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Myth or Truth? Accepting Cultural Differences for a Global Mindset

A guest post by Deborah Cochran ESOL Teacher for grades K-5 at Craig Elementary School, Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO Imagine Learning now publishes monthly guest posts in order to stimulate conversations about K12 education across the country. Opinions expressed herein are those of the individual author and may not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Imagine Learning. *The following article is an updated version of a prior post by the author.   Multiculturalism is a hot topic in education today; just ask any teacher. As more multicultural students enter the classroom, educators have to continually challenge old ways of thinking about culture. But where to start? Like it or not, most assumptions about other cultures arise from cultural stereotypes or complete myths. And debunking those myths is an important first step when entering the pathway to a global mindset.
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Imagine Learning Español v2.2 Has Arrived

On December 15, 2015, Imagine Learning Español launched its fall update! Customers already familiar with our Español product can still enjoy all of the beautiful illustrations and interactive features they value most. Children who are learning to read in Spanish will be delighted by a wider array of activities, books, and new concepts to explore.
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Supporting ELLs from across the globe: Imagine Learning adds Somali first-language support

Imagine Learning recently introduced Somali first-language support. The new addition makes it easier for even more students to gain language and literacy fluency. As students use Imagine Learning and become more proficient in English, the language support gradually fades, preparing students for English-only environments. Imagine Learning now offers first-language support in 15 languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Marshallese, Tagalog, Cantonese, Hmong, and Somali. Somali language support is just one of the many features included in the latest update, Imagine Learning version 13. Packed with new curriculum, iPad delivery, and the new Action Areas tool, version 13 provides language and literacy instruction better than ever. Watch the v13 video.
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Imagine Learning on iPads

Imagine Learning has released an all-new iPad app designed to teach early literacy skills, and features new activities specifically optimized for touchscreen use. Putting early literacy right at your students' fingertips Imagine Learning is placing early literacy into the hands of students with the all-new app, Imagine Learning for iPad. The new app from Imagine Learning features rich media content and rigorous activities that have been specifically designed to help emergent readers. Imagine Learning for iPad takes core literacy components of Imagine Learning that schools have already used successfully, and puts them into the new format teachers have been asking for.
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Video: Texas students reach their potential with Imagine Learning

It's no secret that the earlier kids start learning important concepts, the better off they'll be in later grades, and the more likely they'll be testing at grade level. But with today's bigger class sizes and the varying educational needs of students, teachers need every extra tool they can get to help each child reach their potential.
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