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Staying on Point With Common Core (CCSS)

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Ryan East celebrates the factual rigor demanded by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)People cannot even agree over basic facts any more. Unfortunately, current political divisions are deep, and the political party with which one identifies now often dictates not only where one stands on social and fiscal issues but...

Could the language barrier actually fall within the next 10 years?

David Arbesú, University of South FloridaWouldn’t it be wonderful to travel to a foreign country without having to worry about the nuisance of communicating in a different language?In a Wall Street Journal article, technology policy expert Alec Ross argued that, within a decade or so, we’ll be able to communicate with one another via small earpieces with built-in microphones.No...

College Fees Highlight of New Bipartisan DREAM Act

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) have introduced a new version of the DREAM Act, which they hope will protect more than a million young people from deportation if relief under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is ended.DACA is under assault by a group of Republican elected officials led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who...

Save Fulbright-Hays International Research/Training Funds

The draft FY2018 appropriations bill of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-H) would eliminate the Fulbright-Hays program in the Department of Education. Currently funded at $7 million, the Fulbright-Hays Program - a Fulbright Program funded by a Congressional appropriation to the U.S. Department of Education - awards grants to individual U.S. K-14...

The Case for Comprehensible Input

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Stephen Krashen provides the evidence to support his hypothesis of second-language acquisitionThe work of the last 40 years is the result of a war between two very different views about how we acquire language and develop literacy.The comprehension hypothesis says that we acquire language when we understand what we hear or read. Our mastery of the individual components of...

Academic Language Matters

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Scott B. Freiberger faces the challenge of helping English learners get the right register As a TESOL professional with 17+ years of language and literacy teaching, curriculum development, and school leadership experience, I sometimes encounter colleagues who comment, “I don’t get it. He’s so talkative with classmates and seems fluent...

Study Finds Visual Rhythms in Sign Language

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A new study has found that patterns exist within the visual structure of sign language. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) by Geoffrey Brookshire, Jenny Lu, Howard C. Nusbaum, Susan Goldin-Meadow, and Daniel Casasanto and...

Murals Teach Education is Not a Crime

Changing the World, One Wall at a Time is a new documentary on Education Is Not a Crime—the world’s largest street art and human rights campaign, which raises awareness about education apartheid by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Bahá’ís in the country through murals.The film, produced by...

The New Digital Divide

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Keith Oelrich argues that teacher preparation and curriculum design are the keys to closing the digital technological opportunity gap A Gap Emerges In the mid-’90s, as personal computer and internet access was becoming more available to many in the U.S., a correlation could be observed between access to technology and socioeconomic status. Scholars, policy makers, and advocacy groups referred to this...

Kids & Teens, Help Others this Summer & Get $500

Disney is Supporting Hundreds of Youth-Led Service Projects with $500 Grants Youth Service America (YSA) and The Walt Disney Company are encouraging kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities through the Disney Summer of Service campaign. Youth can use fun summer activities—like reading, sports, arts, and being outdoors—in a movement to make the world healthier, greener, and...