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Calling all teachers for the National Board Field Test!
National Board for Professional Standards
Four great reasons to participate in the National Board Certification Field Tests:
  1. Help shape the future of teaching and experience a sample of the process that thousands of teachers have called "transformative."
  2. Educators may be eligible to receive up to two Continuing Education Units.
  3. All participants will receive a letter of commendation from the National Board.
  4. As a token of our appreciation for your time, participants will have the choice of receiving up to $50 in gift cards to either Amazon.com or Powell's Books.
The National Board is looking for teachers as well as undergraduate and graduate students seeking a teaching license to participate. You don't have to be Board certified to take part. Share the news with your colleagues and sign up today! If you have any questions email fieldtest@nbpts.org.
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17th Annual Dual Language Symposium
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Register now! Join us at the Gran Meliá Resort in Río Grande, Puerto Rico. Registration opened on April 15 and closes on June 30. Space is limited.
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Camp helps Arkansas students practice bilingual skills
Northwest Arkansas Times
Thirty-two students in the Springdale School District of Arkansas are attending the Sin Limites camp at J.O. Kelly Middle School, said Cassandra Satterfield, a camp volunteer. "Sin Limites" is Spanish for "No Limits." It's important for native Spanish speakers to practice their language because learning grammar and sentence structure in one language creates an easy transition for learning more languages, said Santiago Wood, executive director of the National Association for Bilingual Education. Students who grow up fluent in more than one language will have more job opportunities than their peers who speak only one language, and they will generally earn larger salaries.
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How should we organize a kindergarten classroom of ELLs?
By Alanna Mazzon
I started teaching kindergarten in Beijing last year, and I've been thinking more about the best approach to teaching young children. Back in Canada, we used the full-day, play-based method for kindergarten. Here in Beijing — specifically at the school at which I work — we do not have a set program for kindergarten; it is up to the teacher to decide what works best. This left me wondering, what is the best way to organize a kindergarten classroom — especially one that is full of English language learners?
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Hispanic students lack college and career preparedness, despite most wanting college degrees
Latin Post
Careers in the sciences, in teaching or in many creative fields begin with a college education. However, to access college, students must be ready to contend. Hispanic students are not: While 83 percent of Hispanic students aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, less than one-quarter are academically prepared to meet that goal, says a joint report released by ACT and Excelencia in Education.
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International students being made to feel at home in US
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
When Emmanuel Abu arrived in Huntington, West Virginia, from his native Nigeria to begin college at Marshall University last fall, everything seemed to have been planned out to ensure a smooth matriculation. A representative from the college picked him up at the airport. Like other international students, Abu's orientation lasted several days. He received an extensive tour of the campus that made him feel comfortable and intimately familiarized him with it. Through a special program for international students, Abu received comprehensive support that helped him to successfully acclimate to an American college classroom.
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School overcomes obstacles with the language of learning
The Tampa Tribune
When they started their lives as elementary school students in the U.S., they were no different from any of the other kids at Bellamy Elementary School in Florida. It was a whole new world, one with challenges and new experiences. But, at Bellamy, many of the incoming students don't speak a word of English. All Hillsborough County public schools have non-English-speaking kids enter every year, but Bellamy is a little different. The school has students, parents and staff from 37 different countries and they can speak about 19 different languages. The kids who enter Bellamy without much command of the English language might be scared, but it's a challenge that ESOL Resources Director Monica Roehm understands.
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Helping children learn language, develop cognitive skills
University of Chicago via Science Daily
Examining factors such as how much children gesture at an early age may make it possible to identify and intervene with very young children at risk for delays in speech and cognitive development, according to a new study. The corresponding paper offers evidence-based suggestions, which grew out of the study, for developing diagnostic tools and interventions to enhance language and cognitive development.
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Say something: Teaching critical response
By Eva Sullivan
All of my high school students are recent immigrants to the U.S. These teenagers pick up oral language and slang from their peers fairly quickly, but may lag far behind when it comes to academic language used in an instructional setting. I have to assume they don't hear this language outside of the classroom. Therefore, it is my job to teach them appropriate oral responses to classroom discussion — and how to respond to their peers.
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After parents rally, school district agrees to audit English language programs
The Beacon-News
An independent auditor will come to Oswego School District 308 in Illinois to evaluate four programs for English language learners this fall. The auditor will look at what's going right and wrong in the programs, as well as how much they are costing the district, and will make recommendations for future improvements that the district plans to "aggressively pursue and implement."

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Camp helps Arkansas students practice bilingual skills
Northwest Arkansas Times
Thirty-two students in the Springdale School District of Arkansas are attending the Sin Limites camp at J.O. Kelly Middle School, said Cassandra Satterfield, a camp volunteer. "Sin Limites" is Spanish for "No Limits." It's important for native Spanish speakers to practice their language because learning grammar and sentence structure in one language creates an easy transition for learning more languages, said Santiago Wood, executive director of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

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Retirees help international students with English
The Associated Press via Zanesville Times Recorder
International students at a southwest Ohio college are getting help with conversational English from retirees. A Wright State University initiative called Conversation Partners matches retired faculty, staff and spouses with students seeking extra practice to improve their English. It's part of an intensive English program that helps non-native speakers develop language, academic and social skills meant to help them be successful at a U.S. university.

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Applying the right technology for English Language Learners
The Huffington Post
There are numerous barriers in place when it comes to the instruction of English Language Learners in America's K-12 schools. There is the obvious barrier — the language one — along with cultural differences that may impact the way these students learn in comparison to their peers who are native English speakers. There are also some superficial and deep-seeded barriers that can hinder the progress of ELLs in the classroom — ones that are all-too-familiar to educators.
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Florida board adopts new English-language-proficiency standards
Education Week
After a recent vote by the state board of education, Florida has adopted a new set of standards to guide the language instruction of its 250,000 English-language learners. The board approved Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart's recommendation that the state adopt common-core aligned English-language-proficiency standards by WIDA, a group of 35 states that share the standards, as well as English-language-proficiency assessments.
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More educational services needed for immigrants and English learners
Contra Costa Times
California's future success depends on its ability to integrate immigrants and their children into colleges and the workforce, according to a recent report. One-quarter of the country's immigrants live in the state, including more than one-third of the nation's students who are English Language Learners, according to the study, called "Critical Choices in Post-Recession California: Investing in the Educational and Career Success of Immigrant Youth." Yet many educational services for these students were slashed during budget cuts of past years, said Sarah Hooker, co-author of the report by the Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy.
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Does learning a second language lead to a new identity?
Oxford University Press
Arturo Hernandez writes: Every day I get asked why second language learning is so hard and what can be done to make it easier. One day a student came up to me after class and asked me how his mother could learn to speak English better. She did not seem to be able to breakthrough and start speaking. Perhaps you or someone you know has found learning another language difficult. So why is it so hard?
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7 reasons why it's good to speak another language
The Huffington Post
It's one of life's truths: Being bilingual or multilingual can only be considered a good thing. The ability to travel seamlessly in another country; to interact with people you wouldn't otherwise be able to communicate with; to really understand and immerse yourself in another culture, whether it be your own or another's; and on the most trivial level, to order off a menu and truly know what you're ordering. But aside from all these reasons, there is a multitude of research showing how speaking more than one language is also good for your health — particularly, the health of your brain.
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