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Feds Called to Account for Lack of Teacher Diversity

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and leaders in Congress have been called to act to address the lack of teacher diversity in our nation’s classrooms in...

Early Language Key to School Success

Kim Echart of the University of Washington News reports on a new study which shows that early use of words and grammar determines...

Macron Sees Bright Future for French

  French president Emmanuel Macron said his native tongue would “be the first language of Africa” and “perhaps of the world.” Speaking to students in Burkina...

Speaking of the Ice Age

University of Virginia linguistic anthropologist Mark A. Sicoli and colleagues are applying the latest technology to an ancient mystery: how and when early humans inhabited the New World. New research, which uses “big data” techniques...

Philadelphia Nonprofit Donates Spanish-Language Books to Detained Children

UPDATE: Mighty Writers was not permitted to deliver the books to the detention center. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, "An ICE official told me Tuesday night that the detention center has an overabundance of...

Voting Rights Act Left Some Less Equal

Language minorities earned voting rights only in 1975 August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act, signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson following the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama...
group of school kids writing test in classroom

Speaking Spanish

Vista Higher Learning’s Norah Lulich Jones explains how their new Senderos program gets students speaking in class First, let us take a look at what students are hoping for, what we are hoping for as...

Russia Launches French TV

Russian state broadcaster RT is launching a French-language channel, months after being accused of spreading “deceitful propaganda” by French president Emmanuel Macron. RT already has...

Texting in Cherokee

Cherokee language supporters collaborated with Google two years ago to launch a Cherokee language interface and Cherokee language version of Google's email service. Whether it’s Cherokee YouTube videos or Skyping with native Cherokee speakers, getting the language...

Libraries are as important to our health as hospitals

Richard Lederer celebrates National Library Week with bibliophilia Just about everyone has seen the blue street signs with the big white H and an arrow pointing the way to the nearest hospital. Now our roads...