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Charter sector launches marketing campaign to attract more English language learners
Chalkbeat NewYork
In an effort to attract more English learners to charter schools around the city, the New York City Charter School Center is kicking off a marketing campaign on television and online in multiple languages. "We have to get the word out in every community in as many languages as possible," said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center. The Charter Center says that 6.3 percent of charter school students are English language learners, as compared to 15 percent of students in traditional public schools in 2012-13, according to the Independent Budget Office.
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Ogden educator scores language breakthrough
Standard Examiner
In earning her PhD, Ogden, Utah, educator Danell Mieure also attracted national recognition for developing new techniques to build vocabulary and comprehension among English as a second language students. There are currently about 2,800 ESL students in the Ogden School District, Mieure said. After 25 years of teaching, Mieure currently serves as teacher specialist for the district's Education Equity Programs.
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Schools find offering classes in foreign tongues challenging
The News Tribune
New graduation requirements starting with next year's freshman class could bring a resurgence to foreign language classes in Washington schools. Educators say language courses are still recovering after years of budget cuts, making it hard to start programs and find and keep qualified teachers. The revival of foreign language classes and a renewed focus on their importance in a global society and marketplace have many language teachers thrilled. But building a successful language program has different challenges than other educational basics, such as math or science.
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Culture Shock: A Mixed-Level Speaking Activity
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Use this simple interactive activity to get your mixed-level students talking among one another about topics that matter, and help ease them into the idea of U.S. education as well. Other recent TESOL Blogs: Excellent Academic Journals to Stay Up-to-Date in EL Writing; The Power of Collaboration and Active Engagement for ELs; Flipping With YouTube; and EL Reading Comprehension Strategy: Visualization.
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TESOL awards & grants: Apply today
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TESOL is accepting applications/nominations for several different awards and grants. Funding for TESOL 2015 in Toronto, Canada is available. Applications must be received by 1 November 2014.
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Charter sector launches marketing campaign to attract more English language learners
Chalkbeat NewYork
In an effort to attract more English learners to charter schools around the city, the New York City Charter School Center is kicking off a marketing campaign on television and online in multiple languages.

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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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The global search for education: What the world can learn from Latin America
The Huffington Post
How are Brazil and other Latin America countries innovating mathematics education? This year, 35-year-old Brazilian mathematician Artur Avila became the first Latin American to claim the prestigious 2014 Fields Medal (International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics), considered by many to be the mathematician's "Nobel Prize." The largest percentage of foreign-born residents in the U.S. come from South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 28 states, more than two-thirds of English language learner students speak Spanish at home.
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How to better serve English language learners
TribTalk
Students, parents and teachers are often skeptical about the value of standardized tests. However, if tests are designed and used thoughtfully, they can be a positive force for teaching and learning, and this is particularly true for English language learners. ELL students, many of whom are born in the U.S., come to school with diverse cultural backgrounds and varying command of the English language. Accurate and useful information about students' English-language proficiency is needed to identify students who are ELLs, provide them with appropriate instructional support, track their progress in learning English and inform decisions about when they are ready to exit ELL programs.
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Animals and occupations: Why theme-based curricula work
Early Childhood News
One week the curriculum theme is farm animals. The next week it's community helpers and other occupations or things that fly. Almost every child care center and preschool has used a theme-based curriculum at one time or another. Thematic units are popular among young children and teachers alike. What many early childhood educators don't realize is that the use of thematic units provides an integrated approach to teaching and learning. Such an integrated approach is supported by research on how the brain works and how human beings learn. Ultimately, the use of thematic units helps young children achieve higher levels of learning.
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How an extended day, other innovations turned a Denver middle school around
The Hechinger Report (commentary)
Alex Magaña, a contributor for The Hechinger Report, writes: "It's a midweek afternoon and all 450 of the students at our Denver middle school are staying an hour later. They're not in detention. The buses aren't late. Instead, students are participating in a range of activities, from a rocket-building class to one-on-one tutoring in math, and they're excited to be here. I'm the principal at Grant Beacon Middle School, an urban, public school in southwest Denver, Colorado. We have a diverse set of student needs and a student population comprised of 85 percent on free and reduced lunch, 20 percent receiving special education services and 30 percent are English language learners."
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No English as a second language in Saginaw, Bay, Tuscola counties after Carrollton cuts OMNI adult programs
The Ann Arbor News
Carrollton Public Schools in Michigan are no longer offering adult education as they deal with a cut in funding and declining enrollment in the program. The free program offered adult high school completion, GED preparation, adult basic education classes for adults age 20 and older, and English as a second language. The district's OMNI Alternative Education program remains open, said Superintendent Tim Wilson. In the 2013-2014 school year, the program had 175 students.
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Children understand familiar voices better than those of strangers
New York University via Science Daily
Familiar voices can improve spoken language processing among school-age children, according to a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. However, the advantage of hearing a familiar voice only helps children to process and understand words they already know well, not new words that aren't in their vocabularies. The findings, which were published in the Journal of Child Language, suggest that children store information about a speaker to retrieve and harness at a later time, similar to what has been found for adult listeners.
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Researchers and schools diverge in definitions of bullying
Education Week
One of the biggest challenges for those who seek to end bullying among students has been defining exactly what "bullying" is. Even as efforts to address the behavior have moved to the front burner of child well-being initiatives in recent years, researchers and educators say that major studies have relied on inconsistent definitions and methods of measuring its prevalence. And if researchers can't agree on exactly what the problem is, they can't help identify effective solutions for K-12 educators, who are increasingly facing new accountability measures that incorporate issues related to school climate and student behavior.
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Children should start learning languages at age 3
The Telegraph
For years it was thought that teaching foreign languages to children as young as three was futile. Research findings indicate quite the opposite. There are incredible psychological benefits of learning another language. These benefits extend way beyond being able to order a cup of tea abroad. Longitudinal studies by Harvard University confirm that learning additional languages increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children.
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5 ways to design effective rewards for game-based learning
Edutopia
Learning by playing games can be a powerful way to teach. Just as drama coaches set the stage for a play, smart teachers set the stage for game-based learning. Here are five easy elements to incorporate in classroom to get students ready to learn as they play.
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