Foreign languages could be dropped from Mich. graduation rules
Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Michigan would eliminate foreign language studies from the state's high school graduation requirements. However, a recent survey finds that foreign language immersion programs already are declining in other districts nationwide -- particularly those in poor and rural areas. Supporters say the bill would benefit students who are focused on technical careers, rather than college, but opponents, including the Michigan Department of Education, cite the benefits of foreign language education. The Detroit News
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Spring 2013 webinar series fast approaching
The spring webinar series, "Curriculum and Instruction: Purposeful Planning to Increase Student Learning" will take place on the following dates: April 3rd, 17th and May 8th. Tune in at 3:30 pm EDT on April 3rd for the "Curriculum Design" webinar featuring speakers Donna Clementi, Lawrence Univ, WI, and Laura Terrill, Indianapolis, IN. Register to experience the process of creating a standards-based curriculum that includes performance indicators appropriate for each language learning level.
Startalk summer programs announced
ACTFL is now accepting applications from teachers and students for STARTALK summer programs. Apply for any of the three programs: Discover Arabic, Chinese or Russian. The teacher programs are intensive two-week sessions that provide professional development with a focus on quality instruction, curriculum and assessment. The student programs include classroom instruction as well as cultural field trips. Application deadline: April, 19 2013. Learn more.
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