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Teaching learning strategies to ELLs: What, why, when, how
By: Erick Herrmann
"Learning how to learn" is one of many goals educators have for their students. In fact, in a world where we cannot predict the jobs and work of the future, the act of learning, unlearning old ways of doing things and relearning new ways, is a 21st-century skill that is gaining increasing importance. The constantly changing landscape of technological advances in the workforce causes us to adapt ways of doing things on a seemingly daily basis.
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Study: Nagging parents to help their kids learn to read works
The children of wealthy parents hear millions more words in their first years of life than the children of low-income ones. That creates a vocabulary gap that never really closes: poor children lag behind in literacy from their first day of school. Researchers are looking at a low-cost way to help: sending three text messages a week to parents of pre-K students, at a cost of about $1 per family. And they have some early evidence that this program, which suggests easy ways to help kids pick up literacy skills, can work.
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TESOL Online Course: Grammar 1. Phrasal Structures
2 February – 1 March 2015
Learn how to define basic grammatical terms, identify grammatical structures within sentences, and explain the structure of noun and verb phrases and the functions of the English verb tenses. Explore ways to incorporate communicative practice into your teaching plans and write teaching plans for grammar points. Thank you to TESOL's Grammar Partner, Oxford University Press.

K–12 Dream Day in Toronto, Ontario Canada
A full 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.

NEW: Adult Ed Day in Toronto, Ontario Canada
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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Financing dual language learning: Here's how it works
States are facing considerable challenges in meeting all children's educational needs, especially given growing numbers of low-income and dual language learners in schools. For the most part, states and school districts bear the responsibility for serving DLLs. But the federal government, although it pitches in only about $723 million, has taken on a growing role in educating DLLs.
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Opposition mounts to high school for English language learners
The Washington Post
Some parents in Prince George's County, Maryland, are upset about a plan to make Largo High School one of the locations for the school district's new international high schools, telling school board members that the community has asked for additional programming for the students who already attend the school. The president of the Largo High School PTA and a state delegate asked the board and Prince George's County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell to reconsider their decision to place one of the schools, which are designed specifically to help recent immigrants and second-generation students adapt and succeed in school, at Largo.
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What you need to know before sending your child to a dual language program
Jennifer Friedman didn't start learning Spanish until middle school, and she had to work hard to become fluent. Now a bilingual speech pathologist and a mother of two, Friedman was determined to raise her children bilingual and to start them on Spanish as early as possible. She speaks to them exclusively in Spanish and started a bilingual preschool, La Escuelita, on the Upper West Side in 2002. She also sent her kids to the Spanish dual language program at P.S. 75 on West End Avenue, one of a rapidly growing number of similar programs in schools across the city.
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Number of academic refugees grows
The New York Times
A Syrian engineer escapes the country after being detained and tortured by government forces. A writer and human rights activist flees Greece following threats from members of a far-right political group. In Thailand, a military coup forces an outspoken anthropologist to seek refuge abroad. Intellectual dissidents have long faced political persecution and violence. But in recent years, the dangers facing them and universities in troubled regions have reached a crisis point. According to the Institute of International Education, which has been helping imperiled scholars since 1919, academics and students are being forced to flee their homes and homelands at a level not seen since World War II, when thousands of professors and scientists escaped Nazi-controlled Europe.
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Norway slumps in English language skills
The Local
Norway: The Education First English Language Proficiency Index reported inclusion in the top five showing for the three Scandinavian nations included in the study. Denmark was the number one nation for English language proficiency (EPI = 69.3), Holland was second (EPI = 68.98) and Sweden, third (EPi = 67.80). However Norway, although ranked 5th, saw a significant drop of 5 percent in its EPI since 2011 (EPi = 69). In 2014, the Nordic nation has an EPI of only 64.32. The current trend has shown a significant decrease across both Norwegian men (down 5 percent) and women (down 4 percent) in English language proficiency.
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How to save teachers from burning out, dropping out and other hazards of experience
The Hechinger Report
An abundance of recent books, research and headlines present growing evidence that our nation's schools can and must do a better job of preparing teachers for the experiences they'll face in the classroom. They show that if educators really knew how to address the challenges of teaching in high poverty areas, they would increase their impact and make a longer career out of teaching. Certainly, better preparation is a crucial element to solving our teacher quality and retention issues, but it's only half the challenge. The other is keeping those who become truly great teachers engaged and effective as they settle in to their careers.
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