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December 7, 2017
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Students in China pursue Arabic-language studies
Students in China pursue Arabic-language studies
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More university students in China are choosing to study Arabic, according to this article. Some are learning the language to boost career opportunities while others, such as Chinese Muslims, seek knowledge of the culture and traditions.
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (12/6) 
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We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
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Technology & Trends
Educators use recorded lessons as PD
Educators use recorded lessons as PD
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Recording and observing themselves teaching has been a "saving grace," suggest Keisha Motley, a fourth-grade teacher, and Jessica Reynolds, a math interventionist. In this blog post, the educators share how they use the videos to help improve teaching and learning.
SmartBrief/Education (12/5) 
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Policy Watch
Education Dept. nominees questioned in Senate
Nominees for key roles related to civil rights and special education at the US Department of Education were questioned Tuesday by members of the Senate's education committee. During the hearing, Democrats on the committee raised concerns about the Trump administration's record on both fronts.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12/5) 
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Global Competence
N.M. 3rd-graders send aid to Puerto Rico
Third-graders at a New Mexico elementary school recently gathered items for care packages to send to families in Puerto Rico. The students participated in the project after a social studies lesson where they learned about the continued struggles on the island since Hurricane Maria.
Quay County Sun (Tucumcari, N.M.) (12/6) 
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Research Notes
Data show more students graduating on time
Data show more students graduating on time
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The on-time high-school graduation rate for the class of 2015-16 was 84.1% -- up from 83.2% the previous year -- according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Data show improvement among students of color, students with disabilities and students from low-income families, but some gaps still remain.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/4),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12/4),  Disability Scoop (12/5) 
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Study compares US, world students' reading skills
Study compares US, world students' reading skills
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Fourth-grade students in the US slipped to the 16th spot on international rankings of reading comprehension, according to data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. PIRLS also measured students' online reading skills, where data show US students scored above the international average.
U.S. News & World Report (12/5),  U.S. News & World Report (12/5) 
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ACTFL News
ACTFL names 2018 National Language Teacher of the Year
ACTFL named California high school teacher Ying Jin as its 2018 National Language Teacher of the Year at the Annual Convention & World Languages Expo in Nashville. She is the first Chinese language educator to represent ACTFL as Teacher of the Year. Read on.
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New NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements released
The 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements include revisions of the previous Can-Do Statements and the addition of new Intercultural Statements, which provide a set of examples and scenarios that show how learners use the target language and knowledge of culture to demonstrate their Intercultural Communicative Competence. Download now.
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