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We're pleased to launch our redesigned website, with a fresh look, updated navigation menu and new features that we hope will make the overall experience more enjoyable and easier to use.

So, what’s new? Here are some highlights:

Middlebury, Vermont: One of the Best Towns to Live and Work

We love our beautiful community in Middlebury, Vermont—an amazing place to live, work, eat, drink, have fun and raise a family—and it looks like we're not the only ones. Outside Magazine readers recently selected Middlebury as a finalist in The 16 Best Places to Live in America: 2015.

The Journey to Becoming Multilingual: Why Stop at Learning Just One World Language?

Having grown up in a strictly Spanish-speaking household, learned French in high school and now Arabic in college, I believe I have come to know a thing or two about the challenges and benefits to learning multiple languages. The advantage of studying French as a bilingual speaker of Spanish and English was substantial, but nothing compared to learning Arabic during college. Here is the story of how I managed to become multilingual.

New Approach Needed for English Language Learners

In March, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan published an op-ed on the need to support “the estimated 4.6 million students learning English” in American schools. The piece, co-written with Libia S.

The Foundation of Our Courses: Meet Our Academic Team

We recently had a visitor to Middlebury Interactive Languages office which, after getting a quick introduction to our staff, said, “Wow, you sure have a lot of Ph.D.s around here.”  Come to think of it, we do. Some of this can be attributed to our relationship with Middlebury College; our courses utilize principles of the language pedagogy of the Middlebury College Language Schools, considered by many to be the best world language programs in the country.

Expanding World Language Opportunities for All

Last week, the faculty at Middlebury College voted to instruct the college to “sever its ties to K12, Inc.” Since K12, Inc. and Middlebury College are partners in the joint venture that oversees Middlebury Interactive Languages, some might wonder what this vote means for Middlebury Interactive and our future growth. Specifically, I wanted to discuss what it means for our most important constituents: the students and teachers using our world language courses.

What is the Key to Making Public-Private Partnerships Work in K-12 Systems?

Original article in Education Week by Kevin Bushweller

What Makes the Middlebury Interactive Assessment Model Unique?

“…the great promise of assessment is its deployment in the service of instruction, its capacity to inform the judgment of faculty and students regarding how they can best advance the quality of learning.”
-Lee Shulman, President Emeritus of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Improving Product Quality Through Evidenced-based Education Data

The Education Industry Association hosted their 24th annual EDVentures conference on July 16, 2014, in Newport Beach, California. For those unfamiliar with EDVentures, it is considered to be a conference at “the intersection of entrepreneurial leadership and technology”. EDVentures attendees range from the most respected thought leaders in the education industry to new education technology start-ups. 

Summer Fun: A New Language Acquisition Model for English Language Learning Students

As the number of immigrant families in the United States increases significantly each year, educators often struggle with the problem of providing adequate language instruction for the ever-growing population of non-native, English Language Learners (ELL). 

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