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February 2016

February 2016 Cover

California’s Revival Kristal Bivona revels in the Golden State’s return from the wilderness of monolingualism

Helping Teachers Hit the Ground Running Michelle Vruwink shares her experience of meeting the challenges facing educators in a brand-new, diverse school

No Longer the Silent Subgroup Ayanna Cooper, Kisha C. Bryan, and Babatunji Ifarinu explain how our teaching and attitudes need to adapt to the needs of Black English learners

Creating Classroom Buzz Ivannia Soto, Kent Besocke, and Danny Magaña explain how to use reciprocal teaching to develop academic identities in English language learners

Steps to a New World Order Joaquín Fernández-Castro offers structural changes to improve world language programs in public and private schools in the U.S.

Trading Places Judy Heflin assesses the option of teaching English in China while learning Chinese

Is Spanish Just an Immigrant Language? Domenico Maceri questions the status of Spanish in the U.S.

Last Writes Richard Lederer on sex and the singular pronoun

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

January 30th, 2016 | 1 Comment

Educate to Make America Great

Douglas Chrystall argues that the prison industrial complex doesn’t want our non-native speakers to learn English, which is why we must help them

Whatever else you think about the Common Core State Standards, they were definitely designed for English speakers. That means that anyone who doesn’t speak English as a first language is already at a disadvantage. We are seeing the emergence of some curricula to provide basic Common Core help in Spanish, but even that is very limited, and outside of that, there is zero support for the growing populations of immigrants who speak languages such as Arabic, Cantonese, Somali, Ukrainian, and Tagalog. Federal and state governments mandate that schools deliver suitable access to the Common Core for all students, but they are not providing the tools that educators need to support English language learners (ELLs).

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January 28th, 2016 | Leave your comments

Will Every Student Succeed?

America’s new federal education bill has grand aspirations, but will it live up to them?

In December, President Obama signed the new iteration of the 50-year-old Ele­mentary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This legislation, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is a bipartisan bill that reforms the unpopular No Child Left Behind act. The White House said in a statement, “The bill rejects the overuse of standardized tests and one-size-fits-all mandates on our schools, ensures that our education system will prepare every child to graduate from high school ready for college and careers, and provides more children access to high-quality state preschool programs.”

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January 21st, 2016 | Leave your comments

Not as Easy as ABC

Diane Barone examines the complexity of literacy in the digital age

There is no permanent, fixed definition of literacy. In fact, right now, there are rapidly broadening ideas surrounding the topic.

Shifts in the thinking include moving from a print-based literacy world to one that is dominated by image and multimodal composing. These shifts are also surrounded by changes in social connectivity.

Surprising as it may be, Maryanne Wolf writes in her book, Proust and the Squid, it took humans…

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January 13th, 2016 | 1 Comment

January 2016

January 2016 Cover

Will Every Student Succeed? America’s new federal education bill has grand aspirations, but will it live up to them?

Not as Easy as ABC Diane Barone examines the complexity of literacy in the digital age

Boosting Middle School Math and Literacy Standards Judith A. Pirani finds a technology-enabled solution to help seventh to ninth graders

New Gear for the New Year A quick look at some of the latest edtech innovations

Mexican Revival Students describe why learning Spanish in Mexico should be on your agenda

Educate to Make America Great Douglas Chrystall argues that the prison industrial complex doesn’t want our non-native speakers to learn English, which is why we must help them

Last Writes Richard Lederer with a new word game for the new year

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

January 2nd, 2016 | 1 Comment

Nail Polish and Baseball Bats

Diana Kennedy suggests “googling for content” to inspire students to read

Did you know you should use a base coat when painting your nails, because a base coat is stickier and softer than nail polish, so it not only helps the polish adhere but it expands and contracts with your nails? Who knew? Well, now you do, I do, and so does one of my students—a high school sophomore struggling to read with fluency above the 18th percentile whom we’ll call Sophia.

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December 29th, 2015 | Leave your comments

STEM in a Chaotic Classroom

Lydia Withrow uses a CSI-themed project, creating a mock crime scene to incorporate STEM into her English curriculum

Not many people would think to compare STEM and English to cops and robbers. Most see the two roles as total opposites in personality, goals, and demeanor, but without the “bad guys,” where would the cops fit in? In a way, the same can be said for STEM and ELA. While most teachers know the subjects as poles apart, when they are combined, their differences create a balanced learning environment that is not only educational but fun—what we like to call “organized chaos.”

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December 27th, 2015 | Leave your comments

Toward Biliteracy: Spanish and Californian Trajectories

As demands grow for biliteracy in California, Cynthia García Dehbozorgi and Nehemias Giménez García compare the state’s initiatives to those of Spain

Surprisingly, one of the oldest bilingual-education programs in what is today the U.S. was implemented in California by the Spanish–Franciscans in the 18th-century when Spanish was the dominant language. Today, the tables have turned. English is now the language of power. Although thousands of miles apart, Spain and California hold a common challenge: implementing an efficient bilingual program in the public education system that will eventually form biliterate professionals. Many Spanish-speaking parents in Spain and California wish to empower their children by placing them in bilingual programs that will allow them to acquire the language of economic success, English, while maintaining their native Spanish. Over the last decades…

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December 16th, 2015 | Leave your comments

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December 2015

December 2015 Cover

2016 Year Planner Conferences, workshops, observances and grant deadlines

Open Doors Report More students than ever are U.S.-bound to learn

Nail Polish and Baseball Bats Diana Kennedy suggests “googling for content” to inspire students to read

Growing Global Educators Deborah Ellis engages students in rigorous learning by harnessing their enthusiasm

Toward Biliteracy: Spanish and Californian Trajectories As demands grow for biliteracy in California, Cynthia García Dehbozorgi and Nehemias Giménez García compare the state’s initiatives to those of Spain

STEM in a Chaotic Classroom Lydia Withrow uses a CSI-themed project, creating a mock crime scene to incorporate STEM into her English curriculum

Last Writes Richard Lederer with a Dog’s ‘Night Before Christmas’

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

November 30th, 2015 | Leave your comments

Skills for a Multilingual, Global Learning Community

Edynn Sato offers strategies for educators to help multilingual learners develop academic literacies and succeed across multiple academic disciplines and contexts

In our increasingly diverse and global society, many students are in classrooms receiving instruction in a language that is not their primary language and engaging in new situations with unfamiliar language and practices. Students who are culturally and linguistically diverse are all over the world, and thus their literacy development is a global issue. These multilingual learners face real challenges as they strive to learn rigorous academic content and prepare for college and careers.

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November 18th, 2015 | Leave your comments

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