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6/21/2018

The one-parent-one-language approach to teaching two languages to children is common in bilingual households, but children can effectively use two languages as they adapt and negotiate their language repertoire, writes Chisato Danjo, a lecturer in Japanese and linguistics at York St. John University in England. In this commentary, Danjo shares what she learned observing bilingual Japanese-British households in the UK.

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6/21/2018

Middle-school teacher Jill Fletcher describes how she uses paper Twitter-style boards in her classroom with two goals in mind. In this blog post, she describes how she uses the Twitter board for formative assessments and to help build community as students write short thoughts to engage their peers.

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6/21/2018

Using visual aids and designing a discussion about how images and graphics can both reinforce and challenge their assumptions can help engage students, writes adjunct education professor Jennifer Davis Bowman. In this commentary, she talks about how she used a line graph that compared student attendance rates with grades to start a discussion about grades and absenteeism.

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6/21/2018

Preliminary tests indicate a Michigan law requiring third-graders to pass a reading test in English before they can go to fourth grade could have a huge effect on students in dual-language immersion programs. Some programs are considering whether they should increase their English-language instruction or ask the state to use a portfolio review to judge students' abilities.

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6/21/2018

Blogging can help school district superintendents add to their professional networks as well as increase transparency, educator Michael Niehoff writes. In this commentary, he shares how one associate superintendent in New Jersey uses blogging as a way of "[m]odeling self-reflection and sharing stories of success -- and failures."

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6/21/2018

President Donald Trump's administration is expected to propose merging the US Department of Education with the Department of Labor. The move would be part of the administration's plan to reduce the size of the federal government, but any such merger would have to obtain congressional approval.

6/21/2018

Children along the US-Mexico border who have been separated from their parents may experience lasting physical harm, several researchers suggest. The increased stress from separation can affect a child's immune system and can increase their risk of developing diabetes, heart disease or other health problems.

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6/21/2018

School librarians must go beyond the library's walls to support students' 21st-century learning needs, writes Mark Ray, director of innovation and library services for a Washington school district. In this blog post, he shares the lessons he learned about applying the principles of the Future Ready Librarians initiative and embracing the expanding role of librarians.

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6/21/2018

Efforts championed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to change how teachers are evaluated, trained, hired and paid largely were ineffective in improving teacher quality or student learning, according to a report released today by Rand Corporation. The foundation's Allan Golston said the organization is learning from the lessons of its initial efforts.

6/20/2018

The World Health Organization announced this week that it is now listing "gaming disorder" among its recognized mental disorders. Liz Kolb, a clinical associate professor of teacher education and learning technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that educational gaming and games should not be viewed through the same lens.