In Boulder, Colo., a nonprofit group called Intercambio has helped thousands of immigrants adapt to American society and learn a new language. The organization was formed in 2000 when co-founder Lee Shainis noticed schools cutting English language learner programs despite a growing number of immigrants living in the area. "We want to make sure that immigrants are participating and contributing, as opposed to scared and fearful," Shainis said.
In this blog post, educators and experts share their insights and advice for integrating technology into the classroom in ways that improve student learning. "The best way to use tech in the classroom is when the technology primarily supports the process of student learning, not the product," said Sylvia Martinez, president of Generation YES. Technology is often used to help English language learners, and Tina Barseghian, editor of MindShift, offered examples of how video games enriched a Latin course.
The federal government devotes $750 million a year in funding to aid English language learners, who now represent about 10% of the student population, veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell writes in this blog. However, some advocates and parents in the Latino community worry that the U.S. Department of Education is less focused on ELL needs than in the past and has reduced the authority of the office of language acquisition. The department contends it has made resources more easily available and efficient.
Fannie Mae will help keep families facing foreclosure in their homes for the holidays, halting evictions from single-family homes and two- and four-unit properties from Dec. 19 through Jan. 2. Freddie Mac will halt the procedures from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2.