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Study: Early English language learners excel academically
KPBS
Students who learn English as a second language by fifth grade are among the top performers throughout their academic career. That is the conclusion of a study released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California. The authors of the study looked at how well English language learners do in school until 12th grade. UC San Diego economics professor Julian Betts was a co-author of the report. The researchers looked at the San Diego Unified School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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Sheltered instruction and English language development: Defining ELD
By: Erick Herrmann
In Part 1 of this series, two popular models of sheltered instruction were explored: Project GLAD and the SIOP Model. Most educators agree that it is important to meet the needs of English learners in the classroom through sheltered instruction and differentiation, but there is sometimes confusion on explicit English language development: what it is, what should be taught in ELD and when ELD should be taught. In this article, English language development will be explored in more depth.
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Nearly half of US public school students are minorities, teachers nowhere near as diverse
The Associated Press via Fox News Latino
U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students. Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite. New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this "diversity gap" at elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The groups want more to be done to help teachers more accurately mirror the students in their classrooms.
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Popularity of English as foreign language grows
Helsinki Times
Finland: English increasingly dominates the language selections of school-aged children in Finland, with over 90 percent of pupils today picking English as their first foreign language.

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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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Feds to districts: Policies must not chill enrollment of immigrant students
Education Week
Officials in the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education warned school district officials to cease using policies and practices that "chill" or discourage students from enrolling in school because they, or their parents, may not have legal immigration status.
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Do states need a Common Core check-up?
eSchool News
Resources and tools for Common Core abound, but it's time to gauge how implementation is really going, according to some stakeholders. Part of that motivation, according to the Chief Council of State School Officers, is to obtain an accurate picture of states' efforts amid the vigorous support for, and backlash against, the Common Core State Standards. CCSSO, which has led the creation of the Common Core along with the National Governors Association, partnered with four state education leaders to examine those states' progress.
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English learners in Oswego, NY, likely to go back to home schools
The Beacon-News
Students who are being bused to learn English at New York's Oswego School District 308 schools far from where they live are likely to be transferred back to their home schools by 2015, according to district plans created in response to a state audit. At the end of 2011, state officials visited Oswego schools as part of a routine monitoring process and found the district's program for English language learners was out of compliance with state regulations in 19 areas — or about one-quarter of the program.
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Popularity of English as foreign language grows
Helsinki Times
Finland: English increasingly dominates the language selections of school-aged children in Finland, with over 90 percent of pupils today picking English as their first foreign language. The popularity of other foreign language studies, in turn, has decreased notably. "Only three, four per cent of pupils at Finnish-language schools don't select English as their first language," reveals Anna-Kaisa Mustaparta, a counselor at the National Board of Education.
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Milan University to teach most degrees in English
The Local
Twenty-nine out of 36 degree courses will be taught in English at the Politecnico di Milano from the start of the next academic year, La Repubblica reported. The plans were initially announced by the university's rector, Giovanni Azzone, in 2012, with the aim of rolling out all degree courses in English from 2014. Azzone said at the time that in order to stay competitive at a global level, universities have no choice but to adopt the English language.
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Johnson: Not just studying English, but in English
The Economist
United Kingdom: The world's elite speaks English, so universities around the world are not only teaching English, but increasingly, teaching in English. A new report from the British Council and Oxford University's department of education highlights the trend and unsurprisingly finds that English as a Medium of Instruction is on the rise at all levels of education. But it is most pronounced at the post-secondary level.
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Adult English language programs are flourishing — and need volunteers
The CT Mirror
Adult English language learners represent the fastest growing segment of the adult education population in Connecticut. This population is generally from the lowest income families in the highest needs districts, such as Hartford and New Haven. Fortunately, there are several programs in place to provide language assistance to the adult foreign-born population. Learners interested in improving their English proficiency can register for classes at no cost at a variety of places. Among them are community-based centers, literacy centers, libraries and the adult education English as a Second Language programs at some local high schools.
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Survey: More educators think 'just the right amount' of time is spent on testing
Education Week
A survey finds that teachers and administrators are looking more favorably than they did two years ago on the amount of time that teachers and students spend on test preparation and testing. That's one of the surprising findings in the Northwest Evaluation Association's new study of educators' attitudes toward assessment. While most teachers still think too much time is spent on testing, fewer think so than compared with 2011, the last time the Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit did the survey. Two years later, more teachers think "just the right amount of time" is going into assessments.
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Tracking students' grades minute-by-minute: Help or hindrance?
MindShift
Do student information systems — online services that track students' grades — help kids learn? It all depends on whom you ask. Experts on education and child development, parents, teachers, and students clash on whether or not Web-based monitoring systems serve children's educational interests or actually hinder learning. Student information systems are Web-based software programs that schools buy to help manage student and teacher data.
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Homework, sleep and the student brain
Edutopia (commentary)
At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions — or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as I reread Anna Quindlen's commencement speech, A Short Guide to a Happy Life. The central message of this address, never actually stated, was: "Get a life." But what prevents students from "getting a life," especially between September and June? One answer is homework.
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