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Nola: Education panel approves more language immersion programs, kills move to give more power to school principals (5/29/2013)
Foreign language immersion programs in Louisiana could expand under a bill approved Wednesday during the House Education Committee's last meeting of the 2013 session.

The Examiner: Fairfax school leaders look to create pathway for foreign language (5/29/2013)
Fairfax County school leaders are considering changes that would bolster students' ability to study a foreign language from elementary school through high school without disruption.

Nola News: Metairie Country Day emphasizes foreign language, with early instruction and exchange programs (5/22/2013)
Metairie Park Country Day students enjoy some sightseeing in Paris while taking part in the Old Metairie school’s foreign studies program

The Atlantic: How Learning a Foreign Language Reignited My Imagination (5/23/2013)
I started studying French in the summer of 2011, in the throes of a mid-30s crisis.

The Guardian: Are language teachers leading the way with education technology? (5/16/2013)
From vibrant communities on social media to inventive lessons using video conferencing, Joe Dale explores how languages teachers have embraced technology in the classroom.

The Gazette: Being bilingual pays off for Bowie police (5/15/2013)
Growing diversity spurs $500 incentive for officers fluent in second language

Huffington Post Parents: Two Languages for Every Child (5/14/2013)
What I sensed about dual languages ten years ago is common knowledge now. It does remarkable things to our brains, which manifest in a variety of beneficial ways, and the sooner one starts, the better.

The Guardian: What's the best way to teach languages? (5/14/2013)
How do students best pick up languages? Martin Williams talks to academics, teachers and multi-lingual speakers to find out about the science of learning a language.

Education Week: Student-Achievement Goals at Issue in Senate NCLB Renewal Effort (5/9/2013)
Until recently, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate education committee, and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, the panel's top Republican, were in talks to see if there was any chance of getting a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the long-stalled No Child Left Behind Act together in this Congress.

Livingston Daily: Foreign language has support (5/9/2013)
Hartland High School teacher Pam Iden said the state’s two-credit foreign language requirement is better preparing students for the modern work force and opening their eyes to cultures and ideas outside their community.

Tedx: No Child Left Monolingual: Kim Potowski at TEDxUofIChicago (5/3/2013)
Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish heritage language program.

Daily Herald: Dual language programs prepare students for a global society (4/29/2013)
Modern dual language programs have taken off in the past five to eight years, said Edward Tabet-Cubero, deputy director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico, a nonprofit technical assistance center that works with school districts across the country to implement dual language programs.

Education Week: Internationalizing Colleges of Education (4/27/2013)
University administrators in the United States are increasingly identifying internationalization as key a component in their strategic plans, and they are working to develop international programs and offices at their institutions to support these goals.

The Towerlight: TU may require foreign language (4/24/2013)
University President Maravene Loeschke said during a speech Wednesday to the BWI Business Partnership that she would eventually like to see Towson require certain majors to become conversational in a foreign language, especially business majors.

Sag Harbor Express: Sag Harbor Schools Look at Expanding Foreign Language Curriculum (4/24/2013)
The Sag Harbor Board of Education kicked off its new series of curriculum workshops on Monday night, giving community members the opportunity to hear teachers and administrators speak on the past, present and future of education in the district.

Education Week: Senators to Arne Duncan: Stop Flat-Funding Key K-12 Programs (4/17/2013)
The Obama administration has been a big fan of using competitive grants to drive its agenda on everything from teacher quality to standards to "personalized learning," much to the chagrin of some advocates for school districts.


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