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Online universities 2.0: Taking education to the
next level, worldwide

The Huffington Post
Online technology as a disruptive ingredient has brought a complete overhaul in our education system. The late 20th century witnessed a possible emergence of distance learning through the Internet. Slowly and steadily, this paved the way for several universities offering online courses and classes, and thus empowering thousands of people like never before. The growing popularity of online education can be further emphasized by the findings of a recent survey conducted at the University of Pennsylvania.
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ELL student population increases, obstacles and achievement
By Beth Crumpler
With the increase of English language learner populations in U.S. schools, there has been a continued disparity and increase in the academic performance gaps of ELLs compared to their non-ELL peers. The increase in the academic performance gap has contributed to higher school dropout rates among ELLs. To understand the issues ELLs face and how to help them improve their academic achievement as well as helping prevent them from dropping out of school, it is important to look at research and statistics.
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TESOL Academy 2014: The Ohio State University
TESOL
Registration is now open for TESOL's 2014 Academy on June 20 and 21 in Columbus, Ohio. The Academy features six 10-hour workshops on key issues ranging from teaching sciences and writing to collaborating in multilevel classes. Register online now to guarantee your first choice of workshops. Registration includes materials, refreshments, certificate of attendance and the opportunity to earn continuing education credit.
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TESOL Core Certificate Program: Now accepting applications
TESOL
Applications are being accepted for TESOL's popular Core Certificate Program, which will begin in June. This 130-hour online training program is designed for current or prospective teachers and administrators worldwide. It provides a foundation in the theory and practice of English language teaching.

For more information and to apply, visit TESOL Core Certificate Program online. Applications are due April 27.

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JobMarketplace 2014
TESOL
Which companies will be recruiting job candidates at the 2014 Convention? Each year, the TESOL Convention and English Language Expo holds a JobMarketplace, where recruiters come to actively interview and hire candidates. See the current list of companies who will be at TESOL 2014, set for March 27-29.
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Online universities 2.0: Taking education to the
next level, worldwide

The Huffington Post
Online technology as a disruptive ingredient has brought a complete overhaul in our education system. The growing popularity of online education can be further emphasized by the findings of a recent survey conducted at the University of Pennsylvania.

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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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US experts to train Saudis in English language teaching
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Columbia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

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Court orders Kansas legislature to spend more on schools
The New York Times
Kansas' highest court has ruled that funding disparities between school districts violated the state's constitution and ordered the legislature to bridge the gap, setting the stage for a messy budget battle in the capital this year.
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3 ways international students can improve academic writing
U.S. News & World Report
If you are reading this blog, you probably already understand the importance of strong writing for your academic and career paths. There is no easy way to become an expert at writing, especially academic writing, but there are some tips to help international students make improvements.
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Study: Bilingual kids more comfortable with native accent
The Malay Mail Online
A small new study shows bilingual children prefer people who speak with a native accent, much like monolingual children. Announced from Concordia University, the study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology and builds on previous research that had similar findings. The study was conducted by psychology professors Krista Byers-Heinlein and Diane Poulin-Dubois, who analyzed 44 Montreal-area children between the ages of 5 and 6.
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  Spanish and English Resources Help ELs Meet the New Standards

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5 ways that 21st- and 20th-century learning will differ
Inside Higher Ed
How will teaching and learning in the early 21st century differ from its 20th century predecessor? Some shifts are already well underway. These include the growing embrace of open educational resources and of courses collaboratively designed and developed by teams including content area specialists, educational technologists and instructional designers.
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But what can they do? Measuring English proficiency in real-world situations
By Sandy Cutshall
Trust — but verify. We trust that English language learners are gaining something through their studies, but how do we verify what they actually can do with their language skills? We may believe that a job candidate has the language ability to take a certain position, but where is the proof? The answer comes through evaluation of language proficiency using a common measuring stick, such as the proficiency guidelines published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
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Wisconsin professors create program to assess school leadership effectiveness
The Badger Herald
A research study to measure the effectiveness of faculty leadership in schools, created by two University of Wisconsin professors, has shown potential to expand internationally. Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning is a Web-based program designed to evaluate the leadership skills of faculty members in public schools. Project Manager Mark Blitz began working on the project when it began in 2009 as a graduate student.
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7 intriguing facts about the brain
eSchool News
When it comes to student learning, many stakeholders focus on important learning supports, such as classroom technology, reliable high-speed internet access in schools and educators who use technology as a tool to increase student achievement. But there's another important component that is sometimes overlooked — the human brain and how learning impacts its structure and function.
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Mapping Ph.D. enrollment in Africa
AllAfrica
In the first of an infographic special, AllAfrica shows how many people were enrolled to do Ph.D.s in different African — and other — countries as a proportion of their overall population in the years 1999, 2005 and 2011. The goal is to provide a historic view of Ph.D. enrollment on the continent, allowing data to be compared for different countries at different points in time.
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Are bilingual kids more accepting of others?
PsychCentral
Obviously, raising a bilingual child has several advantages. But does learning a second language help a child be more open-minded? New research from Concordia University shows that, like monolingual children, bilingual children prefer to interact with those who speak their mother tongue with a native accent rather than with peers with a foreign accent.
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Promoting literacy and job skills, 1 magazine at a time
The Capital Times via Madison.com
Growing up with a house full of reading material is something many of us took for granted. We cut our teeth on Dr. Seuss and Laura Ingalls Wilder and eventually figured out that we could not only understand — but were interested in — the contents of our parents' copies of Time or National Geographic. Many of us found lifelong favorite books on our parents' shelves. But for countless children and families, access to books or even the Internet is not a given.
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