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Early bird discounts for 42nd Annual Conference
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Early bird discounts are still in effect for the 42nd Annual Conference, being held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Register by Dec. 15 to get the best rates! This year's event features a keynote address by Dr. Ofelia Garcia of the Graduate Center of the City of New York. Additionally, attendees will get to choose from a wide range of educational sessions, stay up-to-date about the latest products and services in the NABE Exhibit Hall and connect with colleagues during networking opportunities and social events. You can reserve lodging and specially-priced Disney tickets online, and review the conference schedule to start creating your day-by-day attendance plan. More



GOP mulls Achieve Act vote by year's end
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After taking a beating with Hispanic voters in the 2012 election, some Republican lawmakers are floating a conservative alternative to President Barack Obama's Dream Act. Congressional sources say retiring Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Jon Kyl, R-Az., were working on the plan with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, but it was put on hold after Obama in August suspended deportation for hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to this country by their parents. Now with the election over, some Republicans are weighing if the timing is right to attempt to pass their legislation by the end of the year. More

The road to language learning is iconic
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Languages are highly complex systems, yet most children seem to acquire language easily — even in the absence of formal instruction. New research on young children's use of British Sign Language sheds light on one mechanism — iconicity — that may play an important role in children's ability to learn language. More

Gmail launches Cherokee language setting
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Keeping a historic language alive could come down to new technology. Google launched a setting in Gmail Nov. 19 that allows users to communicate in Cherokee — making it the first Native American language among the 50 other foreign languages Gmail currently supports. The innovation is bringing generations of Cherokees together and illustrating a new way to keep languages alive. More

Denver to begin bilingual education program for immigrants
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Leaders of the Denver Public Schools and the Congress of Hispanic Educators unanimously approved an agreement in November to modify a nearly 30-year-old plan for teaching English to immigrant students. The agreement was hailed as a victory for the CHE, one of the original plaintiffs in the 1974 lawsuit that led to the 1984 consent decree establishing the plan. More

Strategic Data Project report shows teacher quality matters
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The Strategic Data Project has released the results of an extensive six-year study that looked at the instructional quality and the environment surrounding around one-third of the teachers working in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Among the conclusions published by the authors were that newer teachers are frequently assigned to teach underperforming students more often than their more experienced peers, and that graduates of Teach for America typically have a greater impact on the academic success of their students than new teachers who haven’t gone through the program. More



Education Department analysis paints mixed picture of SIG program
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Two-thirds of chronically underperforming schools that tapped into a big new infusion of cash under the federal School Improvement Grant program made gains in math or reading, but another third saw student achievement decline in their first academic year, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Education. A quarter, or slightly more, of the schools in the program had seen their student progress slip before they got the grant, then saw gains after they received SIG funding, the analysis found. More

McKinney teacher's love of Latin draws in students
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You can't tell the McKinney, Texas, students that Latin is a dead language. Sure, German and French are more popular, and Chinese is the trendy — albeit difficult — choice. But at McKinney Boyd High School, Latin is gaining in popularity so much that more than 100 students had to be turned away this year because only one instructor, Jennifer Jarnagin, teaches the subject. Students say Jarnagin's love of the language and classical studies is contagious. It has contributed to many choosing the subject and even to continuing into advanced classes. More

Bilingual education at risk?
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Manny Bernal immigrated to El Paso, Texas, from Chihuahua, Mexico, at the age of 12. He describes school then as "horrible," because he didn't speak any English. But after his freshman year, he entered the bilingual program at his high school. He says, "It gives me a chance to keep my identity. It's like a comfort zone. It's like a place where you know you won't get harassed. Where you're just safe." Bernal and his fellow students speak with passion about the benefits of a bilingual education. Yet their program in El Paso is at risk. They say their school district hasn't adequately funded it, and there aren't enough teachers to accommodate all the students who want to participate. More

Commentary: Dual language immersion is needed
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"Wyoming is missing out," writes Thea True-Wells, a member of the Wyoming Dual Language Immersion Parent Task Force. "Yes, our children, our families, our schools and our community are missing out on an opportunity to make Wyoming a more dynamic and business-ready place to live. What are we missing? We are missing Dual Language Immersion as an option for our children's education." More

Teachers struggle with how to measure student gains
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When Scott Harris looked at recommended French tests he could use to measure his students' progress this school year — and, by extension, his own success or failure as a teacher — he felt stymied by the lack of suitable options. The state's suggested tests for Harris' French I students at Louisiana State University Laboratory School featured sample questions ranging from basic vocabulary to asking students whether a passage from a 19th-century French novel represented commentary on the evolution of medicine. More

Learning foreign language triggers brain growth
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In the Swedish Academy of young translators, new recruits study a crash course in complex languages. It is not only about discipline: specialists discovered that intensive study of foreign tongues stimulates the growth of the hippocampus and causes changes in other structures of the brain. More

IBISWorld releases new report on language instruction in US
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Language schools were hit hard when the recession forced companies and households alike to scale back their plans to go abroad. Less travel to foreign countries meant less demand for foreign-language courses. Even as the economy recovers and demand picks up in the next five years, language schools face increased competition from educational institutions' in-house language programs and language instruction software. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Language Instruction industry in its growing industry report collection. More


 

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