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U.S. Announces $37 Million Contribution to ‘Education Cannot Wait (ECW)’

Administrator Samantha Power announced the United States, through USAID and the U.S. Department of State, will contribute an additional $37 million to Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the only global fund for education in emergencies. The announcement was made virtually during ECW’s High Level Steering Group meeting.  The $37 million contribution, the U.S. Government’s largest contribution…

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School Districts Receive $20M in New Grants for World Languages

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DodEA) has named the recipients of nearly $20 million allocated for the inaugural World Language Advancement and Readiness grant program. These awards will allow nine public school districts, spread across seven states, to establish, improve, or expand innovative world language programs. Languages represented by the awards include American Sign…

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‘Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery’

October 5 is World Teacher’s Day and this year’s theme is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery.” The day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. According to the United Nations, the Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers “sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities…

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Gestures Can Help Vocabulary Learning

Language educators may find that incorporating gestures or other types of movements in their vocabulary lessons improves learning outcomes, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The study, conducted by researchers at Germany’s Dresden University of Technology, explored the ways in which stimulating the brain’s motor cortex impacts the acquisition of…

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Assessing Change

Our ability to adapt to new situations is key to success. However, change often happens too slowly for us to recognize it, so it takes a sudden, dramatic shift in circumstances to spur a reaction. Despite worldwide efforts to modernize schools, public education systems have been notoriously resistant to change. Of course, it requires more…

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