U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) have released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential.
In addition to the guidance, the Departments also released additional tools and resources to help schools in serving English learner students and parents with limited English proficiency:
- A fact sheet in English and in other languages about schools’ obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students can participate meaningfully and equally in school.
- A fact sheet in English and in other languages about schools’ obligations under federal law to communicate information to limited English proficient parents in a language they can understand.
- A toolkit to help school districts identify English learner students, prepared by the Education Department’s Office of English Language Acquisition. This is the first chapter in a series of chapters to help state education agencies and school districts meet their obligations to English learner students.
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New Webinar Series- The Keys to Success in K-6 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Implementation Series
We invite you to two webinars hosted by the CSU Chancellor’s Office with support from CSU East Bay and WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp. The focus is on effective strategies for preparing future and current teachers for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades K-6.
Webinar II, Cross-cutting Concepts and CCSS Alignment in NGSS
Friday, February 20, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM PST/8:00 -9:30 PM EST
This outstanding webinar will demonstrate how to prepare current and future K-6 teachers to advance their students’ knowledge of how the disciplines connect in a coherent and scientific view of the world. Six expert presenters will provide successful examples of teaching approaches and activities that advance understanding of the crosscutting concepts and the integration of the NGSS with the Common Core State Standards in Math and English/Language Arts.
Registration is strongly recommended. The Webinar series has been very popular with excellent participation.
Webinar III, Exemplars of Learning through Scientific and Engineering Practices
Friday, March 13 , 11:00 AM -12:30 PM PST/8:00 -9:30 PM EST
The scientific and engineering practices in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) focus on the central practices used by scientists and engineers. These include asking questions and defining problems, modeling, investigating, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics, developing explanations, engaging in augmentation and evaluating information. In this highly informative webinar, expert presenters will describe approaches for preparing current and future teachers to advance their students’ understanding of the NGSS scientific and engineering practices by providing engaging experiences that directly involve students in using the practices.