Students from South Dakota and North Dakota recently met to compete in the Lakota Language Bowl. Forty-one teams tested their skills in four competitions -- including speed vocabulary and media through technology -- in which they earned points while using the Lakota language.
Two Colorado dual immersion elementary schools recently hired educators from Spain to teach core subjects and cultural lessons in Spanish. The instructors join educators connected to Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico, broadening students' exposure to language and cultural diversity.
Need an engaging way for students to stay educated on current events? News and Networking gives students the confidence to discuss current events with leveled articles and high-interest videos in either Spanish or French. Students can also express their opinions about relevant topics, in their target language, through a monitored social media space. Try it free for 120 days with ¡Avancemos! 2018 or Bien dit! 2018.
Linnette Attai, a privacy expert, writes that 2019 could be a perfect storm of activity related to protecting privacy. In this opinion piece, Attai shares five privacy-related events to watch for in the coming year, including federal and state legislation, plus a focus on the privacy of young people.
An elementary school in New York state moved beyond students identified as gifted to welcome all students into enrichment courses, writes National Board Certified Teacher Dorothy Venditto. In this blog post, she shares how the schoolwide enrichment program has improved outcomes for students while promoting inclusivity and choice.
First- and second-grade curricula in South Korea do not include English-language learning, but a proposal would allow such lessons to take place after school beginning next year. Some parents say the current ban could lead more parents to consider private tutoring.
The way students process stress could affect their scores on standardized tests, including the PSAT, writes Ned Johnson, founder and president of tutoring firm PrepMatters. In this guest blog post, he shares several tips for parents who want to help worried students manage test stress.
"The Language Educator" focus topic: Connecting research to our practice
Research provides educators with a critical lens to inform their practice. How can we develop stronger connections between researchers and educators? ACTFL's Research Priorities Initiative supports research in five key areas: immersion/dual language programs; in-service and pre-service language teacher development and retention; assessing learning outcomes in K-16 settings; equity and access in language learning; and intercultural learning. Share examples of partnerships, projects and strategies designed to translate research into classroom practice and develop more reflective practitioners. Submit your article for "The Language Educator" (April/May 2019 issue) by Jan. 1.
2019 Call for Proposals
Next year's annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) will be Friday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 24 (Pre-Convention Workshops are scheduled on Thursday, Nov. 21) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. The ACTFL Convention features more than 800 educational sessions covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. The ACTFL Convention is a national event bringing together more than 7,000 attendees from all languages, levels and assignments within the profession. Submission deadline: Friday, Jan. 11, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Learn more.
SmartBrief Education's monthly Editor's Choice Content Award celebrates educator-written content. Our recent winners, Anthony Meals and Kasey Short, talk about why educator burnout is not a badge of honor and how to create a climate of inquiry in your classroom. Tune in Jan. 4 when they discuss these important issues on Education Talk Radio.
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Jean-Baptiste Say, economist
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