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Science and math are content classrooms that pose peculiar challenges for ELLs not only because of the specific academic vocabulary but the layers of meaning required to truly excel. At the WIDA 2016 National Conference, Rita MacDonald, on behalf of WIDA, centralized her presentation not on the content of math and science but on process of establishing meaning among students in those content classrooms. Her insights came after a three-year NSF project, on which she was Lead Developer.
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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces More Than 10,000 Students Earn New State Seal of Biliteracy

29 August, 2012, 0 comments, on Seal of Biliteracy

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More than 10,000 graduating high school students across California have earned the first state recognition in the nation for achieving proficiency in multiple languages, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

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Summer Learning with Parents and Families

23 July, 2012, 0 comments, on Parent Involvement

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Summer is here.  Some of us ask, “Where did the time go?”  Summer has always been associated with fun and relaxation, particularly for our students.  They look forward to summer.  This is their time to relax and I say let them relax. They deserve it!

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Home-School Communications

11 June, 2012, 0 comments, on Parent Involvement

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As I interviewed parents forEnhancing Partnerships Between Teachers and Parents of English Language Learners, I was expecting public school parents to complain that they did not have good communication with school personnel.

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The True Honorees for Asian and Pacific American Month

22 May, 2012, 0 comments, on Parent Involvement

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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. This is the month that we basically honor, celebrate or recognize the achievements of Asian-Americans and/or Pacific Americans.

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Community Organizations: Feeling Connected


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Teachers wanting to get to know their students and families better can look to community organizations for information. Taking the time to learn about local political activity and community organizations has the potential to yield benefits.

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