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September 27, 2016

Date Announced for Digital Learning Day 2017! Save the Date!

And from the neo-liberals…

The Alliance for Excellent Education is pleased to announce that the sixth annual Digital Learning Day (#DLDay) will take place on

Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Created by the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2012, DLDay is a nationwide celebration that highlights great teaching and demonstrates how technology can improve student outcomes. Learn more

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First Year Teaching (Elementary Grades) – Success from the Start

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The Dynamic Earth: A Course for Educators

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The Modern World, Part Two: Global History since 1910

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Critical Issues in Urban Education

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These New Articles For Distance Education Are Available Online

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Original ArticlesPhonological attainment and foreign language anxiety in distance language learning: a quantitative approach
Daniel Bosmans & Stella Hurd
Pages: 1-15 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2016.1233049

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