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Now it can offer five languages, including Chinese. In Minnesota, the number of English learner EL students has grown by more than percent in the past 20 years. Some recent immigrants may have had highly disrupted, limited, or informal educational experiences, and others may have regularly attended western-style schools. Celebrate families who advocate for their children. Widen Layout:. Enter Email Address. The district is working now to track those kids and see how they fared when they got there. For the past two years, percent of Piedmont seniors were accepted to college.

In Minnesota, the number of English learner EL students has grown by more than percent in the past 20 years. Now it can offer five languages, including Chinese.

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Some recent immigrants may have had highly disrupted, limited, or informal educational experiences, and others may have regularly attended western-style schools.

Celebrate families who advocate for their children. Educators should offer them the language supports they require to complete the same assignments as their native-speaking peers. They bring unique assets, but they've often contended with trauma, interrupted schooling, and jarring dislocations, calling for policy responses that can meet complex needs.

In parts of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa, newcomer families are actually reversing native-born population loss.

With immigrant populations in rural and small-town America on the rise, the answer, increasingly, is everywhere.

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Blending online courses with what can be offered in person has also given students who have fallen behind a real chance at catching up and graduating. We spoke with Martina Wagner , a longtime teacher and EL expert based in Minnesota, about how these once-homogenous districts can welcome and serve newcomer students. Akin is excited that Piedmont High School is now offering eight AP courses, up from two, and has far more interesting electives like guitar, robotics and computer science which counts for math credit than it ever had before. Both groups, she says, leave these conversations realizing and deconstructing preconceived notions about each other. Some recent immigrants may have had highly disrupted, limited, or informal educational experiences, and others may have regularly attended western-style schools. Students can now access online homework and flipped lessons, collaborate virtually and connect with their teachers. Widen Layout: standard EL and immigrant students collectively speak over languages. The district has also incentivized summer learning to fight the learning loss many students experience during summer months. That's when he knew they needed to devise another solution. They bring unique assets, but they've often contended with trauma, interrupted schooling, and jarring dislocations, calling for policy responses that can meet complex needs. Employing EL licensed teachers — and, if possible, employing educators from the same ethnic background as newcomer students. League of Innovative Schools Like many districts serving low-income populations, it was fairly easy for Piedmont City School District officials in Alabama to find funds for devices.

Some recent immigrants may have had highly disrupted, informal educational experiences, and others may have regularly attended western-style schools. Subscribe to receive weekly updates of MindShift stories every Sunday. Access to the Internet has also pushed the district toward a competency-based modelwhere students can move at their own pace through course work, sometimes taking two courses in a year, allowing them to pick up an elective or take AP courses for college credit.

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Akin is excited that Piedmont High School is now offering eight AP courses, up from two, and has far more interesting electives like guitar, robotics and computer science which counts for math credit than it ever had before. Then, the school district used E-rate funds to lease use of the network.

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It sounds expensive, but Akin says it was the single-biggest factor in transitioning the district toward new ways of teaching and learning. Students have small group instruction time and then continue that work through online programs that re-emphasize what was taught.

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