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California State University
The School of Education is searching for a tenure track Assistant Professor to start August, 2015. California State University, Chico is seeking faculty who are competent in their field, collaborative with colleagues and staff, and committed to student success. Position is contingent on funding.
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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.
US high school dropout rate reaches record low, driven by improvements among Hispanics, blacks
Pew Research Center
More U.S. high school students are staying in school, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau, as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year. Just 7 percent of the nation's 18-to-24-year-olds had dropped out of high school, continuing a steady decline in the nation's dropout rate since 2000, when 12 percent of youth were dropouts.
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What we talk about when we talk about best practices
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
If you are part of an ESL program assessing your curriculum through a best practices lens, an institution looking to establish a best practices ESL program, or a teacher looking to work in a best practices program, what should you look for? In a series of articles, we'll examine elements that constitute a best practices program. Today, we begin with curriculum. There is a preponderance of best practices evidence affirming the efficaciousness of integrated curriculum.
Report: States' reclassification policies cause chaos for dual language learners
One of the biggest lessons we've learned from the No Child Left Behind era of American education policy is that end-of-course assessments matter a great deal. Of course, this isn't really a revelation. It's implicit in the project of standards-based reform. If we set clear guidelines about what students need to know and do, and then assess their ability to meet those benchmarks, that ought to guide what happens in classrooms and schools.
New federal guidelines aim to rid schools of racial inequality
The New York Times
With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced and qualified teachers, the Obama administration will announce guidelines to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.
Kids' oral language skills can predict future writing difficulties
University of Montreal via Science Daily
Children's future writing difficulties can be identified before they even learn how to begin writing, according to a new study. The research data also contradicts the popular belief that bilingualism at an early age can be detrimental to oral and written language learning.
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North Carolina district pursues more volunteer opportunities for undocumented parents
School district officials in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C. are proposing a change to their current volunteer policy that would permit undocumented parents to participate in some school activities. According to the Charlotte-Observer, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district would accept passports and consulate identification documents from parents who want to volunteer. After undergoing a criminal background check, those parents would be allowed to volunteer under the supervision of a district employee.
New standards for ELL students aim to broaden vocabulary, boost achievement
When Dottie Critchlow taught second grade at Nashville's Haywood Elementary in the 1990s, about half of her students left class for an hour each day for English instruction. When they returned, their English might be a little better, but they had missed valuable content in other subjects. Critchlow struggled to determine their comprehension of subjects like math, because even if they could do addition or subtraction, they didn't have the English vocabulary to describe it.
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Foreign language speakers at all-time high among US residents
The percentage of people speaking a language other than English at home in America has reached an all-time high of 61.8 million, according to a group that advocates for low immigration levels. The Center for Immigration Studies compiled data from the a 2013 U.S. Census survey and came to the conclusion that one in five U.S. residents over the age of 4 does not speak English at home. The CIS analysis found the bulk of the increase in foreign language was among Spanish speakers, followed by Chinese and Arabic. The report pointed to "past policy decisions" that permitted an increase in legal immigration and a tolerance of illegal immigration.
Making immigrant students and English learners feel welcome in school
High school can be hard enough for teenagers — but for immigrant youth who face a host of additional challenges, school can be a lonely place. That's why it's so important for schools to be welcoming to all students, particularly immigrants and English language learners, experts said at an event in Washington, D.C. The event, at the School Without Walls, a small public magnet high school in the District of Columbia, was held by the Center for Applied Linguistics and Welcoming America. It featured a panel discussion of experts in education and immigration advocacy about how to build school communities that are open and inclusive.
Before they're even old enough to speak: researcher improves babies' language skills
Medical News Today
In the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds "might" be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new Rutgers research. The study by April Benasich and colleagues of Rutgers University-Newark is published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Number of non-native English speakers growing in Casper, Wyo., schools
Sheila Villanueva held a book open to the fourth-graders — all native Spanish speakers — crowded around a low table in her small room at Evansville Elementary. "What word do you see in 'earth'?" Villanueva asked, pointing to the text. "Do you see 'ear'?" Her students nodded. "But do we say, 'ear'-th?" she said. Danny Henriquez-Vasquez laughed. "No!" he said. "Good. Silly English, right?" Villanueva said, turning a page in the book. The number of English language learners in the Natrona County School District has grown by more than 30 percent over the past five years, from 262 non-native English speakers in 2009 to 358 last year.
Putting dual language learners first in Minnesota
It's hard to see the past decade of education policymaking as anything but a protracted, slouching national shrug when it comes to dual language learners. Think for a moment of the ferocious education fights over the past decade. From intense battles over the appropriate use of student achievement data in teacher accountability systems to the development and raising of common academic standards to school choice, tenure battles, and the many fights to expand quality early education access, there's been no shortage of activity — but very little of it has directly addressed DLLs' needs.
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