Tag: diversity

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...

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...

America Becoming More Multilingual

According to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) of newly released Census Bureau data for 2016, a record 65.5 million U.S. residents over the age of five spoke a language other than English at home. The number is up six million since 2010 and has...

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...

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 to analyze more than 100 linguistic features, suggests complex patterns of contact and migration among the early peoples who first settled the Americas.The diversity of...