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Relevance of rights for all
Language Magazine
To date, 43 states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted the Common Core State Standards. Educators at all levels are working to ensure full and thorough implementation of these standards, which offer the opportunity to self-assess and revise initial instructional goals with a focus on improving outcomes for all students but especially those identified as English learners. The adoption of CCSS has undoubtedly fueled the conversation as to how to address culturally and linguistically diverse learners in light of the rigorous standards.
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Moroccan teachers discuss ways to improve teaching of English in Morocco
Morocco World News
Morocco: Organized by the English department at ENS in collaboration with the Calliope Library, the conference began with an opening ceremony led by Rachida Guelzim, a teacher trainer at the British Council, and Imane Nejjar, the head of the English department at the ENS, followed by a series of presentations. MATE's President Noureddine Bendouqui, who is also an English-language teaching supervisor, spoke about ELT basics in the new millennium. Rahal Ajbilou, also an ELT supervisor, discussed the best ways to teach English vocabulary. MATE member and English language teacher Abdellatif Zaki, highlighted issues education in Morocco is grappling with.
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House lawmakers push 'No Child' overhaul forward
U.S. News & World Report
The House Education and the Workforce Committee has passed a bill to reauthorize the long-outdated No Child Left Behind Act, despite strong objections from Democratic committee members, the Obama administration and dozens of education advocacy groups. The bill, dubbed the Student Success Act, passed on a party-line vote (21-16). It would significantly scale back the role of the federal government in overseeing public education, give states more flexibility in designing accountability systems and consolidate dozens of federal education programs.
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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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115 education groups: GOP No Child Left Behind legislation is vastly underfunded
The Washington Post
The Republican-dominated House education committee just approved legislation, H.R. 5, that is a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act with funding levels that critics say are inadequate to properly support K-12 public education. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate's education committee, has released draft legislation that has been hit as well by critics who say the funding levels are below the fiscal 2012 pre-sequestration total and would harm efforts to improve student achievement.
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Duncan in weaker spot on NCLB waiver renewals
Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is entering negotiations with states on renewal of their No Child Left Behind Act waivers with a weakened hand, and may find it hard to hold their feet to the fire on key Obama administration priorities. Chief among them: testing, accountability and the requirement for teacher-evaluation systems that take student outcomes into account.
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Teachers mixed on Common Core, support blended learning
THE Journal
More than nine out of 10 teachers in America report using technology in the classroom. Two-thirds said they support the idea of a blended classroom, where students spend part of the school day working with a teacher and part working on a computer. A similar number of teachers said they like the idea of requiring students to take at least one online course before they graduate.
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Columbus schools' immigrant program has too few teachers, state says
The Columbus Dispatch
A surging immigrant population has pushed Ohio's Columbus City Schools' main program for students with limited English skills over capacity, with too many students per teacher, a state Department of Education report says. Recently, the district had assigned 825 students to its Columbus Global Academy in the former Linmoor Middle School. District spokesman Jeff Warner said the 96,000-square-foot building in the South Linden neighborhood is not over its permitted capacity. The district lists its optimum capacity at about 850, and its maximum capacity at around 1,300.
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'Behind the billion': Bilingual facilitators bridge gap between schools, families
Capital Gazette
Karen McDonough walks into the guidance office at South River High School and meets with Santos Reyes and Ruth Portillo. Their 15-year-old daughter, Ana, is having behavior problems and they need Karen to translate what the school counselor says. Portillo left her daughter with her grandparents in El Salvador when Ana was around 2. Ana made her way to America and has been in the school for a year-and-a-half. While mother and daughter are reuniting, the two are just getting to know each other after more than a decade apart.
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Students struggle to hear teacher in new fad open-plan classroom
Phys.org
Many of us would remember our days in primary school sitting in a classroom with four walls, among 20 to 30 other students, and a teacher instructing us from the front. Recently, some schools have been converting classrooms to more open-plan environments, where several classes share the same space. Classes are still divided into classes of 20-30 students with their own teacher, but all of these classes are in the same room with no walls separating them, which results in 50, 90 or even 200 children in the one area.
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Technology changing teacher's role
Academy of Finland via Science Daily
Along with technological development, traditional teaching methods have been challenged by various technologically enhanced teaching and learning methods. This trend has received mixed reactions: On the one hand it is feared that these new technologies will replace teachers altogether. On the other hand, the expectations towards technology can also be over-optimistic, anticipating that it will solve all the problems of learning.
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The 9 essentials of crowdfunding for the classroom
eSchool News
As funding for public education continues to decline, districts, administrators and classroom teachers struggle to find ways to fill gaps left by budget cuts. Traditional school fundraising methods, such as gift wrap sales, are time intensive and often only raise a small amount of capital. Fortunately, the advent of the internet has created new fundraising opportunities for schools and educators. One such fundraising mechanism crowdfunding — uses the collective power of individual donors who are united in support of a common cause or goal. It's been used successfully by movie producers, startup founders, and others with a truly great idea. Teachers are discovering it, too. In the classroom, crowdfunding can be used to fund exciting projects, purchase technology or supplement resources.
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