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Curing the summertime blues
Language Magazine
Summer vacation often evokes childhood memories of lazy days spent relaxing and exploring the outdoors. The romanticism of a long summer break from school, however, has met its match in the realities of the achievement gap and the significant loss of academic skills that occurs every summer for students. Multilingual families, who may have a more difficult time engaging in school functions and homework assistance due to language barriers, can struggle even more over the summer months.More

Education Department building partnerships to explore ELL supports
Education Week
As classrooms nationwide grapple with rising numbers of English language learners, several research partnerships will focus on ways to improve achievement for these students.More

The elephant in the language classroom
Edutopia
Peter Smith, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "At an impressionable age, I was sent to a boarding school run by ex-servicemen on strict Victorian principles and the rules of cricket. Corporal punishment and bullying were rife, but the cane was a lesser threat if you were a good cricketer and got good exam grades. You could also reduce the bullying hazard by conforming to accepted behaviors such as Elvis Presley impersonations and participation in the swapping of James Bond literature."More

New Obama initiative stresses equal access to good teachers
The Huffington Post
The Obama administration will announce plans to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to good teachers. The new initiative, called "Excellent Educators for All," aims to bring states into compliance with a teacher equity mandate in the No Child Left Behind Act, the George W. Bush-era law that requires states to reward and punish schools based on standardized test scores.More

Education Department building partnerships to explore ELL supports
Education Week
As classrooms nationwide grapple with rising numbers of English language learners, several research partnerships will focus on ways to improve achievement for these students.More

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.More

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.More

Principal surveys to help build better ELL policy
Education Week
Advocates and researchers have launched a new tool to help policymakers better analyze and report the needs of shifting English learner populations at schools from year to year. The English Language Learner Program Survey for Principals, created by the English Language Learners Alliance and the Regional Education Laboratory Northeast & Islands at the Education Development Corp., collects data on how schools serve English learners in an array of areas.More

Teachers HELP trains teachers in English learner techniques
The Chattanoogan
The Teachers HELP (Helping English Language Proficiency) Summer Academy, which is a part of a five year program to offer high-quality English learner endorsement and professional development opportunities, opened with a science lesson. Anjelika Riano, the ESL (English as a second language) coach with the Hamilton County Department of Education, lectured the group of in-service and pre-service teachers about the parts of a plant. The "students" were expected to keep up with the lesson and to take notes ... all in Russian.More

A dominant hemisphere for handedness and language?
CNRS via Science Daily
Through an innovative approach using a large psychometric and brain imaging database, researchers have demonstrated that the location of language areas in the brain is independent of left- or right-handedness, except for a very small proportion of left-handed individuals whose right hemisphere is dominant for both manual work and language.More

Using mobile apps to learn English
CRIEnglish.com
The ways in which young people learn English has made technological leaps and bounds within the last 5 years. Before the smartphone era, students were pretty limited to English classes and good old fashioned text books. Nowadays, computers, mobile tablets and smartphones offer a vast number of resources to aid the learning process. Several popular English language apps include Wordpower, Englishpod and Hello-Hello. The mobile universe provides consumers with so much more than digital textbooks. They offer specialized applications that focus on reading, grammar, vocabulary, and listening, and of course there are foreign language radio apps that allow listeners in China to hear real time conversations in English.More

US states greet new fiscal year with more spending, school funding
Reuters
Days before most U.S. states' new fiscal year begins, 40 states have passed budgets that boost spending and dedicate extra funding primarily for education, according to a brief by the National Association of State Budget Officers. But in many states spending increases and tax cuts are not as dramatic as their governors proposed this winter, due to softer-than-expected revenue, NASBO found. Typically, governors suggest budgets in January that legislatures use as starting points to negotiate.More

Task force pushes for new school funding formula
KLAS-TV
The Nevada Task Force on K-12 Public Education voted to recommend changing the funding formula for Nevada public schools. The recommendations ask the state to revise Nevada's current funding formula and allocate more money to ELL students, special needs students, and students who live in poverty. According to the Nevada Department of Public Education, more than 166,000 students in Clark County are on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Around 51,000 students speak English as a second language and 33,000 are classified as special needs students.More