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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

NABE 44th Annual Conference Achieving Global Competence:
Biliteracy for All

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The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only nationwide network of professionals dedicated to serving English language learners in the United States via education programs and legislative advocacy. For the past four decades, NABE has been committed to excellence in bilingual and biliteracy education for all students through enriched educational programs and intensive professional development for teachers, administrators, professors, policymakers and parents. Additionally, NABE provides extensive research in the field via its Bilingual Research Journal, NABE Perspectives, NABE Journal of Research and Practice and the NABE eNews. NABE is committed to promoting programs and innovations that prepare our nation's students to be fluently bilingual, technologically creative, globally competitive and well-rounded world citizens by advancing legislation and policies at both the state and national levels that best serve language minority students.
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NABE 2015 National Educational Leadership Forum
Courageous Leadership: Actualizing Biliteracy for ALL

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Friday, March 6
In the 21st century, biliteracy and multilingualism, along with distinct skills such as communication, collaboration and critical thinking, are crucial for student success in a global economy and society. In this Educational Leadership Forum, participants will engage with national leaders who have been successful in leading efforts to promote biliteracy. Panelists will share their experiences that pertain to leadership roles at all levels (international, national, university, district and site) and describe how they attained positive results for bilingual/dual language immersion and world language programs.



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  Reader's Theater Helps Increase Test Scores

Reader's Theater series used for differentiated instruction in East Hartford, CT led to significant ESL test score improvements. Multi-leveled roles in each script allow diverse K-8 students to effectively learn and collaborate. Practice with literacy and content-area scripts develops fluency and comprehension. Featured series are available in Spanish or English. FREE sampler.
 


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12th Conference of the European Sociological Association — Aug. 25-28
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From Aug. 25-28 the European Sociological Association will hold its 12th Annual Conference in the beautiful city of Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and only comparable in beauty to Paris.

The theme for this year's conference is "Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination." We invite you to submit papers or poster to RN 35 Sociology of Migration — Session 5 : "Promoting Social Imagination at the Global Level: A discussion about Migration and Intercultural Integration." The submission of abstracts (which should not exceed 250 words) will be open until Feb. 1.

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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Paralinguistic concerns for ESL instructors
By: Douglas Magrath
Language is the first concern in teaching communicative competence. Grammar, pronunciation, listening comprehension and speech are all vital skills needed by ESL learners. However, there are other elements that may not be so apparent that are part of the overall interrelated system. The listeners — both learners and native speakers — may get the wrong impressions because the paralinguistic features of language can cause interference, so interest in paralinguistic functions has been increasing.
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Gwinnett County Public Schools, located in metro Atlanta, is the largest school system in Georgia with 173,000 students and growing. GCPS is a school system of choice for people moving to the Atlanta area and a two-time winner of the Broad Prize of Urban Education (2010 & 2014).
 


New York City schools to add dual-language programs at 40 schools
Education Week
New York City Schools will add dual-language programs at 40 schools next fall, boosting the number of programs in the district by close to 10 percent. The initiative will include instruction in Mandarin, French, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Japanese, or Spanish, depending on the school site. In dual-language programs, lessons are taught in English and a second language, with the goal of students becoming fluent in both. City schools already offer about 480 bilingual programs.
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Learning a new language helps kids better understand psychology, diversity
Medical Daily
There are several benefits of learning a new language, the latest being it promotes a better understanding (and acceptance of) psychology and diversity. The study, published in Developmental Science, tested a total of 48 study 5- and 6-year-olds who were either monolingual, simultaneous bilingual (learning two languages at once), or sequential bilingual (learning one language, then another). Researchers told the kids stories of English babies adopted by Italians and ducks raised by dogs. Afterwards, researchers asked kids if the babies would grow up to speak English or Italian and the ducks to quack or bark.
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Bilingualism changes kids' beliefs about the world
PsychCentral
Bilingualism in the preschool years can significantly alter a child's beliefs about the world, according to a new study by Concordia University. In contrast to their monolingual peers, children exposed to more than one language after age three believe that a person's psychological attributes are the result of experience rather than something they are born with. For the study, published in the journal Developmental Science, the researchers tested a total of 48 five and 6-year-olds.
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Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evaluations
The Washington Post
Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. Duncan spoke at Seaton Elementary, a high-poverty school in the District's Shaw neighborhood. He was supposed to visit a classroom, but school was delayed by freezing rain and none of the mostly Latino and African American students were present.
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6 Suffolk, NY, school districts pledge better communication with limited-English students and families
Newsday
Six Suffolk County, New York, school districts have pledged to better communicate with children who have limited English proficiency and their families after a review by the state attorney general's Civil Rights Bureau prompted by complaints from immigrant advocates. The Amityville, Greenport, East Hampton, Hampton Bays, Patchogue-Medford and Riverhead school systems each signed a legally binding agreement meant to bring uniformity to their policies and procedures regarding these students, state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Obama administration reminds schools that English language learners must be treated equally (The Huffington Post)
English language learners case goes to appeal (Arizona Public Media)
What we talk about when we talk about best practices: CBI and multiple instructional approaches (By: Debra Josephson Abrams)
Do infants judge others' language proficiency? It depends on their own, research shows (Science Daily)
With number of English learners growing, districts get federal help with students' civil rights (PBS Newshour)

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Top 5 education trends for 2015
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
2015 is going to be an exciting year for learning, across all segments. Experts predict this will primarily be due to the mind-blowing convergence between learning habits and technology use. Changes and development in technology will define the way we learn in future as the "ed tech" market is steadily growing — it's slated to become a $19 billion industry by 2018. A look at some key trends in the news will perhaps show where we are headed and how we should prepare our students for the future.
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State eases graduation requirements for new immigrants
Chalkbeat New York
Students who arrive in the U.S. during high school and are still learning English could now find it slightly easier to earn a diploma, thanks to a new change to state graduation requirements. In a nod to the struggles that some English language learners have faced in meeting the state's more demanding diploma standards in recent years, the Board of Regents voted to make those students eligible for a diploma if they score a 55 on the English Regents exam, down from a 62.
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New report details how states fund the education of English language learners
Education Week
A new report from the Education Commission of the States outlines how states pay for the education of English language learners. The report — State funding mechanisms for English language learners — contains a description of the various ELL funding mechanisms, a table showing each state's ELL mechanism and a table showing an even more detailed breakdown of differences among the states in how they pay for supporting English language learners.
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Digital guide on the side
Language Magazine
Tanya Roscorla predicts the digital trends that will continue to grow in K–12 education in 2015 as learning becomes more student centered. Throughout these trends, you'll find several common threads. The first is a focus on the student, and that's especially evident in personalized learning and adaptive technology. The second is both a mark of progress and a clue that we still have a ways to go: students have access to more digital learning options than they had before, but their education options are still determined largely by where they live.
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Mt. Vernon, NY, schools to improve English proficiency program
The Journal News
In response to a complaint that two Spanish-speaking students didn't get the appropriate help to learn English for almost a full year, the Mount Vernon, New York, school district has agreed to make improvements to its program for English language learners. The agreement with the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requires the district to provide an information program at least twice a year for three years explaining to students and families the program's procedures; develop a complaint procedure and track complaints; create a tracking database for students screened for English proficiency; and send reports to the state for three years.
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Arne Duncan questions GOP plans for 'No Child' update
Politico
Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the landmark No Child Left Behind law "tired" and "prescriptive" but challenged Republicans who are working on a rewrite to keep intact key elements of the law, including annual testing of students, public reporting of results and mandatory intervention in failing schools.
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Link between sleep quality and grades of school-aged children in math and languages
Medical News Today
Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal suggests it's well worth the effort: the researchers found that a good night's sleep is linked to better performance in math and languages — subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success. In findings published recently in the journal Sleep Medicine, the researchers reported that "sleep efficiency" is associated with higher academic performance in those key subjects. Sleep efficiency is a gauge of sleep quality that compares the amount of actual sleep time with the total time spent in bed.
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