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Study: Urban charters, districts serve equal numbers of ELLs
Education Week
Nationally, urban charter schools are significantly out-performing their district counterparts in both reading and math, according to a new study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, or CREDO. The report also shows that for the most part, urban charter and district schools are serving equal numbers of English language learners as well as students in poverty and special education.
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'STEM focus is undermining pupils' language skills'
The Telegraph (commentary)
United Kingdom: As someone who has taught modern foreign languages and has also worked for several years for education charities, I can talk endlessly about why my subject of interest is more important than the next person's. There are a multitude of reasons why I believe studying languages is enriching, enlivening and enjoyable for young people. However, it is clear that we need to place greater emphasis on the instrumental as well as the intrinsic value of language learning.
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Duncan: Step up and fund education
The U.S. Department of Education
Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Edwin M. Stanton Elementary in Philadelphia to highlight the need to support teachers and students by investing in our nation's schools. During the visit, Duncan joined U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., superintendent of Philadelphia schools Dr. William Hite, and acting Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera for a community roundtable discussion. Neighborhood residents, parents and teachers talked about how the community came together to keep the small school from closing a few years prior.
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6 Websites for Learning English Idioms
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Elena Shvidko shares six online resources for adult English language learners to study English language idioms independently, or for teachers to use in class. Other recent TESOL Blogs: 2015 Teacher of the Year's Most Memorable TESOL Moments; Technology in an Adult Ed ESL Program; and PowToon: For Presentations and Videos. Also check out the TESOL Blog during the TESOL 2015 annual convention in Toronto, 25–28 March, for tips, activities, and strategies attendees are learning and sharing.
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TESOL Press call for contributions: New Ways in Teaching with Humor
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Submissions due 31 March 2015.
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Charter member of TESOL and MATSOL founding president passes
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TESOL charter member and MATSOL Founding President Robert Saitz passed away in the presence of family on 12 March 2015. Read the full obituary.
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2015 NSW state election: ESL crisis faces students
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia: Almost one in five students in NSW public schools should be getting specialist English language teaching support, but 47,000 students are missing out each year, prompting education academics to warn that the state government is facing a crisis that will see already poor literacy rates worsen. More than 20 leading academics have written to Premier Mike Baird, warning that tens of thousands of students with language backgrounds other than English are being denied the critical help required to develop "the social and academic language they need to succeed in NSW government schools."
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Bill would limit use of student data
The New York Times
Is the digital revolution in the classroom giving the education technology industry carte blanche to exploit student data? That was the question some teacher and parents groups have posed in their public responses to the news that Pearson, the education publisher, had been covertly monitoring social media sites to identify students who might have disclosed questions from its assessment tests. In an effort to ease parent and teacher concerns, two congressmen are planning to introduce a bill that would place limits on how education technology companies can use information about kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
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Digital curriculum targets ELL learning gap
eSchool News
A new suite of digital instructional materials is designed to boost language acquisition and achievement for English language learners, which, with nearly five million students, is among the largest and fastest growing demographic in U.S. schools. Middlebury Interactive Languages, the academic leader in language instruction for K-12 learners, along with partner Fuel EducationTM, launched the new programs, which include digital curriculum frameworks for elementary and middle school students and teacher professional development, were developed by Middlebury Interactive's in-house academic team of language professors, ELL experts and education technologists.
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Districts adopting measures to assess students in earliest grades
EdSource
As millions of California students prepare to take new online assessments beginning in the third grade, districts are grappling with how best to measure academic progress in the earliest grades — starting in kindergarten. For the past 15 years, students in 2nd through 11th grade were assessed on California's STAR tests, a battery of mostly multiple-choice questions in English language arts and math. The state testing program was discontinued in 2013 to make way for the new Smarter Balanced assessments that will be administered this spring for the first time.
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English as lingua franca gives Singapore a fighting chance
The Malay Mail Online
Malaysia: Few might have realized the significance at that time, but in making English Singapore's lingua franca, a decision he made within only a few weeks of separation from Malaysia in 1965, Lee Kuan Yew gave the Republic a fighting chance of overcoming the formidable crises post-Independence. Adopting the international language of business, diplomacy, and science and technology was about the only way this resource-less tiny island could guarantee its survival after losing its economic hinterland in Malaysia. Unemployment was at 14 percent and rising.
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'Difficult climate' for language teaching, study finds
BBC News
United Kingdom: Language teaching is facing a "difficult climate" in England's schools, researchers say. A report by the CfBT Education Trust and the British Council highlights low uptakes of language GCSEs and A-levels as particular concerns. It found that language teachers felt attracting pupils to study languages after the age of 16 was a "challenge." The Department for Education said the number of pupils taking languages at GCSE was increasing.
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With fewer new teachers, why do some stick around?
NPR
Recently, NPR reported on an alarming drop in enrollment at teacher training programs in several large states. Considering the job's long hours, generally low pay and unpopular testing requirements, many teachers in our audience weren't surprised by the trend. This made us wonder: Why, in spite of all the reasons to quit, do so many teachers keep at it? In 2012, The Gates Foundation (which supports NPR's coverage of education) surveyed more than 10,000 public school teachers — to find out what factors were important in retaining good teachers. 68 percent said that supportive leadership was "absolutely essential." Only 34 percent said the same about higher salaries.
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Ludic learning
Language Magazine
Once upon a time, the traditional way of thinking was that students went to school, sat at their desks, paid attention, and took part in the "sit and get" way of learning — all day long. Those days are changing. As we acquire knowledge about how our students learn, it makes sense that we adjust our teaching methods. One of the different methods that teachers are finding very helpful for aiding students in learning and retaining information is the use of games. Interactive computer games, board games, get-up-out-of-your-seat games, and teacher-led games with or without a computer are but a few examples.
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