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Why Florida is fighting the US Education Department over English learners
A 10th grader born in Haiti struggles to read in his class at Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida. The student is more comfortable with Haitian Creole than English. Teacher Althea Valle has students of various nationalities trying to master the language. "It's a challenge," Valle says. "There's a lot of gesturing, and you know sometimes I feel like I'm onstage and sometimes I have to be onstage to make myself understood."
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Providing feedback to English learners: Why, when and how
By: Erick Herrmann
The question of how much and what type of feedback for students is sometimes unknown or doubted. "Good job!" "Excellent Work!" "Way to go!" All of these phrases are commonly heard in schools. Yet these empty phrases do not provide students with the information they need to reflect upon what they have done well, what their strengths are, the errors they have committed and what they need to do to improve.
School successes inspire North Carolina push for dual language
At Collinswood Language Academy, a K-8 dual-language school in a working-class neighborhood in this Southern city, students produced some of the highest math achievement scores in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district. And that's the case even though they learn all their math in Spanish, and take North Carolina's annual end-of-grade math exams in English.
Cutting to the Common Core: Sticking to the script
Language Magazine (commentary)
Timothy Shanahan, a contributor for Language Magazine, writes: "My father, who had no more than an eighth-grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper. But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards don't even mention handwriting, cursive or manuscript printing."
As overtesting outcry grows, education leaders pull back on standardized tests
The Christian Science Monitor
As the outcry against the overtesting of American children has grown, state and local education leaders — in a move endorsed by President Barack Obama — have announced a new focus on dialing back the volume of standardized testing and dialing up the quality.
Nevada in transition: Our population is more diverse
Twenty years ago, Las Vegas students who were still learning English most often were enrolled in one of the district's at-risk schools. Now, almost every school in Clark County has English learners, said Tracy Clark, director of the Instructional Design and Professional Learning Division for the district. One out of six students in the county is classified as an English language learner. "There are very few schools that do not have ELL students enrolled in them," Clark said. "And it's our job as educators to make sure they learn both language and content."
Georgia preschool providers to launch program for English learners
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is launching a new initiative designed to help preschool providers better identify and support children that are learning English. The initiative announced this week will assist practitioners in identifying dual language learners, children that are learning English and one or more languages, and supporting their language development — a key factor for school readiness. By providing training and technical assistance, DECAL aims to have early care and education practitioners as well as school district personnel equipped with tools and strategies to support English and home language development.
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Bilingual children 'show advantage' in noisy classrooms
Children fluent in two languages learn better in noisy classrooms than pupils who speak just one, research suggests. Bilingual and monolingual pupils at a Cambridge primary school were asked to "identify the bad animal" in a series of recorded statements. When another voice interrupted the statements, the bilingual children coped best, the study found. This shows "the importance of learning a second language early," said co-author Dr. Roberto Filippi.
Student need dips for English language help
For the first time in at least 17 years, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, public schools experienced a drop in the number of non-native English-speaking students who need extra help learning the language. Growing immigrant populations have long driven a steady increase in the number of students enrolled in the Sioux Falls School District's English language learner programs. The district usually adds 100 to 150 ELL students each year, peaking at 2,137 last year.
This city sends the most students to study in the US
The Huffington Post
American higher education is increasingly a global export — something colleges and universities are selling abroad. Now, a new report from the Brookings Institution finds certain cities around the globe are emerging as the hometowns of a large majority of foreign students studying in the U.S. The foreign city that sends the most students to the U.S. isn't in China or India, it's in South Korea. "The number one sending hometown of foreign students is Seoul, South Korea, to the whole United States. And in Boston, in particular, about 4 percent of students are from Seoul," said Neil Ruiz, a researcher with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
State education funding lags behind pre-recession levels
U.S. News & World Report
Despite incremental increases in state support for K-12 education, funding levels still trail those before the Great Recession in 2007, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Overall, 30 of the 47 states analyzed are providing less per-pupil funding for K-12 schools this school year than they did before the recession. In 14 of the states, funding has been cut by more than 10 percent, the report says. In addition to the slow recovery of funding, at least 20 states cut their support for K-12 education compared to last year, the report found.
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