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Aug. 28, 2014

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Which college is right for you?
American Federation of Teacher via NABE
Are you a high school junior starting to think about where you want to attend college, or a working adult considering returning to school? Or perhaps you're the parent of a college-bound student. If so, then surely you are evaluating colleges.And you should be. Higher education is more important than ever in today's knowledge-based economy, but it also can be a fairly expensive proposition. It is essential to ask the right questions, so you can choose — or help your child choose — the best college as well as make a sound financial investment.More

Scholarships For DREAMers, By DREAMers
TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Our scholarships will help cover your tuition, fees, and books for an associate's or bachelor's degree at our partner colleges.More

The largest Latino Student Leadership Conference in the Pacific Northwest
For the past twenty five years, Latino students from throughout the Willamette Valley have come together for this annual event in honor of César E. Chávez. The conference began in 1990 with a small group of Portland Public School students. It has now grown to include schools from Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Linn, Benton, Marion, Lincoln, Polk and Yamhill Counties. This year there will be over 65 different high schools represented and over fifteen hundred student participants, it the largest Latino Student Leadership Conference in the Pacific Northwest. More

After journey from Honduras, boy starts school in US
Education Week
David, a husky 12-year-old, left San Pedro Sula, his violence-racked home city in northwestern Honduras, in the middle of May. Departing with three other boys — the oldest was 17 and equipped with a map of Mexico — David and his traveling companions joined the rushing exodus of young Central American migrants traveling alone from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States. David's ultimate destination: an efficiency apartment in Washington where his father and mother, whom he had not seen since he was 4, live with the 6-year-old U.S.-born brother he had never met.More

Easy vocabulary for English learners
By: Douglas Magrath
Vocabulary is part of all aspects of language learning. As students create, read and write, they are using and assimilating necessary words. Students focus on the meaning of the material and begin to develop a feel for the word-building process and the overall grammar. Second-language learners need about 2,000 words for conversation, 3,000 words for reading and 10,000 words to read academic texts, making vocabulary one of the most challenging aspects of learning a second language.More

ACT tests show most minority students not college ready
Urban Milwaukee
ACT scores for Milwaukee Public Schools students rose slightly for the 2013-2014 school year, but black and Hispanic students still lag behind, and the vast majority are not adequately prepared for college, according to new data released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 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

Tools for achieving oral fluency
Language Magazine
Many new English language learner instructors first begin teaching with the idea that their students will be terrified to speak English. Like many other teachers, these instructors may have even imagined that each of their students would have the same level of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills; that the students would never ask, while the instructor is explaining a task, if they can go to the bathroom (code for using their cellphones); that they would be eager to participate, never arrive late nor leave class early.More

This fall, minorities will outnumber white students in US schools
The Atlantic
While 62 percent of the total U.S. population was classified as non-Hispanic white in 2013, when public schools start this fall their racial landscape will reflect a different America. According to a new report by the National Center for Education, minorities — Hispanics, Asians, African-American, Native Americans, and multiracial individuals — will account for 50.3 percent of public school students. To break this down by grade levels, minorities will make up 51 percent of pre-kindergarteners to eighth-graders and 48 percent of ninth- to 12th-graders.More

Back-to-school stress: How to recognize it and help kids manage it
The Washington Post
Yes, kids get super-stressed, too, but it isn't always easy to tell what is bothering them because they hide symptoms or explain them in vague ways. As the 2014-2015 school year gears up, it's a good time to learn how to identify stress in children and teens and help them manage it.More

ACT tests show most minority students not college ready
Urban Milwaukee
ACT scores for Milwaukee Public Schools students rose slightly for the 2013-2014 school year, but black and Hispanic students still lag behind, and the vast majority are not adequately prepared for college, according to new data released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Three-quarters of MPS students who took the ACT last year tested "below college ready" in English and 90 percent weren't ready for college-level math, according to new data released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The ACT college readiness benchmarks are the scores students need to have a 75 percent chance to get a C or above in college-level math and English courses.More

Florida lawmakers take issue with USDOE position on English language learners
Tampa Bay Times
In extending Florida's No Child Left Behind waiver, the U.S. Department of Education made clear its displeasure with one key action added by Florida lawmakers. The state's decision not to count test scores of English language learners in school accountability ratings until the students had been in a U.S. school at least two years wasn't going to fly, assistant secretary Deborah Delisle informed education commissioner Pam Stewart.More

States escaping No Child Left Behind can get more time on teacher evaluations
The Huffington Post
For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educators partially in accordance with students' standardized test scores. But, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced most states will get a reprieve of sorts. Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, wrote in a Thursday letter to state school chiefs that states that have received waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act will be able to continue to evade the law even if they did not use test scores in this year's teacher evaluations. But states are still required to show the test scores to teachers.More

A picture of language: The fading art of diagramming sentences
When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar. If you weren't taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. But the practice has a long — and controversial — history in U.S. schools. And while it was once commonplace, many people today don't even know what it is.More