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In the News: Imagine Learning programs help ELLs from refugee camps learn English

How can schools help children learn English when the students are not even fluent in their native tongue?
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Putting English learners on the map

CNN.com recently featured a fascinating interactive map that lets you explore the country by numbers. Specifically, the map focuses on population density. However, there's more. The map lets you focus on different demographics. For example, you can see where the highest concentration of Native Americans are located, or Pacific Islanders. Even more interesting, you can see how the racial/ethnic makeup of our country has changed in the last ten years, using 2010 census data. For example, which areas of the country have seen the biggest change in the population of African Americans? Hispanics? So how does this apply to us as educators?
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Power of Words

With the national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday approaching, I took the opportunity to listen to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which I had never listened to in its entirety. Listening to that speech reminded me of something: I love language. I love words and the art of finding the perfect words to express the exact thought I want to communicate. I love hearing others use words to paint colorful visions, persuade my thinking, touch my emotions, and communicate truth to my soul. For me, language and the ability to truly communicate are very special and cherished gifts. I lost that gift once, and it was quite a traumatic experience.
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