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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

Dear NABE Members,
NABE
It is once more time to cast your votes for the NABE 2014 Board of Directors. The Ballot will be forthcoming during the month of April-May which is the election period for one each of the three Regional Positions. The following candidates have met the NABE Bylaws Qualifications: Western Region: Minh-Anh Hodge, Boris Costa-Guerra; Central Region: Leo Gomez; Eastern Region: Eudes Budhai, Anita Pandey. Once again, the election will take place by electronic voting and the winners will be announced June 1 and installed at the NABE Board meeting of July 24-26 in Chicago. Members elected to the Board must be available to be sworn in at this installation meeting. Further announcement and communications on this matter will be e-blasted to our membership. For any further information, please contact Executive Director or Administrative Assistant.

Si se puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood
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ELL student population increases, obstacles and achievement
By: Beth Crumpler
With the increase of English language learner populations in U.S. schools, there has been a continued disparity and increase in the academic performance gaps of ELLs compared to their non-ELL peers. The increase in the academic performance gap has contributed to higher school dropout rates among ELLs. To understand the issues ELLs face and how to help them improve their academic achievement as well as helping prevent them from dropping out of school, it is important to look at research and statistics.
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Are musicians better language learners?
The Guardian (commentary)
Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay, a contributor for The Guardian, writes: "Today's economic environment demands that our children become the very best they can be. A lot of demands are placed upon us as parents, and whether we like it or not, we need to help our children navigate their way in today's fast-paced world and build their skills for the future. But not all methods, from flashcards to baby signing, actually boost a child's intelligence, language skills or other abilities for success. Reading through many research papers from peer-reviewed scientific journals, I discovered that music training is the only proven method to boost the full intellectual, linguistic and emotional capacity of a child."
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5 ways international students can improve conversational English skills
U.S. News & World Report
If you are like most international students, you are probably pretty comfortable reading and writing in English, but not as comfortable listening and speaking in the language. Once you are in the U.S., you will soon realize that the level of conversational English that helped you score well on the TOEFL is not enough to help you get by comfortably in a U.S. college environment. Below are some tips to help you strengthen your conversational skills, which will likely help you adapt more quickly to your new academic and social environment in the U.S.
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English language learners and California's NCLB testing waiver
Education Week
As Michele McNeil just reported over at Politics K-12, California has gotten the green light from the U.S. Department of Education officials to scrap its state testing program in the coming weeks and give Smarter Balanced field tests instead. The precise details in the agreement between California and the feds aren't all out in the open just yet, but we do know that the Smarter Balanced field tests aren't really designed to produce the student-outcome data that can be used for holding schools accountable for performance.
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What does Obama's budget say about education?
The Atlantic
President Barack Obama released a relatively unambitious, largely partisan proposal for funding the federal government for fiscal year 2015, which begins on Oct. 1. In recent years, the president's budget request has included proposals that have driven successful education policy reforms, including a debate and new funding for early education programs and reforms to student loan interest rates. This year's budget request, though, has been widely disparaged as dead on arrival.
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Are our kids failing in maths because they can't read?
The Conversation
There has been a lot of hand-wringing about mathematics lately. According to national and international testing we are not getting any better at it and plenty of good reasons have been offered for why this may be so. Not enough students are studying it, not enough students like it, and not enough qualified teachers teach it. But a much less discussed explanation is that some of our kids fail in maths because they can't read the questions.
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House approves plan to buy software for English language learners in Arizona
The Associated Press via The Republic
The Arizona House has approved a plan to spend millions on a software program schools will use to teach children who don't speak English as their primary language. Republican Rep. Rick Gray's proposal passed on a 34-24 vote. It requires the state to take bids and have the system in place by next year. Gray and others backing House Bill 2485 say they were impressed by Utah's use of similar software for their English language learners.
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But what can they do? Measuring English proficiency in real-world situations
By: Sandy Cutshall
Trust — but verify. We trust that English language learners are gaining something through their studies, but how do we verify what they actually can do with their language skills? We may believe that a job candidate has the language ability to take a certain position, but where is the proof? The answer comes through evaluation of language proficiency using a common measuring stick, such as the proficiency guidelines published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
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What does Obama's budget say about education?
The Atlantic
President Barack Obama released a relatively unambitious, largely partisan proposal for funding the federal government for fiscal year 2015, which begins on Oct. 1. In recent years, the president's budget request has included proposals that have driven successful education policy reforms, including a debate and new funding for early education programs and reforms to student loan interest rates.

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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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Study focuses on bilingual toddlers
Western Morning News
The challenges facing bilingual children as they bid to become fluent in two languages is to be explored in a pioneering nationwide study. Led by Plymouth University’s BabyLab, working alongside with five other U.K. universities, researchers will examine the language skills of hundreds of toddlers growing up in bilingual families. It will then look to inform a series of protocols to assist authorities in identifying developmental difficulties, and the ways they can potentially be overcome.
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With testing moratorium, LAUSD crafts its own for ELL shift
LA School Report
With a year-long state moratorium on standardized testing, LAUSD is crafting its own assessment to determine if English learning students are ready for an English-only curriculum. The new tests will look a lot like the tests they replace, said Hilda Maldonado, director of the LAUSD Multilingual and Multicultural department. The district had initially sought to purchase the old CST tests independently but found the nearly half-million dollar price tag too expensive for the 40,000 tests needed for ELL students this year.
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Why this bilingual education ban should have been repealed long ago
CNN
In the mid-1990s, conditions were right for California to build the multilingual economy of the future. A slumping economy needed a boost. A remarkably multilingual population — including millions of Spanish speakers — was already in place. Bilingual education programs — pioneered and developed in Miami over the prior three decades — were already being established in school districts from San Diego to San Francisco. But in 1998, with globalization knocking ever more loudly on its door, Californians voted instead to pass a ballot measure known as Proposition 227 that imposed wide-reaching restrictions on bilingual education, effectively banning it.
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