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One-Year Anniversary for Learning the Language


The one-year anniversary for my blog, Learning the Language, came and went while I was reporting on Iraqi refugee children in Jordan (the story will be out in Education Week next week).

But let me take this opportunity to thank all of you for being part of this effort to have a space on the Web for up-to-date news about English-language learners. I like the immediacy of the Web—how I don't have to wait until the newspaper goes to press to report about something that comes across my desk. And let's face it, some of my blog entries are so nerdy—so focused on issues familiar only to educators who work regularly with English-language learners—that it would be hard to pitch them for the print version.

I was encouraged to see that Learning the Language was recommended in a recent post on the community blog, In Service, of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. See "EdBLog Watch: ELLs in Widescreen."

You've helped to make the blog worth reading. In a year, Learning the Language has had 225 blog entries—and 361 comments.

I do wish that some of you who regularly left comments on the blog before I set off for my monthlong journey in the Middle East (for both work and vacation) would participate in discussions on the blog again. I miss you.


Congrats on the first anniversary! We've enjoyed (and learned from) it a lot. Journey to the Middle East? Is Egypt in your plans?

Many congratulations to you on your one year anniversary. You are a favorite for the members of Florida Sunshine State TESOL and we rely on your column for important information and events around the country that we would otherwise miss. Thank you Mary Ann for your blog. It is enormously helpful.

Congratulations Mary Ann ! As mentioned by the other posters, it has been fun reading your work, and learning about how "things" are going around the country. Any chance you will be at CABE's (California Association for Bilingual Education) annual conference in San Jose this week? I will be presenting at a breakout session on the certificate program for Reclassified EL's I am working on (CH.A.M.P.). Last year's pilot at two elementary sites was successful and I am going to be able to award certificates to over 400 RFEP's in that district at the end of this school year ! Keep Up The Great Work, it's alway interesting to see what you'll have posted here.

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