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Important English Language Learner Bills Move Forward

May 17th, 2017 | By
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By JEFF FROST —After years of efforts by education advocates trying to improve the opportunities of EL students through the legislative process, we are now making progress. With the language in the Local Control Funding Formula focusing on the improving the academic outcomes of EL students as a key accountability requirement, the growing participation of
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Nevada Looks to Expand ‘Zoom Schools,’
Introduce Promise Program

May 17th, 2017 | By
author image of Linda Gannon

By LINDA GANNON —Nevada commenced its biannual legislative session in February, so it is a good time to share some updates that will affect our state’s second-language teachers and residents. We are now without CATESOL advocacy, but I had the opportunity to travel to Carson City recently and interact with members of the Senate and
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Register for AmazonSmile
to Help CATESOL

May 17th, 2017 | By
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Do you know that when you buy something on Amazon.com, your purchase can also benefit CATESOL? If you select the CATESOL Educational Foundation as your selected charity under AmazonSmile, a donation will be made to benefit our support of English learners and their teachers. There is no additional charge to take advantage of this contribution.
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Know Your Score … Card

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
image of CATESOL President Sydney Rice

By SYDNEY RICE with KATHY WADA —According to dictionary.com, success is defined as “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.” If we apply this definition to education, we notice two distinct pieces. The first is gaining a degree or certificate. The second is accomplishing what a student, individually,
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My Name, My Identity

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
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By JUDITH O’LOUGHLIN —What’s in a name? Each of our names is tied to our identity, our family history, our culture, our language and, essentially, who we are. When you pronounce students’ names accurately, you are acknowledging and respecting each of the students in your classroom. Your classroom, your school, and your community of learners
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State Budget Update: Proposals Address Decline in Revenue

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —Budget Overview On January 10, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2016-2017 budget proposals. The governor began his press conference by reporting that state revenue collections over the past six months indicate the “tide has begun to turn.” More specifically, while state revenues continue to increase, “the trajectory of General Fund revenue growth”
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Improving Reading Engagement
Through the Use of ELL Perceptions
Toward Instructional Strategies

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
thumbnail of Maryann Hasso

By MARYANN HASSO —Low reading-engagement skills of English language learner (ELL) students are a barrier to academic and vocational progress. Improving reading engagement in an academic setting can improve reading skills. This summary consolidates perceptions of ELLs regarding reading instructional strategies and support to determine what practices may encourage increased engagement. The approach was a
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Governor Signs CATESOL-Supported Bills

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —In the late evening of September 30, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. completed his actions on the bills that reached the governor’s office before the 2016 legislative session ended. During the course of 2016, 1,059 bills reached Governor Brown, and he signed 898 of them. The governor vetoed 159 bills, and he
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The Shades of Bicultural Identity: A Narrative

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
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By ESRA ALSUHAIBANI —I will never forget the moment when I made an identity choice. It was probably the most important time in my life. It was a time when I had overcome a major obstacle in my life. It was a time when I had the chance to come to the US and learn
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Fostering Multilingualism at Home

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
Regula Schmid

By REGULA SCHMID —“Multilingualism is the natural potential available to every normal human being (Paradowsky, 2010).” Every child is born with the ability to acquire more than one language just as well as he or she is able to acquire one language. All that is needed is input, that is, hearing the language. To build
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