Closing the English learner achievement gap: What’s next?

New findings from the National Center for Education Statistics show that the gap between Hispanic English learners and their white classmates remains as wide today as it was in the 1990s. In other words, the English learner achievement gap hasn’t narrowed much in the last 20 years.

But solving this problem isn’t about identifying what went wrong. Instead, it’s about discovering what we can do right. “We can say, ‘Well, we tried and we failed, so let’s not try anymore,’ or we can look at the data and say, ‘If 20 to 25 percent of your school system’s kids are not doing well, we need to do something urgent,’” said Raul Gonzalez, director of legislative affairs for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic-advocacy organization.

So what should that something urgent be?

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The iPad: Your secret weapon for helping struggling readers

Are you looking for a secret weapon to help your struggling readers catch up with their peers and learn to love reading? According to this article from the Sydney Morning Herald, you may be overlooking a powerful tool that can help students accelerate their reading development, improve comprehension, and get excited about books. That’s right, it’s the iPad. Here’s why it works:

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Secrets for summer school success

Is summer school part of your district’s plan to help struggling students catch up with their peers? If so, you’ll want to know about some new research from the RAND Corporation. Their 117-page report on summer learning programs identifies key best practices that help low-performing students achieve high learning gains.

Don’t have time to read all 100+ pages? Here’s what you need to know:

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4 funding resources you can’t afford to miss

If you joined us for last week’s free webinar, you already know that there’s hope for finding more funds after the stimulus dollars disappear. Now it’s time to take the next step and kick off your funding hunt. Here are four powerful resources that will have you finding more dollars for your district in no time:

Missed the webinar? Watch the archived version or download the slides here.

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