Author and education expert Ruby Takanishi joins the show to talk about a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that examined the most effective ways to educate English-learners.
A handful of San Diego high schools use a schedule in which students take fewer classes but spend more time in each of them. Teachers and principals say it can be especially beneficial for English-learners.
A new report offers some recommendations for how to support English-learning students. San Diego Unified is implementing a few of its own measures, but some big roadblocks still stand in English learners’ way.
San Diego Unified’s plan to shuffle support teachers into lead teaching roles could impact English learners most. And there’s plenty of reason to care about that shift even if your child speaks perfect English.
Of the 46 teachers changing roles as part of the district’s move to shuffle teachers instead of hiring new ones, 33 supported English learners. That’s about 40 to 50 percent of all the English learner support teachers in the district.
School fundraising groups say they balance the equation by drumming up money for schools that get less state and federal funds. Because this line of thinking keeps resurfacing, it’s worth a closer look.
Longtime SDSU education professor Alberto Ochoa says California schools often don’t place enough value in students’ cultural heritage: “When you ask a child to leave his or her background at the door, you humiliate the child.”
The state is rolling out its new plan for divvying up education funds. The gist: The state will give districts more money to pay for needier students who cost more to educate.
San Diego Unified’s new superintendent will not be formally evaluated until January, but her leadership will shape the district’s goals.