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Cutting to the Common Core: What does CCSS mean for early learning
Language Magazine
For 22 years, Debbie Rodriguez has taught kindergarteners at Bellehaven Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She's no rookie when it comes to implementing new state and national standards. Still, with each new round of standards, from No Child Left Behind to the Common Core State Standards, even veteran teachers like Rodriguez can feel like first-timers all over again. "Usually the first year or two of a new set of standards is a big learning curve for a teacher," she says. "It requires a lot more intense planning and it lasts the whole year, or more." But the work doesn't end there. Rodriguez adds that in subsequent years, a teacher is still tweaking lessons and making adjustments based on the new standards and what worked well.
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For English learners, an effective teacher in any language is what matters
Education Week
Want to find a better teacher for English language learners? Start by looking for teachers who add the most value for any students, rather than limiting the search to those who may have had specialized training to work with ELLs.
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Is math a universal language or a foreign language for ELLs?
By: Holly Hansen-Thomas
What do you think? When asked this question, most educators will fall on one side of the coin or another. There is evidence to support the fact that mathematics is indeed universal. But at the same time, there are irrefutable challenges that English language learners encounter when learning math through English — for them a foreign or second language. To illustrate this point, I'll share highlights from a contentious, but respectful interchange among math educators with whom I had the privilege of working recently.
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TOEFL Small Grants for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment
This is a reminder that the deadline for applications for the TOEFL Small Grants for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment is 15 October. The award makes available cash awards up to US$2000 to promising students working in the field of foreign or second language assessment that will help them finish their dissertations in a timely manner. Applications received after 15 October will be considered for the next application deadline of 15 February.

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.

New TESOL Certificate: Advanced Practitioner
Take your career to the next level; sharpen your skills in syllabus design, lesson planning and teaching; and contribute to the field by presenting or publishing. The TESOL Certificate: Advanced Practitioner program is designed to help you achieve all these goals while receiving ongoing support from an expert mentor. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Low introductory pricing available through 1 November. Apply today!

For more TESOL education programs, please visit the TESOL website.






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For English learners, an effective teacher in any language is what matters
Education Week
Want to find a better teacher for English language learners? Start by looking for teachers who add the most value for any students, rather than limiting the search to those who may have had specialized training to work with ELLs.

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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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British Council launches new English language learning platform
The Drum
United Kingdom: The British Council, the United Kingdom's international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, has launched a new Drupal-based online learning platform, developed by CTI Digital. The new "EAL Nexus" platform enhances the resources available to assist in learning English as an additional language. As a rapidly expanding area of focus for the British Council, the site meets the needs of a diverse range of users including teachers, learners and parents, with a core goal of helping young migrants integrate into society.
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Student went from not speaking English to student council president
Daily News Journal
For Smyrna Elementary fifth-grader Moe Loe, her first day of school four years ago was isolating and lonely. Her family had recently moved to the United States from Thailand "wanting freedom," she said, but none of them spoke English, which made the prospect of starting school in a foreign land intimidating. "I was shy. I was going to class but I didn't know my teacher's name," Loe said. "So I was just walking around the hallway. Then Mr. (Trey) Duke, our principal, he came to me and asked me what my teacher's name was. But I didn't speak any English so I didn't say anything."
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English department teaches English as a second language to McKinley High students
The Daily Reveille
It's time for class — the teacher enters the classroom, other students' cryptic conversations fall to a murmur and the day's lesson begins in a language you can only speak efficiently enough to state your name and find the restroom. These were the daily troubles non-native English speaking students at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge faced before Mina Posey, McKinley English as a second language instructional specialist, and Irina Shport, University assistant professor in second language acquisition, created an LSU service-learning class where University students teach English language learning students at McKinley.
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4 free tools to help international students improve English skills
U.S. News & World Report
The language barrier is something that all international students aspire to overcome in their years in a U.S. university or college. International students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the American environment and initiate conversations with American students in order to quickly improve English skills. However, for prospective students who have never had a chance to visit an English-speaking country, or current students who are too shy and afraid of their accents to speak frequently, improving their English skills can truly be a struggle. Here are four free, easy-to-use mobile tools that can help international students be more comfortable building their English skills.
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Are teachers warming up to the Common Core?
The Atlantic
In a new survey, teachers say they're feeling more confident about using the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms — an optimistic finding that comes even as recent polls suggest dwindling public support for the initiative. This is the most recent installment of the "Primary Sources" survey conducted by Scholastic Inc. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (a key Common Core supporter), and it focuses on the new English language arts and math standards, which most states have adopted and are now implementing.
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Survey: Many districts lagging on implementing Common Core
Education Week
With springtime testing for the Common Core only months away, nearly a third of district superintendents are still scrambling to put in place the curriculum and professional development necessary to teach the standards, according to survey results released Wednesday. The Center on Education Policy, which has been tracking Common Core implementation since the standards were released four years ago, concluded in its report that "the future of the Common Core remains uncertain at this important juncture" because many districts still are not fully prepared to impart the new academic expectations in English/language arts and mathematics.
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Homework: An unnecessary evil? ... Surprising findings from new research
The Washington Post
A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study — and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves. Let's start by reviewing what we know from earlier investigations. First, no research has ever found a benefit to assigning homework (of any kind or in any amount) in elementary school.
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