Tag: schools

Helping Academic English Learners Develop Productive Word Knowledge

Dr. Kate Kinsella offers evidence-based instructional practices to advance students’ verbal and written command of critical wordsVocabulary Knowledge and Overall Academic AchievementVocabulary plays a crucial role in all aspects of academic competence in K–12 schooling. Certainly, one of the most consistent findings in reading research is the extent to which students’ vocabulary knowledge directly supports their reading comprehension (Baumann and...

Spanish Prevails in Miami Schools

The Miami-Dade School district in Florida is postponing a scheduled change in the methodology of teaching foreign languages, namely Spanish. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s original plan was to eliminate all traditional 30-minute-a-day Spanish classes and replace them with language immersion programs. However, both parents and teachers voiced concern. Rosa Castra Feinberg, who became the first Hispanic woman elected to the...

All the School’s a Stage

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Pilar Alvarez, education director at the Young Storytellers Foundation, explains how the organization boosts literary confidenceLanguage Magazine: What is the history and overall goal of the Young Storytellers Foundation?Pilar Alvarez: The Young Storytellers Foundation was started in 1997 by a group of film students in response to budget cuts in LA public schools. The founders wanted to bring in a program...

Are Arabic Schools in France Really Hotbeds for Radicalism?

Secret report accuses French heritage-language programs of ghettoizing and radicalizing French-born youthFrench conservatives are in an uproar over a 2013 report that recently surfaced accusing a nearly 40-year-old after-school heritage language program of teaching “Islamic catechism” and radicalizing young French students from immigrant families. France’s now-dissolved High Council on Integration (Haut Conseil à l’intégration, or HCI), which was a...

Toolkit for Schools to Help Undocumented Students

The Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) has released a 65-page National Institutions Coming Out Day Toolkit in preparation for the National Institutions Coming Out Day (NICOD) on April 7, 2015.This toolkit, the first of its kind, equips students and educators with materials and resources to facilitate institutions’ participation. It lists 29 clear and concrete examples of institutional efforts to...

Duncan Gives an Inch to CCSS Schools

Secretary of Education offers extension for schools using testing in evaluations.As Common Core aligned assessments are rolled out all across the nation, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan is taking heat and receiving complaints from parents, educators and administrators alike. In a back-to-school letter, he addressed concerns about standardized testing and announced new measures that offer more flexibility to schools...

$2.5 million to Promote Tribal Control of Schools – Deadline 9/12/14!!

To help ensure that all students attending Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools receive an effective education delivered to them by tribes, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn have announced that the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will fund $2.5 million in Sovereignty in Indian Education competitive grants. The purpose...

Mandarin Introduced to UK Schools

Thousands of pupils across the United Kingdom are to be given Mandarin lessons in a government bid to double the amount of Mandarin learners in the UK by 2019.It has been announced that more than 1,200 specialist Mandarin teachers will be trained in the subject to give public (state) school pupils the same opportunities to learn Mandarin, as those...

Syrian Offers Russian in All High Schools

The Syrian government has decided to make Russian classes available in all high schools. The plans follow a visit from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin last month.The news, announced by Former Russian Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, will mean students from the seventh grade upwards will be offered a choice of French or Russian as modern foreign languages. Click here...

Lagos Introduces German and Mandarin to Schools

The government in the Nigerian state of Lagos has announced that the teaching of German and Mandarin is to commence in six schools across the region.The state commissioner for education, Olayinka Oladunjoye stated that the pilot program for German language teaching began last year at Birch Freeman Senior High School, through a partnership with a German school.“Our officials have...