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Making immigrant students and English learners feel welcome in school
Education Week
High school can be hard enough for teenagers — but for immigrant youth who face a host of additional challenges, school can be a lonely place. That's why it's so important for schools to be welcoming to all students, particularly immigrants and English language learners, experts said at an event in Washington, D.C. The event, at the School Without Walls, a small public magnet high school in the District of Columbia, was held by the Center for Applied Linguistics and Welcoming America. It featured a panel discussion of experts in education and immigration advocacy about how to build school communities that are open and inclusive.
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What we talk about when we talk about best practices
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
If you are part of an ESL program assessing your curriculum through a best practices lens, an institution looking to establish a best practices ESL program, or a teacher looking to work in a best practices program, what should you look for? In a series of articles, we'll examine elements that constitute a best practices program. Today, we begin with curriculum. There is a preponderance of best practices evidence affirming the efficaciousness of integrated curriculum.
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LAST DAY TO REGISTER: Preparing Your ESL Licensure Program for NCATE/CAEP Review (Virtual Seminar)
8 October 2014
US$99 per institution
This interactive webinar presents an overview of the TESOL P–12 Professional Teaching Standards and the national recognition process, and gives you detailed information and tips on preparing a successful program report.

Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program
PP100: Foundation Course

13 October – 23 November
Develop the skills you need to effectively teach English language courses online or blend online segments with your traditional face-to-face courses. The foundation course introduces participants to the major design parameters of online courses. PP100 reflects the communicative nature of the online environment and is based on asynchronous discussion and collaboration. Hurry! Limited space is available and registration closes 8 October.

Online Course: Separating Difference From Disability With Students Learning English as an Additional Language
27 October – 23 November 2014
Explore assessment, intervention and identification techniques for separating difference from disability, and learn what tools and strategies are available and appropriate to use. Registration closes 22 October.

K–12 Dream Day in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TESOL invites all mainstream teachers and administrators to join a group of distinguished international and local ESL experts for a day of interactive training designed to equip attendees with new strategies and resources for working with ELLs. The day features 20 workshops, a keynote address from Dr. Jim Cummins, and STEM panel discussion. Register for both K–12 Dream Day and the full TESOL convention by 30 November and receive 10 percent off! Group discounts also available.

NEW: Adult Ed Day in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
This brand-new, one-of-a-kind event is designed exclusively for adult education instructors and administrators as well as volunteers working in adult education programs. Participants can choose from 20 workshops on a variety of topics such as innovative teaching practices, administration and programming, funding, language standards and assessment, ways to remove barriers to language teaching and learning, and much more. Also included is a keynote address from Dr. Jim Cummins and an afternoon panel discussion on immigration policy. Register for both Adult Ed Day and the full TESOL convention by 30 November and receive 10 percent off! Group discounts also available.

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Making immigrant students and English learners feel welcome in school
Education Week
High school can be hard enough for teenagers — but for immigrant youth who face a host of additional challenges, school can be a lonely place.

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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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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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New federal guidelines aim to rid schools of racial inequality
The New York Times
With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced and qualified teachers, the Obama administration will announce guidelines to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.
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Report: States' reclassification policies cause chaos for dual language learners
EdCentral
One of the biggest lessons we've learned from the No Child Left Behind era of American education policy is that end-of-course assessments matter a great deal. Of course, this isn't really a revelation. It's implicit in the project of standards-based reform. If we set clear guidelines about what students need to know and do, and then assess their ability to meet those benchmarks, that ought to guide what happens in classrooms and schools.
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Take a new test aimed at the world's English language learners
NPR
It's tuff to master English. It's even tough for people born in America, who (or whom?) are often confused by too/to/two many konfusing things. So you can only imagine how tough it is for non-English speakers trying to learn the tongue. As these nonnative speakers struggle, they want to know how they're doing. And now there's a new way to find out. EF Education First, a Swiss education company, noticed that its students wanted an inexpensive, standardized way to test their knowledge before paying for official language tests for university admissions. In response, the company has released its own free, online standardized test.
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Putting dual language learners first in Minnesota
EdCentral
It's hard to see the past decade of education policymaking as anything but a protracted, slouching national shrug when it comes to dual language learners. Think for a moment of the ferocious education fights over the past decade. From intense battles over the appropriate use of student achievement data in teacher accountability systems to the development and raising of common academic standards to school choice, tenure battles, and the many fights to expand quality early education access, there's been no shortage of activity — but very little of it has directly addressed DLLs' needs.
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New standards for ELL students aim to broaden vocabulary, boost achievement
Chalkbeat Tennessee
When Dottie Critchlow taught second grade at Nashville's Haywood Elementary in the 1990s, about half of her students left class for an hour each day for English instruction. When they returned, their English might be a little better, but they had missed valuable content in other subjects. Critchlow struggled to determine their comprehension of subjects like math, because even if they could do addition or subtraction, they didn't have the English vocabulary to describe it.
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Kiwi Kate finds primary English syllabus tough
Deccan Chronicle
New Zealand: Twenty-nine-year old Kate McKeogh from New Zealand arrived in Kerala a week ago, not as a tourist but as a teacher on a mission to impart English language skills to rural kids in Kerala. An English teacher in U.K. for the last five years, she chose to teach students of Rural Reconstruction UP School Ullanad, a sleepy village near Kulanada of Pathanamthitta for a month.
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Before they're even old enough to speak: researcher improves babies' language skills
Medical News Today
In the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds "might" be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new Rutgers research. The study by April Benasich and colleagues of Rutgers University-Newark is published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
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These are the best and worst states for teachers
The Huffington Post
Being a teacher is no walk in the park, but it's better in some states than others. Wyoming is the best state overall for teachers, while North Carolina is the worst, according to a new list from personal finance website Wallethub. Wallethub ranked the best and worst states for teachers using data like average starting teacher salaries and the number of teachers per capita. The site also looked at the average work hours for teachers and the relative safety of different schools. Some critics noted that Wallethub's listing doesn't consider certain metrics. Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post pointed out that the ranking didn't consider teacher job protections or evaluations.
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10 ways to boost brain power for young students
eSchool News
Research into neuroscience and brain power is among the most fascinating due to its impact on education. And when it comes to young learners, strategies for optimizing brain development are essential for educators and parents. Young students up to age 5 are uniquely poised to absorb an incredible amount of information, and while their brains are growing and forming at rapid rates, they also need to feel secure and calm to optimize positive brain development, said Pam Schiller, a curriculum specialist and freelance author specializing in early childhood education, during an edWeb webinar.
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