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DHS ready to accept applications from illegal immigrants to avoid deportation, get work permit
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The Obama administration directed young illegal immigrants to fill out new forms and pay $465 if they want to apply under a new program that would let them avoid deportation and obtain a U.S. work permit. The government renewed warnings that the process wouldn't lead to citizenship or give them permission to travel internationally. It will begin accepting immigrants' applications Wednesday. More



Legislative-control fights up ante on K-12 policy
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The fate and scope of state education policy changes passed in the last two years may well hinge on a few hotly contested — and precariously balanced — legislatures this fall, in an election cycle that will see 44 states with lawmakers going before the voters. In states such as Iowa and Wisconsin, where statehouse control is split between Republicans and Democrats, the stakes are immediate and concrete: a chance to extend, or scale back, dramatic changes in areas such as collective bargaining, school choice and teacher accountability enacted after the GOP wave that swept over states in 2010. More
Related story: Duncan criticizes states as 'penny-wise and pound-foolish' for higher education cuts
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)






TESOL Quarterly editor search: Call for applicants
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The TESOL Board of Directors invites applications and nominations for the position of editor of TESOL Quarterly. The editor serves a 5-year term beginning in January, and the new editor must be a TESOL member in good standing by the beginning of his or her term. The editor receives an honorarium of US$4,000 per year along with reimbursement of some expenses to attend the annual TESOL convention. The deadline for applications is 17 September. The call for applicants and the application materials are available for download. For more information, contact Dr. Gulbahar Beckett, chair of the search team.

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Grant available for university partnership
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The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to establish a university partnership between an accredited, four-year U.S. college or university and the National University of Modern Languages in English Linguistics, Literature and English Language Teaching. Accredited nonprofit U.S. four-year colleges and universities are eligible to submit proposals. Objectives include curriculum development, distance learning, collaborative research, faculty development and sharing of resources. For more information, please visit grants.gov.

Online workshops for TESOL leadership certificate offered
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TESOL will offer two online workshops for its Leadership Development Certificate Program. "About TESOL" provides a general overview of the TESOL association: governance and infrastructure, board of directors, TESOL office and its staff, programs, publications, the annual convention, and advocacy. The pre-workshop is on 5 September and the course runs 10-23 September.

In "Perspectives on Leadership for TESOL," participants explore the myriad ways in which they are already leaders and ways in which they can enhance their leadership skills. They also work on assembling a plan for their future leadership endeavors. The pre-workshop is on 26 September, and the course runs 1-14 October.

Former TESOL President Sandy Briggs will lead both workshops, which are open to TESOL members only. For more information, please visit the TESOL website or contact TESOL Education Programs.


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9 ways the Common Core will change classroom practice
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In a recent survey, William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor of education at Michigan State University, found some good news and bad news for supporters of the Common Core State Standards. The good news was that the vast majority of teachers have read the Standards and nearly all like them. The bad news was that about 80 percent of mathematics teachers said the Standards were "pretty much the same" as their current state standards. Those teachers might want to take a closer look. While the Common Core State Standards share many features and concepts with existing standards, the new standards also represent a substantial departure from current practice in a number of respects. More

Advocates raise concerns on looming 'sequester' cuts
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Education advocates and the Obama administration are anxiously eyeing a series of across-the-board cuts set to hit a broad swath of federal domestic and military spending programs early next year, unless a sharply divided Congress can agree on a long-term plan to put the nation’s fiscal house in order. Most education lobbyists expect such a deal will prove elusive in the months leading up to the November elections, making the prospect of looming cuts in education and other programs a potentially volatile issue in the congressional and presidential campaigns. Congress then might have to scramble to reach an agreement on averting the cuts in a lame-duck session right after the elections. More



Some states resisting Obama administration education reform requirements
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The Obama administration announced it had released a total of 33 states from some No Child Left Behind requirements with the approval of Nevada's application for a waiver from the law. "While well intentioned, the law's rigid, top-down prescriptions for reform have proved burdensome for many states," a statement from the U.S. Department of Education said. But some states seem to be feeling the same way about the Obama administration's own prescriptions for reform. More

Government opens competition for new school grants
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Hoping to build on state-level reforms aimed at closing the education achievement gap, the Education Department opened its Race to the Top competition to school districts, inviting the poorest districts across the country to vie for almost $400 million in grants. Following four months of public comment on a draft proposal, the Education Department unveiled its final criteria for the district-level competition, which will award 15 to 25 grants to districts that have at least 2,000 students and 40 percent or more who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches — a key poverty indicator. More

Romney's VP pick of Paul Ryan puts spending debate in the spotlight
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Gov. Mitt Romney announced that he's tapping Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for vice president, a move that puts the debate over how best to put the nation's fiscal house in order front-and-center in the presidential campaign. Ryan's controversial budget blueprint, which has been passed by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, would seek big cuts to discretionary spending (which includes most education programs). In fact, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the budget could have "disastrous consequences for America's children." The Obama campaign has already blasted the pick, citing the potential impact of the Ryan budget on education spending. More

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A running start for ELLs
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One in 4 students under the age of six comes from an immigrant family in which at least one parent does not speak English, says Maki Park, early education policy analyst for the Migration Policy Institute. Traditionally, states such as Nevada, California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas have served the vast majority of English language learner students, although the surging growth of this demographic — now 5.5 million students — can be seen nationwide in new "gateway" states, including South Carolina, Indiana, Arkansas and Virginia, which are attracting more immigrant families. It is almost inevitable that every teacher across the nation will encounter an ELL student during his or her career if it hasn't happened already. More
Related story: Early childhood spending in a Romney/Ryan White House
(Education Week)


Massachusetts moves on ELL-training for regular teachers
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Under pressure from federal civil rights officials to improve schooling for English language learners, education leaders in Massachusetts are forging ahead with major changes that will require intensive training for thousands of academic-content teachers with ELLs in their classrooms. Massachusetts — more accustomed to being lauded for its student-achievement results than criticized — is overhauling its programs for the state's growing population of English learners. After a civil rights investigation last year, U.S. Department of Justice officials determined those programs to be inadequate. The probe found that as many as 45,000 teachers in districts across the state had not received specialized training to effectively work with English language learners. More

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Superintendent proposes new approach to teaching English
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New Britain, Conn.'s, new Superintendent of Schools, Kelt Cooper proposed the implementation of a program to help focus on the English language needs of approximately 1,500 students in the school system who experience major problems with the English Language. Results of last spring's Connecticut Mastery Test and Connecticut Academic Performance Test showed New Britain students at or near the bottom of the field when compared to other urban students of the state. More

New teacher hopes to make impact at Creighton Elementary School in Arizona
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Creighton Elementary School in Arizona looks much smaller now to Jessie Morales, almost like returning to a childhood home. When she was 11, the school and its grounds seemed as big as the universe. The buildings, one painted like the next, went on forever, and the playground seemed to stretch as far as she could see. She recalls running the perimeter of the playground fence in P.E. More

Crisis in Aboriginal children's literacy
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Australia: About half of all Aboriginal children in New South Wales are at or below minimum standards for reading by the time they reach late primary school, according to a new report. And there is no evidence attempts to improve literacy among Aboriginal children are actually working, it states. More


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What higher education will look like in 2020
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Higher education is rapidly changing — you don't have to even be paying much attention to see that. Universities have started streaming lectures en masse, schools like Harvard and MIT are teaming up to create content tailored for the web, startups like UniversityNow are creating reasonably priced online universities, and startups like Udacity offer online-only classes from renowned professors. None of this existed 10 years ago, and the field isn't done changing yet. A new report from Pew Internet looks at what higher education will look like in 2020, based on survey responses from over 1,000 "Internet experts, researchers, observers and users." More

Visa uncertainty in Britain
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United Kingdom: A British Supreme Court ruling could pave the way for a "flood" of appeals from private colleges and overseas students against a significant number of government immigration decisions, lawyers have said. The court ruled this month that the decision in 2009 to deny a visa extension to Hussain Zulfiquar Alvi, a former student, to allow him to continue working in the UK was flawed because it was based on U.K. Border Agency guidance that had not gone before Parliament, as required by the 1971 Immigration Act. More

UK immigration staff to test foreign students' English skills
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United Kingdom: Students who have applied for visas to study in the UK and who have already passed approved language tests could be barred from taking up their places at colleges or universities if immigration officers judge that their English is not good enough. New powers granted to staff at visa offices around the world, which came into effect on 30 July, are intended to add a new line of defense against bogus applicants, but students could be failed by staff who are not trained language assessors. More



Taiwan enters the fray
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Taiwan: As competition for international students heats up, it is no longer just the U.S., U.K. and Australia, or the Europeans, who are in the race. Asia too, is competing strongly, to attract the best and brightest from abroad. China now enrolls more than 260,000 international students, and has set ambitious targets to double that over the coming years. Malaysia now has more than 60,000 international students enrolled, both from within the region, and beyond. Singapore, with a population about the same as Sydney, now has around 90,000 international students. More



Language barriers make it tough for Colorado refugees to understand mass shooting
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Aurora, Colo., is one of the most diverse cities in that state. It has a vibrant community of refugees, many of whom don't speak English. Recently, a refugee group pulled together an event to try and help people cross the language barrier and get the facts about the violent movie theater shooting there. More



Suspensions are higher for disabled students, federal data indicate
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Students with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be suspended from school as nondisabled students, with the highest rates among black children with disabilities. According to a new analysis of Department of Education data, 13 percent of disabled students in K-12 were suspended during the 2009-2010 school year, compared with 7 percent of students without disabilities. Among black children with disabilities, which included those with learning difficulties, the rate was much higher: one out of every four was suspended at least once that school year. More

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8 things your ESL students need but won't tell you
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Diversity is one of the earmarks of today's classroom, and chances are if you have never had an ESL student in your classroom, somewhere along the way you will.Working with these children is often very rewarding and can bring an exciting dynamic into the classroom, while also offering a challenge. More

5 tips for new teachers to become Connected Educators
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The U.S. Department of Education kicked off Connected Educator Month, with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, book chats and more. During the month of August, educators in the U.S. and globally will have opportunities to connect themselves and their communities, online and in-person, to support their professional practice. The timing couldn't be better, as most teachers are preparing to hit the ground running as they gear up for back-to-school. More



Deep conceptual learning: Creating connections that last
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We are in the midst of a significant transformation in K-12 education as we focus on getting our students ready for success in college and careers and to compete in the global economy. Previously, to prepare for state assessments, we provided teachers with pages upon pages of standards in each subject area. Often, however, there wasn't enough time to cover them all. Moving at such a rapid pace made it easy for students to become surface learners. Through memorization and rote learning, they mastered enough to get by on the next test but didn’t necessarily absorb the information. More

5 practices for building positive relationships with students
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The objective is posted. The Do Now is ready to go. Your well-planned lesson is aligned with state standards, includes a variety of instructional methods, and offers opportunities for both summative and formative assessments. What might still be missing? A strong positive relationship with your students, the kind of connection that makes them want to go above and beyond in your class. More

Affording the classroom of the future
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New technology equipment and tools, state of the art building materials and methods, and experimental teaching practices are all impacting today's K-12 classroom. Districts nationwide are struggling to patch together learning environments that they think represent the future of learning at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. As they adopt campus-wide IT infrastructures, invest in classroom technology, and test out alternatives to traditional learning spaces, the final results of all this innovation remains to be seen. More
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