policies, positions, interests
policy on copying
As long as you observe the requirements of the Creative Commons license at the bottom of the page, you have our permission to copy, borrow, forward, tweet, reproduce, and distribute any material you find on the ioE website.
ioE is less interested in...
...supporting politically motivated attempts to promote English as the only official language of the United States of America.
...correcting other people’s mistakes.
...providing material for high-stakes tests
and other assessments.
...showing how language differences separate
people from one another.
...identifying “good grammar” with goodness.
...defending views of language that disadvantage learners.
...maintaining the standards of “Standard” English.
position statement: the publishing industry and public school budgets
position statement: accountability
ioE is opposed to obsessions with accountability. We think calls for accountability are most often a disguise for something else. When school districts, for example, clamor about holding teachers and students accountable, we like to look at what's really going on in the classroom.
ioE is more interested in...
...promoting the idea that knowing more languages is better than knowing fewer.
…figuring out why something is a mistake and learning from it.
...promoting the idea that the presence of another language is a gift to the classroom teacher.
...showing how languages join people to one another.
...using sound thinking to elevate communicative ability.
...exploring current and developing theories about language.
...eliminating barriers to participation while at the same time, raising the bar beyond an ill-defined and (we think!)
generally low “standard.”
position statement: the common core curriculum