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26 July 2017
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Study: Early lessons help students learn English
Study: Early lessons help students learn English
Students in Spain who were tutored in English prior to beginning formal school were more proficient in the language and retained what they learned longer than students in traditional bilingual programmes, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. Researchers assert that often beginning English-language lessons before students enroll in school is more successful.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (19 Jul.) 
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Professional Development
PD supports teachers in India
Educators in India recently participated in a professional-development workshop organised by the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan at Women's Christian College. Educators were expected to learn how to make teaching and learning more fun and integrate theatre into language lessons.
The Hindu (India) (25 Jul.) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
Leadership and Governance
Student visa changes concern higher-ed groups
A proposal by the Trump administration to require foreign students to reapply annually to remain in the US could harm international enrollment, according to several higher-education advocacy groups. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, said foreign students are vital to the US economy, but David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said immigration policies must enhance "national security and public safety."
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (21 Jul.) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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Robotics contest reveals barriers, opportunity gaps
Robotics contest reveals barriers, opportunity gaps
An international robotics tournament, held last week in Washington, D.C., highlighted the barriers that students from some countries face as they pursue their education. Students from impoverished countries discussed the challenges of meeting the expectations of a technology-driven world when they lack resources, opportunities and political support.
National Public Radio (22 Jul.) 
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How to bring the world into classrooms
How to bring the world into classrooms
Experiences that connect classroom lessons to the real world can help to motivate students to learn, asserts high-school Spanish teacher Bryan Upshaw. In this article, he shares how teachers can use video-conferencing to bring real-world experiences into the classroom.
eSchool News (free registration) (24 Jul.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Schools use personalised learning to teach ELLs
A recent report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning features six schools that are using personalised and competency-based learning to teach English-language learners. Researchers also share several recommendations, including a "more comprehensive definition of success for ELL students".
T.H.E. Journal (20 Jul.) 
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