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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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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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Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines released
NABE
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the National Association of Bilingual Education, the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, and TESOL International Association, have officially drafted recommendations for the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award made by a state department of education or local district to recognize a student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript and diploma for these students.
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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).
 


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


Stories bring it home
Language Magazine
International students who study a second language abroad may experience more adjustment problems than their domestic peers (Narra-Tumma & Claudius, 2013). The challenges they face can include problems with immigration/visa status, separation from family, limited financial resources, isolation due to difficulty speaking a new language and learning unfamiliar customs, and negotiating a new educational system. Di Maria and Kwai (2014) explored the attitudes toward foreign students of staff members in student-affairs offices at colleges and found that as many as 64 percent said their offices were not doing anything specifically to accommodate the international student population, and 90 percent said they wanted more training on how to help such students be successful. The researchers concluded that the conversation for international educators should shift from recruit.
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Speaking a second language may change how you see the world
Science Magazine
Where did the thief go? You might get a more accurate answer if you ask the question in German. How did she get away? Now you might want to switch to English. Speakers of the two languages put different emphasis on actions and their consequences, influencing the way they think about the world, according to a new study. The work also finds that bilinguals may get the best of both worldviews, as their thinking can be more flexible.
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The gift of tongues: Having more languages gives kids better brains
The Northern Star
The days of non-English speaking immigrant children abandoning their parents' languages are becoming a thing of the past, with experts agreeing that bilingualism is only a good thing. At Goonellabah not-for-profit childcare centre, Care-Ring, there are several bilingual kids who speak languages other than English. "Last year we had quite a few children with two languages, and one family had three," Care-Ring's director Tammy Everingham said.
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What are the most challenging Common Core standards?
eSchool News
A new look into how students handle some of the toughest reading and math Common Core standards could help educators identify where they need to spend more time. Curriculum Associates recently conducted research using data from more than 750,000 students to identify the reading and math Common Core State Standards that students find the most challenging.
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What we talk about when we talk about best practices: Choosing materials
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
In previous articles, we have explored best practices in curricula, methods and approaches, and multiple instructional approaches. In this article, we will examine how to choose materials. Learner autonomy is connected to motivation. If a curriculum does not use materials relevant to learners, their motivation can — at best — lag. Gail K. Oura, David Nunan, Jerry G. Gebhard and many others make a powerful case for curriculum to use authentic materials.
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Senate budget blueprint thin on education policy, funding details
Education Week
Senate Republicans unveiled their fiscal year 2016 budget proposal — and, similar to the one released yesterday by their GOP colleagues in the House, it's short on education specifics. Like the House budget proposal, the Senate's would fund the federal government to the tune of $493 billion, keeping in place the across-the-board spending caps, known as the sequester, to which the president's proposed budget does not adhere. And, like the House plan, it would make even steeper cuts for non-defense discretionary funding beginning fiscal year 2017.
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Study: Urban charters, districts serve equal numbers of ELLs
Education Week
Nationally, urban charter schools are significantly out-performing their district counterparts in both reading and math, according to a new study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, or CREDO. The report also shows that for the most part, urban charter and district schools are serving equal numbers of English language learners as well as students in poverty and special education.
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Ludic learning
Language Magazine
Once upon a time, the traditional way of thinking was that students went to school, sat at their desks, paid attention, and took part in the "sit and get" way of learning — all day long. Those days are changing. As we acquire knowledge about how our students learn, it makes sense that we adjust our teaching methods. One of the different methods that teachers are finding very helpful for aiding students in learning and retaining information is the use of games. Interactive computer games, board games, get-up-out-of-your-seat games, and teacher-led games with or without a computer are but a few examples.
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Digital curriculum targets ELL learning gap
eSchool News
A new suite of digital instructional materials is designed to boost language acquisition and achievement for English language learners, which, with nearly five million students, is among the largest and fastest growing demographic in U.S. schools. Middlebury Interactive Languages, the academic leader in language instruction for K-12 learners, along with partner Fuel EducationTM, launched the new programs, which include digital curriculum frameworks for elementary and middle school students and teacher professional development, were developed by Middlebury Interactive's in-house academic team of language professors, ELL experts and education technologists.
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