October 26, 2021
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Can immersion revive Acadian French in Maine?
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Some educators say dual language immersion programs in northern Maine may be a solution to reviving Acadian French, an at-risk language once widely spoken among French immigrants to the region in the 17th- and 18th-centuries, according to this article. Although there are challenges to getting the programs started, including teacher shortages, some say immersion programs would reconnect heritage students to their ancestral language and culture.
Full Story: Bangor Daily News (Maine) (tiered subscription model) (10/26) 
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Teacher shares 5 lessons learned from English-learners
Students who are becoming bilingual -- whether they are learning English or another world language -- may experience tiredness from the process because it "taxes the brain," writes Shelly McClanahan, who teaches English as a Second Language to middle-schoolers in Tennessee. In this article, McClanahan shares this and four other lessons learned from students, such as helping fill educational gaps and the importance of defining meanings of the common slang words of the second language.
Full Story: Chalkbeat/Tennessee (10/21) 
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Eddie Arellano began a student-led tradition three decades ago to celebrate Hispanic contributions in literature, science, history and the arts at Dolores Huerta Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas. The project aims to use lessons students are learning and connect them to their heritage at the dual-language school, and the tradition has become so popular that neighboring schools are expanding the program to their students.
Full Story: Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (10/20) 
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Strategies and Practices for Online Learning
As the new school year began, the COVID-19 Delta variant made plans for in-person learning incredibly uncertain, and made the potential shift to online learning higher. Join a discussion that will provide valuable strategies and key elements for implementing online learning, from emergency preparedness to designing an integrated long-term program. Watch Now!
Technology & Trends
Apps such as Notability and ShowMe can help students strengthen their working memory, while the Read&Write browser extension can aid in flexible thinking, according to instructional coach Eric Rodriguez. In this article, Rodriguez writes that teachers can use these and other tech tools to help students develop executive functioning skills, such as time management, self-control and flexibility.
Full Story: Edutopia (10/21) 
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Bring culture to life in your French classroom.
Add cultural relevancy and currency to your French classroom with Panorama culture!! These cultural videos show the regions of the francophone world with integrated viewing activities. Available in new Middle/High School French program—Chemins.
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Policy Watch
Nearly 3 million fewer students were enrolled in US schools in the past year, according to US Census Bureau data, which marked the lowest share in over 20 years. "The enrollment data and the declines in particular are giving us multiple signals about the magnitude and character of the disruption in kids' educational trajectories," professor Thomas Dee of Stanford University Graduate School of Education said.
Full Story: The Hill (10/22) 
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3 questions to help evaluate state test results
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Many factors may have affected state test results in the previous school year -- some of which may make the results meaningless -- experts say. This article examines testing during the pandemic and suggests three considerations about testing data: whether students took exams remotely, whether new tests were used and how many students -- and which ones -- took the exams.
Full Story: Education Week (10/21) 
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SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit
Join us on October 28 for our annual SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit when we explore the intersection of STEM and social-emotional learning. Don't miss this opportunity to get fresh ideas, hear about new programs and talk with your peers in STEM education. Register today.
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Applications open for AAPPL Raters
ACTFL is recruiting consultants to become paid raters for the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). Applications are now open for raters for the 2022 AAPPL in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean and Spanish. Raters should have experience as World Language educators. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1. Learn more and apply.
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Take part in the professional development conversation tomorrow
Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 27, when ACTFL President Jessica Haxhi will provide updates on current activities and lead the important discussion that will help drive future offerings. ACTFL's goal is to create professional learning opportunities that are highly valued and accessible to all language educators. Members and non-members are invited to share their ideas in this complimentary webinar. Register now.
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