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Unequal schools in France prompt strike, soul-searching
The Associated Press via WJTV-TV
France: France is trying to shake up a top-down system of teaching, end an elite bilingual program and give schools more say in how students spend their time, saying entrenched inequality in education threatens the country's future. The government wants to add multi-disciplinary classes and cut a well-respected bilingual program that enrolls about 15 percent of top students in favor of expanding foreign language classes to a broader range of younger children. Students will start learning their first foreign language — usually English — in the equivalent of first grade and their second foreign language around age 12.
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Ohio district extends language software to all students, parents
eSchool News
For the past six months, Cincinnati Public Schools has been reaping the rewards of a comprehensive online language learning partnership designed to bridge linguistic differences, improve academic success and create cultural understanding among the district's students, employees and community partners. The partnership with Rosetta Stone Inc. is a component of Ohio's Straight A Fund, a competitive grant that funds innovative and cost-effective projects that make an impact and are sustainable over five years. The grant affords access to Rosetta Stone's English Language Learning and World Language programs to the district's 33,000 students and their parents and more than 4,200 CPS employees.
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TESOL responds to Every Child Achieves Act
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TESOL International Association, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) released a joint statement on the Every Child Achieves Act, the Senate proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In the statement, the organizations provide suggestions for strengthening the bill and for ensuring education excellence and equity for English language learners. Read the full statement.
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TESOL call for research proposals
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The TESOL Research Standing Committee is now accepting research proposals for 2015. Each award provides up to US$2500 for applicants who are currently working on research or would like to start research projects that are aligned with the TESOL Research Agenda. Proposal deadline is Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 11:59 pm U.S. eastern time. We look forward to seeing your proposal!
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Now accepting applications! 2016 TESOL Teacher of the Year
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Eligible nominees include any English language teacher who has been a classroom teacher for a minimum of three years and is not a previous recipient of this award or the TESOL Excellence in Teaching Award. Read more about nomination criteria. Deadline 19 July 2015.
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TESOL Press call for proposals: Mobile Apps for Language Learning & Teaching
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TESOL Press seeks proposals for a booklet (75–100 pages) that offers a critical literature review of apps available for mobile language learning and teaching. Proposals due 1 June 2015.
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TESOL Press call for proposals: Corpus Linguistics for Language Learning & Teaching
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TESOL Press seeks proposals for a book or booklet that identifies some of the best corpora and software currently available and explains how teachers can use them to enhance their teaching. Proposals due 1 June 2015.
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TESOL Press call for contributions: New Ways in Teaching With Humor
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Submissions due 1 June 2015.
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TESOL Press call for contributions: Voices from the TESOL Classroom Series
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Submissions due 20 July 2015.
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Welcoming Week webinar: Adult educators collaborate to build bridges and empower learners in classrooms and communities
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Presented by Welcoming America and World Education. 29 May 2015 at 1 pm EST.
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State educators hail budget boost but say schools are still struggling
Los Angeles Times
California educators hailed the $6-billion windfall in funding for elementary, secondary and community college students by Gov. Jerry Brown — but cautioned that it would not make up for devastating cuts over the past several years. The budget largesse will boost per-pupil spending by $3,000 next year over 2011-2012, a 45 percent increase. It will also provide more money for training in new state academic standards, adult and career technical education and support for students who are low income, in foster care, challenged by limited English or special needs.
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Going beyond testing to prepare students for college and careers
EdSource
Respected educational leaders like Michael Fullan, Linda Darling-Hammond and David Conley have repeatedly warned us that we should not make one big test the main driver of education reform. Sadly, it seems that with the new Smarter Balanced Assessments that students throughout the state are taking now, many school districts are doing just that.
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International students face unique challenges after graduation
USA Today
Not every student feels the rush of excitement and freedom that comes with college graduation — international students that come to the U.S. on student visas for their education face pressure, stacks of paperwork after graduation and an uncertain future. For some students — like recent University of Minnesota graduates Qingxia Lin and Saksham Rai — graduating from college does not mean automatically returning back to their home country.
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Talking about home countries with English language learners
The New York Times (commentary)
Ms. Creane's students typically come from Central and South America, Asia, Mexico, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. To help students enlarge their vocabulary and become more confident speakers of English, she shares articles from the New York Times Travel section related to each student's country of origin.
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Power of apps in preschool literacy
Phys.org
Australia is a diverse, multilingual country, with more than 200 languages spoken. However, fewer second-generation Australians speak their parents' mother tongues than in some other Western countries. Only one in five of the 4 million Australians with an overseas-born parent can converse in their parent's language, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In Canada, by comparison, more than half of second-generation Canadians can speak a parent's tongue. New research aims to explore how this intergenerational language transfer can be improved, especially in the critical developmental period of early childhood, because it also helps in learning English.
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Setting summer goals: Linking school years together
By: Pamela Hill
For many, just a few days remain in the current school year. Some educators are making final lesson plans for the school year, others are developing summer school lesson plans, and parents are making plans to fill the months of summer with activities. Just as students with Individual Educational Plans should be involved in meeting their school year goals, they should also be involved in setting their summer goals. Many research articles have been published that explain the importance of educational activities for the purpose of avoiding the "summer slide."
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Formulae for math success
Language Magazine
Created by Marilyn Burns, "Do The Math" was designed to provide maximum access for English language learners. Students in grades 1–5 build numerical reasoning and problem-solving skills while developing a love of math. Teachers receive comprehensive support to help students develop a strong foundation.
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