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American Educator
Summer 2013


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Unlocking the Research on English Learners (PDF) (HTML)
What We Know—and Don't Yet Know—about Effective Instruction
By Claude Goldenberg

Challenges are bound to arise as the vast majority of states strive to help English learners meet the Common Core State Standards. In calling for students to read complex texts, these new standards place an even greater emphasis on content knowledge and literacy skills than prior state standards. This review of available research will help educators bolster the efforts of English learners to understand more-demanding academic content as they also learn English.

Recommended Resources (PDF) (HTML)

English Language Development (PDF) (HTML)
Guidelines for Instruction
By William Saunders, Claude Goldenberg, and David Marcelletti

Having reviewed several bodies of research, the authors provide 14 guidelines for educators to help English learners make greater strides in learning English.

Dual Language Learners (PDF) (HTML)
Effective Instruction in Early Childhood
By Claude Goldenberg, Judy Hicks, and Ira Lit

Preschool teachers can best educate youngsters learning their home language and English by using children's primary language where possible, adopting effective practices for building English language skills, and involving families in supporting children's learning.

For a PDF of all three articles, click here.

Notebook (PDF)

Lighting the Way (PDF) (HTML)
The Reading Panel Report Ought to Guide Teacher Preparation
By Robert Rickenbrode and Kate Walsh

In 2000, the National Reading Panel report identified five essential components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Yet a new study of university-based teacher preparation programs finds that few cover these components, leaving teachers without research-based expertise.

The Professional Educator (PDF) (HTML)
Six Steps to Effective Teacher Development and Evaluation
By Vicki Phillips and Randi Weingarten

Teacher evaluation should address the complexity of teaching by assessing individual teachers and by helping them continuously improve. Constructive feedback, evidence from multiple sources, and high levels of support are all essential.

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About American Educator

American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

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