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K-12 scorecard mixed as state lawmakers finish
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As state legislatures sprint or stagger down the homestretch of their 2012 sessions, a variety of K-12 issues are capturing their attention, with lawmakers in some states wrapping up major changes to education-related finance, while others trade blows over policy overhauls. And as budgets in a number of places emerge from the dark recession years — California, with its projected $16 billion shortfall, is a notable exception — legislators in Kansas and Maryland have pushed to increase school aid or at least stabilize per-pupil spending. More

Obama administration approves 8 more states for NCLB waivers
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The Obama administration approved eight additional states for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. The announcement brings the number of states with waivers to 19. Eighteen additional applications are still under review. More

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TESOL Academy in Michigan housing deadline is today
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If you registered for the TESOL Academy at Eastern Michigan University, 22-23 June, you should secure your accommodations no later than 30 May to receive the special rate. To reserve your room, call the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest Hotel at 734-487-2000 or 800-228-9290. Mention TESOL to receive the special rate. You can still register for this academy by visiting TESOL's website.

Do you feel confident discussing grammar in the classroom?
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If not, you should check out these two online courses: Grammar Course 1: Phrasal Structures and Grammar Course 2: Multiclause Structures will help you develop the confidence you need to discuss grammar with your students and give you the tools you need to prepare grammar lessons. The courses run simultaneously from 30 July to 26 August. The registration deadline is 18 July. To register, visit TESOL's website. Send questions to and put "Grammar" in the subject line.

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TESOL 2013 proposals are due 1 June: Have you submitted yours yet?
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If you haven't submitted your proposal for TESOL 2013, you'd better get busy. Proposals are due Friday, 1 June, 5 p.m. EDT. The TESOL 2013 call for participation is available for download here. Submit your proposal today. If you need some guidance, check out Joe McVeigh's blog post, Tips on Writing Successful Conference Presentation Proposals.

On education, Romney seeks distance from Obama — and Bush
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In a speech at the Latino Coalition's annual economic summit in Washington, Mitt Romney called the U.S. education system a failure. Every child deserves a quality education, he said, particularly minority students who are consistently underserved. Fixing the system, according to Romney, is the "civil rights issue of our era." More
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Rules proposed for district Race to Top contest
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School districts that want a slice of the latest, nearly $400 million in Race to the Top competitive grants will have to put a major focus on helping schools tailor instruction to the needs of individual students — and agree to evaluate school board members and superintendents — under draft regulations released by the U.S. Department of Education. The department anticipates giving out about 15 to 20 four-year grants, of up to $25 million each. Districts will be able to apply for the funds individually, or as part of consortia with other districts, even those in other states. And charter schools — as well as other organizations that are defined as a "local education agency" by their states — can compete, too. More

National conference in Ohio focuses on teachers
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Educators including the U.S. secretary of education, teacher union leaders and school administrators will focus this week on ways to transform the teaching profession with such targets as better recruiting, preparation and career development, and evaluations based on effectiveness. Leaders at the Labor Management Conference are set to approve a seven-part plan aimed at upgrading teaching and schools to better equip students to compete in increasingly digital and global workplaces — even as many schools across the country have seen tightened budgets and teacher layoffs during a rough economy. More

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Creating conditions for Common Core
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Teachers will need to behave like students if the Common Core Standards are going to have any impact on student achievement. Teachers will be able to seamlessly incorporate the common core standards into their everyday practice if districts give teachers: differentiated time, plenty of feedback and the opportunity to struggle with the new standards. These three requirements are the same teachers use with their students. And just like students, or other professionals confronted with technical changes in their fields, teachers need to be afforded time and resources to build new capacities. More

School-grading changes stir debate in Florida
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School district leaders and advocates for English language learners are decrying the recent overhaul of Florida's school grading system that is at the heart of the state's relief from portions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. They argue that schools serving large numbers of English-language learners will be unfairly labeled with an F. Following recommendations from state Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson, the Florida board of education this month approved changes to the accountability system that will include factoring in English language learners' scores on state tests in mathematics and reading after just one year of instruction. More

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California focus: How much extra money should go for English learners?
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At budgeting time, when legislators and the governor decide how much state support each public school pupil should get, it's pretty clear that some students are more equal than others, as the late "Animal Farm" author George Orwell might have put it. As things now stand, school districts will start out getting a base grant of $4,920 for every student they register during the next school year. Then there are extras, with the single largest category both in terms of money provided and numbers of kids involved being pupils designated as English learners. More

Romney's higher education platform
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The presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney pledged that, if elected, he would reshape or do away with two major Obama administration higher education policy initiatives: the overhaul of the federal student loan program and tighter regulations on for-profit colleges. In his education plan, the former Massachusetts governor also proposed consolidating some federal financial aid programs and changing eligibility rules for Pell Grants to ensure the program's financial future. More

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Education schools' training on standardized tests found lacking in new report
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These days, it's not enough for teachers to know how to manage a classroom, impart knowledge and deliver lesson plans. In the wake of test-heavy policies like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, a teacher's job description now entails data analysis and a grounding in statistics — crucial skills that a new study claims teachers aren't learning in the education colleges that prepare them for the classroom. The study, by the nonprofit, nonpartisan National Council for Teacher Quality, analyzed 180 education schools to see how effectively and coherently they teach prospective teachers the skills associated with using test data to improve student learning. And the results weren't pretty. More

Positive words: The glue to social interaction
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Words charged with a positive emotional content are used more frequently, thus enhancing human communication. Scientists at ETH Zurich have studied the use of language, finding that words with a positive emotional content are more frequently used in written communication. This result supports the theory that social relations are enhanced by a positive bias in human communication. More

Talking seriously with children is good for their language proficiency
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How adults approach children aged 3 to 6 years during conversations has a major influence on their language acquisition. Those who address children as fully-fledged conversation partners lay an early basis for the development of "academic language," says Dutch researcher Lotte Henrichs. More

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Educators who use technology on their own are more likely to support ed tech
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A new report that reveals it's not just students who love using 21st-century technology; many of the adults in education do too — and the adults are translating this love into classroom practice. According to a survey, facilitated by the nonprofit group Project Tomorrow and supported by numerous companies, education associations and think tanks, while only 46 percent of all Americans report using a smart phone, more than 70 percent of school principals and district administrators use these always-connected devices, making them early adopters of technology their students crave. More

Are you enabling 'academic entitlement' in students?
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Does this scenario sound familiar? After test results come out, a student approaches the teacher after class, arguing, "I come to class every day; I deserve at least a B!" Students' sense of academic entitlement can reduce their effort in class and lead to irritating (or even aggressive) confrontations with teachers, according to research by Tracey E. Zinn, a psychology associate professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. More

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Teachers' summers off squeezed by second jobs, training
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These are the days, amid the crush of final exams, final projects and final straws, that a teacher's addled thoughts turn to those most hallowed words of the scholastic calendar: June, July and August. But for many teachers, the vaunted "summer off" is a shrinking season. Although many teachers will be planning some kind of getaway, they are booking around work-related obligations, such as workshops and second jobs, that fill in whole blocks in their planners. More

How summer increases the achievement gap
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Much of the discussion about the wide discrepancies in educational achievement between poor and affluent students is focused on what schools and teachers should be doing to close it. But researchers are gathering more evidence suggesting that summer — when students are typically out of contact with their schools and teachers — is one of the root causes of the gap. More

Ways to use children's books to build oral literacy and vocabulary skills for ESL students
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Before they even begin school, bilingual ESL children have already absorbed the grammatical structures, sounds, and vocabulary of a language. This assumption takes into account that parents speak with their children in their own mother tongue from a very young age. But what about building literacy skills for a second language? Research shows that ESL students are not reaching the same levels of reading proficiency as their native English speaking peers by the time they reach third grade. More

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