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Common Core math standards put new focus on English learners
Education Week
When he began working the Common Core State Standards into his instruction three years ago, New York City middle school mathematics teacher Silvestre Arcos noticed that his English language learner students were showing less progress on unit assessments than his other students. "It wasn't necessarily because they didn't have the numeracy skills," recalled Arcos, who is now a math instructional coach and the seventh grade lead teacher at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, a charter school in New York.
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International teachers fill district shortages
District Administration Magazine
At the end of last year, Superintendent Shannon Goodsell of Casa Grande Union High School District in Arizona had 19 teacher openings, in part due to turnover and newly-retired teachers, and zero applications. After embarking on a statewide search, administrators in the rural district of 3,800 students found many other Arizona districts faced the same problem. And as of mid-October, some 500 vacant teaching positions were posted on the state Department of Education job board. When a national search attracted only a few new candidates, Casa Grande administrators hired a consulting agency to search for teachers overseas.
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Survey: English makes big strides in China
Deccan Herald
China: A new survey in China has found that young Chinese professionals with higher levels of proficiency in English language are having faster career growth. The survey, jointly conducted by the Switzerland-based English training organization Education First and a leading Chinese human resources service provider, said Chinese professionals are increasingly viewing English language as an investment in their job and promotion prospects.
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Reviewing the failures of the No Child Left Behind program
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
No Child Left Behind is once again in the limelight. The Department of Education has just announced that states can renew their waivers from NCLB for 3-4 years but have to show incredible results in closing student achievement gaps, implementing college and career-ready standards, using effective teacher and principal evaluation systems, and turning around low-performing schools. Despite its lofty ambitions, NCLB has faced more flak than other education reforms since it fell far short of the expectations it set. To see how NCLB has fared, a timeline review is warranted.
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How many K-12 students are illegal immigrants?
The Washington Post
While President Barack Obama's new executive order offering protection from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants raises many questions, let's look at how many children of illegal immigrants are attending K-12 schools in the United States, and how many of those children are illegal immigrants themselves. According to the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project, 6.9 percent of K-12 students had parents of illegal immigrants in 2012, while far less — 1.4 percent — of all students were illegal immigrants themselves.
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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 Nov.19.
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When language and learning get tough
Language Magazine
In the 2012-2013 school year, there were approximately 1,346,000 English learners in California's K–12 public education system (California Department of Education, 2013). It is estimated that, in general, 15 percent of students should qualify for special education services (Root, 2010), so it is likely that 202,000 students in California have or should have the dual status of ELs with a learning disability.
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Annandale High School theater program opens doors for English language learners
Fairfax County Times
Vy Pham started at Annandale High School as a freshman new to the United States and to the English language. Pham wanted her new language to slip off her tongue, but she knew it more often stumbled. So as she navigated the transition from her native Vietnam, she rarely raised her voice above a whisper. Three years later, Pham stepped on stage in the school auditorium, that shy freshman nowhere in sight. The 17-year-old senior flipped from barking orders as a director to playing the role of a crazed lunatic in the blink of an eye as she rehearsed for a production of "Dracula" with Annandale's Theatre Without Borders program.
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Make literacy a focus of PBL
Edutopia
What's the role of literacy in project-based learning? It's hard to imagine a project, in any subject area, that doesn't involve the essential skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. That was the overwhelming message from participants in a recent Twitter chat about PBL and literacy (#IRAchat, hosted by the International Reading Association).
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6 trends improving K-12 learning experiences
The Huffington Post
In this age of technology and innovation, the K-12 classroom is continually evolving in order to adapt to the times. It's important that teachers keep up-to-date with the latest helpful technology for their students and that parents understand the ramifications of that technology, too.
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Some struggles teachers face using games in the classroom
MindShift
Teachers have long known that making content more playful can be a great way to engage students and add diversity to classroom activities. As technology becomes an ever more significant part of modern classrooms, it makes sense that teachers are using video games for everything from teaching content, to keeping tabs on learning progress, and for skills practice. In a recent survey, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center found that 74 percent of K-8 teachers surveyed use digital games for instruction in some way and 55 percent use them weekly.
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