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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

Dear NABE members,
NABE
This is a reminder of the NABE Executive Board Regional Elections for one of each three regional positions in the Eastern, Central and Western regions. The election process is a user friendly, secured and confidential online process. The election cycle will run for two weeks beginning on May 8-22 at midnight. The results of the election will be announced and posted on the NABE Web page by May 29. Newly elected board members must plan to meet with the entire board for installation at the Chicago Hilton on July 25-26. We encourage all of our members to cast their ballots as soon as possible.

If you have any problems voting online, please contact Cassandra Laine in the NABE office at (240) 450-3700 or c_laine@nabe.org for assistance. Each candidate's bio and photo is available on the NABE Web page for your review. We look forward to your full participation in our association's annual regional elections, and thank you for you continued support.

Sí se puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood
Executive Director
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Districts told not to deny students over immigration
The New York Times
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued a strong warning to public school districts nationwide not to deny enrollment to immigrant students in the country illegally. The Justice and Education Departments jointly issued an update of guidelines they published three years ago, reminding districts that they "may be in violation of federal law" if they turn students away because the children or their parents do not have immigration papers. The guidelines clarify what documents schools can and cannot require to prove that students live in their districts.
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Dear colleague letter on the rights of all children to enroll in public schools
U.S. Department of Justice
Under federal law, all children in the United States are entitled to a public elementary and secondary education regardless of their race, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status or the status of their parents/guardians. On May 8, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued an updated set of guidance documents to all public school districts reminding them of their obligation under federal law to provide equal educational opportunities to all children residing in their districts, and to offer assistance to ensure they are complying with the law.
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About the 2014 Annual National Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Conference
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Join Two-Way and Dual Language educators at the 22nd Annual Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Conference in Sacramento, California, on June 23-26. This year's conference promises to be yet another exciting gathering of speakers, experts and program planners who will work together to share the most current research, practices and trends in seecond and third language development. If you are a teacher, administrator or resource teacher working in two-way or dual language, this conference is designed uniquely for you.
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High stakes for states on NCLB waiver compliance
Education Week
No Child Left Behind Act waivers — initially billed by the Obama administration as a collaborative effort to help states get beyond the outdated NCLB law — have moved deep into the compliance phase, leaving states and the U.S. Department of Education to negotiate over the finer points of plans, rather than discussing big-picture policy ideas. The details, however, can prove make-or-break for states, which risk losing their flexibility altogether if they can't come to an accord with the administration.
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English learners in Oswego, NY, likely to go back to home schools
The Beacon-News
Students who are being bused to learn English at New York's Oswego School District 308 schools far from where they live are likely to be transferred back to their home schools by 2015, according to district plans created in response to a state audit. At the end of 2011, state officials visited Oswego schools as part of a routine monitoring process and found the district's program for English language learners was out of compliance with state regulations in 19 areas — or about one-quarter of the program.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Bilingualism can help close learning gaps for immigrant students (National Journal)
Sheltered instruction and English language development: Defining ELD (By: Erick Herrmann)
Are school turnaround efforts overlooking English learners? (Education Week)
After decades, a university by and for Latinos will shut its doors (NPR)
López: The SBOE — A Texas Stonewall (Rio Grande Guardian)

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Study: Early English language learners excel academically
KPBS
Students who learn English as a second language by fifth grade are among the top performers throughout their academic career. That is the conclusion of a study released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California. The authors of the study looked at how well English language learners do in school until 12th grade. UC San Diego economics professor Julian Betts was a co-author of the report. The researchers looked at the San Diego Unified School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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School outside school: No English spoken here
Wisconsin State Journal
Monday through Friday, Maya Reinfeldt is an eighth-grader at Savanna Oaks Middle School in Fitchburg. But on Saturdays, while her classmates are at soccer practice or gymnastics lessons, the 13-year-old is back at a desk studying literature in her mother's native Russian. Maya is one of more than 50 students enrolled at the Madison Russian School, a weekly immersion program where students can take classes in math, language, literature and drama, often using the same texts as their counterparts in Russian schools. It's not all academics. Students also do many performance events, sing together in a choir and participate in cultural gatherings with their families. And because they spend years together in the same classroom, they often develop deep friendships linked by a faraway culture.
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Study: Early English language learners excel academically
KPBS
Students who learn English as a second language by fifth grade are among the top performers throughout their academic career.

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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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Brazilian teens video chatting with elderly Americans is the sweetest thing
The Huffington Post
Teens get a bad rap for the number of hours they log in front of their computers, but this group of students is using their screen time for something really wonderful. Thanks to FCB Brasil and the CNA language school network, Brazilian teens are able to practice their English skills through a speaking exchange — with senior citizens living in Chicago retirement homes. "What our students really want is to speak English fluently," says Vanessa Valença, a program coordinator. "And we're always asking ourselves, 'How can we make it more real? More human?'"
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Minnesota Senate passes education policy bill
Coon Rapids ECM Publishers
In a bipartisan vote of 37-27, the Minnesota Senate passed the 2014 Education Policy bill after similar House action. Adopting Gov. Dayton's "Invest to Progress" approach to education, the comprehensive bill is full of reform to go along with the new levels of investment made in schools following last year's bill. It focuses on major reform to English language learner instruction, re-design of the Adult Diploma and new ways for teacher candidates to demonstrate quality skills for licensure, and all based on Minnesota's high academic standards and achievement-gap-closing goals.
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Latino students found to be discriminated against in Colorado schools
Hispanically Speaking News
Authorities with the Adams County School District 14 in Commerce City, Colorado, announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education after the federal agency's Office for Civil Rights issued a report documenting discrimination against Latinos in the majority Hispanic district. The OCR launched an investigation of the district following a March 2010 complaint.
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