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Sixty years after Brown, Latino students are most segregated, report says
Education Week
Latinos, the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, are now the most segregated students in public schools, a trend that is especially prominent in large suburban communities that have undergone dramatic demographic change, a new report from civil rights researchers concludes. And while gains made through federal court orders to desegregate black and white students have lost major ground in many regions over the past couple of decades as those orders were lifted, public schools in the South remain the most desegregated for African-American students.
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Using topical grammar to enhance language learning
By: Douglas Magrath
The various subskills of grammar, listening, reading, writing and cultural awareness all work together in the language acquisition process. Grammar is especially important to ensure communication, but the material presented should be meaningful and relevant to the learners' daily lives. The following examples make suggestions for the introduction of grammar in a topical, interactive way. The learners need to become so involved in their activities that they learn the grammar without having to think about the rules. The underlying principle is learning English by using English.
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Making multilingual movies
Language Magazine
Most prospective teachers and the pupils they will teach have been surrounded by constantly evolving information and communications technology — computers, email, social networks, smartphones and digital cameras — since preschool. The internet is this generation’s defining context for literacy and learning and requires new skills, strategies and dispositions. Paradoxically, teacher candidates have lived a digitally saturated life, but many have not had the preparation in the new literacies of how to integrate ICTs in their multilingual classrooms.
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Making a game of learning a language
Miami Herald
Miami Edison Senior High students are working to improve language and literacy with Word Avenger, a mobile app game that takes players on an intergalactic mission to shoot vocabulary words with matching definitions. The students won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge's High School Track with their idea that stems from a struggle all-too-familiar to English language learners.
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Low-income Latino children show benefits from Montessori pre-kindergartern programs, study finds
American Psychological Association
Low-income Latino children who experienced one year of Montessori pre-K education at age 4 made dramatic improvements in early achievement and behavior even though they began the year at great risk for school failure, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. In contrast, although low-income black children made gains in school readiness when enrolled in Montessori classrooms as well, they exhibited slightly greater gains when they attended more conventional public school pre-kindergarten programs. The research was published in APA's Journal of Educational Psychology.
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COORDINATOR OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES VACANCY

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is looking for Certified Foreign Language and English Second Language Teachers. EBRPSS is accepting applications for the Coordinator of Foreign Languages. Click here for more information.
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Spanish immersion students talk of future plans with new language skills
The Advocate
For one group of Paul Breaux Middle School eighth-graders, the bilingual advantage received as part of the school district's Spanish immersion program is one that has prepared them for a future with multiple avenues. "As an immersion student, you learn in a different way," explained Alexis Sam, 14. "A teacher I once had told us that everybody's gifted. We just learn in a different way. As immersion students, we process differently because we've learned a second language from a young age." Sam and her six other classmates began school together nine years ago as the first kindergartners to participate in the Lafayette Parish school system's Spanish immersion classes.
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ELL content mastery through best practices of learning
By: Beth Crumpler
Lesson implementation for English language acquisition must use effective pedagogical practices for teaching ELLs. For learning and comprehension to unfold, it is imperative to understand best practices for instruction and learning. Some best practices for the teaching and learning of ELLs includes: comprehensible input, modeling, guided instruction, collaborative learning and independent practice. Here is a closer look at those five areas.
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Helping kids whose first language is not English
Newsday
In many schools, kids speak different languages. These kids can have a hard time learning if there is not someone to help them. I think schools should have a language and translation program. I have seen many examples of this problem. Some teachers do not speak the language a kid knows. Those teachers would need to find another teacher, kid or parent that does speak the language. One way teachers can solve this is that they can have a parent ready in their classroom that speaks the language to help. Schools can even have a special classroom that helps the students learn English or learn what their class is learning in the language they speak.
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Fluency outweighs pronunciation for understanding non-native English speakers
Phys.org
Pronunciation accuracy may not be the most important thing for making non-native English speakers easier to understand, but rather it is their fluency, including fewer pauses, restarts and speech rate, according to research from Purdue University.
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How do English speakers differentiate a 'th' sound from an 'f' sound?
Slate
English speakers don't actually differentiate "th" and "f" all that well. Indeed, in certain speech perception tests, native English speakers can perform as poorly as random guessing in distinguishing "th" and "f" because it's one of the most difficult contrasts in English.
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Making a game of learning a language
Miami Herald
Miami Edison Senior High students are working to improve language and literacy with Word Avenger, a mobile app game that takes players on an intergalactic mission to shoot vocabulary words with matching definitions.

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From second language learning to bilingualism in schools
Psychology Today
We are many who feel that education should help children and adolescents acquire a second or third language while retaining their first language. Education should also encourage the active use of those languages, if at all possible.

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Dual-language learning for all students is visionary
The Voice of Tucson
Being visionary didn't work for Arizona. Being reactionary was a bust, too. It's time to apply some hard-nosed realism to the fact that our schools are not serving a population of kids who are fast becoming the majority of K-12 students.

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Education Department: Civil Rights laws apply equally to charters
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued guidance clarifying that charter schools have the same obligations to abide by federal civil rights laws as regular public schools. The "Dear Colleague" letter by Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon includes specific guidance for charter schools related to admissions, students with disabilities, English language learners, and discipline.
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Lexington, Neb., schools adapt to English language learners
Lexington Clipper Herald
The vast diversity of the student body at Lexington Public Schools in Nebraska includes new students who are relocating from another area or from another country, many of whom are starting to learn the English language. A three-page list of new enrollees to the Lexington Public Schools from January through Feb. 11 of this year, provided by administrators, lists students born in South Africa, Kenya, Iraq, North Sudan, Sudan, Guatemala, Somalia, Cuba, El Salvador and Mexico.
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Schools see surge in non-English speaking, students
The CantonRep
The county's largest school district has seen its number of students with limited English proficiency nearly double since 2008. Other schools have seen an increase, too, and several have added programs or staff members to meet demand and improve instruction for a growing — and shifting — group of students.
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Common Core passes field test — with a few snags
District Administration Magazine
Field testing for the Common Core assessments wrapped up in June, with districts in 36 states reporting mostly successful first runs despite some challenges around technology, test questions and scheduling. Some four million students in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers participated in the trial run. Most field tests last 2.5 to 4.5 hours, depending on subject and grade level. The actual tests will take between 7.5 and 10 hours, spread out over two weeks.
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