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English language learners case goes to appeal
Arizona Public Media
A two-decade old lawsuit over how Arizona educates English language learners will be in federal appeals court. Flores vs. Arizona is a class-action lawsuit brought by parents of English language learners in Nogales in 1992. They argued the state's four-hour blocks to teach English to students put them behind their peers in mainstream classrooms, violating the Equal Educational Opportunities Act. In 2013, a federal judge in Tucson ruled for the state, but lawyer Tim Hogan is appealing on behalf of parents in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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A school for children — and their parents
The Atlantic
Shortly before the year-end holiday break at Briya Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., Paige Reuber started her workday by helping a student finalize her health insurance application, which had been rejected on the first try. Then, later that afternoon, Reuber headed to the class in which she teaches some 20 adults English language basics. Her adult students had just completed their midterms and were focusing on holiday-themed phrases, words they used in their next class — one on computer skills — to make cards using a publishing software program.
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TESOL research agenda
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TESOL's 2014 Research Agenda attempts to bridge the current gap between research and classroom practice. This agenda has been designed to raise interest in TESOL's research direction as well as to bring researchers and practitioners together in the field of English language teaching. TESOL plans to start commissioning research in July 2015.
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Call for proposals: Singapore 2015
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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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Obama to seek limits on student data mining
Politico
President Barack Obama is expected to call for tough legislation to protect student privacy, adding his voice to a sizzling debate about the best way to bring the benefits of technology into the classroom without exposing students to commercial data mining. Obama is expected to urge Congress to impose a bevy of restrictions on companies that operate websites, apps and cloud-computing services aimed at the K-12 market, according to sources briefed on the announcement.
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The UAE needs to focus on core school subjects
The National
The Government's Vision 2021 plan defines education as a fundamental element in a nation's development and the best investment in its youth. Only a first-rate education system will enable our students to compete with the best in the world, especially in core subjects such as English, mathematics and science. More than 40 private schools in Dubai offer an international curriculum and Emirati enrolment in private schools has more than doubled in the past 10 years. Last March, a World Bank report confirmed this and many Emirati parents themselves say they are very willing to pay for quality education.
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With number of English learners growing, districts get federal help with students' civil rights
PBS Newshour
For the first time this year in the United States, non-white children make up a larger portion of the country's public school students than white children. Within that growing racial diversity is an increasing linguistic diversity. There are about 5 million public school students who are not proficient English speakers. Since 2004, 19 states have seen the number of these students enrolled in public schools grow more than 40 percent, according to the Department of Education.
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Baltimore County superintendent crafts $1.5 billion budget
The Baltimore Sun
After years of tight budgets and an influx of children in need, Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance has asked for one of the biggest budget increases from the county in a decade. The $1.5 billion budget request comes after Baltimore County has spent less per pupil than other large school systems in Maryland. It includes a 5 percent pay hike for teachers and staff — their first cost-of-living increase in five years, more money to buy elementary students computers, and funding to hire teachers of students who speak English as a second language.
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Do infants judge others' language proficiency? It depends on their own, research shows
Science Daily
Monolingual infants expect others to understand only one language, an assumption not held by bilingual infants, a study by researchers has found. "Our results not only offer insight into infants' perception of linguistic abilities, but, more importantly, may help us better understand whom they see as good communication partners," explains one of the study's co-authors.
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Student success better predicted by personalities than intelligence; why being smart isn't enough
Medical Daily
The importance of preparing for school early has been emphasized time and again throughout the years. Kids need an early start on learning, such as reading and math, in order to succeed in school, especially if they're from a lower socioeconomic background. But parents shouldn't only be focusing on a child's intelligence, a new review finds. They should also be nurturing their kids' personalities.
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Kindness: The sometimes-forgotten teaching standard
By: Brian Stack
Teaching kindness doesn't require the financial commitment of a canned curriculum program. Schools don't need to bring in overpriced consultants or start big initiatives. Kindness is something teachers can and should promote each day in their classrooms. Kindness is taking the time to show people that you care. It may be small acts, but those small acts can pay off in big ways.
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