Teachers in Australia commit to Asian languages | Tribe's members recall how Sixties Scoop affected lives, language heritage | Report: Paid MOOC classes see bump in enrollment
February 15, 2018
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Teachers in Australia commit to Asian languages
Teachers in Australia commit to Asian languages
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Some language educators in Australia are exploring different ways to teach their students Asian languages and culture. One teacher traveled three hours to a restaurant so students could have a Chinese-prepared meal, while another uses Skype to connect students to their peers at a sister school in Indonesia.
ABC (Australia) (2/13) 
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Technology & Trends
Report: Paid MOOC classes see bump in enrollment
The number of students taking free massive open online courses declined in 2017, according to a report from Class Central, but enrollment for paid courses is on the rise. The data also show that some colleges and universities, such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Georgia Tech, are expanding their MOOC offerings.
Campus Technology (2/12) 
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Leadership academy taps UN role-playing strategy
Leadership academy taps UN role-playing strategy
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A leadership academy for educators in a Georgia school district used a planning strategy inspired by a UN role-playing exercise. In this commentary, instructional technology specialist Lee Patti discusses the process and how it led to real solutions.
EdSurge (2/12) 
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Making science stick
Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
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Policy Watch
Study links DACA to positive student outcomes
Study links DACA to positive student outcomes
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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has led to positive outcomes for youths who were brought to the US illegally, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Data show DACA yielded a 15% boost in high-school graduation rates and a 20% increase in college-enrollment rates.
Inside Higher Ed (2/13) 
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Global Competence
Study seeks to identify top teaching practices
Study seeks to identify top teaching practices
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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development will begin a study this year of teaching practices in eight countries. As part of the study -- results of which are expected to be released in 2020 -- teachers will be filmed giving a lesson on quadratic equations, and a video library will be created of best teaching practices.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/14) 
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Research Notes
Do teens perform better when the stakes go up?
Do teens perform better when the stakes go up?
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High-stakes tasks may not boost -- or lower -- student performance, according to a study published in Nature Communications. Researchers suggest that brain development during adolescence may not support the same kind of motivation sparked by such activities typically observed in adults.
Science News (2/14) 
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ACTFL News
Proficiency & Performance Summer Institute locations announced
This summer, ACTFL is offering numerous workshops at five locations and in many languages. This year's hosts are New York University, the University of Texas at Austin, City University of Seattle (co-hosted with Bush School of Seattle), Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and Lake Park High School in Roselle, Ill. Find the workshop and section that's best for you.
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Lead with Languages Advocacy Month in full swing
Throughout the month of February, Lead with Languages will be celebrating stories from students, parents, teachers and other community members who advocate for language education across the United States. Find out how you can participate.
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