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St. Paul English learners sent into mainstream, ready or not

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, April 26, 2014 – Pisey and Monita Pov arrived from Cambodia two years ago knowing only basic English phrases. This year at St. Paul’s Harding High School, they are charting population growth in biology. Alongside native English speakers in literature class, they are reading novels with “many characters and difficult words,” Pisey […]

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Minnesota: Language as asset

Pioneer Press Editorial, April 22, 2014 – The growing numbers of multilingual students — often otherwise known as “English language learners” — in Minnesota schools are getting attention from educators and lawmakers. It’s the result of thoughtful public policy about the students’ future — and Minnesota’s. “We need every one of our English language learners to […]

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LEAPs Act calls for sea change in thinking about language skills and teaching

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 16, 2014 – Right now, the fate of Minnesota children who are learning English depends on where and how they end up in school. The least fortunate languish, falling years behind in classrooms where lessons are spooled out in a language they can’t understand. Because conventional wisdom has held that students must […]

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