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Click here for the article from this Feb. 22 New York Times article on Fairtest, a non-profit that is highly critical of standardized testing.Link

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This is from my NCTE Inbox of Feb. 14. Look how many people in the U.S. will speak a language other than English by 2030! I bet it will go up to half in our lifetimes. What do you think? I have some strong views on this. I believe that all teachers [and administrators], 100% ,should be ESL trained and certified. I also think we should all make an effort to learn a second language. –Peggy

Sound Instruction for English Language Learners
According to the 2000 census, 47 million people or 18 percent of the population in the United States speak a language other than English at home. By 2030, this number will increase to 40 percent As the number of English Language Learners has increased, the politics of English language learning have become more prominent and complicated. For an overview of the issues and some resources, see the NCTE Policy Collection on English Language Learners at
http://www.ncte.org/edpolicy/ell

Source: NCTE Inbox, Feb. 14

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Here’s an interesting article from Ed Week (edweek.org) about U.S. teachers who tutor across the border from November-February.It’s worth it to join edweek for the timely articles. Here’s the intro:

Published: February 8, 2006 in edweek.org
Border Crossings
A handful of California districts hire teachers in Mexico to tutor migrant students during the pupils’ extended winter breaks in the land of their heritage.
By Linda Lutton

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This report on NPR (listen with Real Player) tells about a new book dealing with American history through statistics. One intriguing example they discuss is the literacy rate among black Americans after emancipation, and the varying things that may have contributed to the rise in that rate. Among other things, children who were (finally) being taught to read and write were going home and teaching the same things to their parents.

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Here’s a cool link to an interview with Diane Schallert, professor at UT, where she discusses how she integrates technology into her teaching practices. To read more of these types of conversations, click here.

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