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|Message from the Incoming NABE President
Dear NABE Members,
It's an honor and a privilege to be serving as your new National President. Thanks to each and every one of the NABE Board members and the membership for their confidence and support. As many of you know, I come by my interest in bilingual education honestly and with a great deal of enthusiasm. As a child I was labeled "LEP." I was a "LEP" child. That will never go away. You see, my dad who was college educated in Mexico gave me and my 8 brothers and sisters a wonderful gift — a tremendously rich and vibrant cultural and intellectual environment at home — in Spanish. I grew up with an exceptional sense of pride about my language, my culture and my history. However, when I entered first grade I could not express myself in English — I lacked the language proficiency that reflected my ability. Mine became a world of social isolation and distance — a distance that produced a great deal of anxiety. Thus, at a very early age I committed myself to becoming a teacher, and later a teacher of teachers, so that no child, NO CHILD, would have to experience what I experienced. I believe strongly that children should have the opportunity to validate the beauty and richness of their languages and cultures, and to have the opportunity to participate fully in the educational process. Hence, I have dedicated my entire professional career to serving as a bilingual teacher, a professor of bilingual education, university administrator having served as Dean of the College of Education at UTEP for 12 years, speaker, consultant and author to advocate for ELs, their teachers, and for bilingual education. I pledge my time, energy, talents and leadership skills to continue to advocate for equitable and excellent educational opportunities for children and their teachers. I further pledge to continue to strengthen NABE, to plan outstanding educational experiences, including our annual NABE conferences and symposia, to advocate for our children and their families, and to provide the leadership necessary to ensure NABE's existence as a viable, healthy, and dynamic organization.
I am looking forward to our hard work and accomplishments together over the next 12 months as our organization approaches a significant milestone of half a century as a strong international advocate and education leader in the bilingual/dual language field. I feel a tremendous sense of energy and enthusiasm to work closely with my fellow board members, affiliates, membership, partners and especially our strong administrative leadership team as we continue to plan our 2020 annual conference to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 26-28 with our compelling conference theme: NABE Rise-Up 2020: A Perfect Vision. Plan early to be a part of our special 50th Anniversary Conference Celebration in Houston, Texas in 2021. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at both events! We need your ideas and input for our Special Anniversary Celebration. Don't hesitate to share your thoughts.
I thank you all for allowing me to lead this organization with your help and support.
"You are NABE and NABE is Us"
¡Sí se puede¡
Dr. Josefina Villamil Tinajero
|Report to the Membership on NABE's Annual Organization and Strategic Planning Meeting for FY 2019/2020 and the 5th DL Symposium
The NABE Executive Board held its annual organization and strategic planning meeting on July 1 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Following the swearing in of the newly elected board members: Dr. Cristina Alfaro — Western Region Representative; Dr. Maria Arreguin-Anderson — Central Region Representative; and Dr. Margarita Pinkos — Eastern Region Representative, the Executive Board reconvened and voted to elected a new slate of Executive Officers to lead and conduct the business of the Association for the coming year and to chart a strategic path with coalition partners and affiliates establishing Policy Support for Dual Language Programs. The Board continued discussions supporting the development of NABE's dual language high quality professional development initiatives and expanding its international reach with other association's partners. The Board has also reiterated the importance and engagement of NABE's Corporate Advisory Council as well as the Dual Language Advisory Council with representation from the leading researchers in the field.
The new Executive Board officers are:
Click here to view more photos of the Executive Board.
The Board approved an important and relevant conference theme in line with the new Strategic Plan: NABE Rise-Up 2020: A Perfect Vision, for the upcoming 49th Annual International Bilingual Education Conference scheduled for Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 26-28. Other actions taken by the board included the ratification of the strategic plan and the establishment of a process to determine budget implications. The Board agreed to hold a joint Dual Language Institute with New York AFT and the City Department of Education in the city of New York, New York, on Oct. 18-19.
This summer NABE conducted the 5th Annual Dual Language Symposium, jointly sponsored with one of its key strategic partners, Universidad Ana G. Mendez, Recinto de Carolina as well as Puerto Rico TESOL. Representatives from Dominican Republic TESOL addressed the audience with a message of international collaboration and the common goal of bilingualism for all students. Dr. Anibal Munoz Claudio, Director of the English and Bilingual Education Programs for the PR Department of Education opened the program with a comprehensive study of Puerto Rico's bilingual education history. Other expert Dual Language educators included Cristina Alfaro, Sonia Soltero, Rebecca Blum Martinez and a leadership presentation by Lhisa Almashy. Also participating were policy makers, parent advocates and other dual language practitioners with exemplary programs from across the U.S. The U.S. Secretary of Education hosted a group of Dual Language Educators who attended the Symposium.
During the symposium, scholarships were awarded to teachers from Puerto Rico to attend NABE's 49th Conference in Las Vegas. Four full scholarships and two partial scholarships were awarded to teachers based on their application essay explaining their commitment to bilingual education programs in Puerto Rico.
Click here to view more photos of the 5th Annual Dual Language Symposium.
The Executive Board of the National Association for Bilingual Education affirms its advocacy, commitment and unequivocal support to achieving the goals of our mission and to continue with the much needed and promising work solely for the benefit of our students, teachers, parents and community.
"¡Sí se puede!"
Margarita Pinkos, Immediate Past President
Santiago Wood, Executive Director
It is often said that good news travel in bunches. Such was the case last week when Evelyn De Jesus, a fierce advocate and champion on behalf of all English language learners and the educators who teach them, was elected unanimously by her peers to be the new Vice President on the NABE Executive Board for 2019-2020 in her hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico during the NABE Annual Re-organization meeting. Evelyn has made that advocacy a cornerstone of her job at the United Federation of Teachers and as a member of the AFT's English Language Learners Cadre and chair of the AFTs Latino Issues Task Force. Evelyn champions the rights of English language learners, DACA and Immigrants, whether it's addressing teachers and parents in the Bronx or elected officials in Washington, D.C. Evelyn has earned a reputation for turning policies into action items.
Evelyn has been serving on the NABE Executive Board for the past couple of years and is the United Federation of Teachers vice president for education, a position she has held for the past three years. She also serves as a national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and is a member of the advisory board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
On July 10, Evelyn was once again unanimously elected by the national union's executive council as executive vice president and will serve alongside President Randi Weingarten and Secretary-Treasurer Loretta Johnson. Evelyn undoubtedly is an exceptional trailblazer and role model for our young aspiring leaders and is the first Latina in more than 100 years to serve in this role in a major education association or union organization. NABE and AFT are very blessed and fortunate to have someone of Evelyn De Jesus’ caliber and reputation serving in such high leadership capacity in two major national and international education organizations, particularly at a time such as this in our nations history when the books on diversity and leadership are being proudly and exceptionally re-written for the world at large.
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For the 2019-2020 school year:Bilingual Teachers (K-12)
Bilingual School Psychologist
Bilingual Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT-C)
Proper NJ Certifications(s) Required. E.O.E.
Please address all cover letters to:
Laura A. Winters, Superintendent
Send Cover Letter, Resume, and Copies of Certification(s) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Present at NABE 2020!
Due to an increased interest to present at NABE 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have added more rooms and will be accepting more presentations for the upcoming conference!
NABE is seeking proposals that engage participants in topics related to quality education for DLLs such as:
NABE uses a peer review process with a panel of over 35 reviewers from across the nation to ensure that all accepted proposals are of the highest quality for our attendees.
- achieving educational equity for DLLs
- ensuring social justice for DLLs through strong linguistic and academic attainment
- providing equal educational opportunities for DLLs
NABE invites all education experts, researchers, authors and successful practitioners with information of interest to submit a proposal. We also encourage multilingual proposals.
For more information, visit http://nabe-conference.com/proposals.html.
Pre-Conference: Feb. 25
Conference: Feb. 26-28
Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
About the Annual NABE Conference
Along with internationally renowned keynote and featured speakers, there will also be special presentations from experts in the field and over 200 concurrent sessions. Participants will also be able to register online for visits to local schools that are implementing successful dual language programs. The NABE Exhibit Hall will showcase educational products and services. NABE’s Job Fair provides a forum for school districts seeking to recruit.
Students, teachers, educational leaders and advocates will be recognized for their efforts to promote the importance of languages, literacy and equity during the general sessions and NABE Awards Luncheon.
Who should attend NABE:
Teachers in the field of dual language, ESL, administrators, paraprofessionals, university professors, students, researchers, advocates, policymakers and parents
Important Dates for NABE 2020:
Proposal Submission Closes: June 30
Early Bird Registration Closes: Dec. 20
NABE Bilingual Student Essay Competition
NABE Bilingual Teacher of the Year Competition
NABE Outstanding Dissertation Competition
Open: Aug. 1
Close: Sept. 30
NABE 2020 Special Events*:
Nevada School Visits
Night with the Exhibitors
NABE Awards Luncheon
NABE President's Dance
*Please visit our website for more information on which registration packages include the above events.
For more information, please visit www.nabe-conference.com.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets for a third consecutive day in Puerto Rico demanding the immediate resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello. The protests in the U.S. territory began after a group chat on the Telegram messaging app between Rosello and nine other members of his administration was leaked on Thursday. The hundreds of pages of messages revealed obscene, sexist and homophobic remarks about women, political opponents, journalists and others, according to the Puerto Rico Centre for Investigative Journalism.
In a big win for the language enterprise recently, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to include the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020. WLARA seeks to expand language learning at the elementary and secondary levels. Passage of WLARA has been a multi-year initiative for JNCL-NCLIS and Wednesday marked the bill's latest advancement through Congress.
Along with partner organizations, the American Federation of Teachers, one of NABE’s most favored partners, completed its Annual Teacher Diversity Summit June 19-21 at its DC Headquarters. Randi Weingarten, President of the AFT, opened the Summit referencing the fact that 65 years ago last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional although many schools remain de facto racially segregated today. The decision is still regarded as one of the country’s most significant milestone for civil right. But Brown also had an unintended consequence, the effects of which are still felt today, as explained by Madeline Will of Education Week. Will points out that it caused the dismissal, demotion, or forced resignation of many experienced, highly credentialed black educators who staffed black-only schools. Will asserts that after the decision, tens of thousands of black teachers and principals lost their jobs as white superintendents began to integrate schools but balked at putting black educators in positions of authority over white teachers or students.
The American Federation of Teachers for the past several years, under the leadership of Dr. Delisa Saunders, Vice President of Human Rights and Community Relations, has spearheaded an initiative to increase the numbers of teachers of color in the classroom. The initiative is focused on recruiting future teachers, teacher preparation and teacher retention. Additionally, professional development on cultural relevancy and racial pedagogy will be available to equip teachers with skills and tools for teaching dynamically diverse students. This Summit Focused on the Praxis and the ETS Professional Educators Programs.
The scope of the problem is enormous according to the National Center for Educational Statistics for the 2018-19 school year, of the almost 4.5 million public school teachers educating the nation’s 60 million children, only 10% were Hispanics and 8% were African American even though African American and Hispanic student population are currently 58 percent of the student population and even up to 78 percent in many large urban school districts. Therefore, among some of the major goals of the AFT Diversity Initiative is to increase the number of teachers of color in the classroom by developing and implementing research-driven strategies aimed at identifying, preparing an retaining new teachers; Collaborating and partnering on specific actions, projects and programs; Conducting on-going research to stay apprised of the field, new developments, potential partner; A robust support/mentoring system which encourages high school students who plan on becoming teachers to succeed in enrolling, graduating and becoming public school teachers; Improving Career ladder for those already in education, like paraprofessional, to become teachers; An aggressive marketing campaign that heightens the visibility and importance of teachers while encouraging youth to consider teaching as a profession; Legislation, and implementation of existing legislation like Senators Kaine-Collins National Teacher and Principal Bill, Rep. Tester and Andre Carson, Reps. Bromely, Rep Hanna, Mince and others. The photos include Dr. Santiago Wood, Executive Director of NABE and other partners from across the nation.
You're all invited to consider attending the NABE/Spain Affiliate 2019 Annual International Bilingual Education Conference in Granada, Spain on Oct. 18-20.
The conference is always well attended with a large contingent of European scholars, government officials, teachers, policy makers, and parents with a strong parent engagement and bilingual teacher preparation strand on teaching CLIL.
Please feel free to share this announcement with your network and reach out directly to Lic. Xavier Gisbert da Cruz, President of The Spain Affiliate, for partners, teachers, student discount and any additional information or detail you may need. Please visit www.cieb.es.
With a handful of Republican votes, House Democrats passed the latest version of the DREAM Act, an ambitious expansion of a nearly two-decades-long legislative effort that would place millions of young undocumented immigrants and immigrants with temporary status on a pathway to U.S. citizenship. The Democratic-led chamber approved the sweeping immigration bill, dubbed the DREAM and Promise Act of 2019, by a vote of 237 to 187, sending the legislation to the Republican-controlled Senate, which is unlikely to consider it. The White House has also issued a veto threat against the measure. Seven Republicans in the House joined 230 Democrats in voting for the bill. No Democrats voted against the measure. Click here to continue reading.
Our NABE/China Affiliate has requested that we assist them with this posting to help recruit bilingual teachers who desire to relocate and teach in China. Please feel free to share the announcement with your network and follow through directly with the information included in the announcement as NABE is not affiliated, responsible or have any further information to add. Thanks!
Travel the world affordably, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom! Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 2500 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development and graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 5 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. The deposit is $350 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure.
Each year, Rotary funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest leaders to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become catalysts for peace and development. Many go on to careers with governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank. Applications for the 2020-2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The due date for candidates to submit applications to their district is May 31. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by July 1.
Congratulations are in order Margarita Calderon and colleagues on your most recent research and contribution to the field. We applaud your efforts and encourage all of our friends and colleagues to share this information.
Fratney Peterson School
LatinasRepresent Program Manager — Washington, D.C.
Office of Equal Opportunity
Deputy Chief of Dual Language Programs
Associate or Full Professor - Ph.D. Program in Urban Education & Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures — The City University of New York
Tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor — Bilingual/Biliteracy Education — University of Texas at El Paso in Texas
Executive Director Special Education — Springfield or Chicago Office
Executive Director Equity and Access — Springfield or Chicago Office
Whether or not the U.S. Census 2020 includes a citizenship question, it is likely that thousands and maybe even millions of people will not take part in the count due to concerns about how the data will be used or to misinformation about its relevance and importance. Regrettably, the people most likely to remain excluded are also the most disadvantaged, including speakers of languages other than English and their children.
On average, the U.S. Department of Education has resolved about twice as many civil rights cases per year under the Trump administration as it did under the Obama administration, the agency said in a news release Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has praised her department's efforts to more quickly resolve civil rights complaints. But critics say the agency has focused on closing cases at the expense of meaningful protections for vulnerable students.
Florida Atlantic University via Science Daily
About 1 in 10 babies in the United States is born premature. These children are at an increased risk for adverse outcomes across a broad spectrum of neurodevelopmental domains, including language skills. They also are at an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder as well as other behavioral problems. Preschool is a crucial time for language development. Children born preterm who display deficits in language skills are unlikely to catch up with their full-term peers. That's why it's imperative to accurately assess their language skills to determine if they need early intervention.
Diane Larsen-Freeman, a contributor for Language Magazine, writes: "Complexity theory deals with complex, dynamic, and nonlinear systems. When I first encountered CT some 20 years ago, it was not in the context of language. However, I couldn't think of many things that were more complex, dynamic, and nonlinear than language (Larsen-Freeman, 1997). And it soon became evident to me that CT had the potential to teach us many lessons useful in language teaching and learning."
U.S. News & World Report
More than 300,000 Hispanic students have been displaced from K-12 schools in communities where local police have forged partnerships with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to better enforce immigration laws, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford University. The researchers used data acquired from the Department of Homeland Security through Freedom of Information Act requests to identify 55 counties where ICE partnered with local law enforcement agencies to identify, arrest and remove undocumented residents.
New York City's elite public high schools are being scrutinized for their admissions practices, which are yielding disproportionately low populations of black and Latino students. In response, the mayor and school chancellor want to eliminate a standardized test critics say is a barrier for low-income and minority applicants. But supporters of the test are pushing back.
The Trumbull Times
Spend some time at the school parking lots and school bus stops at the end of a school day, and you may hear parents greeting their children in dozens of different languages. "There are about 350 languages spoken in the United States," said Assistant Superintendent Jonathan Budd. "And here in the Trumbull school system, we have more than 30 different languages spoken in homes of students."
There is no question that one's success in any task is closely related to motivation. Learning a language is no exception. But what is motivation? According to behaviorist theory, motivation is quite simply the anticipation of reward driven by previous experiences of reward for behavior. In this view, our acts are likely to be at the mercy of external forces.
Education technology has many faces. A prominent one has long been computer-assisted language learning, offering great promise for struggling readers, non-English speakers, or those seeking to master a second tongue. And, in recent years, the technology has raced ahead. No longer do students simply repeat what they hear through headphones or get instruction from a computer screen — now they can talk to ROBOTS. How cool is that? The question, of course, is: Do robots actually help?
Families choosing schools for their kids can find themselves awash in information, from test scores and demographic data to local knowledge gleaned by talking to friends and family. That information can feel critical for parents facing high-stakes schooling decisions. But it also may serve to entrench the segregation of schools by race and income. White families tend to avoid schools with many black students, research has shown, and low test scores can push those families away, too — scores that are also tightly correlated with student demographics.
University of Waterloo via Science Daily
Toddlers are surprisingly good at processing the speech of other young children, according to a new study. And toddlers who have more exposure to other children, such as those in daycare, may be particularly good at certain word learning skills.
District Administration Magazine
Long gone should be the days when a general education teacher gives a special education co-teacher a paper copy of a lesson plan the day before class, as schools continue to adopt technology for staff and students. Today's co-teachers should be sharing lesson plans digitally to make planning, including face-to-face planning, more efficient, says Anne Beninghof, an education consultant and co-teaching author. "Good co-teaching requires good co-planning," Beninghof says.
Language Magazine (commetntary)
Dr. Kate Kinsella, a contributor for Language Magazine, writes: "This summer I have the pleasure of partnering with the California League of Schools to offer a two-day professional learning opportunity for educators of K-12 English learners. On July 27-28, we will convene at the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California. The focus of this highly orchestrated institute will be 'proven practices' to advance language proficiency and literacy skills for academic achievement across grade levels and subject areas. Instead of a revolving door of strategies with little track record of efficacy, our most vulnerable students deserve a consistent toolkit of familiar and highly impactful instructional practices across the school day."
Taylor & Francis Group via Science Daily
The positive effects of a rich home learning environment during a child's early years continue into adolescence and help improve test scores later in life, according to a new study published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement. This research shows pre-schoolers whose parents regularly read and talked about books with them scored better on math tests at age 12. The study, lead by Dr Simone Lehrl of the University of Bamberg, is one of the first to provide detail on the importance of early years home learning on children's development up to early adolescence.
According to the most recent data, student-teacher ratios in public schools currently average 16 to 1 — with some states as high as 24 to 1 — meaning regularly adjusting lessons on an individual basis is, for most teachers, aspirational at best. Here are three ways schools can overcome the challenges of large classes to implement a more personalized approach to education.
You may have heard that "In primary grades, kids learn to read, and in upper grades, kids read to learn." It's a cleverly constructed saying, but it's not true. Children in all grades do both. So, if you're a middle school teacher focusing on using text to convey information (reading to learn), you can also help your students learn to read.
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