Tag: students

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...

Calling all bilingual college students! Your chance to address the United Nations!

MANY LANGUAGES, ONE WORLD 2015 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth ForumSeventy students will be selected as delegates to the 2015 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum where they will create plans of action related to the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The students will present these plans of action at United Nations Headquarters in New York...

Cutting to the Common Core: My Students Can’t Read So How Will They Write?

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Hillary Wolfe recommends building strategic scaffolds to assist adolescent writingOne of the biggest instructional shifts resulting from the Common Core State Standards is the increased emphasis on writing. Students will be expected to write in all content areas, for various purposes, and over varying lengths of time (Writing Anchor Standard 10). Argument writing has been elevated to a high...

UK School to Teach ESL to ALL Students

A high school in Leeds, UK has introduced classes to teach all students English as a second language. More than 75% of students at City of Leeds secondary school do not have English as a mother tongue.Principal Georgina Sale said all students, including those who have English as a mother tongue will soon receive one extra 50-minute session per...

U.S. Students Outperform International Peers

A new Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report shows that U.S. 15-year-old students scored above average on the 2012 problem solving assessment in comparison to their peers in 43 other education systems. The PISA problem solving assessment, administered on computer, assessed students’ skills in solving problems set in real-life contexts for which a routine solution has not been...

Biden Pledges to Double Number of US Students in Rest of Americas

During today’s press conference, launching President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative: Vice President Joe Biden confirmed that the plan was to double the flow of educational exchange between the U.S. and its American neighbors so that at least 70,000 U.S. students were studying every year in other American countries. Biden also stated that learning Spanish and Portuguese was...

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...

Study to Examine Achievement of Bilingual Students

The RAND Corporation, a nonprofit think tank, is studying the effects of dual-language immersion on student achievement in Portland Public Schools with a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The study is being conducted in partnership with the American Councils for International Education and the Portland Public School District.Jennifer Steele, a...

Acclimatizing Saudi Students

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Susan Matson offers context and suggestions for helping Saudi Arabian students adjust to the Western educational settingAlthough 145,000 Saudi students have enrolled in U.S. intensive English programs and universities since the advent of the King Abdullah scholarship program in 2005, some institutions are still experiencing “the Saudi wave” for the first time as these students learn of smaller and...

Coaxing Students Down Under

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Kristal Bivona admires Australia’s initiatives to attract international studentsThis year, Australia is rolling out various initiatives intended to increase the number of international students at Australian universities. The initiatives cut across different sectors, but they all aim to facilitate university study. Australia is paying special attention to Asian countries, as the vast majority of international students in Oz come...