Volume 10 No 2 Spring 2014

NC News
Judge: NC Failing Students
Fewer Charters Approved
No Raises for Some Teachers
NC Leader in Race to Top
Millions to Replace CCSS
NC Discrimination
Read to Achieve a Failure

National News
Indiana Nixes Common Core
NCLB Waivers Could be Lost
CCSS: Wedge for Republicans
Renaming the Standards
Ten Astounding Statements
Sec. Duncan on ELLs
New Teacher Regulations
Latino Views in New Poll
MOOC for ESL Teachers
MOOCs as Neocolonialism
Stanford "Habla" Program
International News
Brazil Teens and US Seniors English Tutors in China
English Invades Germany
Poor English Skills in Turkey
More English in Morocco
Egypt Leader's Ties to NC

Tips for the ESL Classroom
Web Tools Boost Engagement
Teaching Informational Text
Typing Practice
Social Media to Reach ELLs
ELLs and Academic Language

Content Mastery
Co-Constructing Knowledge

Current Issues
How Teaching is Changing
Electracy Skills
Different Prep for CCSS
Are Teachers Engaged?
Are Your Students Engaged?
New Normal Life of a Teacher
Teachers Question Trends
Bullying and ELLS
Learned Helplessness
Best Resources for CCSS
Library of Lesson Plans
Web Resources for Teachers

Government Resources
Organizations and Programs
Reading Brain in Digital Age
E-Books' Effect on Reading
Digital Reading's Challenges
Limits of Touch Screens
Latino Students Segregated
Meet the Staff
Contact Us/Feedback Form


May 13 - 14, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina

The ESL Symposium of 2016 will bring together as many as 1,000 ESL teachers, specialists, and publishers for an enriching weekend of professional development and community-building.

Plenary speakers include Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Kate Kinsella, Department of Secondary Education, San Francisco State University, author and researcher; Dr. Keith Folse, Professor, University of South Florida, author and researcher

Plenary sessions will address current topics in ESL ranging from curriculum to culture, and participants will engage in discussions sharing knowledge, ideas, and resources with a variety of other ESL professionals.

Hosted by NC State University's Office of Professional Development, Symposium partners include The Intensive English Training Institute at UNC-Charlotte, The Triangle Literacy Council, North Carolina Community Colleges, and Carolina TESOL.

For more information and to register for this unique and exciting professional development and networking event, visit the Symposium web site at http://www.ncsu.edu/mckimmon/cpe/opd/ESL/

Toby Brody Retires after 14 Years
as Director of ESL at NC State

It is with heavy hearts that we bid adieu to Toby Brody, NC State ESL Director for the past fourteen years. Though it is hard to imagine ESL at NC State without her, we wish her well as she embarks upon a new phase in her life.

Toby's contributions to ESL education extend far beyond the NC State campus. She has been a dynamic and innovative leader who is admired by colleagues across the nation.
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Teachers Protest Education Policies

Changes in North Carolina education policies and procedures have come hard and fast since the 2012 election, which produced a Republican governor to work in tandem with the Republican majority in the state legislature. Their initiatives, characterized by some as a "war on teachers," have resulted in plans to award bonuses in exchange for tenure, deny raises to veteran teachers, eliminate the salary increase for advanced degrees, increase class size and decrease the number of teacher assistants, and, according to critics, undermine public education with more charter schools and vouchers.

In a interview for this issue of the ESL Globe Eric Guckian, Gov. McCrory's Senior Education Advisor, gives an overview of how the administration's plans will strengthen K-12 education in North Carolina.

Interview with McCrory Senior Education Advisor Eric Guckian

"ESL students are amongst our highest-need populations in North Carolina public schools...Through [the proposed] CPT, we are able to provide teachers with experience and expertise additional compensation to teach ESL students."

Senior Education Advisor Eric Guckian outlines the governor's recently announced Career Pathways for Teachers (CPT), his comprehensive, long-term framework for K-12 education in North Carolina, and discusses the current budget proposal which includes raises for teachers, supplements for teachers who receive advanced degrees in the subject they are teaching, and in-state tuition for veterans. He also addresses ways to bridge the divide between the administration and public school teachers.
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Judge Halts Effort to End Teacher Tenure in NC

“It’s huge. It’s a huge victory for teachers today.”

In a case brought against the state by six teachers and the N.C. Association of Educators Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ordered a permanent injunction against the implementation of the law that ends career status, known as teacher tenure. The judge’s decision applies statewide to teachers who already have tenure, but not to those who haven’t yet earned it.

Retroactively abolishing tenure for teachers, Hobgood said, violates the contract clause in the U.S. Constitution and “amounts to an unconstitutional taking of plaintiffs’ property rights in their existing contract,” which violates the state constitution.
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Legislative Committee Recommends Replacing Common Core with State Education Standards

"This bill puts education back where the Constitution says it belongs - in the hands of North Carolina."

A state legislative commission proposed recently that North Carolina drop the Common Core State Standards and replace them with a new set of learning standards for public schools. A draft bill replaces the Common Core State Standards in reading and math with new education benchmarks to be created by the State Board of Education, in consultation with a new Academic Standards Review Commission, made up of political appointees. The bill is expected to come up in the current legislative session.

Republican lawmakers said the bill is not merely a renaming of the standards but a removal of the Common Core, to be replaced with standards that "meet North Carolina's needs." If it passes the legislature, the Common Core could be history by July, though it likely would have to remain in place until new standards are finalized.
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Voucher Program can Proceed

Low-income North Carolina parents can plan to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools this fall, even as the constitutionality of the new state program is debated in court. The N.C. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay against a lower court’s preliminary injunction putting the voucher program on hold for the past three months.

The new ruling means, at least for now, the state can go ahead with providing schools as much as $4,200 in taxpayers’ money to help parents pay their children’s private-school tuition. The program has drawn so much interest that a lottery will be held to award the vouchers. “They can do the lottery and decide on the scholarships while we argue the case,” said Renée Flaherty, an attorney for the Institute for Justice, a Libertarian law firm representing parents seeking the vouchers. The ruling was lauded by state Republican legislative leaders who had backed the program.
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