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MA Senate Unanimously Passes ELL Bill

The Massachusetts Senate today unanimously passed a bill to provide flexibility for school districts to teach English Language Learners and join 20 other states in creating a Seal of Biliteracy for high school graduates who have mastered English and a 2nd language. 

Leveraging Language to Implement Common Core Standards

My “field” of inquiry is Weybridge Elementary School, a small rural K-6 school in Vermont located near the town of Middlebury. Five years ago we began a K-6 Spanish program. Two years ago we selected Middlebury Interactive Language’s online world language programs to supplement classroom instruction. Our goal is for all of our students to have access to top world language education and learn world languages at a formative age.

The Power of Immersion Across All Languages

Did you know that Middlebury Interactive teaches seven different languages to K-12 students?  Between our summer language academies and our online language courses, we offer Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish and English. Yes, that’s right, English. 

A Watershed Moment in Education History

A great article on the E-rate Modernization plan approval can be found at Bloomberg Tech News courtesy of Chris Strohm:
The Federal Communications Commission approved a plan to spend $2 billion to boost wireless Internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries during the next two years.

What Students Really Think About Learning Online

After writing about what it’s like being an online teacher, I realized something was missing from the conversation: the voice of the students actually taking the digital classes.
So I polled my German language students, asking one simple question: “What do you like most about learning German online?” Participation was completely voluntary, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of students who took the time to respond.

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