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State, local officials square off on who calls shots on K-12
Education Week
Clashes between state governments and Washington over education policy fit a well-worn political narrative: far-away bureaucrats meddling in day-to-day operations — and imposing costly mandates without the funding to pay for them. But that same tension is often evident in the complex and interdependent relationship between those at the state and local levels. From school accountability to control over charters, some local K-12 leaders say state officials who complain about the White House or Congress have been just as guilty of imposing requirements on schools, in conjunction with outside advocacy groups but without proper debate or sober consideration.
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Grouping students: Heterogeneous, homogeneous and random structures
By Erick Herrmann
What is the typical classroom seating arrangement? Are students seated in neat rows, in a U shape, in small groups of 4 or 5, at tables or at desks? Teachers have long recognized the power of grouping students together for a variety of reasons: to collaborate with each other on a project, for cooperative learning opportunities, to work with a small group of students on a particular skill and more. But how do teachers decide how to group students together, and when is a particular grouping structure best given the learning or task at hand?
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Speech means using both sides of brain
New York University via Science Daily
We use both sides of our brain for speech, a finding by researchers at New York University and NYU Langone Medical Center that alters previous conceptions about neurological activity.

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US experts to train Saudis in English language teaching
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Colombia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

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Los Angeles schools' plan for non-English speakers: Segregation or solution?
The Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles schools are moving forward with a plan to separate English language learner students from native speakers in all core elementary school classes. Protests have erupted.

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Arne Duncan: School expectations are too low in the United States
U.S. News & World Report
Today's parent advocates do not limit themselves to coaching soccer teams and organizing bake sales as a way to get involved in their students' schools. But parents, educators and policymakers alike need to do more to "walk the walk" in working to close achievement gaps and improve education in the United States, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told an audience of parent leaders Monday. While other countries have made strides in student performance on international tests in reading, math and science, American students have stagnated, and in some cases regressed, while achievement gaps in the country remain "staggeringly large," Duncan said at an education summit for parent leaders hosted by the National Assessment Governing Board.
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How did the NEA grade members of Congress?
Education Week
Want to know what the National Education Association thinks of your congressman or senator? The NEA is happy to tell you — every year the nation's largest teachers' union gives an A-through-F grade to every member of Congress, taking into account how they vote on key issues. In 2013, that included immigration overhaul, higher education policy, state taxation of online sales, and workforce issues. Candidates who earn high marks from the union sometimes brag about it on their websites, and in campaign speeches.
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Report: Despite some gains, most states don't pass education policy evaluation
U.S. News & World Report
Although the nation as a whole and many states have made progress in improving education policies, the majority still received poor grades in terms of implementing policies that will improve academic growth, according to a new report. StudentsFirst, a K-12 education advocacy group founded by former District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, released its second annual "State Policy Report Card" evaluation Tuesday, with no states receiving an A grade. In fact, the vast majority of states received D's and F's for the past year, although the number of failing schools decreased from 11 to seven.
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Motivation: The gas that fuels a child's educational engine
District Administration Magazine
Do we know why third graders in America are not reading at grade level? More than 50 percent of children in affluent homes and 80 percent of children growing up in less affluent homes are not reading proficiently. Reading drops off significantly after age nine. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent focusing on the act of reading, but little progress is being made when it comes to identifying the root of the problem. What if the real issue is in the underlying motivation for children to be more engaged in their learning?
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Common Core in action: Why collaboration and communication matter
Edutopia
When students graduate from high school, there is a collection of important (or core) skills we want them to possess. That's where the Common Core College and Career Readiness anchor standards come in. With 32 anchor standards in total in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language, these anchor standards are generalized and quite broad. However, you can find more specific skills for teaching each of the anchor standards embedded within the grade-level Common Core state standards.
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UCI receives grant to help English language learners
Daily Pilot
A UC Irvine professor will receive an $11-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand a reading and writing program that assists English language learners in Southern California middle and high schools. Carol Booth Olson, director of the UC Irvine Writing Project, applied for the grant through the Department of Education's Investing in Innovation competition, which celebrates new approaches to improving student achievement, according to a news release.
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Speech means using both sides of brain
New York University via Science Daily
We use both sides of our brain for speech, a finding by researchers at New York University and NYU Langone Medical Center that alters previous conceptions about neurological activity. The results, which appear in the journal Nature, also offer insights into addressing speech-related inhibitions caused by stroke or injury and lay the groundwork for better rehabilitation methods.
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Baby talk study: One-on-one builds language skills quickly
The Christian Science Monitor
A new study that will be published in the next issue of "Developmental Science" reports that parents who engage in one-on-one conversations with their children, and emphasize vowels and different sounds within words, are much more likely to help their children's language development now and in the future. This research differs from previous studies on the effects of talking to your baby in that it identifies the social context and type of speech patterns that also make an impact on your child's ability to learn language.
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This language names odors as precisely as English speakers name color
Discover Magazine
Have you ever caught a whiff of perfume and found yourself grasping for the words to describe it? You might link the scent with a memory of an old romance, or a specific place — but when it comes to specific words for scents, the English language leaves us with a pretty limited toolbox. Though we can distinguish and name colors with acuity — crimson from scarlet from burgundy — we're largely limited to vague scent terms, like "smoky" or "sweet."
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8 great iPad apps for ESL students
Edudemic
When you're talking about learning a language in the U.S., you're generally talking about ESL which refers to "English as a second language" or the study or use of English by speakers with different native languages. Learning a new language seems quite tough but lucky for the students of today as technology has made it a lot simpler and easier. Many schools are now making plans to increase the availability and use of technology in classrooms in order to engage students in learning English language digitally.
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