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Alternative methods for teaching English should be sought
YumaSun
How Arizona schools help non-English speakers learn the language has been a contentious issue for decades, with repeated court rulings and appeals. But barring an appeal — and given the history of the challenges that began in 1992, it is hard to reject that possibility v a recent federal judge's ruling seemingly has ended the dispute. Judge Raner Collins concluded the state was adequately addressing the issue of English learning, and it was not the court's role to micromanage how it does so.
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Obama administration 2014 budget prioritizes key education investments to provide opportunities for all Americans
U.S. Department of Education
The Obama administration continued to prioritize education in the 2014 budget by proposing key investments in education that would strengthen the middle class, grow the economy and provide opportunities for success to all Americans — especially our nation's most vulnerable children.
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Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers
The Washington Post (commentary)
Tom Brady may be the best quarterback in football, but he is also infamously, hilariously slow. YouTube videos of his 40-yard dash have gotten many thousands of hits from sports fans looking for a good laugh. If the New England Patriots had chosen a quarterback based only on foot speed, they would have missed out on three Super Bowl victories. But National Football League teams ask prospects to run, jump and lift weights. They interview them for hours. They watch game film. In short, they use multiple measures to determine the best players.
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Testing consortia struggle with ELL provisions
Education Week
When a low-level English learner answers a long-division problem incorrectly on a state exam, is it because the student can't do the math? Or is it because the student lacks the English proficiency to understand the directions? With the tests used now, discerning the reason is difficult, if not impossible. But as test designers work to craft the new, common assessments set to debut in most of the nation's public schools in the 2014-2015 school year, their goal is to provide all English-language learners, regardless of their language-proficiency levels, the same opportunities to demonstrate their content knowledge and skills as their peers who are native English-speakers or former English learners.
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Language learners and proficiency levels: Who are they?
By Erick Herrmann
Are you a fluent English speaker? Do you speak another language? If so, how well? It has been said that we are all language learners; we never learn all of the words in a given language. Our vocabulary continually expands as we learn new concepts and skills or integrate new technology in our lives. For our students, the demands of the Common Core State Standards and increased rigor in instruction demand that students develop academic language. This is true for native English speakers, English learners and students learning another language in bilingual programs.
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Early learning: A prerequisite for success in the Hispanic community
ED.gov Blog
It is no surprise to see a room full of business leaders, but what made the meeting on March 19, different was that the leaders in the room were focused on a different kind of investment: education. Secretary Arne Duncan set the stage for the America's Greatest Investment: Educating the Future plenary session during the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., by delivering remarks celebrating the educational successes in the Hispanic community and highlighting key components of President Barack Obama's call for universal high-quality early education.
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Testing consortia struggle with ELL provisions
Education Week
When a low-level English learner answers a long-division problem incorrectly on a state exam, is it because the student can't do the math? Or is it because the student lacks the English proficiency to understand the directions?

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Are schools getting tongue-tied?
District Administration Magazine
English as a Second Language programs have historically focused on Spanish speaking students, but the ESL map is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is challenging K12 schools to cope with a burgeoning number of different native languages — more than 100 in some locations — as new immigrants arrive in districts across the country.

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California to tighten rules for teaching English learners
Education Week
California's credentialing board plans to expedite new rules governing intern teachers — those who came into the profession on alternative routes — in what will likely require them to take more upfront training on how to teach English language learners.

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Challenge: Teaching more students English with fewer funds
The Observer-Dispatch
Chit Myaing waited in line to register her 4-year-old for kindergarten. Unlike other parents enrolling their children in the Utica City School District, the Karen refugee who arrived here in 2007 needs something more for her son. He doesn't speak English. "The English is very important to communicate to other people," Myaing said. There are about 1,512 English language learners in the district, with more on the way.
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How your brain is wired to learn, start learning a new language today
DreamPlanGo
If you've ever watched TV or a movie and seen an American actor rapidly speak a foreign language like they've been doing it their whole lives, you've probably wished you could do it too. Whether you believe it or not, you can: Your brain is already wired to start learning a new language instantaneously. You just need to activate it. The FBI has even purchased this rapid language learning method: the Pimsleur Approach, which has proved to be one of the fastest ways to learn a new language.
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Ideas for English language learners — Earth Day and the environment
The New York Times
With both Earth Day and Arbor Day coming up, this edition of "Ideas for E.L.L.'s" is dedicated to the environment. Use the ideas in this article, along with this easily adaptable Learning Network post, "10 Ways to Learn About the Environment," to engage your students. And before you begin any of these activities, you might first pose a recent Learning Network Student Opinion question to your class: "What's the Coolest Thing You've Ever Seen in Nature?"
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Students languishing under Massachusetts' bilingual education law, critics say
Lowell Sun Online
Alternating between speaking English and Spanish, mothers, teachers and students urged lawmakers to revamp a decade-old law that nearly eliminated bilingual education, arguing it has left students learning to speak English "languishing" and struggling to advance academically. Advocates want lawmakers to revisit English language learning programs that promote dual-language instruction. In 2002, backers of a successful ballot question argued that allowing students to continue instruction in their native tongue hindered them from learning English.
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Hartford, Conn., schools, civil rights officials agree on services for ELLs
Education Week
Six years after an advocacy group first complained about inadequate services for refugee students and English learners in Hartford's school system, civil rights officials with the U.S. Department of Education have hammered out a resolution to address those concerns with Connecticut's largest school district. In a 15-page resolution agreement with the Education Department's office for civil rights, Hartford's education leaders have agreed to a prescribed set of actions and reporting requirements to ensure that refugee students and immigrant children who are English language learners are properly identified, receive better language instruction, and are provided bilingual tutors and other types of language support to help them access mainstream, academic content courses.
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Minorities in special education: Are they underrepresented?
Education Week
Among special education advocates, it's an article of faith that minority students are enrolled in special education in greater proportion than their white peers, and that this is a problem that needs fixing. But what if minorities are actually underenrolled in special education? What if minority students, even those who show characteristics similar to their white peers, aren't getting the services they need? That would mean a major shift in the way the federal government and special educators look at this issue.
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Dual-language immersion could start in 2014
The Star-Tribune
A program to teach students for half a day in a second language is still on the table, but it would start a year later than proposed in recent discussions, according to the Natrona County School District in Wyoming board of trustees meeting agenda packet. A proposal to start a dual-language immersion program at Paradise Valley Elementary school in the 2014-2015 school year is on the agenda for the board of trustees to consider.
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Iowa View: English learners deserve extended support
The Des Moines Register
Iowa schools help non-English-speaking students succeed in the classroom through the English language learners program. But while the program assists students in developing the necessary language skills to participate meaningfully in school and society, without appropriate support and flexibility, many of these students may soon be left behind. This year, almost 25,000 English language learners are enrolled at school districts large and small throughout Iowa, a fivefold increase over the past 20 years.
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Getting the best people into the toughest jobs
Center for American Progress (commentary)
It is indisputable that teachers and principals have the greatest impact on student learning. Unfortunately, the education system has hired and tenured thousands of ineffective teachers and principals, particularly in high-poverty urban and rural schools. As a consequence, these schools have low levels of student learning.To remedy this problem, the nation is engaged in multiple activities to get effective teachers into all classrooms and effective principals into all schools through more "strategic management" of education talent. Strategic talent management is an approach that manages all human resource programs — recruitment, selection, placement, development, evaluation, tenure, promotion, dismissal and compensation — around a set of effectiveness metrics that capture instructional practice and student-learning growth.
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