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More than 10,000 students earn new State Seal
of Biliteracy in California

California Department of Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 10,000 graduating high school students across California have earned the first state recognition in the nation for achieving proficiency in multiple languages, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced. The "State Seal of Biliteracy" was established per Assembly Bill 815 to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. It takes the form of a gold seal affixed to the high school diplomas of qualified students. More


Do those who like the common core know the facts?
Stephen Krashen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to an Achieve poll, 68 percent of teachers and 74 percent of all voters approve of the common core state (sic) standards (either "very favorable" or "favorable"). A poll of Education Next readers showed less enthusiasm, but 40 percent supported the common core at the time of this writing (either "completely" or "somewhat" supportive). I wonder how the poll results would turn out if those taking the poll realized that the common core state (sic) standards mean a massive increase in testing and will be very expensive, at a time when money is very tight. More

Education Department to study ELLs with disabilities
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Challenges related to identifying English-language learners who have disabilities and providing appropriate services for them are about to become the subject of a U.S. Department of Education "exploratory" study. The Education Department has selected six school districts (names not to be revealed) to focus on as case studies in an effort to understand how educators figure out which ELLs need special education services and how they go about delivering those services to them. More

McDonald's launches new webinar series to help Hispanic kids
get into college

Franchise Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
McDonald's announced that it will launch the Latinos Rumbo al College as part of its Hispanic education program, which will be a free webinar series in part with nonprofit organization Latinos in College and LULAC National Educational Service Center. The new series was created to make the college process simpler and more attainable for Hispanic youths and their parents, said McDonald's in a press release. More

Audit: Florida students kept in English program too long
Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At schools across Orange County, Fla., students are being kept in programs for English-language learners even after they can read and write the language proficiently, according to a state audit of district records. The problem appears widespread in the district, which had more than 28,000 English-language learners last year, second in Florida to only Miami-Dade County. Of 1,109 files audited, there were problems with the records of 430 ESOL students — or nearly 39 percent. More

New standards need to embrace English language learners
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As the American Federation of Teachers continues to shape and help teachers implement the Common Core State Standards of teaching, it is keeping in mind that all students need to succeed in school – including English language learners. For that reason, the AFT invited a diverse group of prominent ELL-focused researchers, advocates and policymakers to a roundtable exchange recently designed to explore the Common Core standards in the context of ELLs: What unique challenges do these students face, and how can their teachers help them meet the standards successfully? More

California works on new English-language development standards
Education Week (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
California education officials are moving ahead to revamp the state's English-language development standards so that they are aligned with the academic demands of the common-core standards in English/language arts. The state education agency has published the draft ELD standards for each grade level, along with loads of other supporting documents, and is asking for feedback before final adoption later this summer. More

Comedian Colbert helps open doors to bilingual research
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Researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., said they have invented a language named for famed alumnus Stephen Colbert. Viorica Marian, associate professor of communication sciences, said her team needed to invent a new language to conduct research into whether knowing multiple languages makes learning a new language easier, and they chose Colbert as the language's inspiration due to his tendency to invent new words as part of his political satire. More

Connecticut superintendent: 'Let's go back to neighborhood schools'
Hartford Courant    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Signaling the reversal of a years-long trend, New Britain, Conn., Superintendent Kelt Cooper announced that he wants the city to move back toward a system of neighborhood-based elementary schools. The board unanimously adopted Cooper's proposal for a short-term shuffling of grade levels at three schools, a move that requires transferring about 220 youngsters. It will help address the immediate need to cut more than 50 jobs because of a budget shortfall, and will give the administration time to plan a larger-scale, long-term reorganization. More

Language crusader: It's never too early for kids to learn Spanish
The Commercial Appeal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Claudia Hurst–Vasquez of Arlington, Tenn., is a one-woman crusade. She wants to teach Spanish to all of the children of the Mid-South. Although she strongly believes in teaching children as early as one year old, she teaches children up to age 12. She wants to create a bilingual city in Memphis. More

North Carolina libraries offer Hispanics more than books
Fox News Latino    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The library system in North Carolina's largest city is working with community groups to offer educational alternatives to Hispanic families. According to Irania Patterson, a bilingual specialist the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, tasked with giving the computer classes, it is important to offer this type of service outside the library branches. More

Summer program teaches about Mexican-American studies
Arizona Daily Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An initiative intended to educate the community on Mexican American studies began in Tucson, Ariz. The event, Tucson Freedom Summer, features free workshops, presentations and community forums. The effort is being driven by a coalition of local community groups dedicated to public discourse, community awareness and civic engagement. More


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