Calif. has history of tribal language diversity | ASL draws more than 500 students from 2 Ohio high schools | Colleges find ways to support first-gen students
November 12, 2019
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Calif. has history of tribal language diversity
Calif. has history of tribal language diversity
A sequoia tree is seen in Yosemite National Park in California (David Mcnew/AFP via Getty Images)
Native Americans who were living in what is now known as California may have spoken roughly 300 dialects of at least 100 languages before the arrival of Europeans. This article highlights how the role of language has affected the state's history, including how some locations have names with indigenous origins such as Yosemite National Park.
The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (free content) (11/8) 
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Effective conversations have the power to grow minds and hearts.
Next Steps with Academic Conversations by Jeff Zwiers is your practical guide for strengthening the quality and quantity of your classroom conversations allowing students to solve problems, build ideas, and understand each other and the world around them. Get started!
Technology & Trends
Colleges find ways to support first-gen students
Colleges and universities are creating programs to help first-generation students connect with each other and faculty members, and some are proving effective in keeping such students on a path to graduation. Sarah Whitley, the director of the Center for First-generation Student Success, says such students are diverse, and many need help in identifying support systems at colleges and universities.
National Public Radio (11/8) 
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How to ensure tech adds value to lessons
How to ensure tech adds value to lessons
Technology is a tool that can enhance but does not replace quality teaching, according to long-time educator Anne Jenks. In this blog post, she and other educators share guidelines to help peers ensure that education technology contributes value to lessons and doesn't distract from learning.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (11/10) 
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Policy Watch
Oral arguments in DACA suit set in Supreme Court
The US Supreme Court is expected Tuesday to hear arguments over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that the University of California and other plaintiffs have sued to keep in place. Lower courts have upheld the system's lawsuit defending DACA, which allows those brought to the US as children to remain in the country, and a Supreme Court ruling is expected next June.
EdSource (11/8) 
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Global Competence
Newspaper's project offers a way to teach about slavery
Some schools are using the 1619 Project by the New York Times to teach about the history of slavery. Students and teachers say the project -- released by the newspaper in August -- offers a different perspective and facilitates more in-depth discussions with its inclusion of essays and poetry by black authors.
The 74 (11/6) 
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Research Notes
Are active shooter drills harmful to students?
Are active shooter drills harmful to students?
Active shooter drills at schools could harm the psychological development of young students, asserts Melissa Reeves, a professor at Winthrop University and former president of the National Association of School Psychologists. In this interview, she describes how the drills can potentially trigger students who have experienced trauma and suggests schools practice lockdown procedures instead.
National Public Radio (11/10) 
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ACTFL seeking proposals for 2020 Convention
The ACTFL Annual Convention has opened a call for proposals for the 2020 Convention. The goal of the ACTFL Annual Convention is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience for language educators of all languages and levels. Compelling proposals address the needs of today's learners and educators by focusing on innovative programs, emerging trends and research-informed practices.

The ACTFL Annual Convention will be Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, through Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, (Pre-Convention Workshops are scheduled on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020) at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. Submit a proposal by Jan. 1.
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New book offers resources for teaching intercultural citizenship
"Teaching Intercultural Citizenship Across The Curriculum" explores how language educators can advocate for and illustrate the importance of developing competence in multiple languages not only for their students' development of language proficiency but also for their ability to solve complex problems we urgently need to address. The aim of the book is also to help language educators work together with teachers of other subjects (e.g., mathematics, sciences, English-language arts) to broaden students' understandings and develop intercultural citizenship.

Supporting materials are provided which teachers can adapt for implementation in their own program. The books is available online through the ACTFL bookstore, or purchase a copy at ACTFL19.
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