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Judge: California must help all English learners
EdSource
A judge has ruled that the state is ultimately responsible for seeing that school districts provide services to all English language learners not receiving the help they need to become proficient in English. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled in the lawsuit that the ACLU of Southern California and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center brought against the state Department of Education, the State Board of Education and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The lawsuit, filed last year, claimed that the state failed in its legal obligation to ensure that all English learners get the language instruction to which they were legally entitled.
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The importance of hands-on learning and movement for English learners
By Erick Herrmann
Consider your most memorable learning experience in school. Did the experience involve a lecture or a worksheet? Perhaps a bit more likely is that your memorable experience included a project or activity that required you to do something hands-on — building something, acting or performing, or some form of hands-on activity or movement. When working with English learners, incorporating hands-on or experiential learning is especially beneficial.
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5 Common Core priorities for the new school year
eSchool News
As schools gear up to dive back into learning, states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards are outlining their priorities and are identifying their top goals for the standards. The Common Core State Standards have been, and continue to be, a hot-button topic, with some states deciding not to adopt the Common Core while still revamping their standards, and with others adopting the standards but later pulling out. One of the biggest misconceptions lies in the fact that many people believe the standards to be curriculum — in fact, states are working to develop a curriculum that supports the Common Core standards and learning goals.
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Despite training, half of teachers feel inadequately prepared for Common Core
Education Week
Teachers are getting steadily more training in the common core, but they're not feeling much more prepared to teach it, according to survey results by the Education Week Research Center.

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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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Educational services for immigrant children and those recently arrived to the United States
US Department of Education
Schools in the United States have always welcomed new immigrant children to their classrooms — according to the most recent data, there were more than 840,000 immigrant students in the United States, and more than 4.6 million English learners. This fact sheet provides information to help education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States and local educational agencies in connection with such students, and the existing resources available to help educate all immigrant students.
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Slim hope for ESEA reauthorization, say education 'insiders'
Education Week
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act will never be reauthorized. At least that's what 20 percent of education "insiders" surveyed by a Washington consulting group think. The new survey released Thursday by Whiteboard Advisors found that 72 percent of a small group of key education influentials agreed that, at the very least, Congress won't update the federal education law until after December 2015.
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Building better teachers
The Atlantic
Teaching dwarfs every other profession that requires a college degree. Nationwide, 3.7 million schoolteachers serve grades K–12 — more than all the doctors, lawyers, and engineers in the country combined. Teacher shortages, once chronic, abated during the recession, when layoffs were widespread, but will soon return with a vengeance. Fully half of all teachers are Baby Boomers on the brink of retirement. Among novice teachers, who constitute an increasingly large proportion of the remaining workforce, between 40 and 50 percent typically quit within just five years, citing job dissatisfaction or more-alluring prospects.
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For public schools, the long and bumpy road to going digital
MindShift
Ryan Imbriale had a quick and concise answer when asked whether his school district, Baltimore County Public Schools, received enough state funding to pay for its transition from textbooks to software: "No." As executive director of the district's innovative learning department, Imbriale is overseeing a five-year project, called BCPS One, to move its entire curriculum online and make it available to teachers and students. He estimates that the district will spend more than $1 million a year on digital resources for its 108,376 students. The district was "lucky enough," he said, to get one of the governor's innovation grants.
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Pinellas, Fla., to discuss policy for English language learners
The St. Petersburg Tribune
Students learning English as a second language will have two years to master their skills before their test scores count in school accountability measures. Florida's Pinellas County School Board members are expected to schedule a public hearing to discuss changes to their policies for English language learners. The changes reflect new state legislation that gives an additional year before these students' standardized test scores count toward school grades and teacher evaluations, instead of the one year that has been the Florida Department of Education's policy.
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Evaluating English learners
Worcester Telegram
A curious thing happens each year in Massachusetts' public schools. When the results of statewide testing are sent home to parents, many learn that their children are doing very well — and very poorly — at the very same time. English learners — children who speak another language and are still developing fluency in English — are required by federal law to take an annual test that measures their progress toward acquiring English proficiency. Additionally, English learners must participate in yearly MCAS assessments, which are designed to measure students' mastery of grade-level concepts in math, science, and English language arts.
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Study: Learning a musical instrument boosts language, reading skills
PBS Newshour
Learning to sing or play a musical instrument can improve language and reading skills of disadvantaged children, according to a new study released Friday. Nina Kraus, PhD, a neurobiologist at Northwestern University, found that musical training has an impact in strengthening neural functions as well as a connection with sound and reading of children in impoverished areas. Her previous research focused on the impact of music lessons on children of the middle or upper class. This study, which is being presented to the American Psychological Association, included hundreds of students in Los Angeles and Chicago public schools with about 50 percent dropout rates.
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Despite training, half of teachers feel inadequately prepared for Common Core
Education Week
Teachers are getting steadily more training in the common core, but they're not feeling much more prepared to teach it, according to survey results by the Education Week Research Center. The study, "From Adoption to Practice: Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core," shows that while far more teachers are attending Common Core training, they are giving those sessions low marks for quality.
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How arbitrary is language? English words structured to help kids learn
Science Daily
Words in the English language are structured to help children learn, according to research. Words like "woof" accurately represent the sound of a dog, while sounds with similar meanings may have a similar structure; for example, the "sl" sound at the beginning of a word often has negative properties, as in "slime, slur, slum, slug."
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