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April 26, 2017
$32 million is headed to Indiana schools to educate English-learners
In Indianapolis, the number of English-learners attending Marion County public school districts has almost tripled since 2001.
getting to graduation
March 21, 2017
New York City’s English learners often struggle to graduate, but here’s how some schools buck that trend
Many schools struggle to met the needs of English learners. But some buck that trend, providing valuable lessons for how to better serve these students.
March 2, 2017
How well are English Language Learners doing in NYC schools? That depends on the stats you consider
A new report suggests that tracking grad rates of former English learners, as well as those who take longer to graduate, offers a clearer picture.
January 31, 2017
As Trump seeks to keep some immigrants and refugees out, Nashville’s school community declares all are welcome
Superintendent Shawn Joseph, administrators and teachers double down on efforts to make immigrant and refugee students feel safe at school.
January 9, 2017
Here are four education issues to watch as Tennessee’s legislature kicks off
Tennessee lawmakers expect to revisit two perennial questions about school spending and vouchers during the 110th General Assembly, which starts this week.
December 6, 2016
New network launches to highlight policies impacting Tennessee’s immigrant students
Tennessee’s growing immigrant population spawns a network for educators, parents and advocates of students who are learning to speak English.
November 18, 2016
‘Our resolve has never been stronger’: Nashville school board commits to diversity in post-Trump America
Nashville education leaders have a message for the city’s diverse population: All students are welcome, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
September 29, 2016
Meet the charter leader signing up to teach kids with no English skills — and the student who inspired her
Charter school founder Kristin McGraner was inspired to join up with Metro Nashville Public Schools to start a program for students brand new to English.
September 22, 2016
New York City schools expand career and technical education, while City Council members look to track progress
The New York City Department of Education will spend $113 million to expand and improve career and technical education programs.
September 16, 2016
Does Tennessee have to follow its own school spending plan? Court prepares to weigh in
Attorneys for the state and Nashville face off on the funding question at a court hearing in Nashville.
August 8, 2016
How one Queens high school became a safe haven for children fleeing Central America
The Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology is finding creative ways to serve an influx of new immigrants from Central America.
ESSA and Equity
August 4, 2016
Here’s how advocates for students of color want Tennessee to change its education rules
ESSA could offer a pivotal moment for students of color in Tennessee, depending on how the law is implemented.
July 18, 2016
Can raising reading levels be fun? It was for these kids in Nashville
Summer camps funded through Tennessee's Ready to be Ready initiative give children a chance to become better readers.
April 26, 2016
For these undocumented immigrant students, Tennessee’s failed in-state tuition bill was personal
In January, six immigrant students, some of them undocumented, gathered after school in an empty classroom at Nashville’s Glencliff High School to snack on Doritos…
The big lift
April 19, 2016
Tennessee has an upward mobility problem. Can schools help?
State education leaders brainstorm about entrenched inequality — and schools’ role in reversing it.
March 2, 2016
Tennessee coalition organizes to advocate for students of color
A new education advocacy coalition emerges from a meeting of 100 educators and civil rights leaders from across Tennessee in Nashville.
February 1, 2016
Haslam proposes $261 million more for K-12 education
Gov. Bill Haslam proposes new investments in teacher pay, technology, reading programs and high-need student populations.
December 3, 2015
Amid anti-refugee political rhetoric, Nashville schools welcome displaced students
Students fleeing Syria, Iraq, Somalia and other war-torn nations find refuge and learning in Nashville schools, and teach their classmates a few lessons, too.
September 21, 2015
The changing face of Indianapolis reflected by school enrollment data
And with every annual enrollment count, the subtle changes that are reshaping Indianapolis schools become a bit more pronounced.
August 20, 2015
Warren Township school receives almost $100,000 for Spanish immersion pilot
Pleasant Run Elementary School in Warren Township was one of five schools in the state chosen to begin a dual-language immersion pilot program.
August 4, 2015
Some immigrant children are shut out of new preschool programs
Children who are in the country without permission aren't welcome into either the state or Indianapolis preschool program.
July 28, 2015
Indiana charter schools miss out on funding formula boost for English learners
In the new state budget, districts where English language learners make up at least 25 percent of students can qualify for extra aid, but not if they're a charter school.
July 27, 2015
The first thing schools often get wrong for English language learners is their names
The seemingly simple step of recording and calling a student by the correct name can have consequences when mistakes happen.
July 17, 2015
Test yourself: Do you know the basics of Indiana education?
It's a good time to brush up on your Indiana education knowledge. Try your hand at our quiz that includes questions on our four newest "basics" posts out this week.
July 16, 2015
The basics of English language learning: Schools struggle to adapt
Indianapolis is at the center of the state's demographic shift, seeing more than 200 percent growth in English learners since 2001.
July 12, 2015
Coming this week: Your updated guide to education issues in Indiana
Starting Monday, come back to Chalkbeat each day next week for a new post on a topic that's important to education in Indiana.
June 1, 2015
20 years of Spanish immersion make Lawrence Township a model for Indiana
A just-passed bill encouraging more dual-language study could mean more students learning in both English and a new language.
May 29, 2015
IPS lays off 14 bilingual assistants among 44 job cuts
The move comes as IPS tries to reduce its spending on central services.
May 21, 2015
'Lost in Translation' series debuts in Spanish, Burmese at Wayne Township festival
Three years ago, Marina Veprinski and her colleagues at Lynhurst Middle School in Wayne Township had an idea for how to make their many international…
May 15, 2015
10 inspiring minutes on education, freedom and the American dream
Last week, Chalkbeat brought together four people from Lost in Translation for a panel discussion. Watch these 10 minutes of highlights and be prepared to be moved.
May 6, 2015
A message for teachers of immigrant children: You make a difference
The panel discussion was a follow up to a series of stories jointly published last month by Chakbeat, the Indianapolis Star and WFYI Public Media.
May 5, 2015
After funding boost, schools consider how to better help English language learners
Chalkbeat, the Star and WFYI will host a panel discussion at the Central Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday on improving services for English language learners.
April 23, 2015
Indiana kids learning English are getting less funding, more testing
More than 15 years of steep growth in the number of English language learners in Indiana schools might require a reconsideration of funding and accountability policies.
April 23, 2015
Teachers connect with language learners with strategy and purpose
Teaching students English isn’t magic — there might never be an “Aha!” moment for them. But the strategies teachers use to get through to them are no less impressive.
April 22, 2015
Charter innovations show promising results for teaching language
As the number of English language learners in Indianapolis charter schools swells, some schools are becoming beacons for a fast-growing Latino population.
April 22, 2015
IPS struggles to bridge the gap with language learners and their families
Indianapolis Public Schools is soon to undertake a similar reconsideration: system-wide rethinking of the way it assists English language learners.
April 21, 2015
From Burma to Southport: Finding your way in an unfamiliar world
Leaders at Southport High School have a plan when English learners arrive. But it wasn’t always that way. They had to make mistakes and learn, just like their students.
April 19, 2015
Successful strategy: How Southport trains teachers to work with English Learners
The best way to make sure the students, many of them refugees, were able to succeed in the classroom meant making sure teachers were prepared.
April 19, 2015
Resources for serving English language learners
Chalkbeat has compiled a list of resources for those trying to connect with services in Indianapolis.
April 19, 2015
‘One-way street’ for immigrant integration in schools
Schools focus on English learners but often overlook cultural understanding of their U.S.-born classmates.
April 19, 2015
As immigration reshapes Indianapolis, schools struggle to keep up
Immigration is rapidly changing Indianapolis, and the changes are having major effects on schools.
April 17, 2015
Coming next week: Stories of struggle and success for English learners in Indianapolis schools
On Monday, Chalkbeat will begin a series of stories examining the struggles of Indianapolis schools to prepare immigrant to graduate high school fluent in English.
February 25, 2015
Baez: City will analyze enrollment data to help English learners
New Deputy Chancellor Milady Baez told council members about a number of new initiatives for English language learners.
February 25, 2015
Fariña adds deputy chancellor role for English language learners
Chancellor Carmen Fariña has promoted Milady Baez from the head of the office of English language learners to a deputy chancellor role.
January 16, 2015
Push for bilingual pre-K classrooms gains strength as city expands both programs
The city's dual-language programs are something of a citywide secret, though there is strong research on the educational power of those programs for young learners.
January 14, 2015
City to add or expand 40 dual-language programs
Twenty-five schools will add dual-language programs this fall, and 15 more will have their programs expanded, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Wednesday.
January 13, 2015
State eases graduation requirements for new immigrants
Students who arrive in the U.S. during high school and are still learning English could now find it slightly easier to earn a diploma, thanks to a new change to state graduation requirements.
November 10, 2014
In pact to boost services for English learners, city says it no longer needs arm-twisting
Chancellor Carmen Fariña and State Education Commissioner John King on Monday agreed to increase enrollment in bilingual programs, put more qualified teachers in their classrooms, better match newly-arrived students with language services, and hold principals accountable for implementing their plan. The agreement sets yearly targets but did not include details about how the city will meet those goals.
September 22, 2014
Bilingual programs get the royal treatment
The visit, complete with balloons and a song-and-dance performance, added bit of royal flair to Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s continued focus on dual language programs and English language learners.
Anatomy of a lesson
July 14, 2014
Using phonics, robots, and Shakira, a Summer Quest teacher keeps fourth-grade minds active
Class doesn’t officially start for another five minutes, but by 8:40 on Thursday morning, Natalie Molina is collecting homework from her students and describing the subjects they’ll cover over the next few hours: phonics, reading, writing, and math. It’s an ambitious plan for the peak of summer vacation, but Molina’s students don’t complain; instead, they grab their notebooks and pencils to begin their fourth day of Summer Quest.
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