In light of recent federal immigration-related actions that have created fear and confusion in New York and across the country, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia reminded school districts of their duty to comply with existing state and federal laws that ensure the rights of immigrant children to attend New York’s public schools without fear of reprisal. In addition, Jhone M. Ebert, Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy has issued the following memo: Available Guidance and Resources to Combat Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination in Schools in Light of Recent Immigration-related Action. These documents have been translated into 27 languages and are available here.
OBEWL is making available a set of Topic Briefs on ELL/MLL best practices prepared by Aida Walqui and others at WestEd, "a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad." Dr. Walqui has had a long and successful career in the development of teacher expertise to work with Multilingual Learners in deep, rigorous, and accelerated ways in both their family and second languages. Topics include "Quality Education for ELLs/MLLs," "Quality Student Interactions," "De-Mystifying Complex Texts," and "The Zone of Proximal Development."
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