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School Districts Receive $20M in New Grants for World Languages

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DodEA) has named the recipients of nearly $20 million allocated for the inaugural World Language Advancement and Readiness grant program. These awards will allow nine public school districts, spread across seven states, to establish, improve, or expand innovative world language programs. Languages represented by the awards include American Sign…

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Financing Feeling

Committee for Children works with policymakers from around the country and supports laws, policies, and funding that promote social–emotional learning (SEL), address bullying, and prevent child sexual abuse. This funding helps educators better support students, their families, and the entire community. This year there is additional relief funding for the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the standard fiscal…

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How Bilingual?

World language departments around the globe are continually faced with the task of advising and placing freshmen and transfer students into the appropriate courses. This decision is often based primarily upon the number of classes the students have previously taken in the language. However, placement on this basis does not take into account several important…

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Take Poverty out of the Literacy Equation for Good

The federal economic stimulus package passed last month achieves something progressives have dreamed of for decades: monthly assistance for families in poverty with no application process, work requirements, nor restrictions on how the money is spent. This should result in an enormous improvement in educational outcomes for our most disadvantaged children as long as it…

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Pre-K Quality Stalls in NYC

Young children from low-income New York City families—many of them Black and Latinx—face continued disadvantages resulting from lower-quality preschools despite the mayor’s program to close racial disparities in early learning, says a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Early childhood education centers enrolling larger shares of white or Asian American children…

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Cervantes Counters Spanish Sexism

On International Women’s Day last month, Spain’s Instituto Cervantes and publisher Penguin Random House launched the Guide to Non-Sexist Communication (Guía de comunicación no sexista) in Spanish, designed to help prevent discrimination against women and promote equal treatment. It is a set of guidelines and practical suggestions to help achieve balance in the language and…

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Translanguaging as a Transformative Force in Literacy

Translanguaging is a 21st-century way of thinking about language and the language practices of emergent bilinguals that takes a perspective of strength and is critical to designing effective and equitable instruction. Translanguaging creates a space for the bilingual person to bring their entire linguistic repertoire, the whole child, into the classroom. Although translanguaging is often…

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Setting a New Federal Agenda on English Learner Education

With the beginning of a new presidential administration earlier this year, some language activists and thinkers believe 2021 could be a pivotal year for education policy surrounding English learners (ELs). New America, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on innovation in public policy, recently published its own agenda for increasing the federal government’s provisions for…

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House Passes DREAM Act

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the American Dream and Promise Act by 228-197 in its first push on immigration reform under the Biden administration, showing some bipartisan support for such reforms. Nine Republicans joined the Democrats to vote for the bill that not only creates a pathway to citizenship, but also offers access…