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ELL clearinghouse contract target of education department corrective action
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Lesli A. Maxwell, a veteran education reporter, writes: "A few weeks ago, I wrote a long story about the widespread sentiment that the U.S. Department of Education has, for a number of years, given short shrift to the unique needs of English language learners, who now make up about one out of every 10 students in public schools. Much of my piece focused on the steadily diminishing clout of the Office of English-Language Acquisition within the Education Department, which, in October, saw the departure of its appointed director, Rosalinda Barrera, and on broader concerns that the department needs to offer more support to the state and local district administrators responsible for Title III funds, the $750 million in federal money that helps pay for educating English learners." More

11 states get failing grades on public school policies from advocacy group
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In just a few short years, state legislatures and education agencies across the country have sought to transform American public education by passing a series of laws and policies overhauling teacher tenure, introducing the use of standardized test scores in performance evaluations and expanding charter schools. Such policies are among those pushed by StudentsFirst, the advocacy group led by Michelle A. Rhee, the former schools chancellor in Washington. Rhee has generated debate in education circles for aggressive pursuit of her agenda and the financing of political candidates who support it. More
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Just a few short weeks! Advance registration deadline for TESOL convention
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1 February 2013 is the advance deadline for the best rates to attend the 2013 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. This is also the time to register for Pre- and Postconvention Institutes, Educational Site Visits, Breakfast With TESOL’s Best, and Leadership Training Programs. All events fill up early; do not be left out. And start planning your visit to the English Language Expo with more than 110 exhibiting organizations.

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Increase your professional expertise and help advance the field as a TESOL/NCATE program reviewer! This is an exciting and unique professional development opportunity that will also help influence how teachers in the United States are prepared to teach ESL to children in P–12 schools. Up to 10 volunteer program reviewers will be selected to serve a 3-year term starting in March 2013. All program reviewers will be required to attend a training session on 20 March 2013 at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo in Dallas, Texas, USA. For more information and to apply, please see the Call for Reviewers on the TESOL web site. Application deadline is 18 January 2013. For additional questions, contact Diane Staehr Fenner at

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New call for contributions: TESOL book on business English
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Editors Clarice S. C. Chan and Evan Frendo seek contributors for a volume in TESOL's New Ways Series entitled New Ways in Teaching Business English. Please see the call for more information. Deadline for contributions is 1 April 2013.

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Lawmakers gear up for action on K-12 issues
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State lawmakers will attempt to tackle a range of issues in legislative sessions getting under way, from making common academic standards a reality and funding schools based on performance, to allowing armed teachers and staff members on school grounds. Their task may be complicated by the still small and spotty economic recovery in many places, and by federal education funding uncertainties posed by the continued wrangling in Washington over the nation's fiscal future. More

Teacher cabinets: Bringing teacher voice to the education reform conversation Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mike Humphreys, a 2012-2013 Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow who teaches physical education in Arlington, Va., writes: "As a U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow, one of the many roles I am lucky enough to engage in is that of a conduit between America's teachers and the Department of Education. I get to sit down with teachers all across the country — sometimes virtually, but often in person — and hear how things are going in their classrooms, in their schools, and in their districts. Then I present that feedback to policy and program folks at ED, giving them critical information to process and, in many cases, act upon." More

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District Race to Top winners turn to implementation
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The first federal Race to the Top competition that reaches down to the local level leaves most large, urban districts out of the winners' circle in favor of charter schools, midsize systems, and two large consortia of school districts — all of which must now turn to implementing proposals that collectively have won them $400 million. The 16 winners, announced by the U.S. Department of Education, beat out more than 350 other applicants and include three charter school organizations, traditional districts such as Carson City, Nev., and Guilford County, N.C. and a group of 22 rural districts from Kentucky. More

California to propose new student achievement testing
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California's students may not have so many "bubbles" to fill in on state standardized tests in the future. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was slated to unveil a proposal for a system of student achievement testing that is expected to emphasize critical thinking skills over choosing the best answer under a multiple choice method. Torlakson's proposal was culled from the recommendations of a task force that studied new testing methods for six months last year under a mandate from the state Legislature. The goal is to have testing reflect the analysis and problem-solving skills that are stressed under the new national curriculum known as Common Core State Standards, which is being rolled out across California. More

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Language education we can use
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As the global nature of work and life in the 21st century becomes clearer by the day, calls for a greater focus on international education and language learning are growing louder. Leaders from the education, business and national security communities are agreed: International understanding and second-language proficiency are critical to individual and national interests — and our K-12 system must do more to promote them. But with respect to international education and language learning, more of what we are doing today wouldn't be better. In fact, it might be worse. More

Kentucky governor presses again to raise dropout age to 18
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Students wouldn't be permitted to drop out of high school until they're legally adults under a proposal that Gov. Steve Beshear hopes to get approved by the Legislature after lawmakers convene. The second-term Democrat, who has been pushing for years to gradually raise the dropout age from 16 to 18, said he's hopeful this will be the year it gets done. More

Real problem with English spelling
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For English schoolchildren, the difficulty is mainly how to spell a word they hear, whereas for foreigners learning English the problem is rather how to pronounce a word they see written. More

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No more English classes?
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Thailand: Are teachers of foreign languages about to lose their jobs? The threat comes from a hand-held device that will allow the user to speak his or her own language and be understood by speakers of more than 20 other languages. Scientists from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research say they will make such a universal speech translator available well ahead of the planned Asean Economic Community in 2016. More

Online English studies benefit Japanese, Filipinos
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Japan: Mohammad Moin tries to realize what he calls "intellectual fair trade" through his operation of an online English conversation school for Japanese — all taught by Filipino teachers. The inexpensive English lessons are offered to Japanese students via Skype, while at the same time giving employment opportunities to Filipinos — most of whom have graduated from top universities in their countries but have no jobs. More

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Immigration crackdown deterring foreign students
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United Kingdom: The U.K. government's increasingly tough rhetoric around immigration is threatening to deter thousands of the best international students from studying at U.K. universities and undermine the multibillion-pound market in foreign students, according to the head of the group that represents British universities. More

A higher education opportunity for all undocumented immigrants
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After President Barack Obama signed into law DACA, or "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," this past August, over 300,000 eligible undocumented students rushed to submit paperwork. To anyone following the hard work done by advocates of the Dream Act over the last 11 years, this should come as no surprise. There is an enormous desire for higher education among all Americans, regardless of citizenship or financial status. More

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New Jersey college students to rally for lower tuition for illegal immigrants
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A coalition of college students and immigration activists recently kicked off a campaign calling for "tuition equality" for illegal immigrants at New Jersey colleges. The group — which will stage its first rally on the steps of the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. — is pushing for passage of controversial legislation that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at the state's public colleges. More

Poll: Students less engaged the longer they stay in school
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A new Gallup survey indicates the longer students remain in school, the less engaged they are. Here's how the Gallup poll describes the downward spiral: Nearly 8 in 10 elementary students who participated are engaged with school. By middle school that falls to about 6 in 10 students. And by high school, only 4 in 10 students qualify as engaged. More

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Case studies: How teachers use tech to support learning
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Starting the year off with ideas on the best ways to use technology to support learning, Larry Ferlazzo collected an invaluable list of criteria last year from educators, to which he added more resources in his recent blog post for EdWeek. Other posts in the series include Using Ed Tech to Create Deep and Meaningful Experiences and Effective Ways of Using Tech in the Classroom. Here is MindShift's contribution to the collection of ideas. More

Is homework worth the time?
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A recent study led by an Indiana University professor found that traditional homework assignments won't improve a student's grades but could boost standardized test scores. With many students reporting they spend more than 100 hours each year on homework, it begs the question: Is homework still worth the time? While most experts believe it is, some recommend that educators rethink their approach to giving homework. Traditional assignments might become a thing of the past as teachers move toward assignments that are more project-based or require more critical thinking, they say. More

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What districts should know about BYOD and digital learning
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As more schools open their networks and classrooms to student-owned devices, the need for instruction that makes the most of these tools becomes ever more pronounced. Transitioning to a truly 21st century learning environment is challenging, to be sure. Adapting effectively to a bring-your-own-device and digital learning environment is far easier for districts if they follow these strategies. More

4 key parts of successful online education programs
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Progress monitoring tools and proper training in online teaching are critical factors in supporting and sustaining successful online education programs, according to a survey of school leaders. The survey, released by K12 Inc. and conducted by MDR's EdNET Insight, included responses from superintendents, assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, principals and special-education directors who are experienced in implementing online education programs. The 220-plus respondents identified and ranked a number of key success factors. More

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9 templates to help educators leverage school data
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Educators and administrators are collecting an enormous amount of data about the progress of their students and schools. Now that this information has been collected, how can it be used to improve education? What administrators and teachers need is a practical system that organizes school and student data in a way that is easily understood and readily available during the school day, according to a collaboration by the American Association of School Administrators, the Consortium for School Networking and Gartner Inc. School districts are looking to purchase student information systems and learning management systems to help them with this task. More

Teachers can use technology to connect with colleagues, students; lack of PD holds them back
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It has never been easier for educators to connect with one another, to share best practices, and to connect across schools with teachers who share subjects, interests or peculiar circumstances. Never before has the fraternity of teachers been more connected. But for all this, and in some ways because of all this, it is also an incredibly difficult time to be a teacher. Our systems don't invest enough in the professional learning of educators. More

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