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There's no arguing: Debate in the Classroom

In September, Carol Losos, ESU Director of Educational Programs, co-authored the article "Debate: Where Speaking and Listening Come First" with President of the Garden State Debate League Dee Burek.  The article was published in Voices from the Middle, the peer-reviewed journal of the National Council of Teachers of English.  Drawing on their experience in holding more than 1,000 rounds of debate, Carol and Dee describe in the article the benefits of debate to young adolescents as it builds not only their public speaking abilities, but also their self-confidence.

In conjunction with the article, its editor interviewed Carol about debate, speaking and listening.  To listen to a recording of the interview, click here.

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Teachers Receive 2014 Karen Jeff Scholarships

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Four New York City Department of Education teachers were awarded Karen Jeff Scholarships to attend this summer's Shakespeare Teacher Intensive: Romeo and Juliet, a two-day professional development program, held at the ESU National Headquarters in New York City.

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Summer Shakespeare Teacher Intensives

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Secondary school English and drama teachers from across the country are headed back to their classrooms energized and enriched with new methods for teaching Romeo and Juliet to their students.  They learned these at the Shakespeare Teacher Intensives, two-day professional development courses offered by the English-Speaking Union and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The program combines scholarship, performance and curriculum with an emphasis on performance-based teaching that satisfies Common Core State Standards.  Over the years, more than 750 educators from 26 states and their thousands of students have benefited from the program. 

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All the Worlds a Stage for 2014 ESU BUSS Scholars at Shakespeare's Globe

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ESU Executive Director Christopher Broadwell (far left) and ESU Director of Education Carol Losos (sixth from right) onstage at the Globe with 2014 BUSS Scholars

Twenty-four school teachers from across the US participated as ESU British University Summer School (BUSS) scholars in the Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance program at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London this summer. The Globe is a reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse on the River Thames that was originally built in 1599. Many of the BUSS scholars were able to attend on full scholarships granted by their local ESU Branches. They will return to their classrooms this fall equipped with new, performance-based methods to teach Shakespeare to their high school students in the US.

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Oxford Welcomes ESU BUSS Scholars

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Jonna Shutowick, BUSS Scholar from the ESU Palm Beach Branch, at the Bodleian Library

This past week, the University of Oxford welcomed ESU British University Summer School (BUSS) scholars to their International Summer School program. For three weeks, the American teachers will have the privilege of studying English Literature, History, Politics and Society, or Creative Writing at Exeter College. Founded in 1314, Exeter is one of the oldest and most esteemed colleges at Oxford. All of the new "Oxonians" have won fellowships from their local ESU Branches to fund the course tuition, housing, meals and travel expenses.

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