N.C. district expands language immersion | US, French school partner on lessons | Some Calif. students stay after school to learn languages
February 27, 2020
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N.C. district expands language immersion
There are four Chinese and Spanish immersion programs in a N.C. district with plans just announced for a fifth program. Officials in the district say the programs are popular and help students learn the language and other subjects.
Full Story: WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (2/21) 
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US, French school partner on lessons
French language students at a North Dakota high school are interacting with their peers in France through a partnership between their two schools. Teacher Lia Bradley says the school as a whole works to engage students in different cultures and ideas.
Full Story: Dickinson Press (N.D.) (2/24) 
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IES Abroad Faculty-Led Program Award
Calling all college faculty—win up to $15k towards your faculty-led study abroad program. Take your students abroad for language immersion or STEM enrichment with support from IES Abroad Faculty-Led & Customized Programs. Share your idea by March 27!
Technology & Trends
Report: Instagram still winning popularity contest
EMarketer says Instagram will remain the fastest-growing network in the US in terms of users and estimates 20.6% of internet users worldwide use the platform. EMarketer's "US Social Trends for 2020" report also estimates young adults will spend more time on Instagram this year than Facebook.
Full Story: Business Insider (2/24) 
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Policy Watch
The Senate in South Dakota has unanimously voted to pass a bill to allow the creation of Oceti Sakowin community schools. The proposal, which must still be considered by the state's House members, seeks to provide students with schools that support an appropriate and relevant education, including Native American language and culture.
Full Story: Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (2/26) 
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Global Competence
Education leaders might want to consider a role in an international school, according to Gwen Byrom, director of education strategy at NLCS International. In this commentary, she shares 10 key ways the role could be challenging and exciting.
Full Story: TES (UK) (2/24) 
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Research Notes
Only 16% of millennials correctly answered three financial questions, compared to 49% of respondents aged 70 to 74, according to a recent study. Andrea Hasler, the study's author, says the results are especially troubling as some students will soon be going into debt for their college education.
Full Story: Yahoo (2/25) 
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ACTFL matches teachers for mentor program
Develop your leadership skills, give back to the profession, and get head in 2020. Applications for the 2020-2021 mentoring program are now open for both mentees and mentors. Pairs are matched based on language, level, location and skills as best as possible in both traditional and distance learning. Pairs are provided supplementary materials from ACTFL including "The Keys to the Classroom." Learn more and submit your application by June 30.
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Last chance to apply for summer language scholarships
Applications for the 2020 summer language scholarships are closing tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 28. Locations for 2020 include: Argentina, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico and Spain, and a 3-week intensive Greek study program at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Scholarships are available for Arabic, French, Italian and Spanish. Apply now.
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