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Blocking parts of Arizona law, justices allow its centerpiece
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The Supreme Court delivered a split decision on Arizona's tough 2010 immigration law, upholding its most hotly debated provision but blocking others on the grounds that they interfered with the federal government's role in setting immigration policy. The court unanimously sustained the law's centerpiece, the one critics have called its "show me your papers" provision, though they left the door open to further challenges. The provision requires state law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest if they have reason to suspect that the individual might be in the country illegally. More

States show slow progress with English learners
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Most states are still struggling to meet federal goals for English language learners in reaching academic targets in mathematics and reading, though a small number have made progress in recent years, according to an evaluation released by the U.S. Department of Education. In a long-overdue biennial report to Congress on the progress of the federal program that supports services for English-language acquisition, 17 states in the 2006-2007 school year reported meeting all three academic goals they set for ELLs, which include progress in learning English, attainment of fluency, and demonstration of proficiency on state content tests in reading and math (which is adequate yearly progress, or AYP, under the No Child Left Behind Act's yardstick). More

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Senate to administration: Give us details on planned education cuts
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Want to know how the series of planned cuts — known in Inside-the-Washington-Beltway-speak as "sequestration" — will impact education programs? So do members of Congress, even though they were the ones that came up with the plan. In fact, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and John McCain, R-Ariz., championed a measure that would require the White House Office of Management of Budget to provide a detailed account of just what the cuts would mean for all sorts of federal programs, from Head Start to Title I grants for districts to defense spending. More

ELLs are focus in teacher-led project on Common Core
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A select group of first-, fourth- and eighth-grade teachers in Albuquerque, N.M., are in the middle of a major project to develop specific lessons and methods for teaching the new, more-rigorous Common Core Standards in English/language arts to English language learners. More

Experts discuss ELLS and Common Core
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The mission of the Common Core State Standards is to "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them." Ultimately, the CCSS aim to create the framework for a well-rounded education that will prepare students for the global economy. To date, 45 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to adopt the CCSS. What sets the CCSS initiative apart from past educational initiatives? Supporters of the CCSS emphasize the focus on developing students into 21st century learners rather than getting them to perform well on tests. The CCSS place special importance on literacy, including literacy in mathematics and science as well as computer literacy. More

Asian immigrants to US now surpass Hispanics
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For the first time, the influx of Asians moving to the U.S. has surpassed that of Hispanics, reflecting a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers. An expansive study by the Pew Research Center details what it describes as "the rise of Asian-Americans," a highly diverse and fast-growing group making up nearly 6 percent of the U.S. population. Mostly foreign-born and naturalized citizens, their numbers have been boosted by increases in visas granted to specialized workers and to wealthy investors as the U.S. economy becomes driven less by manufacturing and more by technology. More

Study cites positive effects of immigration
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Immigration is in the headlines again, with President Barack Obama's decision to stop deporting young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, and the Supreme Court's approaching decision on the constitutionality of Arizona's crackdown on undocumented migrants. But too much of the public debate has focused on the legality of immigration without considering a more fundamental question: What effects has mass immigration had on American society? More

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Should student test scores be used to evaluate teachers?
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How much to credit — and blame — teachers for student performance is an issue that continues to confound the education field. To what extent is each student's progress directly attributable to the teacher's efforts? What other factors can determine a student's success? Is there a way to measure each factor separately, including the teacher's influence? These are just some of the questions that surround the issue of whether student test scores should be used to evaluate teacher performance. More

More than 1 million pupils speak English as a second language
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United Kingdom: Official figures show that more than one-in-six pupils in primary schools now speak other languages in the home following a sharp increase in the last 12 months. In secondary schools, at least one-in-eight children have a relatively poor grasp of English, it emerged. Data from the Department for Education shows that the number of pupils aged five-upwards speaking other languages has soared by almost 50,000 — or five per cent — to a record high of just over a million. Figures suggest that the proportion of children starting school with English as a second language has now doubled in just over a decade. The rise comes despite fears over cuts to budgets set aside to teach children from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. More

Teachers' union to open lesson-sharing website
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Teachers seeking lesson plans on anything from fractions and multiplication tables to Shakespeare or the Civil War can take to the Internet for a boundless array of work sheets, reading lists and classroom tips, available free or for a fee. Now the American Federation of Teachers is forming a partnership with TSL Education, the British publisher of the weekly Times Educational Supplement, to create a Web site where teachers can share curriculum materials with one another. In a somewhat belated entry to a market overflowing with online educational advice, the teachers' union believes that its site, to be called, will become a go-to destination because of the union's imprimatur. More

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The future for a failing state: English language learners
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Mississippi schools are changing the way they look at minorities and special populations such as students with disabilities. Those changes are being proposed through a waiver the state has requested from some of the provisions of the federal 2001 No Child Left Behind law. Federal reviewers of Mississippi's waiver plans stress the importance of developing support for English language learners — a group growing quickly from the influx of Hispanic immigrants. In less than ten years, the number of Hispanic students in Mississippi has more than doubled. More

Changing tongues
The New York Times (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
My son is on an English language high. After 10 months at a U.S. boarding school, it's as if the Japanese words stored in his brain have been replaced with English ones that flow forth freely every time he opens his mouth. "My legs feel much better than yesterday," he says to me in perfect English as we walk to soccer camp. "I'm building up more muscle." His voice is slightly louder and he talks much more than he did in Japanese. Sometimes he experiments with a new phrase, and he is careful to get the American pronunciation right to the degree that it can sound exaggerated. More

Penn State responds to Sandusky convictions
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Rodney Erickson, president of Pennsylvania State University, issued a statement, following the conviction of Jerry Sandusky on 45 of the 48 charges against him, reaching out to the child sex-abuse victims in the case. "The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Sandusky, but we do hope this judgment helps the victims and their families along their path to healing," said Erickson. More

Can foreign languages go digital with online education?
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Today, enrollment in online courses is growing at a faster rate than that of overall higher education, and more schools are striving to increase their Web-based programs. However, while many courses made an easy transition to online education, some schools have struggled to create high-quality foreign language degree programs that are offered exclusively over the Internet. More

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For minority college students, STEM degrees pay big
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Minority college students who major in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — earn at least 25 percent more than their peers who study humanities or education, according to the results of a new study. And those who took jobs related to their STEM degrees earned at least 50 percent more than their classmates who majored in humanities or education fields. More

Conflicted: Faculty and online education, 2012
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Faculty members are far less excited by, and more fearful of, the recent growth of online education than are academic technology administrators, according to a new study by Inside Higher Ed and the Babson Survey Research Group. But professors are hardly the luddites many still assume them to be. Nearly half of the 4,564 faculty members surveyed, three-quarters of whom are full-time professors, said the rise of online education excites them more than it frightens them. And while more than two-thirds of instructors said they believe that students currently learn less in online courses than they do in the classroom, other findings suggest that their estimation of online education quality stands to rise as the technology improves and more professors get firsthand experience with the medium. More

ESL class brings local tutor, student together
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What do you think when you hear someone not speaking English? Do you wonder why? According to villager Myron Singer, who volunteers with the South Coast Literacy Council in California as a tutor for English as a second language, things are not what you may think. One of his students is 95-year-old villager Ebihas Shojace from Iran who decided after five years in this country that it was time to learn how to converse with his neighbors and local businesses. He came to the United States seven years ago. More

Startup has language learners translating the Web
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Luis von Ahn is frustrated with the Internet. More specifically, with the amount of content that is available only in English — which is to say, most of it. "The Web in Spanish is just shittier," he says, his voice tinged with a Spanish accent. So von Ahn, an associate professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University who grew up in Guatemala, is doing something about it. Late last year, he and co-founder Severin Hacker, who was previously a student of his at CMU, launched Duolingo, a startup that combines language learning with crowd-sourced translation. As users gain the knowledge of a new tongue, they help translate documents on the Web for others. Ultimately, he hopes Duolingo's efforts will translate the Web into every major language. More

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'English goes in 1 ear and out another': An endangered language perspective
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"Literacy makes you lazy: we don't memorize 10,000-line epic poems anymore," David Harrison, the director of research for the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, told an audience at the Aspen Environment Forum in Colorado. "I don't even memorize cellphone numbers anymore," said Harrison, a linguist who studies many of the world's disappearing languages. More

Learn that tune while fast asleep: Stimulation during sleep can enhance skill learning
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Want to nail that tune that you've practiced and practiced? Maybe you should take a nap with the same melody playing during your sleep, new provocative Northwestern University research suggests. The research grows out of exciting existing evidence that suggests that memories can be reactivated during sleep and storage of them can be strengthened in the process. More

Bullying of teachers more damaging in online era
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The bullying that bus monitor Karen Klein endured on a ride home from an upstate New York school was painful and egregious, but also shows how student harassment of teachers and administrators has become more spiteful and damaging in the online era. Much attention has been paid to students who bully other students in class, after school and on the internet. Less has been given to equally disturbing behavior by students who harass instructors, principals and other adults. More

3 simple steps to do-it-yourself professional development
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Every teacher needs to be in charge of his or her own professional development, if for no other reason than district budgets require everyone to be so much more creative. However, there needs to be a balance between the formal and informal. Formal professional development would be workshops, conferences and college classes. Informal learning could be attending an un-conference; following a back channel from a live professional development event like a conference; or watching videos on YouTube, Teacher Tube or School Tube. Informal learning also might be as easy as sharing with colleagues in the hallway. To get started, here are three ways to take charge of your own professional development. More

3 new guidelines for 'healthy homework'
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Back in the early 1900s, homework was deemed by some to be dangerous to children's health, and for years some school districts limited or outright banned homework. More than a century later, homework still drives students, their parents and sometimes their teachers crazy — and debate still swirls about whether homework is helpful or harmful. More

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