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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

Dear Educator,
I wanted to personally invite you to a special learning opportunity coming to Arizona this fall. The Eliminating Achievement Gap for Latino Students Institute will take place September 21-23, 2015 in Phoenix, and I’d love to see you there. I’ll be joined by Anthony Muhammad and Consuelo Kickbusch, and together we will share a multi-faceted approach to eliminating the achievement gap. Educational leaders, teachers, support staff, and parents will learn how to work together to significantly increase learning for Latino students. At the end of the three days, you’ll leave with a plan that will make an immediate difference in classrooms schoolwide.

Here’s just a small sample of the knowledge you’ll gain during the event:
  • Learn practical strategies that schools and districts serving large Latino student populations use daily to increase student achievement.
  • Acquire district and site leadership practices that work to eliminate the achievement gap.
  • Discover how to engage and empower Latino students.
  • Explore targeted instructional strategies and assessment processes for developing academic vocabulary for English learners.
  • Uncover parenting practices that help create a home environment conducive to 21st century learning.
  • Determine how to effectively initiate and build relationships with Latino students.
I hope your team will attend! Please keep in mind that this conference is not exclusive to individuals of Latino decent, but instead welcomes all participants interested in increasing learning for the growing number of Latino students around the country. For more information and to register, please call our customer support line at 800.733.6786, or visit solution-tree.com/2015Soluciones.

Dr. Luis Cruz
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Dear Members,
Following the launch of its first very successful Dual Language Enrichment Summer Symposium, the NABE Board concluded its annual reorganization and planning meeting by unanimously electing the following officers to serve for (2015-2016).
    Dr. Yee Wan, President
    Dr. Margarita Pinkos, Vice President
    Dr. Josefina Tinajero, Treasurer
    Dr. Rossana Boyd, Secretary
The board also appointed another former member, Dr. Julio Cruz, as the non-voting Parent Representative for the year. The board extends its heartfelt thanks of appreciation to the outgoing board members for their dynamic and distinguished leadership service. NABE just concluded its first highly successful Dual Language Summer Symposium at its partner institution, Ana G. Mendez University, in Wheaton, MD and is ready to implement its NABE Dual Language Enrichment model across the nation. As we move forward with new leadership, NABE encourages all of its members, affiliates, supporters and exhibitors to stay involved and to support the Bilingual Teacher Scholarship. NABE invites and urges all to participate actively in our upcoming 45th International Bilingual Education Conference at the Chicago Hilton on March 3-5, 2016. The theme for the conference is "Advancing Biliteracy through Global Leadership and Partnership." The very popular Pre-conference begins on March 2 and will feature distinguished internationally renown keynoters and featured presenters.

Si se puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood
Executive Director

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Dear NABE Members, Colleagues and Friends:

I am delighted and humbled to serve as president of NABE in 2015-2016. My personal story resembles that of many NABE pioneers who first learned to speak a home language other than English. Most importantly, I became a bilingual educator because I am strongly committed to providing equitable opportunities for all students to become biliterate or multi-literate upon high school graduation. According to Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, "The heritage languages our English learners bring to school are major assets to preserve and value." Our democracy needs global citizens who actively participate in the civic, economic, technological and social advancement of our country. Through the study of world languages, students develop and sustain cross-cultural understanding and other global competences, which enable them to advocate for world peace and resolve global issues.

As we approach NABE's 45th Annual Conference, the NABE Board strongly supports this year's theme — Advancing Biliteracy through Global Leadership and Partnerships. An example of our partnerships occurred this July with NABE launching its first Dual Language Symposium at Ana G. Mendez University in Wheaton, Maryland. The symposium participants visited our partners at the U. S. Department of Education, which allowed them to meet with senior department officials and receive updates on the latest initiatives. NABE gives special thanks to Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition at the Department, for coordinating and facilitating the visit. Next year, NABE will host a content and culture-rich summer dual language professional development event in Puerto Rico. Please mark your calendar for July 6-8, 2016! For the year 2015-2016, the NABE Executive Board is committed to implementing these actions:
  • provide input for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization to ensure equity for dual language learners and their families;
  • develop and introduce NABE's professional development services to help affiliates build high quality dual language programs;
  • build stronger relationships with NABE members and affiliates;
  • strengthen existing NABE partnerships with organizations while establishing international affiliates in Asia, Latin America and Europe, and forming a Corporate Advisory Council;
  • honor NABE pioneers with the creation of a "Legendary Pioneers Wall of Fame" at the 45th annual conference to be held in Chicago, March 2-5;
  • support the establishment of the Seal of Biliteracy throughout the nation; and
  • update the NABE Bylaws to increase operational and governance efficiency to accomplish NABE's vision and mission.
NABE welcomes all who embrace our vision of advocating biliteracy and multi-literacy for all students. As the late President Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." NABE needs your active involvement to prepare future citizens with global competence, vital to maintaining our nation's leadership in the world.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership and commitment of our NABE Executive Board, Dr. Santiago Wood, the NABE Executive Director, and staff in moving our organization into the 21st century. Our superb outreach efforts to partner with business and educational agencies support the goals of NABE in providing high quality research and resources in Bilingual Education for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, professors, parents and communities.

I look forward to your participation in upcoming NABE professional development, and hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me at yeewan.nabe@gmail.com.

I wish you a successful year!

With warmest regards,





Yee Wan, Ed.D.
NABE President

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Joint NHLA and HEC position on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act
NHLA
On behalf of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 39 leading national Latino nonpartisan civil rights and advocacy organizations, and on behalf of the Hispanic Education Coalition, which unites 14 organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for the more than 54 million Latinos living in the United States and Puerto Rico, we write to urge you to vote against H.R. 5, the Student Success Act.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Gwinnett County Public Schools - Metro Atlanta

GCPS has launched a Dual Language Immersion Program in 3 of our elementary schools.If you have the ability to demonstrate advanced mid-level language proficiency in French or Spanish on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Apply now!
 


45th Annual NABE Conference
March 3-5
Hilton Chicago

NABE
NABE's mission is to advocate for our nation's Bilingual and English Language Learners and families and to cultivate a multilingual multicultural society by supporting and promoting policy, programs, pedagogy, research and professional development that yield academic success, value native language, lead to English proficiency, and respects cultural and linguistic diversity.

NABE seeks proposals that engage participants in topics related to quality education for DLLs such as:
  • achieving educational equity for DLLs
  • ensuring social justice for DLLs through strong linguistic and academic attainment
  • providing equal educational opportunities for DLLs
By using a peer review process with a panel of over 35 reviewers from across the nation NABE ensures that all accepted proposals are of the highest quality for our attendees.

NABE invites all education experts, researchers, authors and successful practitioners with information of interest to submit a proposal. We also encourage multilingual proposals.

Click here to Submit your proposal. Proposal submission will be open through July 15.


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NABE Research & Evaluation SIG 2016 Proposal Submission
NABE
We are accepting proposals for short papers (15 mins.) to be presented at the NABE 2016 Research & Evaluation Special Interest Group at the annual NABE Conference in Chicago, to be held March 2-6. Our SIG theme this year is "Connecting Oracy and Literacy in Bilingual Education," with Featured Speaker Professor Rosalind Horowitz, University of Texas, San Antonio.

Please send by email attachment an abstract of 150-250 words and a short summary of 50 words (in MS Word) of your proposal, following the guidelines below, to the SIG Chair at: mp64@soas.ac.uk. Be sure to include the language(s) involved in your study or discussion. Send questions or concerns to the attention of Martha C. Pennington at the email address above, or call her at home at (904) 310-3846.

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Perspectives
NABE
One of the premier benefits that NABE members receive is the highly prized Perspectives, the magazine of the National Association for Bilingual Education. The magazine is editor reviewed, and it includes articles especially designed for bilingual educators and provides cutting edge information on exemplary dual language, multicultural and biliteracy programs. It also deals with public policy issues, research developments, best instructional practices, and other valuable information affecting administrators and educators who work with English language learners. Click here to view the latest issue of the Perspectives, with a strong focus on bilingual special education.
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Request for proposal and participation
The 12th Annual ALAS Education Summit
Oct. 14-17

ABE
The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents is an educational professional association advocating for Latino youth through professional development, interaction, and networking among administrators in school districts nationwide that serve Hispanic students. ALAS was formed in 2003 in response to the lack of national advocacy and representation by the existing mainstream professional associations. It is this void that ALAS seeks to fill with a determined effort to improve the educational success of Latino youth and career opportunities for Latino administrators. The ALAS mission is to provide leadership at the national level that assures every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth, by building capacity, promoting best practices and transforming educational institutions.
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AFT, NABE, TESOL on Senate Bipartisan ESEA Bill
NABE
Leaders of three organizations representing the majority of educators who teach English language learners said they are encouraged by the Senate bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization proposal. "The proposed bill represents a significant step forward to support the academic and language needs of ELLs, to adequately prepare teachers to work with ELLs, and to promote equity," said leaders of the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association for Bilingual Education and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Association, in a statement to their members.
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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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Title III English Leaners FY16 Final
NABE
As the Subcommittee considers the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we respectfully urge you to provide the President's Budget request of $773.4 million for Title III Language Acquisition Grant, consistent with the considerable growth of English learners being served in our nation's public schools.
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NABE 2017
Scheduled for Hilton Anatole, Dallas on Feb. 23-25 with Pre-Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.


Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship
Institute of International Education
Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellows function in a "special assistant" role for a senior level official. The goal of the professional placements is to build the Fellows' knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. The U.S. Embassy, with the Fulbright Commission (where applicable), will identify host ministries and provide administrative support and oversight during the Fellow's program.

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 INDUSTRY NEWS


As Senate passes ESEA bill, focus shifts to compromise
Education News
The Senate has passed an update to the much-criticized No Child Left Behind education with a vote of 81 to 17. The bill cleared a week after the House barely passed its version of the rewrite of the 2002 law. This win was one that Republican supporters had worked months to achieve. Maggie Severns and Kimberly Hefling, writing for Politico, say it is now time for the two chambers and the Obama administration to negotiate a bill that will be acceptable to the President and House Republicans. The House GOP members passed their bill without any Democratic support and under the threat of having it vetoed.
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States in holding pattern on ELL waiver requests
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education may have given Florida unprecedented flexibility when it comes to English-language learners and accountability, but so far, other states haven’t been able to get similar leeway, even though they have tried. Federal officials last year agreed to Florida’s request to give its ELL students two years in a U.S. school before factoring their scores on annual English/language arts and mathematics tests into school grades under the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Wanted: Bilingual teachers. And here's how one school is filling the gap
PRI via KUOW-FM
In Texas, like much of the United States, if a school district has 20 or more English Language Learners, or ELLs, in a single grade, it’s required to offer bilingual education with a certified bilingual teacher. But for more than two decade many school districts in Texas haven’t been able to make that happen. Last year, more than half the school districts in Texas couldn’t find enough bilingual teachers to teach all the students learning English — as required. They have to ask the state education commissioner to waive that requirement for the year.
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ELL writing skills: Why they matter
By Douglas Magrath
Even the most basic English language learners need to be exposed to the written code of the target language. Writing is a survival skill in both the school and the community, but writing does not develop naturally. Teachers need to encourage writing behaviors that lead to proficiency. These positive behaviors include using pre-writing strategies, considering the audience, outlining and getting the ideas down on paper, paying attention to meaning and multiple drafting and revising.
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The basics of English language learning: Schools struggle to adapt
Chalkbeat Indiana
Jel Lu Too, a Burmese war refugee, was a 15-year-old living in a camp in Thailand until his family was uprooted earlier this year and he was placed in the seventh grade at Indianapolis’ Northwest High School. He couldn’t read, write or speak English, yet during his first week of school, he was mandated to take Indiana’s state test because of state and federal rules.
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Identifying literacy and learning disabilities early
Language Magazine
New research from Northwestern University has found a quick way to detect future literacy challenges in children who have not yet learned to read or write. The study, entitled Auditory Processing in Noise: A Preschool Biomarker for Literacy, found that preliterate children who were unable to successfully decipher speech in a noisy environment were more likely to have future trouble with reading and language development.
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Texas legislators 'alarmed' by state's refusing birth certificates for children of undocumented parents
The Texas Observer
Two legislators have weighed in on the controversy over Texas’ refusal to grant birth certificates to some children of undocumented families. Recently, Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, sent a letter to Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Kirk Cole, referencing an Observer story published online July 13. He wrote that he was "alarmed" by the article as well as "a lawsuit that surfaced this week" over the agency’s refusal to issue birth certificates to people born in the United States.
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Bilingualism and brain health: Learning a second language boosts cognitive function, even at old age
Medical Daily
Most of us communicate with one another in a single common language, while some of us are part of the bilingual and multilingual world that can speak and write in two or more languages. Bilingualism can make things like traveling or watching movies easier, while also providing benefits for the brain. In a TED-Ed lesson, "The benefits of a bilingual brain," Mia Nacamulli explains how learning a second language can boost brain health in the three types of bilingual brains that exist.
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Why bilingual kids have an edge over the rest of us
National Journal
We already know that being bilingual has many advantages. But does it also give kids an educational edge? Many families that speak a language other than English at home, as well as parents looking to provide their children with additional skills, seem to think so. Recent studies back them up, supporting the idea that speaking more than one language fluently helps kids develop executive function, the part of the brain used for planning and problem-solving, and that it gives them a leg up on understanding how language works.
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Language learning network busuu raises $6.7 million from McGraw-Hill Education
TechCrunch
Last year busuu — the social network for language learning — signed a distribution partnership with Pearson English, a newly formed business unit of the world’s largest education company, Pearson PLC. It was rumored that the startup, which has over 55 million users, then went on a hunt for new institutional funding. But it appears the company prefers to deal with these big corporates for today it announces a $6.7 million funding round from McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company in return for a minority equity stake.
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Title III English Leaners FY16 Final (NABE)
AFT, NABE, TESOL on Senate Bipartisan ESEA Bill (NABE)
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