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Survey: Teachers of English learners feel least prepared for Common Core
Education Week
Educators, in general, feel inadequately prepared for teaching the Common Core to students, but when it comes to teaching the more rigorous standards to their students who are still learning English, their confidence drops sharply, according to a new survey from the Education Week Research Center. Fewer than 25 percent of teachers who were surveyed said that they are "prepared" or "well-prepared" to teach the new English/language arts and math standards to English language learners.
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Teaching English in Korea: Closing doors
The Diplomat
Korea: When it comes to foreign language teachers, South Korea has made its choice: people from developing countries, regardless of how gifted they may be at teaching English as a foreign language, are not welcome, and no exceptions are made. Korean laws state that to teach at the English Program in Korea or Teach and Learn in Korea programs, applicants must be from one of these seven wealthy, mostly monolingual English speaking countries: Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, the U.S. or Canada.
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How the tourism industry dictates when kids in 14 states go back to school
Vox
Most states let districts set their own start date for the school year. But 14 states have start date laws, many of which ensure students stay out of school for much of August. Those laws are strongly supported by state tourism industries, who want kids out of school and their families traveling as late as possible in September.
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Creating a welcoming classroom environment for Pre-K-5
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A nurturing teacher and welcoming classmates can greatly help beginning ELs cope with the challenges they face; use these tips to help ELs transition quickly to learning. Other recent TESOL Blogs: A Great Grammar Resource: Learn American English Online; ESL Games: ESL — Tic Tac Toe; A Writing Activity: Describing a Fruit; and the TESOL President's Blog: Living VenTESOL's Spirit!
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Call for author: Grammar columnist
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Cutbacks mean migrants are unable to find English classes
The Independent
United Kingdom: Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are unable to get professional help learning English because of government cuts, according to a study of census data and course registrations.

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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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NCLB waivers: The twists, turns and terms to know
Education Week
The Obama administration first offered No Child Left Behind Act waivers to states back in 2011. Since then, there have been numerous changes and variations to the coveted flexibility. This interactive timeline tracks those twists and turns.
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US education: How we got where we are today
The Christian Science Monitor
On the last day of school in June, principal Aurelia Curtis was harried. An auditorium full of teachers was waiting for her. But instead of congratulating them on a good year and sending off three retiring staff members, she was in her office signing the last of the 742 teacher evaluation forms for her staff of nearly 150 that she had to finish by an end-of-year deadline. Curtis, a stern but beloved leader who shares her name with Curtis High School here in Staten Island, New York, where she began her career 30 years ago, spends more time these days filling out intensive teacher evaluations required by the state than she does talking to her teachers. Or that's how it often feels.
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Scores improve slightly statewide on second year of Common Core English and math tests in New York
The Post-Standard
New York State test scores improved this year after plunging last year during the rollout of the new Common Core math and English tests. In the second year of the new standards, scores improved slightly statewide, according to the test results released by the state Education Department. Look up and compare any school or school district in the state using a searchable database.
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ESL in Glendale, Calif., schools is the norm, numbers show
Glendale News-Press
New data show that a majority of students in Glendale Unified in California — 66 percent — speak a primary language other than English. The district has 6,381 English learners, 460 more students compared to the year before, according to data collected in October 2013. Also, 33 percent of Glendale Unified's 26,187 students primarily speak English. "We have a very diverse population in Glendale that we celebrate regularly," said Kelly King, assistant superintendent of Glendale Unified.
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Brightening the future for English language learners, one student at a time
Vegas Seven
It’s a spring morning in Melissa Gillespie's U.S. History class at Global Community High School in Nevada, a school for new immigrants and English language learners, and Johanna, a junior, is at the front of the room delivering a presentation on 1920s style icon Coco Chanel. She's nervous but clearly a fashion plate and interested in Chanel's story; her classmates listen quietly, tablets propped up so they can submit comments and questions, Facebook-style, using the educational app Edmodo.
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Cutbacks mean migrants are unable to find English classes
The Independent
United Kingdom: Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are unable to get professional help learning English because of government cuts, according to a study of census data and course registrations. At the last census, 850,000 migrants living in England identified themselves as being unable to speak English well, or at all in many cases. But only 150,000 are registered in classes where English is taught to people for whom it is not their first language — meaning that as many as 700,000 are being "left voiceless," the report warns.
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A smart tongue twister: Teach English in China
Indian Country Today
China: There is a surging demand for learning the English language in China. English is the language of global business, and it has turned the export-intensive country into an importer of American teachers, creating thousands of potential jobs for native speakers from the West to teach in schools and public institutions. There has also been an explosion of private language schools and companies around the country in feeding the insatiable Dragon. As many as 300 million Chinese people are learning English.
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Teachers are spending big money on back-to-school, and they're not alone
The Huffington Post
Back-to-school time doesn't only mean big spending for students and parents; often, educators have to shell out money from their own paychecks to supply classrooms. According to a survey from the National School Supply and Equipment Association (now the Education Market Association), teachers spent an average of nearly $500 out of pocket on back-to-school shopping last year. While districts sometimes help cover some costs of back-to-school spending for teachers, and different levels of governments sometimes reimburse these costs, it often doesn't go far enough.
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Residency program tries to solve problem of teacher burnout
The Baltimore Sun
As principal of a small Southeast Baltimore school, Anthony Ruby has guided an array of first-year teachers, from the stars who seem to have an innate sense of how to handle a class to those who were so ineffective he declined to renew their contracts. When teachers aren't effective, he said, "it is not fair to our kids," many of whom are low-income and immigrant. Hundreds of teachers are hired each year to fill vacancies in Baltimore, and the majority will be newcomers to the profession. In urban districts, where many are assigned to teach children with some of the greatest challenges, the national burnout rate is astonishing. Fifty percent of new teachers leave the profession in the first three years.
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    Are great teachers born or made? (The Atlantic)
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How teachers can become fluent in classroom technology
EdTech Magazine
During one of our last leadership team meetings this past school year, we reflected on our use of digital portfolios to house student work. We had a lot to celebrate: We had found a digital tool to capture student learning, Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking app. No one felt much pressure to be the best at using technology. Parent feedback, although limited in the initial stages of this project, was very positive. Things were looking up going into the fall.
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8 educators share back-to-school priorities
eSchool News
A new school year brings with it new priorities for school administrators, teachers and ed-tech leaders. Focusing on Common Core learning goals, integrating technology into lessons and expanding students' opportunity for project-based learning experiences are just some of the new initiatives and objectives educators have identified for the 2014-2015 school year.
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