Highest Aspirations

Highest Aspirations

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Steve Sofronas
On the Highest Aspirations Podcast, we engage in important conversations about the most rapidly growing student demographic in the United States - English Language Learners. We speak with educators and students, researchers and policy makers, and parents and community members about how we can help all students reach their highest aspirations.

Join us on this important journey as we bring the vibrant ELL Community together around the topics that matter most to the students we serve.

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Highest Aspirations: Season 1 Trailer

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Highest Aspirations: Season 1 Trailer
What are the benefits and challenges associated with Dual Language Immersion programs? How can family and community engagement initiatives impact student achievement and bring diverse schools and communities together around shared interests? Why is it important to bridge the gap between research and practice as we work to better serve our students? These are just some of the questions we’ll tackle on the Season 1 of Highest Aspirations, where we engage in important conversations about our country’s most rapidly growing student demographic - English Language Learners. We’ll speak with educators and students, researchers and policy makers, and parents and community members about how we can help all students reach their highest aspirations. Find our podcast episodes and other valuable valuable resources at ellevationeducation.com/ell-community .
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March 26, 2018
Exemplary Dual Language Programs - DC Bilingual
What does it take to run a successful dual language program? How can schools find teachers and resources while also striking the appropriate balance of students who most benefit from these programs? We tackle these questions and more with Daniela Anello, Head of School at DC Bilingual Charter Public Charter School. DC Bilingual has one of the largest percentages of ELLs in the district, but it is also among the 3 highest performing K-5 schools. Join us as we will explore some of the keys to their success.
33:52
April 11, 2018
Talking Dual Language with Dr. Conor Williams
How do we navigate all the buzzwords, acronyms, and definitions of Dual Language learners and programs? What are the benefits to these programs for English Language Learners, Dual Language Learners, and native English speakers? What are the challenges schools and communities are facing in implementing them and how can we begin solving them? We tackle these questions and more as we kick off our series on Dual Language Programs with Dr. Conor P. Williams. Conor is a senior researcher in New America's Education Policy Program where he founded the organization's Dual Language Learners National Work Group in 2014. His work addresses policies and practices related to educational equity, dual language learners, immigration, and school choice. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, U.S. News and World Report, among many others. Before joining New America, Conor taught first grade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
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March 28, 2018

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