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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

43rd Annual NABE Conference — Feb. 12-15
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Sailing into the 21st Century: Multiple Languages. Multiple Paths. Lifelong Advantages.

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National Educational Leadership Forum
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Sailing into the 21st Century:
Multiple Languages, Multiple Paths,
Lifelong Advantages

The Future of Educating
Dual Language Learners:
Transitioning to Effective
Instructional Models

Friday, Feb. 14
1:40 – 4:50 p.m.

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From the mouths of babes
Language Magazine
How many languages can a child learn simultaneously? WorldSpeak Language School in Los Angeles, California, has very young students learning three, four and even five. It is a multilingual full-immersion preschool where children learn multiple languages simultaneously. WorldSpeak School has been teaching children multiple languages for 14 years. They started the same way we all start — from the perspective of babies. The babies grew into preschoolers, and the language curriculum grew and adapted to the children's changing needs and abilities. Rarely does a school have the advantage of such organic, natural growth.
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Minority students make up new majority in Illinois public schools
Chicago Tribune
New enrollment numbers show that lllinois' public school system for the first time does not have a white majority, with Latino, black, Asian and other racial groups combined eclipsing white students across the state's classrooms. Whites fell to 49.76 percent of the student body this school year, the new data show, a demographic tipping point that came after years of sliding white enrollment and a rise in Latino, Asian and multiracial students.
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Millions of American students need to learn English
The Atlantic
More than 5.3 million American public school students would struggle to understand this sentence. These students need to be taught the English language in addition to the usual material in math, science and social studies. This presents a monumental challenge for educators nationwide, according to Patricia Gandara, a UCLA education professor whom President Barack Obama appointed to the Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She is also co-director of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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From the mouths of babes
Language Magazine
How many languages can a child learn simultaneously? WorldSpeak Language School in Los Angeles, California, has very young students learning three, four and even five. It is a multilingual full-immersion preschool where children learn multiple languages simultaneously.

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From second language learning to bilingualism in schools
Psychology Today
We are many who feel that education should help children and adolescents acquire a second or third language while retaining their first language. Education should also encourage the active use of those languages, if at all possible.

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Dual-language learning for all students is visionary
The Voice of Tucson
Being visionary didn't work for Arizona. Being reactionary was a bust, too. It's time to apply some hard-nosed realism to the fact that our schools are not serving a population of kids who are fast becoming the majority of K-12 students.

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10 colleges with the highest percentage of students in ESL
U.S. News & World Report
Colleges in the U.S. have offered English as a second language programs for years for students who aren't proficient enough to handle a U.S. curriculum, but lately, more undergrads are joining them. "The number of students in ESL programs increased from 10,224 in 2003-2004 to 29,603 in 2010-2011 and soared by 24 percent as compared to 2009-2010," states World Education Services, a nonprofit organization that collects data on international education, in a 2012 report.
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Columbia's English language learners program grows with demand
Columbia Missourian
Sixth-graders at Smithton Middle School are required to take a test to identify all the parts of a sewing machine so they know how the machine works when they use it. For English language learner Bohang, who comes from China, the task was daunting. Words such as "spool" and "thread" and other sewing jargon are about as useful to a second language as "fishing lure" or "rolling pin." Bohang's home economics teacher emailed Becca Stock — Bohang's English Language Learners, or ELL, instructor — and told her Bohang would likely fail the quiz. Stock did not accept that. She knew Bohang was smart enough to pass the quiz. She knew she just needed to find a way to present the information to him.
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Showdown brews as Congress turns focus to K-12 spending
Education Week
Big questions loom about just how much money Congress will steer to individual programs — including the Obama administration's marquee competitive-grant initiatives — with lawmakers on House and Senate appropriations committees facing a Jan. 15 deadline to fill in details on the current year's spending plan or face another government shutdown. School districts that have been chafing under across-the-board federal cuts known as sequestration for nearly a year got a two-year reprieve under the agreement approved last month that effectively scales back the sequestration cuts to education by 87 percent over that period, according to an analysis by the Committee for Education Funding, a lobbying coalition in Washington.
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Study: Anxious students? Amping up may be better than calming down
Education Week
It's easy for performance anxiety to trip up students, and a new set of studies suggests it may be better for teachers to get their stressed kids excited rather than trying to calm them down. In a series of experiments highlighted in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Allison Wood Brooks, a psychologist at Harvard Business School who studies performance under stress, found that getting anxious people amped up about a forthcoming test or task improved their performance more than trying to soothe their fears.
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Mentoring can help immigrant kids
Pacific Daily News
There is a strong relationship between globalization, immigration and education. The new global economy requires highly skilled young people that will be living in and contributing to an increasingly diverse society and an interdependent community of nations. Bilingual, biliteracy and multicultural skills are demanded for more individuals, institutions, communities and countries. In the U.S., between 1993 and 2003, the immigrant populations escalated: 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born immigrants, which contained about 20 percent of the K-12 school-aged immigrant populations and five percent of Limited English Proficient students.
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ESEA flexibility monitoring
U.S. Department of Education
The Department will monitor each State approved for ESEA flexibility to ensure the State implements its plan fully, effectively, and in a manner that is consistent with the approved request and the requirements of ESEA flexibility, while supporting the State in its work to improve achievement for all students.
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