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Low level of English in Turkey stems from poor quality of teachers
Today's Zaman
Turkey: The poor English language skills of most Turks are due largely to the low quality of Turkish schools' English language teachers, who are themselves not interested in developing their language abilities, according to a language expert. There are many reasons why few Turks have a high level of English. Ali Çopur, deputy director of Zambak Publishing, has said in an interview with Today's Zaman that it is impossible to teach if you are not yourself continuously learning. He thinks there can be no effective language education in Turkey without competent teachers, adding that teachers should be held to account for the problem, not schoolchildren.
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How teacher shadowing benefits education employees
HomeRoom
Diana Schneider, an education program specialist at the U.S. Department of Education, writes: "I recently had the privilege to visit H. D. Cooke Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The school has a population of 398 students with 44 percent English language learners. I was shadowing Flora Lerenman, a third grade English as second language teacher. Our morning started off with meeting with the instructional coach for literacy. The teachers shared their schedules to make sure the coach has the opportunity to watch and support all the teachers during the coming weeks. It was incredible to see the support and the resources available to the teachers that help them ensure the academic success of their students."
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Proposal to restore bilingual education in California advances
Education Week
A bill that would give California voters a chance to repeal the state's restrictions on bilingual education was approved by the state Senate and moves next to the state Assembly. The legislation, authored by Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara, would place a measure on the 2016 ballot asking voters to overturn Proposition 227, the 1998 ballot measure that severely restricted the availability of bilingual education for the state's English language learners.
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Proposal to restore bilingual education in California advances
Education Week
A bill that would give California voters a chance to repeal the state's restrictions on bilingual education was approved by the state Senate and moves next to the state Assembly.

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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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States struggle to make school report cards useful
U.S. News and World Report
School report cards published by state education agencies are a staple for parents deciding which schools their children should attend, but many states are still struggling to collect and report key accountability information and make it easy to understand for parents, a new report finds. The Education Commission of the States asked researchers, parents and education experts for their thoughts about school accountability systems: whether the report cards are easy to find, whether they are easy to understand and which measures are essential to include in them, such as student achievement, student academic growth, achievement gap closure, graduation rates, and college and career readiness.
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Elementary schools to teach English language
Saudi Gazette
Saudi Arabia: English language will now be taught from fourth grade in all schools in the Kingdom, Minister of Education Prince Khalid Al-Faisal was quoted as saying by Al-Watan Arabic language daily. Recently, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah approved a five-year plan worth more than SR80 billion ($21.33 billion) to develop the education sector. The plan includes building 1,500 nurseries, providing training for about 25,000 teachers and establishing educational centers and other related projects.
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Master plan for English learners approved by board of trustees
Orange County Register
The Fountain Valley School District board of trustees recently approved the latest iteration of its master plan for English learners, a document that outlines the process of providing specific instruction for individuals entering the district who speak English as a second language.
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ESOL students learn the language of success
Wicked Local West Roxbury
Roslindale, Massachusetts, resident Samah Tarbal came to the U.S. from Sudan in 2011 and has been pursuing her dream of becoming a pharmacist ever since. However, she wanted to improve her English language skills in order to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) so she will be accepted to a pharmacy program. Without the help of the Action for Boston Community Development South Side Head Start Adult ESOL Program, this hurdle would be even greater.
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Longer school days mean better grades, studies say
Deseret News
Underperforming schools are raising student-performance levels by lengthening their school day from six-and-a-half hours to eight. Concerns over how to successfully improve failing schools have lead researchers to look at the benefits of longer days with a more varied curriculum. They found that when students in low-income areas are given more time, test scores improve between 11 and 24 percent.
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Survey highlights teacher concerns about class size
Statesman Journal
Large class sizes and not enough instructional time to meet the needs of all students were among the top concerns of Oregon's Salem-Keizer educators, according to statewide survey results. But the data also showed that the district's teachers and administrators were more satisfied with professional development than the statewide average. Overall, 82.3 percent of Salem-Keizer educators who responded to the survey agreed that their school was a good place to work and learn. There were 1,541 educators in the district who responded to a new statewide survey about the teaching and learning conditions in their schools, representing a response rate of 72 percent. The district's participation rate was higher than the state's average.
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Closing out vs. fading out: 5 steps for ending the year strong
Edutopia (commentary)
If you've been supporting and/or evaluating teachers all year long, don't let that work just fade out as summer approaches. Make sure that you and your teachers get the most out of the year by having a formal close-out conversation. If you're a teacher and not an instructional leader, you can initiate this important conversation, too. Following are five steps that can help guide you through this critical exchange of information.
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Instead of framing 'failure' as a positive, why not just use positive words?
MindShift
In recent months, authors, school districts and big thinkers have promoted failure as a valuable experience for young people, specifically students. The premise behind this argument could be valuable, as evidence exists showing students do best when they have space to wrestle and struggle when engaged in trial and error, design-based or problem-based learning. These research-defined terms and approaches have a long and successful history in educational practice and outcomes. But if that's the case, why are we pushing the use of such a loaded word like failure in our societal discourse on education? What does using a negative term such as failure as a way of indicating positive traits do to students and schools?
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