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Connecting cultures through celebrations of thankfulness
By: Beth Crumpler
The end of November is here. In the United States, the end of November means Thanksgiving — the time of year where families and friends get together to eat food and celebrate things for which they are grateful. Many cultures around the world actually have holidays to celebrate thankfulness, too. These events are often harvest celebrations. The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to teach students about the traditions and celebrations of gratitude in other countries.
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Obama's immigration plan will affect these K-12 students with undocumented parents
The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama will announce his plan for executive action on immigration, which is expected to grant deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. Obama's proposal could impact not only the estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., but also their young children, according to new data from Pew Research Center. Recently, Pew's Hispanic Trends Project released a report outlining the numbers of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S as of 2012. The report estimates that the nation's population of unauthorized immigrants has dropped in recent years, down from 12.2 million in 2007 to 11.2 million in 2012.
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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young, old
Science Daily
Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to researchers. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger," said the lead investigator.
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Now available from TESOL Press: New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary, Revised
Containing 100 step-by-step activities, this revised volume is designed to make vocabulary teaching almost effortless.
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New from TESOL Press: Lesson Planning
This easy-to-follow guide discusses the many approaches to lesson planning, addresses both theoretical and practical issues, and provides sample lesson plans and examples.
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New programs include a certificate program, three online courses, and a one-day event for adult educators.
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States expanded availability and uses of student K-12 data, new report says
Education Week
The number of states that provide data to parents allowing them to track their children's academic progress has more than doubled in the last three years from eight to 17, while more than 100 bills designed to better safeguard student data were considered in states, according to a recent report from the Washington-based Data Quality Campaign. The "Data for Action 2014" report from the group, which advocates for the availability and use of student data to improve K-12 achievement, was released Wednesday.
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Largo High in Maryland top choice for English language learner school
The Gazette
A new school for English language learners will likely be placed within Largo High School in Maryland, even though community members say it might heighten tension between students. Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell said that although the location has not been finalized, Largo High is currently the top school under consideration for the site of one of two high schools being designed as an option for students whose native language isn't English.
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5 key facts for international students about US academic culture
U.S. News & World Report
As an international student, being in an American classroom can be a life-changing experience. You will able to express yourself freely, make friends, build your confidence and challenge your friends and professors on topics in class. There are, however, five characteristics of classes and the academic atmosphere in the U.S. that may be different from those in your home country.
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Adoptees' 'lost language' from infancy triggers brain response
CBC News
You may not recall any memories from the first year of life, but if you were exposed to a different language at the time, your brain will still respond to it at some level, a new study suggests. Brain scans show that children adopted from China as babies into families that don't speak Chinese still unconsciously recognize Chinese sounds as language more than a decade later. "It was amazing to see evidence that such an early experience continued to have a lasting effect," said Lara Pierce, lead author of the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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    Common Core math standards put new focus on English learners (Education Week)
ESL students learn English, keep pride in their culture (The Marion Star)
Elementary practicals (Language Magazine)
Cleveland schools propose changes to ESL program (WTVC-TV)
Drilling down: Audio-lingual method can help (By: Eva Sullivan)

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When teachers and administrators collaborate
Those of us in education know that systemic change requires collaboration. And when trying to implement large-scale initiatives like the Common Core State Standards that require rethinking professional learning, curriculum and instructional materials, family engagement activities, assessment and other aspects of the education system, collaboration is particularly important.
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How poorly designed classroom space puts student learning at risk
The Hechinger Report
Space matters. For over 200 years we have been teaching in row-by-column seating. Many experts argue that this classroom style has conditioned both educators and students to ineffectively utilize space. Researchers have said that space affects human behavior in powerful ways. So it is striking to realize that in education, empirical research on space is largely underutilized.
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