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Rumi in the Language Classroom: Diversity of Knowledge & Teaching

Rumi in the Language Classroom Series Vol 1 Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, also known as Mawlana "our master" and more popularly as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian poet, philosopher, theologian, and Sufi originally from, Khorasan, Iran. Originally written in Persian, Rumi's works have made a dramatic impact on...

Sustaining Community

While no one was prepared for the pandemic shuttering of physical school buildings, K–12 teachers of less commonly taught languages were perhaps the most accustomed to having to find community beyond school walls. Unlike with other subjects taught in schools, there may not be an Arabic teacher in the same building, school...

How to Train Your English Teacher

Teaching English online is exploding in popularity, which is great news for teachers and learners as it is much more flexible and opens up many opportunities for learning. In the past, a popular path for people who wanted to teach English was to...

Teacher Education Reformers Urged to Take Caution

An alliance of leaders in colleges of education across the country have released a statement cautioning against many of the current trends for “reforming” how teachers are prepared for U.S. public schools. In the statement, “Seven Trends to Reform U.S. Teacher Education, and the Need to Address Systemic Injustices,“ over 350 deans...

Three Ways to Superboost Your SIOP

Continued support after initial professional learning is essential to see gains in student achievement. A report on effective professional development from the U.S. Department of Education stated that when there are at least 49 hours of professional learning, student achievement on state standardized tests increased by at least 21 percentile points. However,...

All You Need is Read

Dianne Henderson and Gene Kerns offer practical strategies to help all students reap the benefits of reading A new report says that nearly half of kids read for less than 15 minutes per day. No skill is more essential to students than reading. Every...

Taking the Fear Out of Dyslexia

It has only been in the last decade or so that dyslexia has been recognized as a legitimate issue. In the past, dyslexia has been ignored, discounted, or morphed to fit under existing learning disabilities. With further research and clear evidence, it’s becoming not only recognized and understood but finally addressed in education. The movement is...

Feds Called to Account for Lack of Teacher Diversity

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and leaders in Congress have been called to act to address the lack of teacher diversity in our nation’s classrooms in a letter from a coalition of 75 education organizations representing teachers, preservice teachers, school counselors, education staff, principals, superintendents, charter school leaders, education...

Leveled Readers

Male teacher working with elementary school boy at his desk
The benefits of free, voluntary reading are undeniable, but finding books that are interesting and exciting without being too advanced can be a challenge. This is where leveled readers really come to the fore—they are designed to deliver great stories and interesting nonfiction to learners at a comprehensible level.

A Timely Tribute to the Teachers Who Change Our Lives

Richard Lederer recognizes the original influencers One of my favorite newspaper corrections reads: "It was incorrectly reported last Friday that this is T-Shirt Appreciation Week. It is actually Teacher Appreciation Week." Well, this year, Teacher Appreciation Week takes place May 6–May 11. Teachers change the world one child at...
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