N.M. students start bilingual school newspaper | Paraguay looks to raise status of Guarani language | Video series promotes bilingualism in schools
January 11, 2018
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N.M. students start bilingual school newspaper
N.M. students start bilingual school newspaper
Students at a dual-language New Mexico elementary school recently began work on La Prensa, a Spanish-English newspaper that features student-written articles about the goings-on at the school and in the community. Teachers say the monthly, two-page publication encourages students to learn about the community and their peers.
KRQE-TV (Albuquerque, N.M.) (1/9) 
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Paraguay looks to raise status of Guarani language
Officials in Paraguay are working to boost the reputation of Guarani -- an indigenous language often thought of as a second-class language in the country. Spanish remains the primary language used in schools, the workplace and elsewhere.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/6) 
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Are you prepared for AP Testing 2018?
This spring, AP World Language and Culture exams mandate the exclusive use of digital recording technology. The SmartClass+ digital language lab platform is fully compliant with the College Board guidelines for recording format and on-line response submission. Can we help your school prepare? Contact us for more information.
Technology & Trends
Video series promotes bilingualism in schools
The Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism has launched videos designed to promote mother tongue languages in Singapore's schools. Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng, who is featured in the videos, said the effort will help boost communication across Asia.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (1/4) 
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Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
Policy Watch
Analysis considers upcoming education agenda
Analysis considers upcoming education agenda
US lawmakers have several education priorities on their agenda, including reauthorization of the federal career and technical education law and student-data privacy legislation. This analysis considers top issues and bills.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (1/9) 
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Campaign targets sexual harassment of K-12 students
Instances of sexual harassment and abuse may be underreported in K-12 education, according to data from the American Association of University Women. To highlight the issue, the nonprofit Stop Sexual Assault in Schools has introduced an awareness campaign with the hashtag #MeTooK12.
U.S. News & World Report (1/8) 
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Global Competence
Model UN challenges 7th-graders to think globally
A Texas middle school this year has expanded its Model United Nations program to include seventh-graders who work in groups, choose a country and research a crisis taking place there before writing a resolution for it. Students then try to persuade their peers to adopt the resolution during a competition.
Kilgore News Herald (Texas) (1/9) 
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Sign up for live discussion, get 20% off VLM
If you're one of the first 100 registrants for the Jan. 22 live discussion about Integrating Culture and Intercultural Communication in the Classroom, you'll get 20% off the VLM. Sign up to receive your discount code, and get ready to discuss the new NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements.
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Members: Join ACTFL in Havana, Cuba, next summer
ACTFL and EF Tours have partnered again to design a trip to Havana, Cuba, exclusively for ACTFL members. This program focuses on providing opportunities to collaborate with language professionals across the US and in the target country we visit. Get more information on how you can join the trip.
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