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Professional development workshop — Oct. 11
American Federation of Teachers
Whether you are a mainstream or specialized educator of English language learners, please join us for a free Professional development workshop on the Common Core and English language learners.
Tell Congress to support funding for language learning in FY15 appropriations
As the federal appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2015 moves forward this fall, it is imperative that Representatives and Senators hear from their constituents about the importance of strong funding for language programs. Back in July, the Senate Labor, Health, Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee released a draft bill and report language that included just over $81.1 million for the international education and Foreign language studies program.
America's Hispanic children: Gaining ground, looking forward
Child Trends Hispanic Institute
For many groups of children in the United States,
there are extensive data and significant research
identifying their strengths and challenges, and
informing decisions about how to promote their
healthy development. This is less true when it
comes to Hispanic children. As a result, the nation's
knowledge of a large, diverse, and fast-growing
group of American children is decidedly incomplete.
These gaps hinder our ability to invest wisely in their
More and more kids are becoming fluent for life thanks to Imagine Learning Español, an educational software solution that helps young students increase Spanish language and literacy proficiency. To get a better look at the program—and how it's helping early learners build a stronger foundation—click here.
Could bilingual education mold kids' brains to better resist distraction?
For decades, psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite. Researchers now believe that when people learn another language, they develop cognitive advantages that improve their attention, self-control and ability to deal with conflicting information. Today the benefits of bilingualism are being put to the test in schools all across Utah.
Senate Bill No. 1174
California Legislative Information
Existing law, as added by Proposition 227, a measure approved by the voters at the June 2, 1998, statewide primary election, requires, among other things, that all children in California public schools be taught English by being taught in English. Proposition 227 specifies that English learner pupils, as defined, be educated through sheltered English immersion, as defined, during a temporary transition period not normally intended to exceed one year. Proposition 227 further provides that its requirements relating to sheltered English immersion instruction may be waived with the prior written consent of a pupil's parent or legal guardian, as specified. Proposition 227 also encourages family members and others to provide personal English language tutoring to English learner pupils.
Court commemorates 1946 'Mendez v. Westminster' trial for Hispanic Heritage Month
A 1946 case that helped to dissolve the path of segregation in California schools was commemorated Monday by the Los Angeles Superior Court, as well as by one of the plaintiffs in the historic case. Sylvia Mendez ascended the steps of the federal courthouse and entered the very courtroom where the case of Mendez v. Westminster ultimately dismantled school segregation in the Orange County School District.
College essay tips for English language learners
U.S. News & World Report
Even if you don't major in English or a humanities field, improving your writing skills as an international student will help you in many ways and can open doors for you, such as with applications for scholarships. The academic essays you write in your classes at a U.S. college offer a basic way to start to eventually master this lifelong skill. Take a look at some of the common mistakes below that many international students make when writing an academic essay.
Language learning by the numbers — And how you can come out on top
College course catalogues can be overwhelming. There are so many concepts to learn, so many worlds to explore, and so many professors to befriend, yet so little time to do it all. It's no wonder, then, that learning a language sometimes sinks to the bottom of our list of priorities. But it shouldn't. Learning a language can advance our careers, our personal lives, our cognition, and our potential to make a positive impact on the world.
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At Jydstrup Elementary, students speak 37 languages — And learn a lesson in diversity
Las Vegas Sun
The children gather on a rug in Mrs. O'Brien's kindergarten classroom, ready for the morning routine. "All right, can you show me sitting down crisscross applesauce style?" Kara O'Brien asks in a sing-songy voice. She plays a medley of songs for 5- and 6-year-olds. "Give them your right hand/Look them in the eye/Put a smile on your face/Then you say, 'Hi!'" The kids giggle and act out the words, shaking each other's hand. Next comes a disco-tuned ABC song, then a song encouraging them to wiggle and shake. Every song has a purpose. O'Brien and other Jydstrup Elementary School teachers have kids in their classrooms from Ethiopia to Ukraine to Brazil, each with a varying grasp on the English language. This is more than just a morning routine — it's a way to help the students learn English and respect students from different cultures.
Schools develop 'newcomer' programs, English help for teens crossing US border alone
The Associated Press via Newser
American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months. Unaccompanied minors who made up the summer spike at the border have moved to communities of all sizes, in nearly every state, Federal data indicate, to live with a relative and await immigration decisions. The Supreme Court has ruled that schools have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status, so schools have become a safe haven for many of the tens of thousands of these young people mostly from Central America living in limbo.
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Hispanic Teacher Recruitment
U.S. Department of Education
The strength of the American economy is inextricably linked to the strength of America's education system. As the Hispanic population continues to grow throughout the United States, it is essential that all students, including Hispanics, have access to a high-quality education; this begins each day with teachers in classrooms across the country. The quality of a student's teacher is the single most influential in-school factor in academic achievement and future life outcomes. With the increase in Hispanic population, it is important to have a teaching workforce that reflects the student population in order to meet the demands of our increasingly diverse nation.
School spending decisions: Are you getting the best value for dollars spent?
District Administration Magazine
Student achievement, teacher quality, school safety, 21st century teaching and learning — these are but a glimpse into the areas of need each administrator must consider when making school spending decisions. Add to each of these spending decisions the impact of student productivity, and your efficiency and financial anxiety might increase. As the 2014-2015 school year heads into full swing, are you left wondering how to spend your tight budget on the right things?
Investing in English skills: The limited English proficient workforce in US metropolitan areas
An analysis of the labor market characteristics of the working-age limited English proficient population in the United States and its largest metropolitan areas reveals that: Nearly one in 10 working-age U.S. adults — 19.2 million persons aged 16 to 64 — is considered limited English proficient. Two-thirds of this population speaks Spanish, but speakers of Asian and Pacific Island languages are most likely to be LEP. The vast majority of working-age LEP adults are immigrants, and those who entered the United States more recently are more likely to be LEP.
What urban districts need to know to get their English language learners up to Common Core standards
The Hechinger Report
California's large urban school districts are failing to consistently provide quality instruction to students with limited English language proficiency, according to Patricia Gardara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. "The large urban districts tend to have highly disproportionate poverty, transiency, and urban problems, which must be dealt with in addition to the regular instructional challenges," Gardara told The Hechinger Report's Pat Wingert. That's a problem The Council of the Great City Schools wants to fix.
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