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Link between sleep quality and grades of school-aged children in math and languages
Medical News Today
Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal suggests it's well worth the effort: the researchers found that a good night's sleep is linked to better performance in math and languages — subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success. In findings published recently in the journal Sleep Medicine, the researchers reported that "sleep efficiency" is associated with higher academic performance in those key subjects. Sleep efficiency is a gauge of sleep quality that compares the amount of actual sleep time with the total time spent in bed.
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Language schools succeed in legal challenge to new regulations
The Irish Times
Ireland: Two English language schools catering to non-EU students have succeeded in their legal challenge against new Government accreditation requirements. Academic Bridge Ltd and the National Employee Development Centre Ltd, both based in Dublin and employing a total of 17 people, claimed they could be put out of business under a new system due to come into operation on Jan. 1. The new regulations would severely limit their ability to recruit non-European Union/European Economic Area students, it was alleged.
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New Year resolutions: More classroom activities
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These group-oriented New Year activities will help your English language learners improve their writing, communication, and discussion skills. Other recent TESOL Blogs: USA Learns: A Web-Based Tool for Self-Directed Learning; Influx of Immigrant Children From Central America; New Year's Greetings from Your TESOL Board; and ELL Students' Descriptions of Effective Teachers.
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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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Battle lines drawn on annual testing in ESEA renewal
Education Week
Thirteen years after mandating high-stakes testing, Congress is kicking off its most serious attempt yet to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with partisan wrangling over whether to ditch the law's signature schedule of annual assessments. But a closer look shows that, behind the scenes, the politics aren't so cut-and-dried. At center stage, it's largely been Democrats, especially U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, defending the yearly testing schedule in the current law, the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evaluations
The Washington Post
Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. Duncan spoke at Seaton Elementary, a high-poverty school in the District's Shaw neighborhood. He was supposed to visit a classroom, but school was delayed by freezing rain and none of the mostly Latino and African American students were present.
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State eases graduation requirements for new immigrants
Chalkbeat New York
Students who arrive in the U.S. during high school and are still learning English could now find it slightly easier to earn a diploma, thanks to a new change to state graduation requirements. In a nod to the struggles that some English language learners have faced in meeting the state's more demanding diploma standards in recent years, the Board of Regents voted to make those students eligible for a diploma if they score a 55 on the English Regents exam, down from a 62.
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Mt. Vernon, NY, schools to improve English proficiency program
The Journal News
In response to a complaint that two Spanish-speaking students didn't get the appropriate help to learn English for almost a full year, the Mount Vernon, New York, school district has agreed to make improvements to its program for English language learners. The agreement with the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requires the district to provide an information program at least twice a year for three years explaining to students and families the program's procedures; develop a complaint procedure and track complaints; create a tracking database for students screened for English proficiency; and send reports to the state for three years.
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Bilingualism changes kids' beliefs about the world
PsychCentral
Bilingualism in the preschool years can significantly alter a child's beliefs about the world, according to a new study by Concordia University. In contrast to their monolingual peers, children exposed to more than one language after age three believe that a person's psychological attributes are the result of experience rather than something they are born with. For the study, published in the journal Developmental Science, the researchers tested a total of 48 five and 6-year-olds.
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Energy and calm: Brain breaks and focused-attention practices
Edutopia
When presented with new material, standards and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur.
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A new kind of social anxiety in the classroom
The Atlantic
Stress about a meeting that is still a week away, handwringing before talking to the cashier in the grocery line, worrying about seeing an acquaintance on the street — for people with social anxiety disorder, even the simplest task can prove challenging. The symptoms of social anxiety often set in around adolescence, when people place a new emphasis on social interactions and their place in their peer groups. But some academics fear that greater access to technology could exacerbate social anxiety among teens, particularly as smartphones, tablets and computers become omnipresent in and out of the classroom.
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Digital guide on the side
Language Magazine
Tanya Roscorla predicts the digital trends that will continue to grow in K–12 education in 2015 as learning becomes more student centered. Throughout these trends, you'll find several common threads. The first is a focus on the student, and that's especially evident in personalized learning and adaptive technology. The second is both a mark of progress and a clue that we still have a ways to go: students have access to more digital learning options than they had before, but their education options are still determined largely by where they live.
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