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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 in...

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 other researchers sought to find if sign language had similar patterns...

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 Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, features interviews with popular artists—such as...

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...

Teaching Tools

To coincide with this month’s annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), here is a selection of some of the most relevant and innovative tech teaching tools     Achieve3000’s Access solutions (for grades 2–12) provide differentiated instruction for ELLs at every stage, from beginner to advanced. Along with a curriculum aligned to each state’s grade-level standards for...

Celebrate but Don’t Rest on Brown v. Board

As we celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the anti-segregation decision in Brown v Board of Education, there is justifiable concern that the principles enshrined in that historical ruling are not being upheld. Research and analysis of federal data show that our schools have become more segregated, not less, over the last 20 years. Now, the typical Latinx student attends...

Improving ‘Speech Marks’

Pamela J. Sharpe offers tips to help students prepare for the speaking section of the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) Speaking Strategy 1: Stay Positive and Confident Before our students are asked to record their responses to questions on the six speaking tasks of the iBT TOEFL, they will be asked to speak into the...

Study Suggests Repetition Works and Works

According to a new study focusing on language acquisition in the brain, even short repetitive exposure to new words induces a rapid neural response increase that suggests memory building. The University of Helsinki's Lilli Kimppa studied neural response dynamics to new words over brief exposure and measured the neural activation of Finnish-speaking volunteers with electroencephalography (EEG) during auditory tasks...

Inspiration from Live Interaction

Bryce Hedstrom explains why attending quality conferences is key to administrative development Going to a conference is like attending a live performance. It is interactive, a shared experience. The audience and the presenters are sharing time, space, and focus. Everyone there has dedicated his or her time to this particular event. A good conference will enlighten you and stimulate you...