Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How Do You Stay Informed?

A few months ago, I was working on a team for my district to research methods and strategies that would provide rigorous, engaging and authentic instruction for our students.  When completing the research, I ran across several articles published by Education Week that were relevant to the research we were doing.

Have you ever started researching an idea and fallen into the pit of the web and wondered how to get out?  That is essentially how I felt when I started reading articles on their website, edweek.org and I knew that I needed to subscribe in order to stay up to date with current events and issues that we, as educators, face daily.

I turn to Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for inspirational ideas for my classroom and for teaching tips.  I turn to Education Week to learn more about how we can make a difference as teachers in our profession.  I also turn to Education Week to understand policies that are being implemented.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Do you know and understand the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that was signed into effect by President Obama on December 10, 2015?  Do you realize the implications for English Language Learners?  With the passing of ESSA, English Language proficiency will now be determined at the state level by their own accountability systems.  This will have a huge impact on the ELL community in our country.  It could be a positive impact if we all continue speaking up for the needs of all ELLs.  Now, we will focus our attention at the state level.

I didn't learn about all of the different aspects of the changes from NCLB to ESSA until finding the abundant information on edweek.org.  Because it directly affected the population of students I serve as an ESOL teacher, I knew I needed to do my own investigating.  In addition to the 37 issues of the printed newspaper, which I love, I have found countless articles on ESSA.  However, what I love most about the website is that it also links videos that answer many questions.  Below is a video I found that gave a pretty clear explanation of ESSA.



If you are interested in learning more about how ESSA will impact English Language Learners, you can also view this video that was shared by the Migration Policy Institute:


Taking Stock of ESSA’s Potential Impact on Immigrant and English-Learner Students from Migration Policy Institute on Vimeo.

How do you stay informed about what is happening in the world of education?  Do you have any more resources to share?

*This post is not sponsored by Education Week.  These opinions are strictly my own.  I just wanted to share with you a great resource for learning about what is happening in education.  

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