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English private schools: Quebec admission rules limit access to students
The Canadian Press via Global News
Some private English-language schools in Montreal are so frustrated with Quebec's language law regarding student admission they are considering refusing an annual government subsidy and going entirely private. That would allow private English schools to bypass Bill 101 — Quebec's language law — and give them a larger applicant pool to choose from, including the richest francophone students.
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What we talk about when we talk about best practices: Reading and writing
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
In previous articles, we have explored best practices in curricula, methods and approaches, multiple instructional approaches, choosing materials and assessment. In this article — the final in the series — we examine the content elements necessary for inclusion in a best practices-based curriculum. There is no dispute that a broad and deep vocabulary is necessary for academic success, just as there is no dispute that ELLs generally have a paucity of vocabulary.
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Rodríguez pushes for increased funding for English language learners
Texas Sen. José Rodríguez's SB 161, which would increase funding for programs that serve English language learner students, was heard in the Senate Education Committee this morning. ELL students in Texas typically have learned a language other than English in their home, and while the predominant language of ELL students is Spanish, multicultural Texas includes students in every corner of the state who grew up with any one of dozens of languages from all over the world.
Federal aid formulas a sticky issue in ESEA debate
When the Senate education committee marked up and approved a bipartisan rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act earlier this month, one of the few issues members sparred over was changing a formula used to distribute federal funds to states and school districts for activities such as teacher preparation. Meanwhile, the committee didn't touch another complex, long-standing, and politically sensitive issue: the way Title I money for low-income students flows to states and districts.
As funding dries up, a rural school district struggles to help Latino kids
Tecumseh School District, just outside of Springfield, includes the tiny towns of New Carlisle and Medway — and a whole lot of farm fields and two-lane highways. "This is a cow," says English paraprofessional Liz Toro. She's giving two little girls at Park Layne Elementary their daily English lesson. "What sound does a cow make?" she says, pointing at a picture of a cow. "Moo! Yes." There are more than 60 English language learners here — Toro and another English aide see each of them for about a half hour a day, in small groups. She says when the kids go to take standardized tests, something as simple as a reference to a cow could get lost, because the kid knows what a cow is, but doesn't know the English word.
CBE's full-day kindergarten, English language learner programs likely to change
If given provincial approval to dip into its rainy-day fund, Calgary's public school board believes it will add more teachers to account for student growth this fall. But the Calgary Board of Education is also anticipating greater changes in the years ahead if funding outlined in the 2015 provincial budget remains as is and doesn't increase to address incoming students. Specialized programs offered in some schools that are not currently funded, including full-day kindergarten and extra years of support for English language learners, appear to be the first places the board will look to save dough.
JCPS tweaks waiver request for English language learners
Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky is scaling back a waiver request to the state that would take some of the burden off schools with large populations of students with limited English proficiency. As the Courier-Journal recently reported, JCPS has requested a waiver from the Kentucky Department of Education to have the accountability results of students who are still learning English to be attributed only to the district, instead of potentially bringing down schools' scores. Right now, English-language learners are granted one year of English instruction in Kentucky before their scores start counting toward schools' and districts' accountability scores. JCPS' original waiver was to remove from schools' scores the test results of students who are shown to be below a certain level of proficiency in English.
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UK immigration making changes to English language testing in 2015
The U.K. Home Office has introduced changes to its Secure English Language Testing, reducing the number of language test providers and increasing security measures. Immigrants applying for visas or visa extensions will now have to take the new SELT test as part of their application.
Universities seek alternatives to expensive textbooks
When Christie Fierro, a communications instructor at Tacoma Community College in Washington State, saw students struggling in her eight-week communications class, she decided to ask them about it. "I discovered that only three of them could afford the textbook," she said. "Textbook expenses are barriers to education." And the problem isn't isolated to Tacoma Community College. A 2014 study conducted by the Student Public Interest Research Group found 65 percent of students skipped purchasing a textbook because of cost. Students made the decision knowing it could harm their academic performance.
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Reading to children causes brain activity in areas essential to language development
Many of our earliest memories feature us curling up next to our parents and listening to them read our favorite book. Whether it was Dr. Seuss (my personal favorite was “Hop on Pop”) or “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” our parents were doing us a serious favor by sharing a good story, helping us to develop our reading and language skills for later. While it has long been known that reading to a child before preschool is important in cognitive development, researchers at the Pediatric Academic Societies have found, through MRI technology, that reading to a child causes activity in the brain related to reading skill development, verbal development, and image development, giving children a cognitive advantage early on.
Report: Teacher leadership is key to Common Core success
A new report from the Center for American Progress examines districts throughout the country where collaboration between management and unions has given teachers a meaningful voice in implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The report, "Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success," is itself a collaboration between CAP and the Teacher Union Reform Network, which helped identify districts that provide opportunities for teacher input into Common Core implementation.
A new path to English language learning
Boston College via Science Daily
Migration and globalization are placing thousands of second language learners in the classrooms of teachers who lack training in language instruction. As a result, schools face the challenge of preparing educators to foster inclusive, effective language learning. In a 7-year study at a Boston elementary school where half the students are English language learners, setting a school-wide goal of improved writing skills and using a genres-based instructional method improved the performance of ELL students on state and internal assessments, according to Boston College Lynch School of Education Professor Maria E. Brisk, who presented her findings at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting.
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