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Providing feedback to English learners: Why, when and how
By: Erick Herrmann
The question of how much and what type of feedback to give to students is sometimes unknown or doubted. "Good job!" "Excellent Work!" "Way to go!" All of these phrases are commonly heard in schools. Yet these empty phrases do not provide students with the information they need to reflect upon what they have done well, what their strengths are, the errors they have committed and what they need to do to improve.
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State education funding lags behind pre-recession levels
U.S. News & World Report
Despite incremental increases in state support for K-12 education, funding levels still trail those before the Great Recession in 2007, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Overall, 30 of the 47 states analyzed are providing less per-pupil funding for K-12 schools this school year than they did before the recession. In 14 of the states, funding has been cut by more than 10 percent, the report says. In addition to the slow recovery of funding, at least 20 states cut their support for K-12 education compared to last year, the report found.
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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.

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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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This city sends the most students to study in the US
The Huffington Post
American higher education is increasingly a global export — something colleges and universities are selling abroad.

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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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Florida and Education Department continue face-off on testing of English language learners
Education Week
Florida's standoff with the U.S. Department of Education over testing of English language learners doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Florida officials are planning to take legal action against the department, according to the Tampa Bay Times, because the state and the feds continue to clash on the question of just when ELLs' performance on tests should factor into the state's system for accountability purposes. "The federal government has placed a grossly unfair burden on Florida's students and heedlessly continues along that path," Pam Stewart, Florida's commissioner of education, told the Times in an email.
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Push to limit federal test mandates gains steam
Education Week
For more than a decade, teachers, administrators, students and even parents have criticized the No Child Left Behind Act — and, now, the Obama administration's waivers under that law — for giving too much weight to standardized testing and forcing students to take too many exams. That critique hasn't gotten very far in Washington. But there are signs that the movement to limit the number of federally mandated tests students take may be gaining momentum — and it could pick up more steam as the Obama administration draws to a close and the 2016 presidential election begins in earnest.
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Student need dips for English language help
Argus Leader
For the first time in at least 17 years, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, public schools experienced a drop in the number of non-native English-speaking students who need extra help learning the language. Growing immigrant populations have long driven a steady increase in the number of students enrolled in the Sioux Falls School District's English language learner programs. The district usually adds 100 to 150 ELL students each year, peaking at 2,137 last year.
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This city sends the most students to study in the US
The Huffington Post
American higher education is increasingly a global export — something colleges and universities are selling abroad. Now, a new report from the Brookings Institution finds certain cities around the globe are emerging as the hometowns of a large majority of foreign students studying in the U.S. The foreign city that sends the most students to the U.S. isn't in China or India, it's in South Korea. "The number one sending hometown of foreign students is Seoul, South Korea, to the whole United States. And in Boston, in particular, about 4 percent of students are from Seoul," said Neil Ruiz, a researcher with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
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District offers new ESL class for adults
White Bear Press
White Bear Lake Area Schools in Minnesota is now offering an adult English as a second language class that is free for foreign-born adults. The students meet with the teacher on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:45-3:15 p.m. at Normandy Park Education Center. Upon enrollment, the adult students' current English language level is assessed and students are divided into groups to study curriculum specific to their needs. Child care and transportation are available.
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Kids get better grades when they share similarities with teachers
The Atlantic
The teacher-student relationship impacts every aspect of the educational experience. When students don't feel safe, respected, or truly known by their teacher, they are less likely to invest and engage in their education. Conversely, when teachers feel distanced from or distrusted by their students, it's nearly impossible to muster the enthusiasm to walk into the classroom each day, let alone instill motivation or investment in our students.
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Bilingual children 'show advantage' in noisy classrooms
BBC
Children fluent in two languages learn better in noisy classrooms than pupils who speak just one, research suggests. Bilingual and monolingual pupils at a Cambridge primary school were asked to "identify the bad animal" in a series of recorded statements. When another voice interrupted the statements, the bilingual children coped best, the study found. This shows "the importance of learning a second language early," said co-author Dr Roberto Filippi.
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Studying with quizzes helps make sure the material sticks
MindShift
Roddy Roediger is a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis and runs the school's Memory Lab. He's been obsessed with studying how and why people remember things for four decades. About 20 years ago, Roediger was running an experiment on how images help people remember. He separated his subjects into three groups and asked each group to try to memorize 60 pictures. The first group just studied the pictures for 20 minutes. The second studied them for most of that time, but was asked to recall the pictures once during the session. But Roediger tested the third group on the pictures three times over the 20 minutes.
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