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Anti-Racism Resources

Dismantling Racism: Working from the Inside Out Ayanna Cooper provides resources that support anti-racism, equity, and access in the U.S. The Weaponization of English Kisha C. Bryan and JPB Gerald examine coded language, position statements, and the Black Lives Matter movement in the spirit of acknowledgement and reconciliatio Begin from Within In the third installment of our Pass the Mic series, Lavette Coney explains...

Celebrate UN Arabic Language Day

The Arabic language is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used daily by more than 290 million people. World Arabic Language Day is celebrated every year on 18 December since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 that the General Assembly of the...

November 2020 Inside the Issue

From Nobody Cares to Everyone/Every Community Cares: Breaking Down the Wall, One Essential Shift at a Time Debbie Zacarian and Maria G. Dove discuss with Dan Alpert the importance of community in education The Other Spanish Golden Age Ransom Gladwin presents the success of Spain’s video gaming industry as an inspiration for students Poetry in Motion Ayanna Cooper introduces this month’s Pass the Mic...

Abu Dhabi Announces Five-Year Plan to Promote Arabic

Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed, chair of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, has approved the Arabic Language Center’s strategy for 2020 to 2025, which will focus on a few core areas to preserve and encourage the use of the language, including using Arabic content, developing digital platforms in the language, and encouraging research to promote it at all levels. The center...

The Challenge of Teaching Poetry

As Franklin Roosevelt famously stated in his 1932 inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” These ringing words probably also apply to the teaching of poetry. For a whole host of reasons, many people—not only teachers but general readers as well—feel intimidated by poetry. For teachers, a fear of this kind either inhibits their...

Arabic Literary Prize Submissions Open

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is now open for submissions. The award has a reputation for highlighting the most exciting, and often the most challenging work from and about the Arab world. Each winner receives prize money of 750,000 UAE dirhams ($204,000 USD) to both recognize and further enable their creative and cultural achievements. Writers, translators, academics, and publishers from around...

Digital Curriculum & PD Summer Learning Initiative

Discovery Education announced the launch of its new Summer of Learning initiative. Designed for all learners, the Summer of Learning initiative features a collection of grab-and-go lessons and at-home student activities, as well as on-demand professional development for educators. Users of Discovery Education's digital services can find this new content here. The Summer of Learning resources designed to support students' continued...

The Science of Reading

Does reading really matter that much now that we’re in the digital age? Yes! In fact, in the digital age, when we encounter so many different texts and messages every day, our critical and analytical abilities may even matter more than ever. Without a rich vocabulary and background knowledge that we can apply and utilize, we will get tripped...

What Kids Are Reading Report Sheds Light on K–12 Student Reading Habits

Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, recently released the 2020 edition of What Kids Are Reading, a report that has been providing educators, families, and communities unparalleled insight into students’ reading habits for more than a decade. This year’s What Kids Are Reading report highlights the most popular books among millions of K–12 students across the nation, and also finds that easy access...

PhD Student Makes History as First to Defend Thesis in Quechua

A doctoral student in Peru, Roxana Quispe Collantes, is the first to write and defend a thesis in Quechua. The indigenous language, which boasts over eight million speakers, is widely known for being the main language of the Incan Empire and is the second most-spoken language in Peru. Despite its popularity, the language has been largely absent in academia,...
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