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New Canadian teachers head abroad amid tight job market
CBC News
Canada: Newly qualified Canadian teachers frustrated with the over-saturated teaching market in many major Canadian cities are setting their sights on international schools abroad, where they say professional and personal benefits far outweigh those back home. "The Canadians I'm meeting abroad are pretty solid teachers," says Jay Goodman, a 31-year-old high school teacher who is in his fourth year of international teaching. "They're young, excited, passionate teachers who just haven't been able to work with the system the way it is at home."
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Music and performance: Methods for language learning and retention
By Beth Crumpler
Music instruction greatly improves student working memory by minimizing the variables that impair it. It has been documented and proven that music students do better on IQ tests. This is not due to their superior intelligence, but rather a result of their music training. Many variables affect the working memory of ESL students, and music is a gateway that ESL teachers can use to decrease these imparities for English learning.

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Supporting America's English learners: A promise we must keep
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
In today's increasingly competitive, global economy, we must deliver a world-class education to all students — regardless of the circumstances that they bring to their learning. This is a promise we must keep to our nation's English learners, and to all of America's learners. Working together at the federal, state and local school levels, I know that we can achieve this goal.
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2014 Fishman Prize now accepting applications and nominations
Fishman Prize via TESOL
The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is awarded annually to public school teachers who demonstrate exceptionally effective teaching with students from high-poverty communities. Offered by TNTP, a nonprofit organization working to ensure that all students get excellent teachers, the prize is awarded to up to five teachers each year. Winners receive $25,000 and engage in a 6-week summer residency. Finalists receive $1,000 and national recognition. Applicants who submit by the early deadline of 3 December 2013 will get priority notice if selected for the next round. Apply or nominate a teacher today. The final deadline is 21 January 2014. Read the 2013 winners' paper and learn more about how to apply or nominate your favorite teachers at www.tntp.org/fishmanprize.
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Grants for adult education classroom materials: Deadline 31 January 2014
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The Tina B. Carver Fund offers grants for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States. Applications should be submitted online by 31 January 2014. Read more information online.
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2014 TESOL Convention — Call for volunteers
TESOL
The TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo needs your help! By donating a few hours of your time during the convention you can help attendees as well as TESOL. Give an hour or two at one of the many help desks, Pre- and Postconvention Institutes, bag and program pickup, or one of the other programs or functions at the convention. TESOL offers a $50 registration fee refund following the convention to confirmed volunteers of at least 4 hours at some stations. The volunteer form is available online.
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Best language learning games
TESOL
TESOL guest author Marc Anderson shares one of his favorite language games for his ESL classroom in this first (of five) of his language games blog series. This game, for individuals or team play, works on reading, vocabulary, spelling, and overall language skills. Other recent TESOL blogs: Getting Ahead in English Outside of Class: Next Steps, The Need for ESPers to Enhance Their Leadership Skills, and The Explosive Growth of Teaching and Learning Online in TESOL.
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Bedford, Mass., schools adjust to influx of ELL students
Bedford Minuteman
Over the last three years, the number of English language learners (students who do not speak English as their first language) has increased nearly tenfold in the Bedford Public Schools in Massachusetts.

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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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What it takes (and means) to learn English as an adult
NPR
Ana Perez never made it to high school. Her education ended after the sixth grade, when war broke out in her native El Salvador. She says she's "desperate" to learn English, but she gets nervous trying to speak it.

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Education Department loosens NCLB waiver requirements
U.S. News & World Report
Not long after it said states would have to increase their accountability measures to renew No Child Left Behind waivers, the Education Department is scaling back that process. The department announced Aug. 29 that in order to renew the waivers that allow states to get around key requirements of the sweeping education law, they would have to show they are doing a better job of ensuring low-income and minority students are not disproportionately being taught by ineffective teachers, and that they would have to improve their use of federal funds for professional development.
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Categorical funds: The intersection of school finance and governance
Center for American Progress
How a state chooses to design its system of funding schools is ultimately a question of education governance, determining who — state policymakers, school districts, or school principals — gets to make the decisions about how and where funding is spent. States have two primary ways of funding schools: the foundation, or base funding that is intended to cover the basic costs of education (teacher salaries, textbooks, materials, and more); and categorical funding targeted to specific purposes (reducing class sizes, programs for English language learners, special education and more).
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Teacher killings bring profession's risks to light
The Associated Press via ABC News
When a 16-year-old student slammed a metal trash can onto Philip Raimondo's head, it did more than break open the history teacher's scalp, knock him out and send him bleeding to the floor. "It changed my whole world," Raimondo said about the attack in the school where he taught for 22 years. Experts say the phenomenon of student-on-teacher violence is too often ignored. "There's some reluctance to think that the teaching profession can be unsafe," said Dr. Dorothy Espelage of the University of Illinois.
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Great teachers don't always want to become principals
The Atlantic
Sam is a high-school government teacher in Washington, D.C., who wanted to take on a leadership role in her school. Last year, she earned a master's degree and an administration license in order to pursue a position as a principal or a dean. Now, though, she has doubts about leaving the classroom. "I'm not sure that I want to be a principal," she tells me. "I think that ideally I would still want to work with kids in some capacity ... I don't perceive leaving the classroom for a while, but I do want to have some other leadership opportunities before that."
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Bedford, Mass., schools adjust to influx of ELL students
Bedford Minuteman
Over the last three years, the number of English language learners (students who do not speak English as their first language) has increased nearly tenfold in the Bedford Public Schools in Massachusetts. While the influx of students living at the Plaza Hotel has contributed to the growing number of students still learning the English language, it is only one of many factors contributing to a statewide and nationwide trend.
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Language education company marks decline in Taiwan's English proficiency
The China Post
Taiwan: Taiwan's English proficiency ranking fell among 60 countries and territories, according to an annual English Proficiency Index Report released recently by EF Education First, a global language education company. The report tracked the English skills of 750,000 adults in 60 non-English-speaking countries and territories in 2013. Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands took the top three places, while Taiwan's ranking dropped three places, going from the 30th to 33rd, the report said.
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Online courses are taking off in developing countries, but there's a major downside
Slate
Time zones away from the quads of Cambridge, Mass., and Palo Alto, Calif., there's a curious educational evolution happening. Though the modern massive open online course movement originated in North America, two-thirds of their users live abroad—in places like Rwanda, China and Brazil. Foreign users are adapting the courses produced at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford to fit their local communities and cultures. And in the process, they're creating an entirely new education model. Instead of toiling at MOOCs alone with the dim light of a laptop, communities around the world are combining screen time with face time.
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Countries with better English have better economies
Harvard Business Review
Billions of people around the globe are desperately trying to learn English — not simply for self-improvement, but as an economic necessity. It's easy to take for granted being born in a country where people speak the lingua franca of global business, but for people in emerging economies such as China, Russia and Brazil, where English is not the official language, good English is a critical tool, which people rightly believe will help them tap into new opportunities at home and abroad.
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Study: Multi-lingual Indian children learn English faster
Hindustan Times
India: The competence and confidence in Indian languages strongly influences the ability of children to learn and read in English, according to a study of primary children in India which was conducted by the British Council and Pratham, a charity organization. The study, titled English Impact Report: Investigating English Language Learning Outcomes at the Primary School Level in Rural India, was released at the British Council.
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Toddlers can learn verbs even in nonsocial contexts
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences via Science Daily
Language acquisition has traditionally been considered a social, interactive process. However, new research from Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College reveals that toddlers are able to acquire the meanings of words even in "socially impoverished contexts" where social or visual information is absent.
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Teaching English in Germany — Top 10 things I learned
The Vancouver Sun (commentary)
Sometimes I think that my students in Germany taught me more than I taught them. Teaching is a funny thing and demands your all. You can't have an off day as a teacher. You are always on, and you have to give intense amounts of energy in every moment. It is utterly exhausting and wonderful all at once. As a language teacher in Hamburg, Germany, some days I felt like I was a complete and utter failure, and that no matter what I did in a certain class I couldn't get my students engaged. Other days I felt like the entire class was energized and we were all inspired.
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The biggest hurdle to flipping your class
Edutopia (commentary)
I have been asked on a number of occasions what is the biggest hurdle that teachers need to overcome in order to flip their classrooms. In my experience, the number one hurdle is that teachers need to flip their thinking about class time.
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6 ways eBooks can support Common Core
eSchool News
As schools begin implementing the Common Core State Standards, experts say that this could be an opportune time for districts to explore eBooks, specifically because eBooks' technology features can help fulfill many Common Core requirements.
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