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Most Americans favor reuniting young migrants with family in US, poll finds
Education Week
While the surge of nearly 60,000 unaccompanied Central American minors over the U.S.-Mexico border in the last 10 months has created a major political conundrum for the Obama administration, most Americans express some sympathy for the plight of the young migrants. In a new national survey from the Pew Research Center, 69 percent of Americans say they favor allowing the unaccompanied minors from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to join their families already living in the United States while their immigration cases are pending.
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Promoting positive parent-teacher communication
By: Brian Stack
Ask teachers what they wish they had more time to dedicate to in their job, and better communication with parents will almost always be at the top of their list. The reality is that teachers want parents to be informed. But once the school year gets going, parent communication often takes a back seat. Teachers quickly fall into the habit of calling home only when they have bad news to report, and that makes for an unhealthy relationship between parents and teachers.
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How English schools can survive
The Montreal Gazette
Canada: Don Macpherson doesn't miss much. As the dean of Quebec political journalists, and a parent too, Macpherson sees the warning signs embedded in a report by the Quebec education ministry that was dropped into the silence of the summer. The report is a devastating report card for our English language school boards in Quebec. It demonstrates that they have failed to stay in touch with the new realities of language in Quebec. As the report mentions, a virtual cascade of parents who have the legal right to English language schooling for their children are instead choosing schools in the French language system.
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Attention graduate students in TESOL and applied linguistics!
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You're invited to submit a proposal for the 2015 Doctoral Research Forum or the 2015 Master's Student Forum. The deadline to submit is 19 October 2014 and you do not have to be a TESOL member to participate. These forums, held at TESOL 2015 in Toronto, Canada, give graduate students the opportunity to present and discuss their research with other students and TESOL researchers, and they are a great place to practice presenting in a conference setting. If you have any questions, please contact the forum coordinators at tesoldoc@gmail.com or tesolmasterforum@gmail.com.
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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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Word 'edges' are important for language acquisition
Science Daily
Word "edges" are important for language acquisition. Children start to learn the sound of words by remembering the first and last syllables.

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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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Education Department proposes big changes to school improvement grant program
Education Week
Floundering schools that receive federal turnaround dollars under the controversial School Improvement Grant program would get some new options for using the money under draft guidance slated to be published in the federal register. But they might not be getting quite as much new flexibility as some folks in Congress had hoped. At Congress' insistence, the proposal would permit states to move beyond the Obama administration's prescriptions for school improvement, by partnering with an organization that has a strong track record of fixing low-performing schools, or by cooking up their own turnaround options.
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As immigrant population grows, schools adapt to help kids learn English
SouthCoastToday.com
Victoria Diaz didn't spend her July days at the beach or lounging by a pool or traveling. Instead, she spent them in a Roosevelt Middle School classroom, pondering the difference between "do, did and will do." Diaz, who is trying to master the English language, enrolled in the school department's English language learner program. Asked why she was there, the 16-year-old New Bedford High School senior's answer came quickly in Spanish: "I will learn more English, and I will understand more English."
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Recovery school system stretches resources for English language learners
The Times-Picayune
The state Recovery School District is making moves to support New Orleans public schools that are struggling to serve an influx of Central American immigrants. Any significant new money and staff, however, won't come until next fall. New Orleans schools have seen a 40 percent increase in English language learners in the past three years, Recovery superintendent Patrick Dobard said.
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Word 'edges' are important for language acquisition
Science Daily
Word "edges" are important for language acquisition. Children start to learn the sound of words by remembering the first and last syllables. A new study sheds light on the information the infant brain uses during language acquisition and the format in which it stores words in its memory.
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Why kids should choose their own books to read in school
The Washington Post
At one time many public schools gave students time to read books of their own choosing, an activity based on the common-sense theory that kids will read what interests them, and that kids who can choose what they read will learn to enjoying reading, and, hence, read more. Unfortunately, many schools no longer let students choose any of the materials that they read. Why this is a problem is explained in this post by Joanne Yatvin, a one time Principal of the Year in Wisconsin and a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, who has never been able to kick the reading habit.
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    Computer games give a boost to English (Science Daily via University of Gothenburg)
California lawmakers approve measure to repeal limits on bilingual education (Education Week)
5 maps that show the best states for teachers (The Washington Post)
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English language schools shake-up to protect students (Independent)

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How 'productive struggle' can lead to deeper learning
eSchool News
The new school year provides opportunities to implement fresh learning strategies in the classroom. Some students might struggle getting back into the rhythm of the school year, and others might experience long-term challenges. To address these needs, consider developing a curriculum that emphasizes "productive struggle." Here's what you'll need to know about making it work in the classroom.
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Why learning space matters
Edutopia
From the front door and school grounds to the classroom, the aesthetics of learning spaces impact brain function and influence how students feel when they're in school — as well as how they feel about their school. Neuroscience continues to inform us about how the brain functions and what this means for effective teaching and, more importantly, effective learning.
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Classrooms are changing — How might tech shape the classroom of the future?
eSchool News
Given the fast pace with which technology evolves, it’s not entirely a huge stretch to say that a new learning tool could transform classrooms within a year. In 1984, only 8 percent of U.S. households owned a computer. But today, that has jumped to 79 percent. Fifty-eight percent of people in the U.S. own a smartphone. Only 18 percent of households had internet access in 1997, compared to 75 percent today. Efforts are underway to expand technology and broadband access to the 25 percent of Americans without home internet access.
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