30, Día de los Libros (Day of the Books) underscores the importance of literacy for children of every background. The article discusses plans around the country for Día celebrations. More information, including grade-level book lists, can be found at the American Library Association’s Día page.

Migration Policy Institute
Strategic opportunities for including ELs in ESSA state accountability plans. This panel discussion audiocast focuses on practices and options that states could adopt to hold schools accountable for ELs’ achievement in the fairest and most accurate manner as part of the implementation of ESSA.

New America
Contours of the field: Dual language learners and immigration. This is the first in a series of posts explaining the recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the education of dual language learners and ELs.

Twin Cities
Audit: Questionable spending, improperly licensed teachers at St. Paul schools English learner programs. A recent review by the state education department “identified a long list of concerns the school district must address.” District officials “acknowledge that there is much work to do.”

Providence Journal
Raimondo seeks permanent funds for English language learners. Rhode Island’s Governor Gina Raimondo has asked the state’s General Assembly to set aside a specific amount of money each year for ELs, the fastest-growing segment of Rhode Island’s school population.

Upcoming Events

National Council of State Title III Directors (NCSTIIID), 2017 Annual NCSTIIID Meeting, May 16–17, 2017, North Hollywood, CA. The first day of the meeting will be dedicated to Title III and EL staff at both the state and local levels, with joint meetings in the morning and the afternoon breakouts separated by SEAs and LEAs. The second day will be a half-day joint meeting with the Council of Great City Schools.

Professional Learning

Center for Applied Linguistics, Dual Language Education Fundamentals Workshops. April 25, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, or April 27, 2017, Charlotte, NC. Learn the fundamentals of dual language education from experts in the field.

Pearson, SIOP Institute® I, May 11–13, 2017, Austin, TX. Join SIOP® author MaryEllen Vogt and SIOP® trainer Francheska Figueroa to learn how to effectively implement the SIOP® Model.

WestEd, Quality in Teaching English Learners Summer Institutes, July 10-17, 2017, San Francisco, CA. Registration is open for six distinct summer institutes.

BUENO Center for Multicultural Education, From the Past and into the Future: Equity, Justice and Diversity (Summer Institute 2017), July 19–20, 2017, Boulder, CO. This two-day institute addresses culturally and linguistically diverse education.

Job Opportunities

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA), Silver Spring, MD, seeks new Director. NCELA—a project of the U.S. Department of Education, administered by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)—welcomes applicants who have demonstrated leadership and content expertise in EL education, grades pre-K through 12, and have significant project management experience.

Kent School District, Kent, WA, is seeking applicants for multiple Dual Language Teacher positions for the 2017-18 school year.

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Madison, WI, is seeking applicants for bilingual positions. Visit, then click ‘View Jobs’ to view open positions.

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, is hiring for a non-tenure-track Assistant Teaching Professor (Job ID 22118) in the TESOL program starting fall 2017.

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