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2015 Texas Legislature Education News
 
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Inside DISD

Learning English branches out
















Nancy Motley, an educational consultant with Seidlitz Education and a former teacher, talks about strategies for teaching academic English to all students during a training session Thursday for teachers in the Dickinson school district. JENNIFER REYNOLDS/The Daily News

By SHANNON DAUGHTRY
Galveston Daily News

Demographic researchers say that English Language Learners are the fastest growing population group in the United States.  Early projections show that by 2050, Hispanic children could make up nearly two-thirds of the Texas public school enrollment while white children, which currently fills about 30 percent, will have dropped to less than 20 percent. 

Across Galveston County, area school districts are implementing a number of different programs, curriculum and teaching practices to help gives these students the learning opportunities they need and deserve, district officials said. However, many of the practices being used for English language learners is also being used for native English speakers because in some cases, what students are being taught in school about academic language is not being reinforced at home or outside of class, teacher said. 

Whether that’s through providing support for parents, having more one-on-one time with students or encouraging group learning in the classroom, teachers of English language learners are constantly searching for new ways to teach this unique student population. 

In Dickinson ISD Thursday, more than 60 teachers gathered for a professional development with a former Aldine ISD teacher who specializes in finding ways for teachers to engage English language learners in the classroom. 
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Principal's Corner
DHS Principal Dr. Billye Smith has posted a new message for parents and the community on the DHS website. Click HERE to read this week's message.

DHS Musical Tickets on sale now
The Dickinson High School winter musical is scheduled for January 23-26 in the newly renovated DHS auditorium. This year's selection is "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." It is a comedy and will keep you laughing throughout the show. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, and may be purchased from any drama student or at DHS.