Tag: diversity

Drums Amplify Speech Across Amazon

The Amazonian Bora people mimic the rhythm of their language for communication over large distances using drumsResearchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Université Grenoble Alpes have found that the drummed speech of the Northwest Amazon Boras not only reproduces the melody of words and sentences in this endangered language, but also their rhythm. This...

Society-wide Benefits of DACA

According to a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has had a "significant impact" on the educational outcomes of undocumented immigrant youth, including a 15% increase in high school graduation rates, an extra 49,000 Hispanics obtaining a high school diploma, a 45% drop in teenage motherhood, and a 25% increase...

Spanish Fades with Generations

Although U.S. Latinos believe it’s important for future generations of Hispanics to speak Spanish and the vast majority speak the language to their children, less Latino parents ensure their children speak Spanish as they become second- and third-generation, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.Overall, 85% of Latino parents say they speak Spanish to their children, according to...

Advancing English Learner Equity in Math

Report Shows Promising Practices in California and Offers Key Recommendations A new report from The Education Trust—West finds promising practices around the state that are increasing math supports for English learners (ELs) and boosting achievement rates for this group which had remained low. Second in a series exploring English learner education, the report, Unlocking Learning II: Math as a Lever...

Michigan Passes Official English Bill

Without any prior discussion, the Michigan House of Representatives has passed a bill, HB 4053, making English as the state’s official language of government. The vote was mainly along party lines with the Republican majority in support of the move.  6% of Michigan residents are immigrants but 11% of its healthcare workers were born abroad The bill requires that English be the...

Celebrate Mother Language Day!

On International Mother Language Day 2018, celebrated on 21 February every year, UNESCO reiterates its commitment to linguistic diversity and invites its Member States to celebrate the day in as many languages as possible as a reminder that linguistic diversity and multilingualism are essential for sustainable development.This year UNESCO also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of...

Lead with Languages & Get a Free Multilingual Baby Book

February 2018 is Lead with Languages Advocacy Month. Throughout this month, we will be celebrating the successes of language advocates from around the country, and we encourage you to share how you are encouraging language learning using #LangMag and #LeadWithLanguagesAt Language Magazine, we believe that every child deserves...

California’s Crossborder Cooperation

Today, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson went to Mexico to meet with leaders of Baja California’s education system, to increase cooperation, and better serve California students who end up attending school on both sides of the border.Torlakson and his counterpart Miguel Ángel Mendoza González, the Secretary of Education for the State of Baja California, discussed making...

Diverse Classes Boost Collaborative Skills for All

Exposure to diversity in the classroom tends to be associated with better collaboration skills., according to the first OECD PISA assessment of collaborative problem solving, and girls are much better than boys at working together to solve problems.The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) collaborative problem solving assessment was given in 2015 and measured students’ ability to solve a...

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Boost Study Abroad

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) have introduced the latest incarnation of the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act. This bill would establish a competitive grant program, run by the Department of Education, for colleges and universities to expand study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students. It, like previous versions, is named after the late...