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TESOL responds to FY 2013 federal budget proposal
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TESOL International Association is very pleased to see that President Barack Obama continues his commitment to education funding with his proposed FY 2013 federal budget. Investing in education is critical to helping the U.S. economy recover, and the association commends the administration for its overall proposed 2.5 percent increase in funding over FY 2012 levels in what is otherwise a tight fiscal year. The full statement is available on TESOL's website.

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TESOL International Association wins Silver Medal for Social Media
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TESOL International Association has received a Silver Medal in the Social Media category for the Association TRENDS annual All-Media Contest. TESOL's entry was one of more than 450 entries in the 2011 association publications contest. TESOL was honored at the 33rd Annual Salute to Association Excellence, which was held 10 February at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. For more information, please read the full press release.

Obama to highlight education in budget rollout
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In his fiscal 2013 budget request slated to roll out, President Barack Obama is making a big push for continued investment in education, including emergency aid for K-12 schools, competitive grants for teacher-related programs, and a new $8 billion fund to encourage jobs training initiatives at community colleges. Overall, the president is requesting $69.8 billion for the U.S. Department of Education, an increase of $1.7 billion, or 2.5 percent. More

No Child Left Behind loses bite as Obama issues waivers
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Many educators applaud the waivers from some parts of No Child Left Behind, saying the education-reform law has a one-size-fits-all approach. Others worry that minorities could suffer. More

Waivers not enough, US states want new schools law
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Policymakers across the United States are pushing Congress to pass a new education plan, saying current law and recent measures undertaken by President Barack Obama will not work in the long-term. In a letter to members of both chambers, the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments and the National Association of Counties ask for Congress's "leadership and urgency to fix and reform" national education policy. More

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NCLB waivers: Implications for testing, standards implementation
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The big education news out of Washington was that 10 states have been awarded waivers of key accountability provisions in the No Child Left Behind Act. This action by the U.S. Department of Education holds some potentially important implications for teaching and learning, as it essentially opens the door for states to rethink their priorities and approaches in evaluating schools (and districts). And accountability systems create a lot of pressure to influence what gets taught — and how — in the classroom. More

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Common-Core work must include teacher development
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Now bearing the imprimatur of 46 states and the District of Columbia, the Common Core State Standards represent a major step forward for schools and the students they must prepare to graduate from high school ready for college and careers. Yet a fundamental contradiction underlies the progress: While we are promoting radical change in creating a coherent national framework for what students should know and the way they learn, we have not yet committed to offering teachers the deep learning they will need to transform the way they work. More

Obama to announce $100 million plan to train new educators
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President Barack Obama will use the backdrop of a White House science fair to highlight a nationwide shortage of math and science teachers and unveil a plan to invest $100 million to help train 100,000 new educators over the next decade. Under his proposal, Obama will ask Congress for $80 million to support new Department of Education grants for colleges that provide innovative teacher-training programs. The president also is set to announce a $22 million commitment from private companies that will support the effort, according to White House officials. More

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English language learners are 'core' concern
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United Kingdom: Educators in nearly every U.S. state are grappling with how to put a new set of learning goals for mathematics and English skills into practice in the nation's public schools. All but four states have adopted "common core" standards, bringing the U.S. — with its long tradition of allowing states and local school districts to choose what they teach students — as close as it has ever been to having a single set of academic expectations for public school students in kindergarten through 12th-grade. More

Thai schools urged to boost English speaking
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Thailand: The Thai government has embarked on an ambitious nationwide program to teach English at least once a week in all state schools as part of the new 2012 English Speaking Year project. The project will focus on speaking English rather than studying its grammar, with teachers provided training through media modules and partnerships with foreign institutions, including English-language schools, according to Thailand's education ministry. More

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Mooresville, NC,'s shining example (it's not just about the laptops)
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Sixty educators from across the nation roamed the halls and ringed the rooms of East Mooresville Intermediate School in North Carolina, searching for the secret formula. They found it in Erin Holsinger's fifth-grade math class. There, a boy peering into his school-issued MacBook blitzed through fractions by himself, determined to reach sixth-grade work by winter. More

New language-immersion program features dual tongues, cultures
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VideoBrief Tulsa Public Schools' Dual Language Immersion program is in its first year of operation and offers a brand of language immersion not available at other local schools in Oklahoma. "A lot of people think 'dual-language immersion' means that students learn half the time in English and half the time in Spanish, but it's really having a 50-50 split of native English speakers and native Spanish speakers that makes it a dual-language immersion program," explained Principal Peggy Moss, who taught previously at Eisenhower International School. More

Suburban Chicago schools lag as bilingual needs grow
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The rapid growth of Latino and other immigrant populations in Chicago's suburbs is outstripping the ability of public schools to provide bilingual programs mandated by Illinois, and government financing for the programs is shrinking, state records show. Of the 58 suburban school districts visited by state monitors in the past three years, none met all of Illinois's tough education requirements for students learning English, and 22 failed to provide a bilingual program for all of the students who qualified for it. More

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Early literacy gets new focus, funds in Minnesota
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Early literacy is emerging as the new front in the battle to narrow Minnesota's academic achievement gap between white and nonwhite students — which persists as one of the largest gaps in the nation. From policymakers to schools and businesses, the urgency to ramp up reading has intensified as Minnesota schools grow increasingly diverse, particularly with more non-native English speakers. More

Academic abroad: A cautionary tale
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As written by Kerry Soper, "As an academic trained in American studies, I've always dreaded the thought of being perceived as an Ugly American when traveling overseas. Eager to distance myself from images of the idiot abroad, I've learned French, dabbled in Spanish and Italian, and occasionally put in some serious effort, when preparing for a conference trip or a study-abroad excursion, to learn about other nations' artistic traditions, sports manias and food fetishes." More

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In praise of languages for internationalization
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The following is a guest post by Elspeth Jones, professor emerita of the internationalization of higher education at Leeds Metropolitan University, in Britain, and an international-education consultant. "Last month, The New York Times published a provocative essay by Larry H. Summers which argued, amongst other things, that American college students don't necessarily need to learn a second language. The spread of English globally, the fragmentation of other languages, and the improvement in translation technology, he writes, 'make it less clear that the substantial investment necessary to speak a foreign tongue is universally worthwhile.' I couldn't disagree more." More

Bilingual kids gain benefits in literacy skills
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Canada: Bilingual children score higher on some cognitive tests than children who speak only English, a new Toronto study found. It's known that children who grow up speaking two languages tend to be slower in picking up each language than children raised speaking just one, but the study suggests the benefits of bilingualism outweigh any drawbacks. More

Studies: Education gap grows between rich and poor
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Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults. But a body of recently published scholarship suggests that the achievement gap between rich and poor children is widening, a development that threatens to dilute education's leveling effects. It is a well-known fact that children from affluent families tend to do better in school. Yet the income divide has received far less attention from policy makers and government officials than gaps in student accomplishment by race. More

6- to 9-month-olds understand the meaning of many spoken words
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At an age when "ba-ba" and "da-da" may be their only utterances, infants nevertheless comprehend words for many common objects, according to a new study. In research focused on 6- to 9-month-old babies, University of Pennsylvania psychologists Elika Bergelson and Daniel Swingley demonstrated that the infants learned the meanings of words for foods and body parts through their daily experience with language. More

An immigrant student's story: 'I was a dictionary girl'
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As written by Helen Janc Malone, "How would you support a student who did not speak English and had no one else at the school who spoke his or her native language? I was that student some 20 years ago. Coming from the war-torn former Yugoslavia, I was placed with my peers in an English-for-speakers-of-other-languages, or ESOL, class. At home, only my father spoke some English, and at school, no one spoke Serbo-Croatian, my native language." More

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Educators, take note: Facebook could get you fired
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It's always interesting when a teacher bumps into a student while shopping during school breaks or on the weekend. The reaction is always the same: students are a bit surprised that their teachers own t-shirts, use coupons for things like peanut butter, and, yes, have lives outside the classroom. It's not, however, something that teachers can take for granted. A recent report from the University of Cincinnati warns educators and administrators about the dangers of using sites like Facebook, because teachers have been fired over their own social networking behavior. More

7 misconceptions about how students learn
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Many people — educators included — cling to misconceptions about learning because they base what they think on their own experiences in school, ignoring what 21st century science and experience are revealing. Here are seven of the biggest myths about learning that, unfortunately, guide the way that many schools are organized in this era of standardized test-based public school reform. More

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