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English language assessment findings to be unveiled
The Star Online
Malaysia: Preliminary findings from the Cambridge English Language Assessment on the teaching and learning of the subject in Malaysian schools is to be unveiled. The findings, the first to comprehensively look at the achievements of Malaysian students according to international standards from Year 1 to Form 6, will have an impact on the teaching of the language and its syllabus. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to be briefed on the findings.
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ESL teacher electracy: A shift from flat to digital teaching and learning
By Beth Crumpler
With new technology adoptions and their ever-growing and ever-changing landscape, ESL teachers need to be prepared for these teaching and learning environments. Teachers need to transition from flat environments to digital teaching and learning, which provide a necessary skill set development by ESL teachers in computer literacy, known as electracy. The essential learning skills shift from the 3 R's to the 4 C's, along with fast adoption of student digital literacy skills such as in Common Core, makes it imperative for ESL teachers to gain basic proficiency in electracy.
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Preparing for Your Place in the Professional World: Cautions, Concerns, and Considerations

Have you ever wondered what TESL recruiters are looking for in a potential English language teacher? This FREE virtual seminar takes place 19 February 2014, 10:30am–12:00pm ET and presents answers to this and other questions about seeking teaching employment, including what information recruiters can request and review; uses of online versus paper resumes; and common pitfalls from potential applicants.

Grammar 1: Phrasal Structures

Last days to register! This online seminar takes place 3 February–2 March, 2014. Learn to define the basic grammatical terms, identify grammatical structures within sentences, explain the structure of noun and verb phrases and the functions of the English verb tenses, incorporate communicative practice into your teaching plans, and write teaching plans for grammar points. Registration closes Wednesday, 29 January.

Prepare your program for NCATE/CAEP recognition

Is your institution preparing for NCATE/CAEP recognition? If so, don't miss TESOL's workshop Preparing Your TESOL P-12 Teacher Education Program for NCATE/CAEP National Recognition prior to the start of the 2014 International Convention and English Language Expo on 26 March 2014, in Portland, Oregon, USA. Experts present an overview of the revised TESOL/NCATE standards and advise faculty and staff on how to prepare their institution for compiling a TESOL program report. Special feature: add on a private, 1-hour consultation. Register by 1 February and receive a discounted rate.

K–12 Dream Day in Portland, Oregon

TESOL invites all mainstream teachers and administrators to join a host of ESL experts and educators for a day of interactive training. The day features 20 workshops, several practice-oriented sessions, a keynote address from NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen García, and an afternoon ELPA21 Panel Discussion: A New Assessment for English Language Learners. Don't miss this hands-on event, designed to equip attendees with new strategies and resources for working with their English language learners. Early registration ends 3 February.

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7 instructional strategies for the Common Core
eSchool News
As significant numbers of educators, parents and politicians push back on the Common Core Standards now that implementation has begun, many teachers are left to navigate the shift with little or no direction about how to change their teaching practice to accommodate the new standards.

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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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Obama's State of the Union speeches and education: A scorecard
Education Week
Set your DVRs: President Barack Obama will give his State of the Union speech next week, on Jan. 28. So that means a week from now, we'll all be mulling over the education portion. After all, Obama (and most other presidents) typically use their annual address to Congress to outline an edu-wish list for the year. It often includes at least one big idea (whether brand new or recycled from an earlier proposal). Is Obama usually able to get what he wants from Congress? Short answer: Not so much.
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PARCC releases fully functional sample test questions for Common Core
THE Journal
PARCC has made its sample test questions available for computer-based practice. Sample items for the upcoming assessments of Common Core State Standards have been released previously for testing on paper across all grade levels; now PARCC schools "will be able to engage with the sample items using computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder."
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Teachers stay in the profession during Obama-era policies
Center for American Progress
Five years ago, U.S. teachers were asked in a survey how many years of experience they had; their most common answer was one year. Policymakers feared an impending crisis because, if past trends held, about half of these teachers would leave in their first five years. But the latest results from the Schools and Staffing Survey, or SASS — a nationally representative study of teachers by the U.S. Department of Education released just weeks ago — show that 70 percent of teachers in their first year stayed in the profession. In the new SASS, most teachers said that they had taught for five years.
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Learning out loud: Getting first graders to master English
The Daily Astorian
Reading, math, science — they're all priorities for today's public schools. But there's something more basic that young students have to master first. Oregon teachers like Maria Popii see language as a necessary foundation to meet rising standards, which culminate in the state's goal that all students should finish high school, starting in 2025.
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Report: Philly's school 'Renaissance' a mixed bag
Philadelphia Inquirer
The school district of Philadelphia's latest attempt to turn around "underperforming" schools has yielded dramatic improvements in some cases, while many schools are still struggling, according to a recent report by the district. The Renaissance Schools Initiative, launched in 2010 by former superintendent Arlene Ackerman, paired schools with either charter operators or district-run turnaround teams. Thirty-five schools have undergone the transformation, including three that since have closed.
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Why teachers can't reach every child: a case study
The Washington Post
Larry Cuban, a former high school teacher and superintendent who now teaches at Stanford University, writes: "Neatly dressed, carrying a large notebook and a couple of bulky textbooks, Victor would smile at my 'good morning,' walk to the rear of the room and sit down. He would put aside a ruler, open a book, take out paper and begin writing. He often wrote steadily and intensely for 10 or 15 minutes. If we were in the midst of a discussion or group work, I would quietly ease over to him and ask what he was writing. He would smile, close the book and put away the paper. Victor, you see, could not read above the fourth-grade level."
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7 instructional strategies for the Common Core
eSchool News
As significant numbers of educators, parents and politicians push back on the Common Core Standards now that implementation has begun, many teachers are left to navigate the shift with little or no direction about how to change their teaching practice to accommodate the new standards. Implementation challenges range from a lack of professional development and curriculum materials aligned with the Common Core, to inadequate technology infrastructure and changing assessment practices.
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Students should be tested more, not less
The Atlantic
Testing is terrible for learning, destroys student and teacher morale, and impedes opportunities for productive, meaningful teaching. This oft-repeated axiom has become accepted as true without proof. Opposition to testing and all its associated ills has led to an over-generalization of the word "test" and an unwarranted reputation as the embodiment of all that is wrong with American education. One researcher believes we are throwing a very effective learning tool out with our educational bathwater, and asserts that we should be testing students more, not less.
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