February 2012

    Teachers Matter

    February 2012 Cover

    Somewhat surprisingly for an Administration that has made little headway in terms of education policy, the President’s State of the Union Address (see news, page 9) made education one of its key themes. The importance of teachers and their training was also mentioned: “Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones.”

    However, the President also recognized the reality: “At a time when other countries are doubling down on education, tight budgets have forced States to lay off thousands of teachers. We know a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000.” More.


    nechE s’@chE wAsOwû — This Land Gives to You
    J’Nisha Towne documents the heroic effort to preserve the Euchee language

    Institutional Choices
    Language Magazine asks leading educators to weigh in on the pros and cons of university-affiliated institutes and private language schools

    Teachers Doin’ It for Themselves
    Kristal Bivona analyzes plans to put language and technology at the forefront of teacher education

    Reading, Writing, and Giving Back
    Kristal Bivona gets inspired by voluntary literacy projects

    Crossing the Cultural Divide
    Abdelilah Salim Sehlaoui argues that language educators must develop cross-cultural communicative competence

    Increasing American Exports to China
    Connie K. Ho explains how the government-backed 100,000 Strong Initiative is promoting study in China

    Small Town, Big City
    Lizzie Olster moons over Boston as a study abroad locale

    Bilingual Boom
    Funding resources to meet the growing demand for dual-language educators

    Spotlight on Service-Learning
    Connie K. Ho introduces StudyShare.org, the new hub for service learning

    Last Writes
    Richard Lederer on mighty Charles Dickens


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