The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a nationally-recognized accreditation agency. This decision will affect nearly 16,000 international students studying English language and other subjects. ACICS previously accredited around 250 institutions in the U.S., among them 130 ESL and higher education institutes that recruit international students. Problems arose...

While boosting defense spending by $54 billion, the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget seeks to cut the Education Department’s $68 billion budget by $9 billion, or 13% in the fiscal year starting October. Requested cuts to the State Department and USAID would amount to another $10.1 billion, 28% reduction from the 2017 level. Although spending on the Education Department’s...

Margarita Calderón and Shawn Slakk believe that the whole school is responsible for the success of English learners English learners (ELs) are no longer solely the responsibility of the ESL teacher. The entire school’s staff of educators—counselors, secretaries, and of course administrators included—should embrace the success of ELs along with all their peers. Leadership teams are deliberately deciding to focus...

Is Trump's nomination of DeVos as Education Secretary a bargaining ploy? Like many of his cabinet nominations, Donald Trump’s proposal that Betsy DeVos lead the Education Department appears to be akin to asking a fox to guard the henhouse, since she is so critical of the U.S. public education system. However, the nomination may be just another negotiating ploy—lowballing—by the...

Universities across the U.S. are banding together to send a clear message of acceptance towards international students after the recent U.S. presidential election. The campaign began at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with their YouTube video. According to the PIE news, the hashtag #YouAreWelcomeHere was originally used by Study Group, an international program aimed to help international students study...

Education Northwest along with the Institute of Education Sciences and Regional Educational Laboratory at Education Northwest analyzed the patterns of advanced coursework among Spanish-speaking students, other language minority students whose primary/home language is a language other than Spanish, and English-only speakers. The study found distinct differences between the groups. Spanish-speaking students were found to enroll and perform less in advanced...

Carol Gaab questions the value of traditional teaching methods in the language classroom Nothing draws more heated arguments in the field of language instruction than methods. Between trademarks and remarks, there has been much divisive debate on which method is the right or the best method for teaching second language. This emphasis on the “right” method places unhealthy attention on the...

Stephen Noonoo shares best practices for blended learning programs that work During the past few years, blended learning has been hailed by schools worldwide as everything from the future of education to the conduit that will finally make true differentiated instruction a reality. And it is not all hype: the best blended-learning programs truly can move away from the lecture-based...

Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusiveness has been accused of using French test results as an excuse to violate the constitutional rights of more than 500 international students. Fo Niemi, director of the Montreal-based Centre for Research Action on Race Relations (CRARR), claimed most of the students whose French skills are being questioned come from China, India, or the...

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Frances Stetson offers guidance to improve the educational experience for all at-risk students Providing at-risk students and students with special needs with an inclusive learning environment—one in which students receive equitable opportunities for effective educational services—is a moral imperative. However, despite all of the effort districts and schools have put into implementing inclusive practices and improving behavioral strategies and learning...