Judge: NC Failing Students
Fewer Charters Approved
No Raises for Some Teachers
NC Leader in Race to Top
Millions to Replace CCSS
Read to Achieve a Failure
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
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
for the ESL Classroom
Web Tools Boost Engagement
Teaching Informational Text
Social Media to
ELLs and Academic Language
How Teaching is Changing
Different Prep for CCSS
Are Teachers Engaged?
Are Your Students Engaged?
New Normal Life of a Teacher
Teachers Question Trends
Bullying and ELLS
Best Resources for CCSS
Library of Lesson Plans
Resources for Teachers
Organizations and Programs
Reading Brain in Digital Age
E-Books' Effect on Reading
Digital Reading's Challenges
Limits of Touch Screens
Latino Students Segregated
13 - 14, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina
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.
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/
Brody Retires after 14 Years
as Director of ESL at NC State
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.
Protest Education Policies
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
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.
with McCrory Senior Education Advisor Eric Guckian
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."
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.
Judge Halts Effort to End Teacher Tenure in NC
huge. Its a huge victory for teachers today.
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 judges decision applies statewide
to teachers who already have tenure, but not to those who
havent yet earned it.
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
Committee Recommends Replacing Common Core with State Education
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.
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 courts preliminary
injunction putting the voucher program on hold for the past
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 childrens 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.