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The nation heads back to school with new worries about safety
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In Boston, the public schools have asked the police to step up visits to elementary schools throughout the day. In Denver, psychologists and social workers were prepared to visit students. Schools in New York City were encouraged to review safety measures, which include posting security officers in lobbies and requiring identification from all visitors. And the Chicago school district urged principals to conduct lockdown drills, with reminders to stay low, keep quiet and turn off classroom lights. Parents, teachers and school administrators in Newtown, Conn., confront the most immediate and raw tasks of helping children respond to the horrifying killings of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. More



Unspeakable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Edutopia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Words fail. Our hearts are broken. Only deeds matter after tragedy takes away our children and the adults who teach and care for them. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. President Barack Obama spoke to the nation about these heartbreaking events. More

Guns for teachers legislation on the rise in states
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State lawmakers across the country are in the process of introducing legislation to allow the arming of teachers, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. Lawmakers in at least six states have outlined plans to introduce legislation in 2013 to allow teachers to carry guns into schools or require several teachers to be armed in school buildings. Proponents say that by arming teachers, school shootings would decrease, since teachers could fight back. More


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Letter from US Education Secretary Duncan on emergency resources
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Secretary Duncan sent a letter to all local superintendents, summarizing the current resources the Department has available regarding helping children deal with traumatic events and emergency preparedness planning for schools, in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. In addition, the Secretary posted a video expressing his appreciation for all educators' efforts at this sad time. Watch the video.

Apply for an AASA Urgent-Need Mini-Grant
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The application for the 2012 Urgent-Need Mini-Grant is now available. Since 2002, the AASA Urgent-Need Mini-Grant Program has helped school districts meet needs of disadvantaged children in many ways: Enrichment — academic or life-enhancing opportunities that could not otherwise be provided; Urgent medical or dental care; Eyeglasses, prescriptions, and hearing aids; Emergency clothing, food, shelter, supplies, furniture, and fuel; Emergency transportation or child care. Click here to download an application — due to AASA 18 January 2013. More

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Explore the new and improved American English website
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American English is an online resource center for teaching and learning about English and U.S. culture. The variety of engaging materials for teacher professional development and resources to use in the classroom are all free. American English is also the home of Trace Effects, the exciting 3-D interactive online video game for learning English and U.S. culture. Play it or one of four exciting related mini-games online and compete against friends to see who can earn the highest score. More

Do you feel confident discussing grammar in the classroom?
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Education department focus on English learners seen waning
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As the number of English learners continues to grow faster than that of any other group in the nation's public schools, concerns are mounting that the distinctive needs of those students and the educators who work with them are receiving diminishing attention from the U.S. Department of Education. Even as the federal government spends roughly $750 million a year to help educate a population that's grown to be one out of every 10 students, the department's office of English-language acquisition, or OELA, has seen its clout steadily shrink. More

How will the fiscal cliff impact education funding?
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Education and politics in the U.S. are far from strangers, and the current ruckus in Washington over the so-called "fiscal cliff" is making no exceptions. With tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect in January if lawmakers and the president fail to reach a debt-reduction deal, education providers are being forced to plan for tighter budgets. In many cases, that would mean jobs lost and reduced services for students. More

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State chiefs to examine teacher prep, licensing
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Twenty-five state schools chiefs are vowing to take action to update their systems of teacher preparation and licensing, with an eye to ensuring teachers are ready the minute they take charge of their own classrooms. The announcement from the Council of Chief State School Officers is probably state officials' most explicit promise to engage in changes to teacher preparation, and it comes as the latest sign that the topic is likely be a major focus of K-12 policymakers in 2013. More

The fiscal cliff: Why you should care and what you can do
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It is easy to ignore the noise from Washington, D.C., about the upcoming fiscal cliff. The tone from the Capitol hardly seems changed from the pre-election rhetoric that made many of us tune out what politicians have to say. But we need to tune in on this. The fiscal cliff, particularly the aspect of it known as sequestration (automatic 8.2 percent budget cuts to all federal discretionary spending programs that will occur in January unless Congress acts), has very real implications for our nation's schools. The National Education Association estimates that it will cut $4.8 billion in education funding (including cuts to Head Start), impacting 9.3 million students attending pre-K, elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools. More


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New student-poverty measures proposed for national tests
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Aiming to get a clearer picture of how students' home and community resources affect their academic achievement, America's best-known K-12 education barometer, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is building a comprehensive new way to gauge socioeconomic status. The new measure, being developed by the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics, is intended to look beyond a traditional measure of family income to a child's family, community and school supports for learning. More



Learning American English is now child's play
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Now improving your English vocabulary is child's play. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs launched a website to provide American English resources for school students studying English as a foreign language on Wednesday. One of the major attractions on the website is Trace Effects, a three-dimensional interactive online video game that encourages children between 12 and 16 years to explore the English language and American culture by taking the player to cities and locations across the U.S. More



Stanford education experts help launch a new rigorous curriculum for English language learners
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A Stanford-led education initiative is sharing a new approach to teaching English language learners. Seventh graders with intermediate-level English language skills will, for example, grapple directly with challenging documents such as Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. More

Connecticut schools report card reveals Black-Latino graduation gap
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Two-thirds of black students, but only half of Hispanics, graduated from Connecticut's Wilbur Cross High School in four years. That was one piece of new information that emerged as the state released grades for all Connecticut public schools. The overall graduation numbers weren't new; they came from the Class of 2011. But the breakdown was new. And it revealed a new twist on the popular term "achievement gap." More

Arizona school districts grapple with ELL mandate
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On a recent morning in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, teacher Fatima Hughes led a group of fourth-graders in a vocabulary lesson. A few of the students in her classroom were once classified as English language learners, but they passed a test known as the AZELLA, and were entered into mainstream classes like this one. More

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Schools aim to help English language learners learn faster
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Imagine trying to read and solve math problems in a school where you don't speak the language of your teacher and classmates. That's the challenge facing roughly 65,000 students in Minnesota, or 8 percent of the student population, who are learning English as they go through the school. Despite some recent improvement in their test scores, English learners, whose numbers are growing, perform far below the state average in reading, math and science. Only slightly more than half graduate high school in four years. More

English language programs trace roots to mid-1970s
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Though immigration has been a prominent feature of U.S. growth since the nation's founding, the modern age of English language learning programs traces back to only the mid-1970s. At that time, small clusters of foreign language students were scattered throughout Minnesota schools, but no infrastructure beyond simple tutoring existed to handle them. Two events would change this: the 1974 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Lau v. Nichols and the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. More

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New policy for young immigrants creates paperwork deluge
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In the six months since a new law opened a path to temporary legal status for some young immigrants in the U.S., more than 300,000 people have applied — and have rushed to request qualifying documents from their schools. The law, Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, offers legal status, renewable every two years, to people ages 30 and younger who were brought to the country as children. Applicants must prove they were in the U.S. for five consecutive years — something most easily achieved through school transcripts. More

ESL students turned away at Vancouver Community College
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Canada: Security guards were turning students away at Vancouver Community College, after hundreds showed up to enroll in tuition-free ESL courses. Earlier this year, the provincial government announced it would pay for the courses, prompting some to camp out overnight in order to land a spot in a class. As the crowd swelled to the hundreds, students were turned away — some of whom were upset they paid $90 to have their English assessed only to find out their chances of successfully enrolling were slim. More

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Study: Dubai one of worst cities for English language
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Dubai: Dubai is one of the poorest cities in the world for its proficiency in the English language, a position that could see it lose out to foreign direct investment, according to a new report. The emirate was ranked 49 out of 54 countries, below Qatar (37) and Kuwait (45) but slightly above Saudi Arabia (52), in the EF English Proficiency Index. "English proficiency is a key factor that determines where multinationals in high-growth, knowledge-based sectors choose to locate their regional hubs around the world," said Michael Lu, EF Senior vice president. More



Should teachers be trained in counterterrorism?
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Tim Padgett, TIME's Miami & Latin America bureau chief, writes: "Before Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 20 children and six adults, my sister was already a teacher on edge and in mourning. The night before, in the parking lot of her high school in the Pacific Northwest, a 16-year-old student from her first-period class shot and killed himself. Three months earlier, her school had been forced to close for a day after a former student made a threat on social media to 'open fire on people in the commons in the morning until I am either taken down by the school's police officer, or until I run out of [ammunition].'" More

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Learn English online: How the Internet is changing language
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United Kingdom: Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing. When America emerged from the ashes of a bruising war with Britain in 1814, the nation was far from united. Noah Webster thought that a common language would bring people together and help create a new identity that would make the country truly independent of the British. More

New survey highlights best practices for online learning programs
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Progress monitoring tools, teacher availability and training, and challenging curriculum are critical elements of a successful distance learning program, according to a new survey, Best Practices for Implementing Online Learning in K-12 Districts, released by K12, a provider of online education programs for K-12 students. More than 220 superintendents, curriculum directors, principals and special education directors participated in the survey. More



Learning a foreign language: 5 most common mistakes
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United Kingdom: It's a myth that intelligent people are better at learning languages. Sure, it doesn't hurt, especially when innately academic types hold an arsenal of learning strategies. Most language learning skills, however, are in fact habits, which can be formed through a bit of discipline and self-awareness. More

24 education technology terms you should know
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If you're a teacher or administrator who has been to an educational conference or sat in on a product demo featuring the latest classroom innovation, you know that the intersection of schools and technology is littered with buzzwords. From mLearning to mobile apps to asynchronous instruction, the ed-tech landscape is equal parts high-gloss marketing and roll-up-your-sleeves instruction. In the face of increased pressure to improve student performance, how can K–12 educators cut through the promotional hyperbole and put the focus where it should be — on classroom improvements? More



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