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Los Angeles schools' plan for non-English speakers: Segregation or solution?
The Christian Science Monitor
Plans to separate Los Angeles elementary school students who are not fluent in English from native speakers in all core classes are drawing fire, as educators and parents say the move will make the students "second-class citizens" in their own schools. The policy is an attempt to improve the performance of non-English-speaking students in response to a two-year-old federal civil rights lawsuit. Test results show that as many as 50,000 district students classified as "English language learners" in kindergarten never become proficient.
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Learning to lead through learning to follow
By Andy Curtis
Leadership in English language teaching appears to have been relatively overlooked, apart from a few helpful and useful books. But when we look at the tens of thousands of books and papers on leadership in other areas, such as business and heath care, we can see that the vast majority of them are about experiences of leading, not experiences of following. In the same way that the voices of the learners are often conspicuous by their absence in many studies that claim to be about teaching and learning, the voices of the "followers" are similarly absent in the leadership literature.
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Why states are creating a common definition for English language learners
WLRN-TV
The U.S. Department of Education is prodding states to adopt a common definition for who is an English language learner. The federal government is pushing states to consider adopting a common definition for which students qualify as English language learners, Stateline reports.

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Does geography influence how a language sounds?
National Geographic
Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first to show that geography can influence how a language sounds.

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Cutting to the Common Core: Making vocabulary No. 1
Language Magazine
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) call upon students to tackle increasingly complex informational and narrative texts and articulate their comprehension using academic register.

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The state of the Common Core
Edutopia
Millions of teachers and thousands of districts in 45 states are currently undergoing a sea change in the way that they teach and assess students. The new Common Core Standards for learning have been phased into states and districts since 2010, and the digitized Common Core Assessments are scheduled to deploy in states that have adopted them as early as the 2014-2015 school year.
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After fiscal drama, Impact Aid districts will see some early money
Education Week
When Congress pulls budget shenanigans, Impact Aid suffers more than just about any other federal K-12 education program. But, in the midst of all the fiscal drama this year, Impact Aid districts are finally getting some good news: A good chunk of the money they're owed this year will arrive early.
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Why states are creating a common definition for English language learners
WLRN-TV
The U.S. Department of Education is prodding states to adopt a common definition for who is an English language learner. The federal government is pushing states to consider adopting a common definition for which students qualify as English language learners, Stateline reports. The decision is important because it could affect federal funding for those students. The common definition could also determine which students receive accommodations on standardized tests, such as more time, use of a dictionary or instructions recorded in their native language.
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Who is an 'English language learner?'
Stateline
If a U.S. student learning English were to drive across the country, he would find that in some states he would be classified an "English language learner," eligible to receive extra support. In other states, the same student would not qualify for the special designation — or the additional help. In California, for example, English language learners spend part of the day focused on learning English. The rest of the day, teachers help them learn the same material as native-English speakers, with some modifications. For example, they might be divided into smaller groups with other limited-English speakers, or receive a preview or review of the lesson in their native tongue.
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International impact through English language education
TAMU
For the second year in a row, a group of high school English teachers from Hangzhou, China have traveled to Texas A&M University for the opportunity to participate in a professional development and cultural exchange program hosted by the department of Teaching, Learning and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development, in collaboration with the Hangzhou Education Bureau in China.
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Learning the language: Student spends summer in Ecuador teaching English
Penn State University
Tara Perpignan, a College of Education senior studying special education, spent part of her summer in a Penn State English as a Second Language immersion program. Perpignan spent about six weeks in Ecuador where she taught English as a part of a mini-school program. Perpignan also earned her ESL specialist certificate as a part of this experience.
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Common Core study: Teachers aiming too low with reading assignments
Education Week
A new survey shows that most teachers are still gearing class reading assignments to students' skill level, rather than — as the Common Core Standards envision — to their grade level. "Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments," released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, explores the practices of teachers as they begin teaching the common standards in public schools in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
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New strategy for more efficient learning
Psychology Today
In 1913, Ebbinghaus demonstrated that spacing learning out over time creates much more efficient learning than cramming a learning task into a single intense session. Now, a new discovery has been made for a specific spaced-learning strategy that so far is the best of all. In reviewing this new design, Kelley and Whatson point out experiments showing that this kind of spaced learning is optimal for information encoding and for activation of the genes needed to form long-term memory.
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