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NAACP battles Latino groups over push to open public schools for non-English speakers
A plan that would dedicate two public high schools in suburban Washington to immigrants and students struggling with English is pitting black and Hispanic communities — usually allies — against one another.
The Prince George's County, Maryland, chapter of the NAACP is strongly opposing the plan — which would take effect next school year, and cover about 800 students having English language difficulties — claiming it will pull resources from other students and unfairly redistribute them to Hispanic students. Some critics go so far as to compare the plan to segregation.
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Feds reflect on successes, challenges of NAEP's English-learner policy
Education Week (commentary)
Five years after adopting changes designed to boost the number of English-language learners taking the math and reading tests that are part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the board that oversees the exams known as the "nation's report card" has begun to reflect on its testing policy and the ongoing challenges it poses.
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The 4 C's of 21st century learning for ELLs: Collaboration
By Erick Herrmann
In the first two parts of this four-part series, we explored critical thinking and communication. Collaboration is the next topic we will explore. Any teacher who has tried putting students into groups to work together without first setting up guidelines knows that group work can be a slippery slope, with some students thriving and others not participating effectively. When working with English learners, there are special considerations when having students collaborate, including language proficiency levels and cultural backgrounds.
Call for TESOL Bloggers
The TESOL Blog is seeking four regular bloggers to post topical blogs bimonthly (once every other week). We are looking for ELT professionals who are interested in sharing their knowledge about classroom practice (activities, lessons, resources), trends in teaching, and practical ways to improve classroom practice and develop professionally. We are seeking bloggers in the areas of teacher education; secondary education; adult education; and speech, pronunciation, and listening. DEADLINE: 20 March. Read the full call.
Singapore 2015 Call for Proposals: Deadline Approaching
Time is running out 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. Proposals are due 15 April. Submit today!
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Students around the country are opting out of tests, even if state law doesn't allow it
The Huffington Post
In New Mexico, more than 2,000 students from Albuquerque Public Schools opted not to participate in standardized testing, after voicing their opposition to the exams with protests and walk-outs. In New Jersey, districts around the state also reported large numbers of opt-outs, with some school administrators calling the test resistance nearly unprecedented.
But in these places, state policy might not actually allow students to opt out of statewide testing, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States.
Educators: Standardized test demands hurt Common Core
'Tis the season for test taking and many educators have had it up to here with high stakes testing connected to the Common Core state standards. A recent survey of Education World readers revealed that out of several criticisms of the CCSS and their implementation, 44 percent of respondents said that standardized test performance is overemphasized.
New Orleans schools receive extra funds to support English language learners
The Recovery School District announced recently that it is giving out more than $160,000 to support English language learners. Those funds are divided among 16 charter operators and will pay for supports like technology, teacher training and translated materials.
Bill Murphy oversees student support services at Cohen College Prep High School. Last fall the school enrolled 18 students who'd just arrived in the U.S.
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Feds allege major immigration fraud in Los Angeles trade schools
Los Angeles Times
Authorities arrested the operators of four Los Angeles-area trade schools for allegedly running an elaborate "pay-to-stay" scam in which foreign nationals used student visas to stay in the U.S. without actually going to school.
The schools appear to have tapped the booming Asian immigration population in Koreatown and the San Gabriel Valley. Authorities say the suspects took in $6 million a year in tuition payments.
Study: Recruiting more minority teachers could do wonders for minority students
The Huffington Post
One way to help low-performing students do better in school could be to put them in classrooms with teachers who share their race, a new study says.
The study, which will be released in the April issue of the Economics of Education Review, looks at how students' test scores are impacted by the race of their teachers. Through analyzing Florida Department of Education data, researchers found that black, white and Asian/Pacific Island students do slightly better in school during years when they share their classroom educator's race and/or ethnicity. Low-performing black and white students especially benefit from having teachers of their same race, the study says.
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Know more than one language? How your bilingual brain could pay dividends
Speaking more than one language may confer significant benefits on the developing brain. Research has now shown that bilingual young adults not only fare better in the job market, but are also more likely to demonstrate empathy and problem-solving skills.
The fact is that American adults are largely monolingual English speakers, even those who began life speaking more than one language. Based on the latest research, it might be time to rethink the emphasis on monolingualism in the U.S.
Transforming silence: Poetry and performance
There are few experiences as powerful as bearing witness while students takes risks, push themselves beyond what they believed they were capable of, and publicly present and own their work. These experiences can happen when we challenge students to write, revise and perform poetry. It can be joyful and scary and is often transformational.
Young people write all day long: texts, tweets, blogs and status updates. Exposing them to new ways of crafting language and encouraging them to see themselves as poets allows them to play, to see the everyday differently, and to explore ideas and experiences in new ways.
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