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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

Dear NABE members and participants
NABE
We are confident that you share the same sense of pride to have been a part of an extraordinary 43rd Annual conference "Sailing into the 21st Century with Multiple Languages, Multiple Paths, and Lifelong Advantages," in San Diego. As you are aware, the "Golden State" exceeded expectations for the more than 2,000 attendees and the compelling qualitative nature of the presenters. On behalf of the National Association for Bilingual Education Board of Directors, we thank you for demonstrating your commitment and passion for the academic success of our Dual language learners, teachers, leaders and families with your presence throughout the year and during our annual conference.
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US Education Department fails fastest growing student group
The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education
U.S. students who speak a language other than English at home and are still learning English have received scant support from the federal Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan. That is the take-away of the report "Opportunity Lost: The Promise of Equal and Effective Education for Emerging Bilingual Students in the Obama Administration" published by the BUENO National Policy Center for Bilingual & Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado.
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Its time again for the NABE regional elections
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Dear NABE Members,

This is a reminder of the NABE Executive Board Elections for 2014. There are three (3) Regional positions available, representing each of the three NABE Regions (East, Central and Western States). The deadline to submit your Nomination Application to the NABE Office is March 7, 2014. The voting will be on line during the month of May and the results will be announced and posted on the NABE web page in June. The elected board members will be sworn in to serve a three year term during the NABE Board re-organization meeting in July 24-26 in Chicago. The Nomination application and other voting information is available on the NABE website. Please contact Cassandra Laine at the NABE office for any further assistance. NABE is back and getting stronger! You are NABE! and You must be part of the progressive Change you wish to see in our organization.

Si se puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood, Ed.D.
Executive Director

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Their children's first teachers: Latino parents targeted in early education efforts
The Hechinger Report
The pen scribble marks on a light blue folder could have been drawn by a 1-year-old, although the girl who made them was 3. And yet, to a group of women from her neighborhood who admiringly passed the folder around a room, the scribbles represented a victory. Until recently, the girl had never before held a writing utensil, and her mother did not understand the importance of early childhood education. Now, thanks to these women, the mother did. Most middle class parents don't need to be told that they are their children's first teachers, and that the job starts at birth or even earlier. In poor communities, however, that knowledge is not necessarily a given.
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Fluency in a second language: Should it be part of college and career readiness?
Education Week
Among a slew of ideas tucked into a new proposal about what the next generation of federal school accountability should be (courtesy of 15 large-district superintendents), was this morsel: "Ability and fluency in more than one language." Sí, es cierto. You read that correctly. A group of school leaders from 15 large, countywide or suburban school systems have made it clear that they believe any revamped federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act should broaden the notion of what constitutes college- and career-ready expectations to include the acquisition of a second language.
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San Francisco seen as model in bilingual education over English only
The San Francisco Chronicle
In the 15 years since voters essentially banned bilingual education in state schools, teaching English learners to read, write and do arithmetic first in their native language has nearly disappeared from California classrooms. Since Proposition 227 overwhelmingly passed in June 1998, it's been all about learning English, first and foremost — but not in San Francisco. Nearly 30 percent of the city's 17,000 English learners are in bilingual education programs, compared with 5 percent on average statewide, according to the most recent data available.
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Annual Summer 2014 Conference
Oregon Association of Bilingual Education
Theme: Bilingual Education: Equity, Access and Excellence
Vision: To foster multilingual, multicultural education for all students.
Mission: To advocate for Oregon students, by promoting bilingual education programs, based on solid research, pedagogy and professional development. Our organization prioritizes closing the opportunity gap for English language learners through native language instruction and English language development. OABE values cultural diversity and meaningful family involvement.

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COORDINATOR OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES VACANCY

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Efforts for students with limited English language skills discussed
Wilkes Journal-Patriot
Efforts to help students with limited English proficiency learn English language skills were discussed during the Wilkes Board of Education meeting Monday night. This area of learning in the Wilkes schools was addressed as part of a report on the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners test. Dr. Joe Bullis, English as a second language and Titles III and I director for the Wilkes schools, said combined ACCESS scores of English language learners in the school system in 2012-13 didn’t meet expected progress but did meet measurable achievement objectives for their sub-group and overall proficiency standards.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Supporting academic discussions for ELLs in Common Core classrooms (Education Week)
The importance of guided practice in the classroom (By Erick Herrmann)
Re-gifted reading (Language Magazine)
How schools cope with teaching children who speak 14 different languages (The Telegraph)

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Education for English language learners in rural Idaho
The Blue Review
While Idaho is certainly focused on education reform — all the more so, given the state's low national performance rankings — none of the reforms currently being discussed address the educational needs of English language learners living in rural Idaho. These students continue to be an invisible population. The Idaho State Department of Education's 2008 Rural Education Initiative Report recognized the challenges of rural education and the challenges faced by disabled children.
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A language-learning hat trick
Wail Daily
The local school district is one of only 12 in Colorado to reach all three federally mandated performance goals for English language learners. The objectives measure whether English language learners are progressing toward proficiency. Eagle County's schools are among the 6 percent of Colorado's 178 school districts to hit those marks.
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Their children's first teachers: Latino parents targeted in early education efforts
The Hechinger Report
The pen scribble marks on a light blue folder could have been drawn by a 1-year-old, although the girl who made them was 3. And yet, to a group of women from her neighborhood who admiringly passed the folder around a room, the scribbles represented a victory.

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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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Infants, words and income
Language Magazine
Fifty years of research have revealed the sad truth that the children of lower-income, less-educated parents typically enter school with poorer language skills than their more privileged counterparts. By some measures, five-year-old children of lower socioeconomic status score more than two years behind on standardized language development tests by the time they enter school. Stanford researchers have now found that these socioeconomic status differences begin to emerge much earlier in life: by 18 months of age, toddlers from disadvantaged families are already several months behind more advantaged children in language proficiency.
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Is school funding fair? States may be failing needy students
eSchool News
The stimulus package that provided funding for states as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may have done more harm than good, suggests a new report. Instead of continuing to invest in crucial parts of education post-stimulus, many states have sacrificed fair school funding. During the beginning of the U.S. economy's recession in 2008, the federal government created a stimulus package to support public schools and prevent major layoffs and cuts in essential programs and services through the ARRA.
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Rochester officials find encouragement in education gap data
Post-Bulletin
Rochester Public Schools still has work to do to close the achievement gap, according to new numbers released by the Minnesota Department of Education that give districts a target. The district fell short of math proficiency targets in five of eight subgroups. The targets were set for each subgroup, including students of color, low-income student, special education students and English language learners, as steps toward the goal of closing all achievement gaps by half in 2017.
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