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Florida gets more time to teach English language learners
Voxxi
In a state where a sizable number of students enrolled in public schools are immigrants, the schools teaching these children took hits in their funding due to their performance on standardized tests. However, relief is coming for Florida schools. Standardized tests are all administered in English and school funding is tied to the scores of the students, so students who struggle with English would not do well on the tests and that would bring down school grades. But now those schools have a chance to change that.
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Bill would increase funding for bilingual education
Victoria Advocate
A bill to increase funding for bilingual learning has support from a Victoria educator and parents. State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, filed Senate Bill 161 on Nov. 10, seeking to change the state's funding formula for each student in bilingual education or special language programs. The formula, based on the average daily attendance, would increase from a 10 percent allotment to 25 percent.
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Become a TESOL/CAEP Program reviewer
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Increase your professional expertise and help advance the field by becoming a TESOL/CAEP program reviewer! Apply today! Deadline extended: 12 Jan 2015.
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Happy New Year 2015! Teaching Worldwide Celebrations
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Ring in the new year by teaching your students about how cultures all over the world celebrate the New Year. Other recent TESOL Blogs:
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Call for Proposals: Singapore 2015
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TESOL invites you to submit a proposal for Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning, a TESOL conference in Singapore. Organized in partnership with the National Institute of Education, this 2½ day event will feature leading experts in teacher education, classroom instruction, and international assessment. Submit your proposal today!
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New from TESOL Press: Motivation in the Language Classroom
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Part of the popular English Language Teacher Development Series, this book discusses the five elements of motivation — the teacher, teaching methodology, the text, the task, and the test — and explores how to use these "5 Ts" to impact student motivation.
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TESOL invites feedback on short-term certificate program standards
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In May 2014, TESOL International Association launched an initiative to create a framework of standards for short-term TESOL certificate programs. A draft of this framework has been developed by an international team of experts in teacher education and program evaluation and is now available for public comment. TESOL would appreciate your comments and feedback on the draft by 18 January 2015. Please submit your comments via this brief survey.
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Leaving stage, U.S. Rep. George Miller reflects
Education Week
In a four-decade career in Congress, just-retired U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., put an indelible stamp on education policy. Most recently the ranking Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, he previously was the chairman of the education committee when Democrats were in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has long championed education equality for low-income and minority students, English language learners, students with disabilities, and other communities facing disadvantages, and was a key architect of the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Arne Duncan bringing in key players as 'senior advisers'
Education Week
"Senior adviser" to the U.S. Department of Education. Get used to that title. It's becoming very popular these days. Robert Gordon, who played key roles at the Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2013, was nominated as assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy way back in May. But the Senate hasn't given him the okay, so Gordon has been working as a "senior adviser" at the Education Department since September.
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Bilingual education: Every student learns in English and Spanish at Forest Grove's immersion schools
The Oregonian
In teacher Estella Weigand's fourth-grade dual language immersion class, an addition lesson quickly becomes a bilingual conversation. "Sum, suma," Weigand says to her Echo Shaw Elementary students, switching seamlessly from English, the language of the morning, to Spanish for a moment. "Do you think these are cognados, cognates?"
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Growing up illiterate ... in my family language
The Seattle Globalist
Candace Kwan, a contributor for The Seattle Globalist, writes: "A few months ago, before a crowd at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke Mandarin out of nowhere, and headlines around the world hinted that he put the 'rest of us to shame' by speaking fluent Chinese. Well, did he really? Don't get me wrong, I'm no hater. Zuckerberg deserves praise for being able to conduct an entire interview in a language he picked up in his late 20s. That still shouldn't overshadow the language abilities of many other Americans."
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Learning a musical instrument boosts kids' brains
Medical News Today
Learning a musical instrument is a terrific opportunity for children to express themselves creatively while picking up a new skill. It could be much more than this though, according to researchers, who suggest that musical training could also serve to hone their mental energies.
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PBL pilot: Matching PBL with traditional grading
Edutopia
Project-based learning has been wonderful. Students are self-reporting how they're experiencing a deeper level of learning, and parents are saying that their children are actively (and often voluntarily) elaborating on their learning outside of school. We firmly believe that PBL is one of the best teaching methodologies available for the 21st century.
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