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Cutting to the Common Core: The key to English standards
Language Magazine
What is the most important standard among California's English language arts and English language development standards? Sound arguments can be posited for many different standards. This article builds a case that contributing to collaborative discussions — the first ELD standard and first speaking-and-listening ELA standard — as a pair of linked ELD-ELA standards is the most important. Figure 1 presents these two linked standards for fifth grade in the format of an excerpt from a digital resource for teachers (Carr, 2014). Rigor of requisite skills appropriately and slightly decreases moving down to kindergarten and increases moving up to grades 11-12.
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Real equality in education remains elusive
Homeroom
This year the nation will commemorate two historic actions taken to protect equal rights: the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education — the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished state-sponsored segregation in public education — and the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We are left with an important question: Has the promise of Brown and the Civil Rights Act been fulfilled?
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Command of English language among students in Terengganu still weak
Bernama
Malaysia: The mastery of English among primary and secondary students in Terengganu is still weak and can be categorized as critical, said state Education, Higher Education and Special Affairs Committee chairman, Ghazali Taib. He said as the world's major language, the need to have a good command of the English language was urgent and the ability of students to master it would ensure they did not have any problems in other subjects, especially in science and technology-based ones.
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TESOL's new strategic plan: Please share your ideas!
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Share your vision for the association's future. The TESOL Board of Directors invites you to contribute your ideas for the association's 2015-2018 strategic plan. Read about the current plan and how you can help in TESOL President-Elect Andy Curtis's blog post.
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Strategies for providing a bully-free environment for ELLs
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English language learners are often the target of bullying, which can have detrimental effects on their self-confidence and social skills. Learn how you can help. Other recent TESOL Blog posts: Learning the Ropes: A Project-Based Speaking Activity; ESL Games: Finders Keepers — Scavenger Hunt!; and Effective Peer Feedback Through Modeling: Part 1.
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Cutting to the Common Core: The key to English standards
Language Magazine
What is the most important standard among California's English language arts and English language development standards? Sound arguments can be posited for many different standards.

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The 'common' in Common Core fractures as state support falters
The Hechinger Report
The Common Core's main selling point was that new, shared standards would ensure American students were learning at the same rates across state lines. Common standards — linked to common tests — would tell schools in Illinois how they stacked up against schools in Massachusetts or California. Now, as more states back out of the tests, the "common" in Common Core is threatened.

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More educational services needed for immigrants and English learners
Contra Costa Times
California's future success depends on its ability to integrate immigrants and their children into colleges and the workforce, according to a recent report.

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US schools gear up for surge of young immigrants
Education Week
As the federal government scrambles to respond to an unprecedented surge of unaccompanied minors streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border, the wave of young immigrants arriving alone from Central America has already begun to surface in communities and public schools far from the Southwest. In Miami, a nonprofit agency that provides legal services to unaccompanied minors has served 1,600 such children since the beginning of the calendar year, the same number it served in all of 2013.
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NCLB waiver states struggle to turn around low-performing schools
Education Week
When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave more than 40 states and the District of Columbia the flexibility from many of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act, he had an inherent trade-off in mind: States would identify fewer schools for interventions than previously under NCLB, but they would engage in much deeper and more sustained turnaround work.
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States are recognizing and rewarding students who have bilingual skills
The Associated Press via Fox News Latino
When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from her high school in western Oregon state, her diploma had a little something extra — an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual. She is one of more than a dozen students at Corvallis High School who earned the distinction based on their proficiency in English and Spanish. The honor is part of a pilot project led by several school districts in the state with dual-language programs, and the Oregon Department of Education plans to make the bilingual seals available statewide next year.
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English language students learn the ABCs of success
Roslindale Transcript
Imagine moving to a new home more than 1,600 miles away from where you grew up, and you didn't speak the language. Now imagine you're only 10. In 2013, young siblings Edward and Edwenly Baez faced this exact challenge when they moved from the Dominican Republic to live with their mother Leidy in Roslindale. She came to the U.S. on a green card in 2010 and works at Watertown's Strawberry Childcare as a preschool teacher.
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In Fairfax County, Va., kindergarten classes, school system's future comes into focus
The Washington Post
The kindergartners of the Class of 2026, who finished their first year in Fairfax County, Va., schools, constitute the largest and one of the most ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse groups of students the county has seen, a fact that school system administrators say could pose significant challenges in the decade to come. Long an enclave of predominantly white, middle-class families with a top-class school system, Fairfax has experienced a dramatic demographic shift in recent years that is nowhere more obvious than in the county's kindergarten classrooms. The white student population is receding and is being replaced with fast-growing numbers of poor students and children of immigrants for whom English is a second language. 
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ELL accountability could complicate Florida's bid for waiver extension
Education Week
Two years and two education commissioners ago, many Florida school superintendents and advocates for English language learners pushed back hard against changes to the state's accountability system that were at the heart of the waiver the state had received from portions of the No Child Left Behind Act. Chiefly, district leaders and advocates were upset that the performance of English language learners on state tests in math and reading would be factored into schools' accountability after such students had only had one year of instruction.
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The secrets of children's chatter: research shows boys and girls learn language differently
Newcastle University via Science Daily
Experts believe language uses both a mental dictionary and a mental grammar. The mental "dictionary" stores sounds, words and common phrases, while mental "grammar" involves the real-time composition of longer words and sentences. For example, making a longer word "walked" from a smaller one "walk."
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Survey finds parents conflicted about time dedicated to testing students
Education Week
A new survey paints a conflicting picture of parents' attitudes about the time students spend taking tests. The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice's annual Schooling in America Survey shows 44 percent of parents think that schools devote too much time to testing. That same survey, however, found that the majority of parents — 52 percent, in fact — think their children either spend the right amount of time (30 percent) on testing or not enough (22 percent). So depending on where you stand in the testing debate, this survey could fuel that cause.
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Bilingualism boosts the brain at all ages
CBC News
Canada: Learning a second language benefits the brain in ways that can pay off later in life, suggests a deepening field of research that specializes in the relationship between bilingualism and cognition. Mounting evidence suggests that learning more than one language benefits the aging brain. In one large Scottish test, researchers discovered archival data on 835 native speakers of English who were born in Edinburgh in 1936. The participants had been given an intelligence test at age 11 as part of standard British educational policy and many were retested in their early 70s.
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What makes for happier teachers, according to international survey
The Hechinger Report
Teachers who say they get included in school decision-making and collaborate often with other teachers are more likely to say that teaching is a valued profession in their society. In turn, these same teachers report higher levels of job satisfaction and confidence in their ability to teach and to motivate students, according to a 2013 survey of middle-school teachers in 34 countries and regions around the world conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Finding the most creative ways to help students advance at their own pace
MindShift
In 2005, New Hampshire's Department of Education set a policy requiring schools to implement a competency-based system, but didn't define the specific skills each school would be expected to master. State education leaders hoped that the policy would push schools towards a system in which students would not advance unless they could demonstrate proficiency in every core competency. But schools across the state have interpreted the directive in very different ways and set those competencies both broadly and narrowly.
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6 tools that could boost student performance
eSchool News (commentary)
So you went ambiguous with the elective classes and now your goals seem impossible to realize? Every student has faced the same situation. The worst thing you could do in such situation is give up and make your peace with "OK" grades in the end. You should explore the educational technology tools that will help you get better grades without getting nervous about the workload. We know that you don't have time to waste on online research at this point, so we made an effort to collect all useful tools in one place.
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