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California stands trial in lawsuit alleging state neglects English learners
Education Week
A lawsuit alleging that California public education officials have failed to provide language instruction to tens of thousands of English language learners across the state goes to trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit — brought last year on behalf of six plaintiffs by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other civil rights advocates — contends that the California Department of Education has been neglecting its obligation to monitor English language acquisition services for students in many of the state's more than 1,000 school districts.
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Tips for focusing ELL student presentations
By: Eva Sullivan
Fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias in the United States. Imagine how much more difficult it is when English is not your first language. Besides breathing exercises, the best tip for overcoming stage fright is to focus on the material being presented and the purpose of the presentation. For English language learners, it is also helpful to focus on the oral language that will be used during the presentation. This guide should help your students avoid some of the most obvious pitfalls when making presentations to the class.
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Long lines for classes in English
The Boston Globe
Upon his arrival in Brockton from Haiti last year, McGinley Paul wasted no time carving his own path to a better future.

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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?

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Flexibility with English language learners
The Denver Post
The question of how to teach immigrant students has provoked perhaps the most bitter, rancorous debates in American education over the past 40 years.

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Common Core may persist, even in opposition states
Education Week
Opponents of the Common Core State Standards got a boost in recent weeks, as Missouri and North Carolina moved to reassess their involvement, while the governors of Utah and Wisconsin distanced themselves from the standards. Less clear is what exactly those opponents have won. The early pattern suggests that the common standards could undergo some relatively minor changes but still persist in states where opposition has led to high-profile bills and big headlines.
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Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels
The Japan Times
Japan: In the perennial debate about English language education in Japan, there is widespread agreement that the system is archaic and change is needed. The consensus stops there. Everyone concerned has a panacea: more (or fewer) assistant language teachers, more teacher training, more technology, more of a focus on language production, less testing, better testing, smaller class sizes, eviscerating and overhauling the curriculum, greater use of English in class. The remedies are as numerous as the debate is old. But in a consensus-bound country such as Japan, change, if and when it comes, is usually incremental — and perhaps then, even obsolete.
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What happens on K-12 policy if Republicans take over the US Senate?
Education Week
What if some political prognosticators are right and the U.S. Senate flips to GOP control in November? What happens to key pieces of education legislation, including the reauthorization of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act, which has been stymied by partisan paralysis for years? The person best positioned to make an educated guess on those questions is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee.
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The pros and cons of holding students back in school in light of third grade reading test results
KJRH-TV
Teachers are rushing to get ready for the new school year. But this year third grade could look different, especially for Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma. Almost a third of its third-graders failed the state reading test, which means they could be held back. There are exemptions for some students who did not pass the state reading test including English language learners, special needs students, good performance on a new reading test or a student portfolio that shows students are reading above level.
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Long lines for classes in English
The Boston Globe
Upon his arrival in Brockton, Massachusetts, from Haiti last year, McGinley Paul wasted no time carving his own path to a better future. He completed a high school equivalency program and immediately began the process of becoming a permanent resident, which will make him eligible to receive financial aid so he can attend college. Not one to sit idly by during the lengthy visa process, Paul decided he would spend part of his days taking free English classes locally along with his mother and younger sister. It was at that juncture, however, that Paul's fast-tracked plans nearly derailed.
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Genes may be key to language delay in kids
HealthDay News
Twins' genes may play a greater role in language delay than their environment, according to a new study. Researchers found more evidence that language traits, such as vocabulary, putting words together and grammar, were largely inherited. The study, involving 473 sets of twins, revealed that the "twinning effect" (a lower level of language performance for twins than single-born children) was greater for identical twins than non-identical twins.
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What motivates teachers?
MindShift
A recent Gallup poll of 170,000 Americans — 10,000 of whom were teachers — found that teaching is the second most satisfying profession (after medicine). Ironically, the same Gallup poll found that in contrast to their overall happiness with their jobs, teachers often rate last or close to the bottom for workplace engagement and happiness. "Of all the professions we studied in the U.S., teachers are the least likely to say that their opinions count and the least likely to say that their supervisor creates an open and sharing environment," said Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education, at the Next New World Conference.
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Do soundtracks improve reading comprehension?
District Administration Magazine
A platform that pairs e-books with movie-style soundtracks is gaining attention in the K-12 realm for boosting reading engagement and comprehension. But some researchers remain skeptical of its claim of increasing achievement without additional instruction. Booktrack Classroom is a free online program that allows students to create synchronized soundtracks for any kind of digital text. For example, a student can read a Sherlock Holmes e-book that opens with a background, classical piano score that transitions into birds chirping, a fire crackling and other sounds as the characters move through the action of the story.
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30 classroom procedures to head off behavior problems
Scholastic
The secret to warding off at least some behavior problems is establishing positive classroom procedures for daily tasks and activities. Your students will appreciate your consistency, and once they have internalized classroom procedures, the day will run that much more smoothly. Of course, choosing the right rules and procedures for your classroom is an individual decision. But be sure to define what you expect of students from the very beginning. Remember to take time to teach procedures during the first days and weeks of school.
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