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Advocacy in Action

Inspiring the Choir to Sing: From Advocate to Activist

By Karen Fowdy

Last July, the Advocacy in Action column was titled “Beyond Preaching to the Choir.”  To continue that metaphor, I’d like to share my favorite new quote about advocacy, “The reason we preach to the choir is because we want to inspire them to sing.” (Dr. Jay Ketner) I was inspired to sing even more loudly last month when I attended the Language Advocacy Day, organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL).  Read more

Mentoring Matters

The Original Mentor

By Keely Lake

When we think of mentoring, we Classicists tend to think of the relationship between the disguised Athena and Telemachus in the Odyssey. This young man’s father had been gone for twenty years. He was surrounded by hostile suitors for his mother’s hand in their own home; he was unsure of how to assert himself, unsure if Odysseus was even his father. Talk about imposter syndrome! Athena appears and reassures Telemachus that he is indeed the son of the great hero and that he can find a way forward. She gives him confidence, shows him the steps to take, and gently paves the way to his becoming a more confident, resourceful individual: his father’s son indeed. Read more

Experts Share Tips for Learning A Second Language


Learning a second language has cognitive benefits, researchers have found, and progress can be made in about one hour a day. Some experts offer suggestions for learning a second language, including Lisa Meneghetti, a data analyst from Treviso, Italy, who says one challenge to overcome is mixing words. BBC

Studying Language Origins Helps Win Spelling Bee


After spending a year studying word lists and language origins, Maya Jadhav, a fifth-grader at Fitchburg’s Eagle School, took the top spot at Saturday’s Badger State Spelling Bee.

Jadhav, 10, of Fitchburg, and Immanuel Goveas, a sixth-grader at Menomonee Falls North Middle School, who came in second, secured spots at the national spelling bee for the second year in a row. Wisconsin State Journal


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What's Going on Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child?

SOURCE: @MindShiftKQED (Twitter)
Brains, brains, brains. One thing we've learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings.

But there is one happy nexus where research is meeting practice: bilingual education. "In the last 20 years or so, there's been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism," says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California, Riverside. KQED (California)
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