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Virtual Workshop: Tools for Global Talent Management

Recently, Rosetta Stone HR Practice Lead and Senior Manager of Enterprise Marketing Sheerin Vesin and Senior Global HR Partner DeShaun Wise presented at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2015 Annual Conference. Their talk gave attendees tips and best practices in using our new Global Talent Toolkit. Now they are bringing this popular session to you, in the form of a Virtual Workshop: Tools for Global Talent Management. Click here to register for our Virtual Workshop: Tools for Global Talent Management In this enlightening presentation, Sheerin and DeShaun will lay out the case for global readiness in the workforce, including…

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Funding Sources for Language Learning

Even in the midst of a demographic shift in the nation’s schools, there are no federal or state funding streams that specifically target language learning programs. Overall, school funding has not rebounded from the recent recession. For example, 15 states are providing less per student funding than they did in 2012-13—even though tax revenues are on the rise. New Mexico has consistently raised per student funding in the past few years, but still spends $874 less per pupil than it did in 2008. That’s not to say that there aren’t significant amounts of money available—if you know where to look.…

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Three Insights Into What Engages Students

Educators are always making their best guesses as to what they think will engage their students in their learning. Some of these ideas are very good. Others are nothing more than a shot in the dark. Heather Wolpert-Gawron had a novel idea: ask her 8th grade students. She published some of their responses in an article for Edutopia, but they are worth discussing again. “Students will always be extremely excited when using technology.” The fact that today’s digitally-native students are engaged by technology isn’t earth-shaking, but one student suggested that technology actually has cognitive benefits. “When we use tech, it…

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Spanish for Healthcare: Health Outcome Challenges for Hispanics

Latino families make up the largest segment of the uninsured population in the American healthcare system, with 10.2 million people uninsured. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2013, more than 2.5 million have become insured. Although providing insurance to more families was the primary goal of the law, this influx—which is only expected to grow with each enrollment period—stresses a system that is grossly unprepared to service the Hispanic community. The largest of these challenges is in the disconnect between a Spanish-speaking patient and their doctor, who is overwhelmingly likely to speak English. In the US, there are…

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Spanish for Healthcare: Hispanics and the Affordable Care Act

Since open enrollment began in 2013, 2.6 million Latinos have signed up for coverage under the ACA—roughly 25% of the 10.2 million that became eligible for coverage upon passage of the law. Of course, that number is only expected to rise with each open enrollment period. Worth noting is that even families of “mixed status” (those with varying immigration status among the members of the family) are still eligible for new coverage under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Disproportionate Health Risks Coverage for the Hispanic population is increasingly important because the diseases for which they are disproportionately at risk…

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Rosetta Stone Helps Global Citizen Year Accomplish Their Mission

What if you could have spent a year between high school and college immersed in a foreign community, accomplishing good works while expanding your world view? Global Citizen Year is a non-profit that recruits and trains high school graduates for a transformative “bridge year” before they head off for college. In this year, GCY’s Fellows are immersed in the culture of communities in Africa and Latin America, contributing to local education and other efforts while gaining invaluable international experience to aid in their futures. So far, in only five years, Global Citizen Year can count 350 alumni. This kind of…

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Four Reasons for a Business Language Strategy

Recently, Rosetta Stone President of Global Enterprise and Education Judy Verses contributed an article to Huffington Post Business blog. In it, Ms. Verses describes how even though business is more global than ever before, companies are still neglecting language learning. Harvard Business School professor and former head of global investment for Goldman Sachs, Robert Steven Kaplan, goes as far as to say this neglect is a ‘blind spot’ that ‘makes global businesses, in particular, vulnerable’. Ms. Verses continues to highlight four particular reasons for your business to adopt a comprehensive language learning strategy: 1. A decrease in productivity Language struggles…

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Saving Time and Improving Productivity with Rosetta Stone

International business is made much easier if everyone can communicate in the same language. That’s the experience of Jairo Lopez, a production planning manager for Tupperware in Mexico. Mr. Lopez is a native Spanish speaker, but much of his duties involve dealings in Brazil. “My main target is to maintain an optimal service level of Tupperware facilities in local and export markets. This includes shipping and receiving the correct inventory, in the right quantities, and at the right time,” he explained. Often, materials needed for production need to be sent from Mexico to Brazil and back. There is only one…

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The Top 4 Hot Button HR Issues in 2015

Now that we’ve finished more than half of 2015, we’re starting to see some of the major issues facing HR managers and departments this year. These were front-and-center during the recent SHRM 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition. Culture Many HR challenges can either be solved or exacerbated by a company’s culture. Workers are much more likely to feel valued and productive in a company that “gets them”. It’s not rocket science; it’s much easier to get an employee to come to work at a place they like. The fun environments of places like Google and Facebook don’t work for everyone’s…

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Expatriate Failure: The Cultural Aspects

As the global economy becomes more and more intertwined, expatriate assignments are on the rise. Sixty-four percent of businesses indicated in a recent survey that their international assignee population has increased in the past year. Sending employees out on assignment signifies a considerable investment, both in the business prospects of the international location and the employee themselves. In monetary terms, each assignment can represent a $2 million investment in the operation. So it might surprise you to find out that 20 to 50 percent of those assignments return prematurely, often within a year of starting their assignment. Each failure represents a…

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