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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 are fringed by a similar kind of road marker with a prominently displayed L doodle figure reading a book and an arrow aimed in the...

Bilinguals Solve Math Differently Depending on the Language

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A recent study has found that bilinguals process arithmetic problems in different ways depending on which of their languages they are using. While it is largely accepted that humans possess at...

Study Links Toddler’s Screen Time to Slower Speech Development

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In recent years, young children and toddlers have been increasingly exposed to handheld devices. It’s become commonplace to see babies playing games on tablets, smartphones, and other technological devices, rather than with wooden blocks and plastic toys. This has led researchers to wonder, do these devices affect toddlers in ways different than more ‘analog’ toys? Recent studies point to...

French Promotion in the U.S.

President to Announce New Fund for Bilingual Programs French President Emmanuel Macron will launch a new fund to support French-English bilingual programs in the U.S. on September 20 during his trip to New York for...

Talk, Read, Talk, Write

Nancy Motley suggests a routine for literacy in all content areas Teachers often feel immense pressure to cover too much material in too little time. They work tirelessly to ensure that their students are adequately prepared for the high-stakes testing that permeates the world of education. In addition to these accountability measures, today’s teachers are asked to communicate a dense...

$20 Million in Federal Grants for ELL Teacher Development

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) has announced the awarding of $20 million in grants under the National Professional Development Program (NPD), to support educators of English learner students.The NPD...

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Literacy in a digital world Today, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. A global event is taking place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in...

Trump Ends American DREAMers’ Hopes

Today, the Trump administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) while calling on Congress to overhaul immigration legislation. The program, started during the Obama administration in 2012, has allowed...

Americans Support Public Education in Diverse Schools

Despite influential campaigns to undermine  confidence in public schools, most Americans have faith in their local schools, according to the latest edition of the annual Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the defining public opinion survey on American public education for the past 49 years. The new poll finds that the proportion...

Support for Russian in Ukraine

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Thirty percent of Ukrainians in areas controlled by the Kiev government support granting official status to the Russian language, according to a new survey.The poll, conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, found that 54.4% of Ukrainians were against Russian becoming an official language and another 15% of...