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Fiscal Year 2014 Continuing Resolution
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Because Congress will not pass FY2015 Appropriations bills by the end of September, the House will consider a Continuing Resolution. The CR carries forward FY2014 funding through Dec. 11, under the terms and conditions set the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act. However, it includes an across-the-board cut of 0.0554 percent in order to conform with the FY2014 spending level.
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OELA invites all: Teaching Science and Literacy to English Learners
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Connecting Research, Practice, and Policy for English Learners

Oct. 1 at 1–3 p.m. ET
At the U.S. Department of Education's LBJ Auditorium*
and on Mediasite and EDstream**

Nationally acclaimed scholar Diane August from the American Institutes for Research will discuss findings and recommendations from IES studies she has conducted for developing science and language skills of English Learners.

A panel of educators from the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association will provide classroom perspectives in response to the presentation.

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Oct. 6: Webinar update with leaders from PARCC and Smarter Balanced
Alliance for Excellent Education
The two largest testing consortia, PARCC and Smarter Balanced, have completed field testing and are making final preparations for their first operational assessment deliveries for later this school year.

Join leaders from each of these consortia, along with Bob Rothman from the Alliance for Excellent Education and Pat Forgione of the K–12 Center at ETS, on Monday, Oct. 6 from 1:30–3 p.m. ET, for a discussion of what each consortium learned from the field test. This discussion includes test items, test administration and the technology readiness of schools, as well as the other activities underway this year. Be sure to register and submit your questions ahead of time. Register here.

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Research Assistant Sandra Bustamante
PBS LearningMedia
This video produced for Teachers' Domain reveals how Sandra Bustamante, a research assistant in the Boston University School of Public Health, got her start in biotechnology. Bustamante, whose collaborative work with nanoparticles aims to deliver vaccines into the human body without breaking the skin, fell in love with science during a free certificate program in Boston, Massachusetts, called CityLab. The video details not only Sandra's cutting-edge research work but also the qualities she has demonstrated that have helped her excel in her field — namely, a desire to learn and a curiosity about how things work.
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Reclassification patterns among Latino English learner students in bilingual, dual immersion and English immersion classrooms
SAGE Journal
Schools are under increasing pressure to reclassify their English learner students to "fluent English proficient" status as quickly as possible. This article examines timing to reclassification among Latino ELs in four distinct linguistic instructional environments: English immersion, transitional bilingual, maintenance bilingual, and dual immersion. Using hazard analysis and 12 years of data from a large school district, the study investigates whether reclassification timing, patterns or barriers differ by linguistic program.
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The best language for math
The Wall Street Journal
Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows.

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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.

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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.

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Spotlight on Foreign Language Instruction
Education Week
The Education Week Spotlight on Foreign Language Instruction is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:
  • Building language-immersion programs
  • Recognizing billiteracy with certifications in high schools
  • Enrolling English language learners in bilingual schools to encourage dual-language learning
  • Encouraging students to study strategic languages, like Mandarin, Arabic, Korean and Farsi

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The best language for math
The Wall Street Journal
Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows. The language gap is drawing growing attention amid a push by psychologists and educators to build numeracy in small children — the mathematical equivalent of literacy. Confusing English word names have been linked in several recent studies to weaker counting and arithmetic skills in children. However, researchers are finding some easy ways for parents to level the playing field through games and early practice.
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New York City education leaders pledge special attention to English learners
Education Week
The New York City public schools enroll nearly 160,000 English language learners — about 14.5 percent of all students in the city schools and a population that dwarfs most school districts in the United States. The city district has struggled to move its English learners to higher levels of achievement, even in the three years since it struck an agreement with state education officials to take several concrete actions meant to provide better instructional services for ELLs.
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Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 (U.S. Department of Commerce)
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Utah minority students learning English but not applying it in other subjects
Deseret News
Students learning English as a second language in Utah schools are progressing and maintaining proficiency, but they're having trouble using English in actual subjects. "I am an English learner, so I know the struggles it is to finally become proficient and take it to cognitive academic language abilities," said José Enriquez, Utah Office of Education coordinator of federal Title III funds, which are awarded based on the number of English learners within a particular district and to implement language instruction that is based on scientific research.
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How learning to talk is in the genes
University of Bristol via Science Daily
Researchers have found evidence that genetic factors may contribute to the development of language during infancy. Scientists discovered a significant link between genetic changes near the ROBO2 gene and the number of words spoken by children in the early stages of language development.
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Senate education panel clears education research bill
Education Week
The Senate education committee cleared an education research bill with bipartisan support, altering the House-passed version only slightly before readying it for a full Senate vote. The bill is the product of a bipartisan, bicameral deal, said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — the second of its kind. Recently, the House passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant under suspension of the rules amid much fist bumping from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
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