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Flexibility, support build student independence
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Connor Kearns did not expect to spend his junior year thinking about college. "In 7th grade, I thought I might as well join the Marines and then do trade school like my dad," said the 16-year-old California student. But he is now entering his second year at the 152-student San Francisco Flex Academy, a blended charter school operated by the Herndon, Va.-based K12 Inc., the largest for-profit provider of K-12 online learning. Students in the flex model, which now has two locations — one in San Francisco and the other in Silicon Valley— spend five days a week at school working through the K12 Inc. online curriculum for part of the day and attending breakout classes taught by teachers face-to-face. More

Kaplan game app teaches students English
THE Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kaplan International Colleges has unveiled free iOS and Android apps designed to help students learn the English language by playing a game. English Train, designed for both children and English-as-a-second-language students, challenges users to memorize where items are located in a train car and then match the item with the correct location before arriving at the next train station. English Train is based on the British rail system. More

Miami-Dade school district wins top national education award
The Miami Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Miami-Dade, Fla., Superintendent of Schools is Alberto Carvalho, who delivered the opening plenary, "In Pursuit of Excellence for All," at TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia. TESOL congratulates Carvalho on this landmark achievement. More
Related story: Why Miami-Dade schools won prestigious Broad Prize for urban districts (The Christian Science Monitor)

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The National Center for Literacy Education
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Overview of Obama, Romney and federal policy on higher education
Inside Higher Ed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For a few days in early June, as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred over student debt and interest rates, it seemed that higher education might play a major role in the 2012 presidential race. Since then, it has largely faded into the background. Still, when voters go to the polls Nov. 6, issues important to colleges and their students — some obvious, some less so — will hang in the balance. More

English as a Second Language Week to be celebrated in Canada
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For new Canadians, it has never been more important than today to learn English as a Second Language. To honor learners and educators alike, a weeklong celebration — ESL Week — is taking place across the province Nov. 4-10. ESL Week, founded and organized by TESL Ontario, is an annual celebration of ESL education that involves several Ontario communities, thousands of ESL educators, students and many learning institutions and school boards. More

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Common Core State Standards adopted nationwide
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The Common Core State Standards developed by the National Governors' Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers now have 46 states and the District of Columbia adopting "college- and career-ready standards," in English language arts and math. However, the National Education Policy Center makes clear that core standards depend less on the standards themselves than on implementation. More

For Asians, school tests are vital steppingstones
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More than 15,000 students were expected to file into classrooms Oct. 27 to take a grueling, 95-question test for admission to New York City's elite public high schools. (The Oct. 28 test, for about 14,000 students, was postponed until Nov. 18 because of Hurricane Sandy.) No one will be surprised if Asian students, who make up 14 percent of the city's public school students, once again win most of the seats, and if black and Hispanic students win few. More

On the importance of English language education for students
The Jakarta Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The English-language curriculum in Indonesian national education system has been a bone of contention among parents and education experts for many years, with many lamenting its focus on grammar and structure at the expense of creating a fun learning experience for students. The Jakarta Post's Iman Mahditama talked to the Education and Culture Ministry's director general for secondary education, Hamid Muhammad, about the importance of instilling students with excellent English communication skills and the significance of extracurricular activities such as the Youth Speak Fun Day in helping students to master the language. More

ESL programs see rise in Canadian-born students
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Richmond, British Columbia, schools have had vast experience over many years teaching English as a second language to immigrant children. But recently educators have faced a new challenge: Canadian-born children entering kindergarten with inadequate English skills because they speak a different language at home, said district curriculum coordinator Diane Tijman. More

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Learning via laptop takes off in North Carolina region
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At the start of this school year, Orange County Schools became one of the first school districts in North Carolina, and the first in the Triangle, to give a laptop to every middle and high school student. The transition has gone so smoothly the district plans to expand the program next year to include fourth- and fifth-graders. Some teachers say they can't imagine going back to a no-laptop classroom. Interactive digital textbooks let students explore simulations, videos and bilingual features that print textbooks just do not have — which is important in a district with a high ESL population. More

California strips scores from 23 schools in cheating probe
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The news that 23 schools in California have had their Academic Performance Index scores eliminated by a series of cheating incidents fits neatly into a pattern: For the past three years' worth of test results, the Los Angeles Times reported, including this year's, about two dozen schools in the state have seen their academic rankings tarnished by cheating. What does that mean, in practical terms? More

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Sherman Academy named 'promising practice' for English learners
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Sherman Academy's goal of creating bilingual and bi-literate students has been designated a "Promising Practice for English Learners" by the U.S. Department of Education's National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Sherman is a dual-language immersion program where students receive half of their instruction in English and half in Spanish. Located in the Sherman Heights neighborhood east of downtown San Diego, it is one of San Diego's oldest schools. More

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Foreign students and tolerance: Part 1
Inside Higher Ed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Neo-racism toward international students, such as the recent incidents at Michigan State and Ohio State Universities, highlights the challenges higher education leaders face in creating a positive campus climate for international students. Many international students live in a parallel social world, shut off from friendships with American peers. More

Foreign students and tolerance: Part 2
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An often-overlooked area of inquiry is what racial attitudes and stereotypes international students bring to America, which affect with whom they interact, how they navigate their college experience in the U.S. and campus climate as a whole. Racial misunderstandings take place on both sides of this international and domestic relationship, indicating there must be concrete efforts taken by universities to promote cross-cultural interaction and educate students about the historical, racial/ethnic and cultural diversity that exists in both international and domestic student communities. More

Alaska's shining star in adult education
Juneau Empire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Not everyone is lucky enough to be born in the rainy paradise of Juneau, Alaska, and some not only breach the distance but also face obstacles like learning a new language or earning U.S. citizenship. What students of Heather Parker undoubtedly know, the Alaska Adult Education Association has also recognized: Parker was awarded State of Alaska Adult Educator of the Year honors. Parker teaches English as a second language and citizenship classes, along with a new class combining language and job-seeking skills, at The Learning Connection, a program of Alaska's Educational Resource Center. More

Ultimate Vocabulary cheers libraries that help ESL learners
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Book clubs exclusively aimed at ESL learners constitute an effective and low-cost method of helping the assimilation of newcomers in their new country of residence. Such socially oriented library involvement is saluted and further encouraged, according to Marc Slater, managing director of Ultimate Vocabulary. More

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English Proficiency Index shows world is learning English
Education First    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The EF English Proficiency Index 2012 ranks 54 countries and territories by adult English proficiency. The recently released results show 2 billion people will be learning English by 2020 — an increase driven by factors ranging from world population growth to the introduction of English lessons for younger pupils. More

Study: Up to 80 percent of teachers are using video in classroom
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Research conducted during the past 18 months indicates that more than 80 percent of teachers in the U.S. are using video in the classroom as a valued teaching resource. However, a combination of lack of subtitles (closed captions) and a lack of understanding how to use those subtitles effectively means the vast majority of those teachers are not getting the full benefits from that video for themselves or their students. More

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Charter school mixes languages, gets encouraging results
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California's Chula Vista Learning Community Charter has seen encouraging results from splitting instruction equally between English and Spanish. The K-9 charter school attributes its well-above-average test scores to two increasingly popular practices: throwing English learners and native speakers into the same class (called two-way immersion) and dividing instruction equally between English and Spanish (the 50-50 model). More

South Dakota schools go bilingual in bullying fight
Sioux City Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Area schools in Sioux City, S.D., want to ensure parents who don't speak English know how to address bullying if the issue works its way into the student's home. Maria Ruelas, head teacher for the Sioux City district's English as Second Language program, said the language barrier is one of the biggest challenges when helping parents find out what school resources are available for their children. More

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Ohio increases the pressure to read
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Thanks to a new Ohio "Third-Grade Reading Guarantee" law, Nichole Smith's first-grader hates reading, believes he's slow and spends an additional 45 minutes each night on reading, in addition to his regular homework. Nichole and her son are among many Ohio residents feeling new reading pressures. It's the result of Ohio's "Reading Guarantee" law that says all third-graders (excluding students with disabilities or English Language Learners) must pass the state's reading test. If they don't, they'll repeat third grade. More

Powerful coalition opposes NCLB waivers in New Jersey
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A remarkable coalition of individuals and organizations, many of them with deep roots in the African American and Latino communities is calling upon the Department of Education to abandon plans to implement new policies associated with NCLB waivers in the state of New Jersey. In the past, some leaders in the African American and Latino communities have supported NCLB, believing it would result in improved outcomes for students. More

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