Tag: education

California Bill to Support Multilingual Education

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach/Huntington Park) announced legislation that would enable California’s public schools to provide multilingual instruction, granting more students access to valuable 21st Century language skills and giving parents more choice over their children’s education.If passed, SB 1174, the Multilingual Education for a 21st Century Economy Act, would place an initiative before voters on the November 2016...

Cutting to the Common Core: Academic Language Development Network

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Susan O’Hara, Jeff Zwiers, and Robert Pritchard explain the mission of the Academic Language Development NetworkThe Academic Language Development Network (http://aldnetwork.org) is a collaborative project, co-housed at the University of California Davis and Stanford University. The Network focuses on research-based teaching and assessment practices for developing the complex academic language, literacy, and thinking skills that support the learning...

U.S. Education Department ‘Failing English Learners’

U.S. students who speak a language other than English at home and are still learning English have received scant support from the federal Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan. That is the take-away of the report "Opportunity Lost: The Promise of Equal and Effective Education for Emerging Bilingual Students in the Obama Administration" published this month by the...

Making Education More Than a Grade

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Anne Paonessa assesses the impact of service learning on English language learnersWhile the current focus in our field is on increased academic vocabulary and overall college and career readiness as driven by the Common Core, I believe we must proceed with caution. Potential dangers include English language learners (ELLs) experiencing increased academic frustration based on their current English...

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award Deadline

The deadline for submissions for the 2014 WISE Awards is 13.00 GMT January 15, 2014. Six innovative educational projects will be awarded $20,000 each for their positive contribution to education and society.Project representatives from any region, sector, or education level are encouraged to submit their application to demonstrate the quality and impact of their activities. Each year, the WISE Awards...

Principals Still to Integrate Common Core for ELLs

According to a survey of more than a thousand elementary and middle school principals, over 70% have not taken action to integrate the Common Core into expanded learning opportunities, special education programs, or English-language learner programs despite more than 80% prioritizing the Common Core for school improvement and their own learning, and more than 60 percent settting the Common...

US Education Secretary Supports Languages for All

"Today, a nation's prosperity depends on its people's ability to thrive in the global marketplace. This is true for the U.S. and for our neighbors across the globe.What's more, in a nation as diverse as ours, the ability to interact comfortably and confidently with people of all backgrounds and points of view is critical.And that makes it more important...

Celebrate International Education Week by Applying for High School Study Abroad Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors many programs that are now accepting applications for scholarships that provide American high school students the opportunity to study abroad.Opportunities include:The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend an academic year living with host families and attending...

Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text

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Kate Kinsella tackles the particular challenges of preparing learners to be able to analyze and discuss complex informational textThe Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) for reading focus heavily on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insights from what they read. In fact, 80-90% of the reading standards in every grade require text-dependent analysis — being able to answer questions...

All Students Benefit from Bilingual Education

Bilingual education programs have a very positive effect on the native English speakers attending schools with such programs even though they do not take part in them, according to a groundbreaking study published in the Journal of Public Economics.Texas elementary students who speak English as their home language and were enrolled in schools with bilingual education programs performed much...