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More expert thoughts on updating No Child Left Behind's Title III
EdCentral
Funding for English language learners is an emerging policy focus. States are re-examining their current ELL funding mechanisms and allocations to address the growing number of ELLs. Here at ECS, we get numerous requests for information on ELL funding from state policymakers hoping to find solutions to competing budgetary priorities. Although states receive funding through Title III, administrators often report that funds for ELL services are "insufficient."
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Immigrant parents and student learning
Scholastic Administration
Many studies have documented the benefits of parent involvement in learning. Students whose parents are involved in their schooling tend to have better academic performance and fewer behavioral problems, and are more likely to graduate from high school. While fostering parental engagement can be hard work for any school, that challenge is multiplied for schools with immigrant populations. Newly arrived American families can struggle not only with language barriers but also with cultural, economic and technological barriers. Communities that address the needs of families holistically will be more successful in engaging parents and promoting positive learning outcomes for students.
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Q&A with Libia Gil, head of the Federal ELL office
Education Week
Libia Gil, the head of the U.S. Department of Education's office of English language acquisition, sat down for an interview with Education Week in late January. A veteran bilingual and dual language educator, Gil came to OELA in September 2013. In a story, Gil discussed efforts to decrease the time English learners spend testing and preparing for tests. Here are some other highlights from the conversation.
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Call for contributions: New Ways in Teaching With Humor
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Editor John Rucynski, Jr., seeks contributors for a volume in TESOL's New Ways Series entitled New Ways in Teaching With Humor. The content will include teaching ideas and activities for using or teaching about humor in English.
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Call for articles: TESOL Connections
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TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's membership newsletter, is seeking feature articles that are about innovative, unusual, or interesting things you have found in your years of experience in ELT; about trends in ELT and how they might influence teaching; and/or that contain useful, tested classroom practice tips or strategies. Read submission guidelines and check out the current issue.
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TESOL submits comments on Senate ESEA Reauthorization Draft
TESOL
TESOL International Association has sent comments to the U.S. Senate regarding the draft bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). TESOL's comments stress the benefits of "holding schools and districts accountable for both the content-area achievement and English language proficiency development of their ELs." Read TESOL's letter.
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Call for Proposals: Singapore 2015
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TESOL invites you to submit a proposal for Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning, a TESOL conference in Singapore. Organized in partnership with the National Institute of Education, this 2½ day event will feature leading experts in teacher education, classroom instruction, and international assessment. Submit your proposal today!
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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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TESOL Resource Center
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Looking for new lesson plans or activities? Want to share a teaching tip with your colleagues? Check out the TESOL Resource Center (TRC) where you can browse, rate, and submit lesson plans, teaching tips, activities, assessment tools, and much more — all for FREE!
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ESEA would see $2.7 billion increase under FY 2016 budget
eSchool News
President Barack Obama's FY 2016 budget request includes four focus areas for education, including increasing equity and opportunity for all students; expanding high-quality early learning programs; supporting teachers and school leaders; and improving access, affordability and student outcomes in postsecondary education. Education Technology State Grants would receive $200 million to support models that use technology to help teachers improve instruction and personalize learning for students.
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Education reform is driving teachers out of the classroom
Forbes
Policymakers love to tinker with schools, but there are growing signs that education reform is driving teachers out of the classroom. The number of teachers leaving the profession is at its highest level in 10 years, as more and more experienced practitioners are voting with their feet. And it is hard not to see this as a direct reaction to a combination of endless reform and a sustained attack on teachers' integrity and professionalism.
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Could local tests be the way forward in an NCLB rewrite?
Education Week
Congress is contemplating a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act that could roll back the law's testing requirements — or at least give districts the option of creating their own systems, with state approval. So would a locally-driven accountability system be a huge disaster for students? It sure wasn't when Nebraska tried it, said Doug Christensen, the state's former commissioner of education.
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Pregame analysis: The coming federal education debate
NPR
The main federal education law may finally get its long-overdue makeover in Congress this year, and we're going to be hearing and reading a lot about it. Formally, it's the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA. The last time it got a major overhaul was in 2001, with President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. But nothing much has been done with the law since 2007. If Congress does finally get to it this year, What can we expect?
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Columbus schools plan changes for immigrant students, gifted kids
The Columbus Dispatch
Prompted by a state audit that found Columbus City Schools kept students who speak limited English in an overcrowded program rather than integrate them into classrooms, the district announced changes last night that would move about 150 students out of its main facility for new immigrants. Also discussed last night was a plan to again try to change the district’s program for gifted students. Columbus schools risked losing about $2.3 million in federal money for limited-English-speaking students if the district didn't comply with the switch, officials said.
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Schoolchildren without English as a first language 'catch up'
Phys.org
New research by the University of Oxford shows that children classified as EAL (English as an additional language) usually catch up with their peers in their school attainment by the time they are 16. The reports' authors, Professor Steve Strand and Professor Victoria Murphy of the University's Department of Education, found that at the age of five only 44 percent of EAL pupils have achieved a good level of development compared to 54 percent of other pupils. However, by the age of 16, this gap has narrowed significantly with 58.3 percent achieving five A*- C GCSEs including English and maths compared to 60.9 percent of other pupils.
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Learning with all the senses: Movement, images facilitate vocabulary learning
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft via Science Daily
"Atesi" — what sounds like a word from the Elven language of Lord of the Rings is actually a Vimmish word meaning "thought." Scientists have used Vimmish, an artificial language specifically developed for scientific research, to study how people can best memorize foreign-language terms. According to the researchers, it is easier to learn vocabulary if the brain can link a given word with different sensory perceptions.
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Can stress help students?
Edutopia
Imagine this: You're a ninth-grade math teacher, and you've just been anointed as head of the school's wellness committee, a team thrown together to deal with student stress levels that are "far too high." "We need to build a more positive climate," your principal explained. "You're relatable. Students might listen to what you have to say." Now you're writing a speech for the year's first all-school assembly on a topic outside your expertise: stress management.
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