Del. students recognize Hispanic contributions | End of the line for Chicago's Spanish-language Hoy newspaper | Virtual teachers face unique challenges
November 19, 2019
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Del. students recognize Hispanic contributions
K-2 dual-language students at a Delaware elementary recently marked Hispanic Heritage Month with traditional and cultural activities and honoring the contributions that Hispanic and Latin Americans have made to the US. The students also highlighted various countries and created Spanish-language displays to show what they had learned.
Cape Gazette (Lewes, Del.) (11/18) 
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End of the line for Chicago's Spanish-language Hoy newspaper
Tribune Publishing is stopping publication of its Spanish-language newspaper Hoy and plans to end all Spanish-language coverage in the Tribune newspaper next month. The Chicago Tribune Guild said the Hoy publication "has gone beyond stereotypes and provided meaningful news to the vast body of Spanish speakers in our region," which is estimated at a third of the city's 2.7 million residents.
Crain's Chicago Business (tiered subscription model) (11/13) 
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Technology & Trends
Virtual teachers face unique challenges
Virtual teachers face unique challenges
Many of Ohio's nearly 1,000 online teachers have had to learn primarily on the job, but more colleges say they are working to prepare educators for the unique challenges of working in virtual classrooms. Two education majors who tutor students online say online teaching presents various challenges, including keeping students engaged.
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (11/17) 
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TikTok becomes latest app utilized in classrooms
TikTok becomes latest app utilized in classrooms
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Some teachers are using the popular short-form video application, TikTok, with their students, including Andrew Kozlowsky, a Maryland social studies teacher who allowed students to make TikTok videos about the Missouri Compromise of 1820. However, educators are advised to use the platform with caution, with some saying TikTok could be a distraction and used as a bullying tool.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11/13) 
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Policy Watch
Enrollment growth among international students slows
More international students continue to enroll at US universities, but enrollment growth for undergraduate students declined 1.5% in 2018-19, compared with the previous academic year, according to the Institute of International Education. Despite the third straight year of slowing enrollment growth, a record high of 1.1 million international students were enrolled in 2018-19.
Education Dive (11/18) 
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Does the US have a "reading crisis"?
Does the US have a "reading crisis"?
To address disappointing reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the Educational Testing Service has released assessment-based solutions to the nation's "reading crisis." The tools are designed to identify gaps in skills or knowledge, but the testing service cautions that outside influences, such as students' home environment, are factors in achievement.
Education Dive (11/18) 
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Global Competence
UN turns to higher ed with global qualifications
The UN has begun focusing on higher education as a part of its 2030 goal of "equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university." UNESCO hopes the plan will provide a guide to inspire governments and institutions with a global system of qualification recognition.
Times Higher Education (UK) (free registration) (11/13) 
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Research Notes
Study: Placement tests have value for students
Study: Placement tests have value for students
Some colleges have eliminated placement exams, but a new study finds that these tests may be useful in determining whether incoming students are ready for college-level work, researchers say. Christine Mokher, a Florida State University associate professor and study co-author, says the study may have been influenced by Florida's unique testing system, in which educators write the questions and align them with the curriculum.
The Hechinger Report (11/18) 
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ACTFL releases second edition of "Words and Actions" for language educators
The second edition of "Words and Actions" in ebook format is now available. The book features an expanded framework, a variety of new unit, lesson, and activity examples from different languages and levels, and additional content on how social justice education fits within the context of contemporary approaches to language instruction. Learn more about the new edition, which is available online now through the ACTFL bookstore.
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Navigate ACTFL19 with ease
We're only days away from ACTFL19 and you need to prepare to make the most of your attendance. The 2019 ACTFL Convention Mobile App is available for you to download from your phone's app store. Browse the schedule by day and click on each event for more details, including title, time, location, room number, applicable languages and full description. You can also use the global search feature for key words, connect with exhibitors, find out what the city has to offer, and utilize social networking tools. Don't forget to read the Convention FAQs, also available on the Convention Mobile App.
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