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Education aid emerging as campaign issue
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's selection as the Republican vice presidential candidate could spark a national debate about the future of education spending, an issue that's gotten short shrift in the presidential campaign so far. As the two national party conventions approach, Democrats are already charging that the Wisconsin lawmaker's controversial budget blueprint, which presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has largely endorsed, would scale back college financial aid and slash other funding for education. More

No Child Left Behind: Not dead yet
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It's been nearly one year since President Barack Obama first announced the administration's plan to offer states waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind law, because a reauthorization of the 10-year-old law is stalled in Congress. Since then, two-thirds of all states and Washington, D.C., have won exemption from some aspects of the education law, most notably its escalating federal proficiency targets for students in math and reading. In exchange, states have promised to beef up standards on their own, develop state accountability systems and incorporate student performance into teacher and principal evaluations. More
Related story: No Child Left Behind 'not meant to last' forever, advocate says
(Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Illegal immigrants line up by thousands for deportation deferrals
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Tens of thousands of young illegal immigrants waited excitedly in lines as long as a mile and thronged to information sessions across the country on Wednesday, the first day that a federal immigration agency began accepting applications for deportation deferrals that include permits to work legally. The public outpouring surprised both federal officials and immigrant advocates, who had expected an enthusiastic response to the Obama administration's deferral program but were unprepared for the size and intensity of it. More
Related story: Arizona governor defies Obama, denies benefits to undocumented immigrants

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Registration is now open — A TESOL Symposium: Facilitating learning through student empowerment
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TESOL International Association will be hosting a TESOL symposium at the Intercontinental Hotel, Isla Verde, in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday, 15 November. The event will kick off the 39th PRTESOL Convention and the 11th CA & CB Regional Conference, 16-17 November. For more information visit TESOL's website. Hope to see you there.

Global Peacebuilding Center offers toolkit for educators
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Through its Global Peacebuilding Center, the U.S. Institute of Peace extends its educational mission by providing students and educators with educational programs, multimedia exhibits, and a website with resources and activities. These educational resources introduce students to key concepts in conflict management and to the challenges of peacebuilding. To download the educator's toolkit, please visit the website.

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ALAS/Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt offers scholarship for Latino administrators
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The ALAS/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt scholarship recognizes Latino administrators and principals for their leadership by providing support for advanced education. The first-place winner will receive a one-time $10,000 scholarship. A one-time $2,000 honorable mention scholarship will also be awarded. The awards will be given to an ALAS member who is an aspiring school leader pursuing an advanced degree in education with the goal of becoming a superintendent. The scholarship must be used toward an advanced degree in education. The application deadline is 1 September. For more information, go to Honoring Aspiring Latino Superintendents. To download the scholarship application go to 2012 Scholarship Application.

English Language Bulletin now has jobs and TESOL webinar calendar
If you scroll all the way down to the end, you will see that the English Language Bulletin has a new section that contains the Professional Development Calendar and featured jobs from the TESOL Career Center. The association hopes that this new section will make the bulletin even more useful.

Fed agencies spar over NAEP for English language learners and special populations
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Despite a pending policy change aimed at including more students with disabilities and English language learners in the "nation's report card," the federal agency that administers the national testing program appears to be softening the penalty for states that fail to improve inclusion rates. The disagreement underscores the uneasy relationship between the National Center for Education Statistics, the federal agency that administers the national tests, and the National Assessment Governing Board, the independent body that sets policy for the exams. More

Obama says plan will save teachers' jobs
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President Barack Obama again urged Congress to pass his jobs bill Saturday, this time with an emphasis on teachers. "Since 2009, we've lost more than 300,000 education jobs, in part because of budget cuts at the state and local level," Obama said during his weekly radio address. In the 11 months since Obama proposed his jobs bill, congressional Republicans have said the plan would be ineffective while adding to the national debt. Obama said Republicans are pushing a budget that would cut education while giving tax breaks to the wealthy when the USA faces intense global competition for high-skill jobs. More

13 states adopt 3rd grade reading policies, but details vary
Education Week (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a recent story on state legislative races that could prove decisive for K-12 policy, Iowa's decision regarding 3rd-grade reading requirements makes an appearance. My colleague Erik Robelen also wrote an extensive piece back in March on the issue, and how more states are looking at retention for those who don't demonstrate proficiency. More

Illinois governor signs legislation to strengthen language programs
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Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois signed new legislation designed to strengthen the state's bilingual education programs into law. HB-3819 requires the state's Advisory Council to evaluate the success of bilingual programs and explore the benefits and possibilities of "parent academies," an initiative to increase the participation of parents whose first language is not English in the lives of their students. More

Key Florida reforms end climate of low expectations for English language learners, students with disabilities
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The Obama administration recently gave Florida flexibility from No Child Left Behind in exchange for critical reforms to the state's A-F accountability system, which long ignored the needs of thousands of English language learner students and students with disabilities. The A-F system was lying to children and parents about how prepared all students were for success in college and career after graduating from high school. Giving schools a good grade in the accountability system at the expense of ignoring the neediest students is bad policy plain and simple. It is not fair to schools, parents — or to the students themselves. And it does nothing, whatsoever, to help close the achievement gap in Florida. More

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Cutting to the Common Core: Let's get specific
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Although the Common Core State Standards clearly state the high expectations for English language learners and offer some guidelines, identifying the full range of supports appropriate for ELLs is "beyond the scope of the Standards." So, states and local school districts can decide exactly how these guidelines will be implemented. More

Improvement in English for UAE students
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Students in the UAE have had the highest increase of English proficiency in the world, but their level is still low compared to some other groups, according to new data from an international language testing agency. Listening, reading, writing and speaking are the areas which are evaluated by the International English Language Testing System, which assesses the English language proficiency of university and job applicants. More

New research expands thinking on text complexity
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Consider this a major wonk alert. The headline probably tipped you off. How many people sit around dinner tables talking about text complexity, for crying out loud? Probably only hard-core reading wonks, right? That might have been the case a couple years ago, but the Common Core State Standards are starting to change that. Because they specifically address text complexity, more and more people — ordinary people, not just wonks — are having to grapple with how to size up a text's complexity and match students with appropriate readings. And a new analysis could play a part in how people do that. More

Tulsa Public Schools see increase in bilingual students
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In Tulsa, Okla., students from thousands of backgrounds are filling the classrooms. Many of these students do not use English as their primary language, and many cannot speak English. "We're also working to increase our bilingual staffs that are fluent enough to provide interpretation," said Grisso. It's needed now more than ever. Among the 40,000 students enrolled in Tulsa Public Schools, 10,000 speak a language other than English at home. More

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Vocabulary Instruction for ELL Latino students in the middle school science classroom
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Many teachers find themselves working with ELLs in content-area classes without the arsenal of tools and training that will help them help their students. This article by Kimberly Gomez and Christina Madda (Voices from the Middle, September 2005) is a recounting of how one teacher, with the help of thoughtful observers and a commitment to teaching all of her students, worked to create strategies that improved language learners' English, science vocabulary and content understanding. More

Time for ELL students to 'swim on their own'
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A year ago at this time, about 130 Sheboygan, Wis., area school district students in the English language learner program had learned enough that they didn't need the special language help anymore. This year, about three times that many have been "exited" from the program, thanks to new assessment guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. More

'Sesame Street' open auditions seek show's newest resident    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Sesame Street" producers are looking to fill the role of a Hispanic character between the ages of 18 to 25, fluent in Spanish and English, to join the likes of Elmo, Big Bird and the Cookie Monster, according to the Sesame Street blog. Carol-Lynn Parente, the show's executive producer, added that while the show does not deal with bilingual education, it was important to have a Spanish- and English-speaking character who could communicate with the growing Hispanic community, especially for the show's outreach programs. More

Canadian report calls for doubling foreign students and surge in study abroad
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Canada: With competition for the world's talent increasing, Canada should strengthen its efforts to recruit international students, with a goal of doubling their number within a decade, recommends a report by an advisory panel to the Canadian government. What's more, the report says, the country should significantly increase the number of Canadians studying abroad by providing financial aid, and the prime minister should play a leading role as the "unifying champion" for international education. More

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Mini-Olympics held for ESL, exchange, college students
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The Olympics may have concluded, but the spirit of the games was still present in Medicine Hat. International Education ESL students at Medicine Hat College in Canada, along with Japanese exchange students and students living in residence held a mini-version of the Olympic Games at Kin Coulee Park. Over 40 students took part in the events, which were part of the Activities class for ESL students. More

Report finds low diversity impacts campus discrimination
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A new survey shows that minority students who attend colleges without much diversity are more likely to experience discrimination than those who go to schools with a more balanced student population from various ethnic and underrepresented minority groups. There were 4,037 underrepresented minority students from 31 public and private colleges, including 3,488 Latinos, 490 African Americans, and 59 Native Americans, as part of the Diverse Learning Environment survey. More

A college lifts hurdle for illegal immigrants
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Metropolitan State University of Denver, a compact, urban campus in the heart of the city's downtown, is starting a new school year. The new school year signifies the dawn of a controversial new policy for this institution of 24,000. Among the crowd of students who will show up for class are dozens of illegal immigrants who, as part of a specially tailored tuition rate, can now qualify for a reduced fee if they live in Colorado. More

New York legislator's bill would give illegal immigrants access to student aid
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A bill introduced by the speaker of the New York State Assembly would give illegal immigrants the opportunity to apply for aid from a state tuition-assistance program, according to the Associated Press. The bill's introduction, by Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, came two days after the inauguration of an Obama-administration policy that allows young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children to apply for renewable two-year stays on deportation as well as work permits. More

Moving pedagogic mountains: Preparing culturally and linguistically proficient teachers
Language Magazine (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In order to effectively roll out the Common Core State Standards to teach the new generation of English language learners, now more than ever, it is critical for current and future teachers to have a deep understanding of language learning research-based theory and practice. In order to remain relevant, teachers need to be well prepared to address the linguistic and cultural diversity in their classrooms. Therefore, preparing culturally and linguistically proficient teachers is urgent. As previous ELLs ourselves and now as biliteracy professors in teacher education we know, first hand, of the many challenges that are encountered by ELLs when learning a new language and the academic content at the same time. More

Shark Week's gift to teachers
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It's the middle of August, which means it is Shark Week, and to mark the 25th anniversary of the popular show, the education arm of the Discovery Channel has a gift for teachers. The present is in the form of lesson plans — for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 — that are linked to videos that have been shown during the past quarter of Shark Week broadcasts, which each year draw millions of viewers. More

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Who makes the rules in a classroom? 7 ideas about rule making
Education Week (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A couple of years ago, I was working as lead facilitator in an e-mentoring program for new teachers. Several recognized teachers from around the nation were contributing their very best "first days" advice for novice teachers — how to set up a classroom for success, selecting activities for the first week of school, common crises, etc. I asked the teachers about classroom rules and their thinking was unanimous: Good teachers assemble their students and, using a self-governing process, collectively write their own classroom rules. More

5-minute film festival: Pinterest for teaching and learning
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It's easy to be jaded when there's buzz about a new social network. Who has time to keep up with them all? And how many will explode on the scene with a bang, the hottest new thing and then fizzle like Friendster? But I have to say that the eye-candy on the visual social bookmarking site Pinterest has caught my attention. More

9 useful lists for educators
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As part of Connected Educator Month, social media-savvy teachers and education professionals are using Twitter, blogs, and publications to get information out as quickly and easily as possible, and are using lists in many ways. Browsing CEM's Twitter, #CE12, the editors at eSchool News have highlighted some of the most popular lists Tweeted, as well as some that may be most helpful to our readers. From educator-recommended apps designed for specific subsets of 21st century literacies to 14 of the best ed-tech Tweeters, and from the best CEM speaker quotes to the 10 technology commandments for connected learners, these lists are classroom-tested and educator-approved. More

Tee up the new school year with tips from Connected Educators
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Educators who appreciate the value of professional networks have a keen understanding of the old adage, "The wisdom is in the room." For this growing community, "room" means any space — virtual or physical — where colleagues connect, exchange insights and push each other's thinking. Connected Educator Month, continuing through August, shines a spotlight on spaces where teachers and school leaders are collaborating online. Not surprisingly, there's a wealth of wisdom emanating from these "rooms." Here are a few nuggets that are especially timely for teachers and school leaders preparing for the new school year. More

Starting the school year on the right foot
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One of the most misunderstood terms in education is "classroom management," which is often seen as a synonym for discipline. Imagine asking the manager of a store to explain his job and he says, "My job is to discipline the customers." And when the same question is posed to the manager of a team, she says, "I discipline the players." Yet, discipline is the prevailing response of most educators when asked about classroom management. Discipline is a reactive action used to stop deviant behavior and has nothing to do with student learning. Classroom management is a means of organizing, structuring and planning events to get things done in the classroom that will lead to student learning. Creating a well-managed classroom is the priority of a teacher the first two weeks of school. More

10 tips for better project based learning
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Meeting Common Core Standards requires more emphasis on inquiry and project based learning. Increasingly, in the 2012-2013 school year, teachers will be asked to design and implement high quality, student-focused projects that help students go deeper into subjects, think harder and perform better. More

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Doing "Principled ESP" — Best Practices and Case Studies, 3 October

Top 10 Ideas for Teaching L2 Reading, 11 October

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