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Cutting to the Common Core: My students can't read so how will they write?
Language Magazine
One of the biggest instructional shifts resulting from the Common Core State Standards is the increased emphasis on writing. Students will be expected to write in all content areas, for various purposes, and over varying lengths of time (Writing Anchor Standard 10). Argument writing has been elevated to a high priority (indicated by its placement as Writing Anchor Standard 1). And writing must include textual evidence, in-depth analysis, and structures appropriate to task, purpose and audience (Writing Anchor Standard 4) (CCSS, 2010). For a seventh-grade student who is reading at a fourth-grade level, how will this happen?
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Deconstructing the confusion surrounding the Common Core State Standards
By: Ryan Clark
Across the country, children, parents and teachers of applicable states are spending their summers dreading the return of the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative. If recent poll results are any indication, the fervor of last spring's backlash against the standards hasn't died down.
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Call for author: Grammar columnist
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TESOL is seeking a quarterly grammar columnist for TESOL Connections, its membership newsletter. The columnist will address difficult or tricky English grammar and usage issues, including how to teach the grammar point to English language learners, and will receive a small honorarium as well as free membership in TESOL. Open to all. Deadline: 31 October 2014.
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TESOL standing committees: Call for volunteers
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Want to get more involved with TESOL? Apply to serve on one of the association's standing committees. These committees help the TESOL Board of Directors implement various aspects of the strategic plan and other association business. Applications are due 14 September 2014. Make your voice heard and apply today.
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Cutting to the Common Core: My students can't read so how will they write?
Language Magazine
One of the biggest instructional shifts resulting from the Common Core State Standards is the increased emphasis on writing. Students will be expected to write in all content areas, for various purposes, and over varying lengths of time (Writing Anchor Standard 10).

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English language tests inquiry declares thousands of results invalid
The Guardian
United Kingdom: More than 50,000 English language tests taken by overseas students to extend their British visas have been declared invalid or questionable as a result of an official investigation into cheating on a huge scale.

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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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TCAPS show need for subgroup advance: Both city, county schools look at ways to improve
Cleveland Daily Banner
School district-level results of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests for 2014 have shown that both local systems may still have work to do in closing the gaps between how certain groups of students do in school compared to others. The TCAP consists of standardized tests designed to measure how students in third through 12th grade do in required school subjects. Students in third through eighth grade take the TCAP Achievement Test, while high school students take TCAP end-of-course tests.
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Amid bumps, new school funding system rolls out in California
Education Week
One California educator compares keeping up with the rules in California's historic new school funding system to a cat chasing a laser pointer's beam — a shifting target always just out of reach. Educators say the state was slow to roll out rules for the system, which gives schools their first significant authority over spending since the late 1970s, when the state took over education funding after a taxpayer revolt and lawsuits challenging funding disparities.
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Increased demand for adult English education puts pressure on city and libraries
Chalkbeat New York
Recently, Chalkbeat New York reported that the Department of Education's adult ed office recently urged principals to refer low-level students to free classes at the New York Public Library. Today, the New York Times writes that the city's libraries don't have the resources to serve the growing number of adults seeking English skills to apply for jobs, adjust to a new culture, or navigate daily life. An education department spokesman told Chalkbeat that its adult education office has long referred students to library courses for two reasons: because its own classes are full, or because low-level students might be better served by the library's smaller class sizes.
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English language club is back in session
The Courier-Journal
The first few times Will Oldham walked into into the English Conversation Club as a volunteer about four years ago, it was "a little intimidating." "It's sitting down with a stranger whose story you don't know — whose experience in the world is incredibly different than your own — knowing you have a responsibility to make that hour and a half worth their while," said Oldham, a 44-year-old musician from Crescent Hill. But when the classes resumed last week after a summer recess, a conversation between himself and students Sushila and Rakesh Patel organically drifted from a discussion about a pet buffalo in the couple's native India to a lesson about money and weight.
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New insights into how young and developing readers make sense of words
Medical News Today
Skilled readers are often able to make sense of words suffering from "typos" and jumbled up letter orders as long as the beginning and end letters of the words are correct. But a study at the University of Leicester suggests that young developing readers also have a similar understanding of how these outside letters can help make sense of words. The study found that while developing young readers and skilled adult readers had similar difficulty correctly recognizing anagrams that can form another word by switching the order of only the inside letters, both age groups found it equally easy to recognize anagrams when the outside letters also had to be switched around to form another word.
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Are great teachers born or made?
The Atlantic
One of the best teachers in Elizabeth Green's new book, "Building a Better Teacher", uses an analogy to convey the intricacy and difficulty of her craft. "Every single time I get on a plane," she says, "I'm really glad that the plane is not being flown by someone who just always loved planes ... But that's what we do in this country. We take people who are committed to children, and we say ... work on it, figure it out." This is just one of many comparisons that teachers make in Green's book. They also liken their profession to surgery, general medicine, nursing, professional athletics and even chamber music.
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Inspire thoughtful creative writing through art
Edutopia (commentary)
A few years ago, I showed my sixth graders The Gulf Stream by Winslow Homer. It's an epic painting of a young black sailor in a small broken boat, surrounded by flailing sharks, huge swells, and a massive storm in the distance. I asked my students the simple question, "What's happening?" The responses ranged from "He's a slave trying to escape" to "He's a fisherman lost at sea." The common theme with the responses, though, was the tone — most students were very concerned for his welfare.
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Transform your classroom into a modern learning space
By: Brian Stack
In schools across America, the floors have just been polished, and fresh paint now adorns many classroom walls. A dedicated team of hardworking custodians who take great pride in their work have spent their summer getting classrooms ready for a new school year. Over the next couple of weeks, an army of more than 3 million educators will begin to transform these newly refurbished blank-canvas classrooms into spaces that are conducive to learning in the 21st century.
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