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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

Nominating Petition for NABE Executive Board Candidate due March 28
NABE
Dear NABE Members:

As mentioned at the NABE opening session of our recent conference in Las Vegas, there are three national "At-Large Executive Board" positions open for the 2016-2019 term. The deadline for submitting the Nominating Petition for NABE Executive Board Candidate is March 28. The Nominating Petition must be submitted with the NABE Executive Board Candidate Information Sheet. All of these documents are attached including the NABE Bylaws on Executive Board Election. I urge you to read the Bylaws to determine your eligibility and qualifications for submitting the Nominating Petition. Once your Nominating Petition is submitted, NABE will check its data base to determine the candidates status. Candidates will receive a response within 5 days regarding their eligibility after submitting their paperwork.

Please reach out to me directly either by email: drsantiagow@gmail.com or phone: 954-729-4557 for any further clarification. If you attempt to reach me by phone when I am not available, please identify yourself and leave a complete message and I will return the call as soon as possible within a 24 hour period. NABE will work with an outside partner to monitor and to certify the voting and election results. I extend my best wishes to all of the potential candidates.

Si se puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood
Executive Director
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2015 Young Ambassadors Promotional Video
Smithsonian Latino Center
Don't wait! Application deadline is April 6.
Watch the program in action. Young Ambassadors Promotional Video.

Gain professional experience, network with Latino leaders, hone your leadership skills, and get involved in your community this summer with a paid internship. Apply to the Young Ambassadors Program! #SLCYAP2015.

Who? Graduating high school seniors with a commitment to the arts, sciences or humanities as it pertains to Latino communities.

What? Week-long, all-expenses paid training and leadership seminar and a four-week internship with a $2,000 program stipend

Where? Washington D.C. and internships in 19 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico

When? June 21-July 31

Why? Opportunity to explore various career paths, embrace your own cultural heritage, and gain practical and leadership skills and intellectual growth

Application deadline: April 6

For more information, to view the promotional video, and to apply visit: http://latino.si.edu/Education/YAP

For questions: Email: SLCEducation@si.edu

"I can't wait to begin my journey as a Young Ambassador, to inspire and be inspired"

The Smithsonian Latino Center gratefully acknowledges major and continued program support from Ford Motor Company Fund.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Genre Resources in Spanish and English

Improve K-8 students’ nonfiction comprehension with informational texts that help integrate literacy instruction and content-area learning. Spanish and English Genre Big Books, Text Connections, and Classic Tales introduce key text types to K-2 students, while Genre Workshop helps Grade 3-8 students analyze and respond to genre passages. FREE sampler.
 


NABE 2015 Conference Press Release
NABE
Nearly 2,000 participants from across the globe converged at the 44th Annual NABE Conference held in Las Vegas from March 4-7 for several days of professional development and an all-star cast of keynote speakers. The conference theme, "Achieving Global Competence: Biliteracy for All," drew national and international interest. Representatives from the American Federation of Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, the U.S. Department of Education, just to name a few, made presentations at the conference. Over 20 NABE affiliates from around the nation also showed their support at this conference.


Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and the team from the Santa Clara County Office of Education (Dr. Yee Wan, NABE Board Member, Dr. Angelica Ramsey, Chief Academic Officer, and Toni Cordova, Chief Strategy Officer)

Dr. Julio Cruz, NABE President, California Senator Ricardo Lara, NABE 2015 Citizen of the Year, and Dr. Santiago Wood, NABE Executive Director

Dr. Julio Cruz, NABE President, Superintendent Jon R. Gundry, Dr. Yee Wan, NABE Board Member

Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) And NABE Board Members

California Senator Ricardo
Lara, NABE 2015 Citizen of the
Year and Dr. Yee Wan, NABE
Board Member

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
 
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).
 


NABE 2016 Chicago Conference
NABE
Please prepare for the NABE 2016 45th Annual International Bilingual Education Conference at the Chicago Hilton on March 3-5 with Pre-Conference on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.


NABE 2017
NABE
Scheduled for Hilton Anatole, Dallas on Feb. 23-25 with Pre-Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.


 INDUSTRY NEWS


High school graduation rates for minority students improve faster than rest of US
The Washington Post
The high school graduation rate for African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, students with disabilities and poor students increased between 2010 and 2013, narrowing the gap in rates between those groups and their white counterparts, according to new data by the U.S. Department of Education. The graduation rate also increased for English language learners, though they still graduate from high school at the lowest rate of all student subgroups.
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Schools after the surge: How they've dealt with 2014's flood of undocumented minors
Fox News Latino
Early in the 2014-2015 school year, when it was clear that a surprising number of immigrant children would enroll in U.S. schools due to the surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the southern border over the summer, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that advocates a hard line on illegal immigration, estimated that the cost of educating these students could be around $761 million nationally.
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The 4 C's of 21st century learning for ELLs: Collaboration
By: Erick Herrmann
In the first two parts of this four-part series, we explored critical thinking and communication. Collaboration is the next topic we will explore. Any teacher who has tried putting students into groups to work together without first setting up guidelines knows that group work can be a slippery slope, with some students thriving and others not participating effectively. When working with English learners, there are special considerations when having students collaborate, including language proficiency levels and cultural backgrounds.
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Study: Recruiting more minority teachers could do wonders for minority students
The Huffington Post
One way to help low-performing students do better in school could be to put them in classrooms with teachers who share their race, a new study says. The study, which will be released in the April issue of the Economics of Education Review, looks at how students' test scores are impacted by the race of their teachers. Through analyzing Florida Department of Education data, researchers found that black, white and Asian/Pacific Island students do slightly better in school during years when they share their classroom educator's race and/or ethnicity. Low-performing black and white students especially benefit from having teachers of their same race, the study says.
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Blogging for English language learners
Edutopia
Blogging is a very powerful tool in and of itself. Whether it's a personal or professional blog, blogging has the power to unleash learning, reflection and communication. Even more, a blog can help spread your words and ideas to a wider audience. Blogging for English language learners can tap into students' and teachers' utmost communicative potential and help expand and widen learning opportunities.
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Know more than one language? How your bilingual brain could pay dividends
Quartz
Speaking more than one language may confer significant benefits on the developing brain. Research has now shown that bilingual young adults not only fare better in the job market, but are also more likely to demonstrate empathy and problem-solving skills. The fact is that American adults are largely monolingual English speakers, even those who began life speaking more than one language. Based on the latest research, it might be time to rethink the emphasis on monolingualism in the U.S.
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Obama seeks more federal money for education
USA Today
President Barack Obama said the nation's schools are improving, but need more federal money to keep pace. "The challenge that we face is that this is a monumental task and it requires resources," Obama told reporters at the White House. The president spoke briefly after meeting with a group of superintendents, board members, and educators from some of the nation's largest school districts.
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Feds reflect on successes, challenges of NAEP's English learner policy
Education Week
Five years after adopting changes designed to boost the number of English language learners taking the math and reading tests that are part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the board that oversees the exams known as the "nation's report card" has begun to reflect on its testing policy and the ongoing challenges it poses.
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NAACP battles Latino groups over push to open public schools for non-English speakers
Fox News
A plan that would dedicate two public high schools in suburban Washington to immigrants and students struggling with English is pitting black and Hispanic communities — usually allies — against one another. The Prince George's County, Maryland, chapter of the NAACP is strongly opposing the plan — which would take effect next school year, and cover about 800 students having English language difficulties — claiming it will pull resources from other students and unfairly redistribute them to Hispanic students. Some critics go so far as to compare the plan to segregation.
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Graduation gap between white, minority students is narrowing, but persistent
Education Week
Graduation rates for historically disadvantaged groups of students — including low-income students, minorities and English language learners — have increased by at least 3 percentage points each over the past two years, according to data by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. In fact, the rates for those groups of students are improving faster than the overall graduation rate, which stood at 81.4 percent in 2012-2013, a 2.4 percent improvement since 2010-2011.
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New Orleans schools receive extra funds to support English language learners
WWNO-FM
The Recovery School District announced recently that it is giving out more than $160,000 to support English language learners. Those funds are divided among 16 charter operators and will pay for supports like technology, teacher training and translated materials. Bill Murphy oversees student support services at Cohen College Prep High School. Last fall the school enrolled 18 students who'd just arrived in the U.S.
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