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Do you wonder how to help the New Mainers? Attend the 2016 global awareness and responsibility conference

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As the world grapples with a refugee crisis of monumental proportions, Ladder to the Moon Network, a community based organization in Portland, Maine has organized the 2016 fourth annual Global Awareness and Responsibility Conference. The event will be held on December 9th, 2016 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and December 10, 2016 between 9:30 […]

Language education in Maine should not follow a zip code

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Language teachers in the USA have special skills that will be especially important to the health of our nation in the new, rapidly approaching political era. These skills include the ability to teach English-speakers to converse with recent immigrants – and vice versa; the ability to share the experiences of those whose lives differ from […]

Vote to help Maine’s students compete on the world stage

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Maine should move decisively to join the nationwide movement prioritizing global education and the study of world languages in K-12 schools. These are key curricular areas that will prepare our young people – and our state –  to participate successfully in the economy of the future. Twenty-two states now offer a Seal of Biliteracy to […]

Will increased funding actually improve school performance?

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Through the Stand Up for Schools ballot initiative, Maine has a chance on Election Day to help our less affluent school districts provide a quality education to their students. As the Picus Report, funded by our Legislature in 2013 to the tune of $450,000 found, Maine needs to “…increase funding for public schools by $260 […]

Major shortage of world language teachers hits Maine and the nation

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Decades of neglect at the public school and college levels have now reaped the inevitable disastrous results: nationwide we have a major shortage of world language teachers, and advertised positions all over the country are going unfilled. This means that students who want to study languages, either out of intrinsic interest – or because they […]

How can we encourage teachers to stay in the profession?

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Teachers are by and large an intensely devoted group of professionals. When the calendar turns to August we start focusing on curriculum planning and on ideas for improving our practice in the coming year. We read, we connect with colleagues locally, and we use technology to brainstorm with teachers all around the country, sometimes even […]