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Summer programs use contrasting approaches for educating English learners, migrant students

from Fresno Bee

The Fresno County Office of Education and the Clovis Unified School District took drastically different approaches to educating English learners through two summer programs. Instead of primarily teaching better English skills, Fresno County's summer program revolves around showing the children of migrant farmworkers career paths they may not learn about during the school year. It focuses on fields like art, science, technology and health care. Students, whose language skills range from full fluency in English to none at all, take field trips and receive a lot of practical instruction from real-life professionals during the four-week courses. more

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