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September 12, 2017
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Why learning a foreign language matters
Why learning a foreign language matters
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Education experts in West Virginia say learning a foreign language has many benefits for the youngest of students, including ease in language acquisition, opportunities to learn about other cultures and expanded career options. Three elementary schools in the state offer up to 90 minutes a week of Spanish instruction using Foreign Language in Early Schooling.
The Exponent Telegram (Clarksburg, W.Va.) (9/10) 
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Boston preschoolers to learn Haitian Creole
A dual-language preschool program in Haitian Creole is being launched in Boston Public Schools as part of plans to expand dual-language offerings beyond Spanish. The Mattapan school will add dual-language classes in each grade and also integrate Creole culture and language.
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/7) 
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Immersion programs enhance language skills
Traveling brings language to life outside the classroom. When students live with host families, they gain firsthand experience in the day-to-day use of the target language with native speakers, providing a deep immersion experience no classroom can duplicate. Now is the perfect time to plan 2018 educational travel with your students!
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Technology & Trends
Do students use paper or digital for test prep?
Do students use paper or digital for test prep?
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Paper may trump digital when preparing for exams, according to a report from the Paper and Packaging Board. Data show 70% of junior- and high-school students use handwritten class notes to prepare for tests, while 81% of college students still use paper notes to prepare.
National Public Radio (9/10) 
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Policy Watch
Data: 51% of DACA-eligible residents are in school
As many as 365,000 high-school students in the US may be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute. Data also show that as many as 51% of the 1.2 million DACA-eligible residents are enrolled in high school or college.
The Hechinger Report (9/11) 
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DeVos set to visit schools in 6 states
DeVos set to visit schools in 6 states
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will embark this week on a six-state "Rethink School" tour. It's unclear which schools or cities she will visit, but the plan is to go to Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/11) 
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Research Notes
Study reveals more young Latinos speaking English
Study reveals more young Latinos speaking English
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Spanish fluency may be decreasing among young Latinos who live in the US, according to the Pew Research Center. Data show an increase since 2000 in the number of Latinos ages 5 to 17 who say they speak only English at home or speak English "very well."
USA Today (9/10) 
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ACTFL News
AAPPL to be available in four additional languages
The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is developing content for four new languages: Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Thai. The tests will be available in January, and the content topics are out now. Learn more.
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Lead with Languages with new advocacy toolkit
Wondering how you can advocate for language education? Check out the Language Advocacy toolkit for ideas on how to get your students involved in the Lead with Languages campaign, including a scavenger hunt and tech ideas. Read on.
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