Tag: teachers

Choosing Schools, and Battles

Daniel Ward refuses to be distracted by efforts to divide supporters of public education The dogdays of summer have been rudely disturbed by the reaction to teachers’ leader Randi Weingarten’s linking of the federal government’s school privatization policies to segregation. Calls for her resigna­tion as president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and accusations of her be­ing racist have...

Help ELLs Scaffold

Drawp for School is a digital content-creation and collaboration tool with embedded language scaffolds for English language learners (ELLs). Teachers use Drawp to provide language-scaffolding support to assignments in any subject. Students can work on those assignments with text, voice, or sketched responses—individually or in groups. Drawp helps teachers generate comprehensible input for students for any assignment, and it...

Congress Advised of Critical Need to Boost Language Study

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) delivered its final report on the future of language education to the U.S. Congress, recommending “a national strategy to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.” “America’s Languages: Investing in Language...

Community Service

Jason Stricker explains how the Supporting Teacher Effectiveness Project helps create professional learning communities that work Research suggests that one of the main factors influencing student achievement results is the effectiveness of teachers. Research also shows that developing great teachers can be complex and expensive. According to the New Teacher Project’s 2015 Mirage report, districts can spend upwards of $18,000...

Adding Madness to Method

Carol Gaab questions the value of traditional teaching methods in the language classroom Nothing draws more heated arguments in the field of language instruction than methods. Between trademarks and remarks, there has been much divisive debate on which method is the right or the best method for teaching second language. This emphasis on the “right” method places unhealthy attention on the...

Redefining Inclusive Education

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Frances Stetson offers guidance to improve the educational experience for all at-risk students Providing at-risk students and students with special needs with an inclusive learning environment—one in which students receive equitable opportunities for effective educational services—is a moral imperative. However, despite all of the effort districts and schools have put into implementing inclusive practices and improving behavioral strategies and learning...

Trading in Futures

Is Trump's nomination of DeVos as Education Secretary a bargaining ploy? Like many of his cabinet nominations, Donald Trump’s proposal that Betsy DeVos lead the Education Department appears to be akin to asking a fox to guard the henhouse, since she is so critical of the U.S. public education system. However, the nomination may be just another negotiating ploy—lowballing—by the...

Investing in Teachers instead of Prisons

Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a stirring speech at the National Press Club that was particularly relevant for minority and English learner students "I agree with Secretary Duncan. Prison is not a solution to inequitable educational funding. All children deserve an education, not punitive incarceration, which only exacerbates divisions in our society," commented Language Magazine editor, Daniel Ward. "Secretary Duncan offers a...

Harnessing the Power of a Teacher’s Pen

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Kelly Boswell argues that teachers should share their creative writing processes to benefit their students I recently asked a group of teachers to reflect on their own experiences as student writers. I asked them to cast their minds back to the time when they were students and recall the kinds of feedback they received about their writing. Here are a few...

Study Abroad Campaign for K-12 Teachers

Today, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is officially launching a new campaign to recruit 1,000 K-12 teachers to join Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. Read more and take the pledge!