UK students to compete in Hebrew spelling bee | Canadian school tracks French-immersion students' progress | NYC teacher helps ELL students aim high
June 22, 2017
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UK students to compete in Hebrew spelling bee
UK students to compete in Hebrew spelling bee
Students from six UK schools are preparing for a pilot Hebrew spelling bee that will be held to encourage interest in the language. During the competition in England, the students will have to correctly translate an English word into Hebrew, pronounce it and spell it using the Hebrew alphabet -- and there is a time limit.
The Jewish Chronicle (London) (6/19) 
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Canadian school tracks French-immersion students' progress
Seventh-graders participating in a Canadian school's French-immersion program recently demonstrated improvement in speaking the language after entering the program two years ago with little to no knowledge of it, educators at the school say. Students have been learning the basics of French vocabulary and numbers, among other lessons.
Oliver Chronicle (British Columbia) (6/21) 
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Technology & Trends
Want to connect with an expert at Harvard?
Website connects ed. experts to teachers
The Research Map website -- launched by nonprofit Digital Promise -- aims to help developers, teachers and administrators find and understand academic research. The website boasts a new "ask a researcher" feature to connect users with experts at Harvard University.
The Hechinger Report (6/21) 
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Policy Watch
Report ranks quality of rural education in US
A recent report from the nonprofit Rural School and Community Trust ranks the quality of rural education across the country. The findings show that Mississippi is the "highest priority state" -- based on five key indicators, including poor outcomes for students -- followed by Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina.
The Hechinger Report (6/20) 
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How one dual-language school works in Australia
Is it best for students to learn new concepts in the language they understand first? This article highlights why some educators in a bilingual school in Australia are teaching students skills in their native Warlpiri besides introducing them to an English-language curriculum.
The Conversation (U.S.) (6/15) 
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Global Competence
Students share experiences as immigrants in book
Sixth-grade students at a New York middle school recently contributed stories and drawings to an 88-page Spanish-language book about their experiences in their native Central America and in the US. The book, titled, "Luchando por un mejor futuro" ("Fighting for a Better Future"), shares the realities of fleeing gang violence and other challenges the students have faced as immigrants.
WPIX-TV (New York City)/The Associated Press (6/21) 
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Reserve your spot at East Coast OPI workshops
ACTFL's OPI Summer Institute has openings in its East Coast workshops: Lexington, Va. (French and Spanish), and Glastonbury, Conn. (English-mixed language and Spanish). These workshops introduce the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the OPI and techniques of administering and rating the OPI. Learn more.
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Apply for the ACTFL Mentoring Program
Are you a new teacher who needs a mentor? The ACTFL Mentoring Program matches mentors and mentees by language, level and location. The program will run from September through May. You must be an ACTFL member. Apply by July 31. Learn more.
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