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Thursday, May 03, 2018


Mission Viejo’s La Paz Intermediate shares an international lesson
La Paz Intermediate School students took guests on a tour of the world. More than 30 countries were represented during its International Festival, themed “Everyone smiles in the same language.” There were dance performances and music to highlight cultural traditions and food to give a taste of the regions.

Sixth annual Language Learner Celebration to recognize exemplary OC educators and model programs
OCDE will honor Orange County educators, administrators, community liaisons and parents who have championed the success of language learners at the sixth annual Language Learner Celebration. Organized by the department’s Humanities unit and reflecting the theme “Navigating Emergent Bilingualism,” the presentation will start at 5 p.m. on May 10 at the Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids


Taste of Aliso Niguel serves up the best from local eateries to raise funds for school programs
Hundreds turned out for the annual Taste of Aliso Niguel on Saturday, April 28, raising about $150,000 for Aliso Niguel High School athletics programs, organizers said. The event, held at Design Center in Laguna Niguel, featured food from 20 local restaurants, live music from three bands, beer and wine tasting and more than 300 silent auction items.


Teacher of the year gives Trump letters from refugee students
National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning gave President Trump letters from her refugee students during a private meeting with him on Wednesday. The Seattle Times wrote the teacher from Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, handed the president a manila envelope labeled "Dear Mr. President." The letters touch on what immigrating to the United States means to them, the Associated Press reports.


California university students are stretching...and it is all happening in writing class, not the gym
A “stretch class” in English composition extends a semester’s worth of college-level material over two semesters. That provides students with extra time to master topic sentences, persuasive arguments, citation standards and graceful transitions. And, best of all, students can earn academic credit toward a diploma for both semesters of the course. Such stretch classes are expected to become much more common around the California State University system as it moves to eliminate non-credit remedial classes in the fall on all its 23 campuses and replaces them with alternatives that carry academic credit yet also offer extra help.

Educators face new challenges in 'superdiverse' classrooms where multiple languages are spoken
Teachers of English learners find it challenging to communicate in classrooms where students come from a variety of language and cultural backgrounds. However, learning can improve by incorporating students’ languages in classrooms, increasing teacher access to dictionaries and books in the home languages of their students and encouraging families to participate in class activities, such as parents recording themselves reading books in their home languages for inclusion in a classroom library.


Expanded access for ELs and anti-bullying efforts move ahead
Beginning next year, schools will have to demonstrate how they will crack down on bullying and work to expand academic opportunities to English learners under a pair of bills moving through the Legislature.

For-profit EMOs still dominate virtual schools
New research from the National Education Policy Center would tend to support criticism of virtual schools nationally for having “excessively” large enrollments and “shockingly” high teacher to student ratios. “Full-time virtual schools and blended learning schools represent promising ideas,” authors of the report concluded. “Unfortunately, the evidence is overwhelming that virtual schools as currently implemented are not working at primary and secondary levels of schools.”


Here's what LAUSD's new superintendent said in his first public appearance
Austin Beutner met the media Wednesday afternoon for the first time since he was named the Los Angeles Unified School District's next superintendent. Flanked by dozens of students at Belmont High School, Beutner acknowledged he was an "unconventional choice to be superintendent." Beutner is a former investment banker who has never been a teacher or school administrator — though he has in recent months co-chaired a task force that's examined some of L.A. Unified's most intractable issues.


A Conspiracy Video Teaches Kids A Lesson About Fake News
As the bell rings students file into class at Maxence Van der Meersch middle school. This morning the kids have a visitor - investigative journalist Thomas Huchon. Without telling them the topic of his visit, Huchon says he's going to show them a mini-documentary.

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