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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

NABE board members elected for 2012-13
National Association for Bilingual Education    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As your Executive Director, I am pleased to announce the following action taken by the NABE Board of Directors at its annual organization meeting on July 19-22. As indicated below, the following board members were elected to the NABE Executive Board for FY 2012-13. Additionally, three board members were sworn in to serve three-year terms. Mr. Jose Fernandez of Orlando, Fla., was also appointed by the NABE Board to serve as the Parent Representative on the board. The board also held a strategic planning retreat, finalized the planning for the NABE 2013 Conference, established an annual operating budget and addressed other management and operational matters.
NABE EXECUTIVE BOARD - 2012-13
President - Eudes Budhai
Vice president - Jose Ruiz-Escalante
Treasurer - Leo Gomez
Secretary - Josefina (Josie) Tinajero
Parlamentarian - Minh-Anh Hodge
NEWLY ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS - 2012-15
Dr. Josefina (Josie) Tinajero
Dr. Julio Cruz
Dr. Mariella Espinoza-Herold
APPOINTMENT OF NEW BOARD MEMBER - 2012-13
Jose Fernandez - Board Member (Parent Representative)




Newly elected NABE board president delivers message
Eudes Budhai    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It was indeed a pleasure to be among you this extended weekend. I thank you all for having the faith in me to lead us forward and continue the work that was established in previous years, especially that of Dr. Rossana Boyd. Our retreat was beneficial and appropriate for the beginning of our year. Although many of us worked together last year, I found it beneficial and rewarding. I learned a great deal about many of you.
Although not new to NABE, we welcome our great addition to our family, Josie Tinajero, Mariella Herold and Jose Fernandez (Parent rep). During our meeting, we made many decisions and held open discussions regarding pivotal agenda items. As we move forward, I would like to use the "No fault, Consensus, and Collaboration" model to making informed decisions. I would like to request that we follow a process for responding to emails from individuals or organizations outside of NABE. All correspondence should come from the president (designee) or the executive director. This would facilitate that we are informed and have been provided with sufficient time to assess how NABE should respond. Our executive director normally responds by indicating "This is a great opportunity and ensures that the board would get back to them immediately."


Annual study finds child education, health improving
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Children's health and education are showing positive signs even in the midst of a dismal economic environment, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual ranking of child well-being. The 23rd annual Kids Count Data Book represents an overhaul of the Baltimore-based group's historically health-dominated 10 benchmarks. This year the indicators have been expanded to "holistically measure" child well-being, incorporating 16 measures of health, education, economic well-being and family and community support, according to Laura Speer, an associate director for advocacy reform and data at the foundation. More

Fortuño's plan for English proficiency in Puerto Rico
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With an electoral season approaching, the islands comprising Puerto Rico have once more become the center of debate and conflict. Recently, the current governor of Puerto Rico and statehood advocate Luis Fortuño introduced a mandatory bilingual public-education program for all students on the islands. The initiative, called "Generation Bilingual," emphasizes the importance of English proficiency among the islanders. More

Study: US students not gaining on international peers
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Although improving academic outcomes of American students compared to their international peers has been the focus of educational efforts of the last two presidential administrations, according to a new study released by Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance, the efforts haven't yet produced encouraging results. Over the past two decades, the American education reform movement gave birth to voucher programs, school choice, charter schools and new teacher evaluation systems that link student test results to tenure and salary decisions, but the PEPG study conclusions seem to indicate that none of these measures have had an impact on student achievement. More

President announces plans for a new, national corps to recognize, reward leading educators in science, technology, engineering, math
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The Obama Administration will announce the president's plan for the creation of a new, national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Master Teacher Corps comprised of some of the nation's finest educators in STEM subjects. The STEM Master Teacher Corps will begin with 50 exceptional STEM teachers established in 50 sites and will be expanded over four years to reach 10,000 Master Teachers. More

English-learners focus of $1.2 million grant to develop health, biology program for preschoolers
Latina Lista    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Studies show that many low-income Latino children begin kindergarten at a significant educational disadvantage as compared to their mainstream American classmates. With a $1.2 million Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health, researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara may help level the playing field, and give those preschoolers important lessons in health and biology, the university reported in a media release. More

Students tie for 1st place at 2nd National Spanish Spelling Bee
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D-E-T-E-R-M-I-N-A-D-O-S. That's what two students from New Mexico were during the Second Annual Santillana National Spanish Spelling Bee in Albuquerque, N.M. And so, judges declared Judith Villa, a fifth-grader from Sunland Park Elementary in the Gadsden Independent School District in Anthony, N.M., and Joana Fernandez, an eighth-grader from Rio Rancho Middle School in the Rio Rancho Public Schools, to be tied for first place. More

How to help ELL kids? Send parents to school
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When students are struggling, try sending their parents to school. That's the idea behind the English classes being offered this summer for parents of English language learners at New Bedford (Mass.) High School. More

PNC foundation targets early childhood education, community development
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In an interview with Eva Blum, senior vice president and director of Community Affairs for PNC Bank, and both chairwoman and president of The PNC Foundation, the evolution and strategy of PNC's philanthropic efforts were discussed. Eva Blum works with PNC's businesses and regional presidents in establishing the strategy to position PNC as a leader in the community. She directs the company's philanthropic programs, including PNC Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to support quality early childhood education. More

Bilingual charter schools aim to churn out college grads
VOXXI    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Imagine a bilingual school that has students earn college credit courses as early as sixth grade and offers them the opportunity to get an associate's degree by the time they graduate high school. Two educators from Texas have spent months building the blocks for an education model that does just that – and more. More

NY grade-schoolers see slight improvement in English, math assessment scores
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The New York State Education Department unveiled the results of the April 2012 math and English Language Arts assessments taken by third through eighth graders. The modest improvements show that just over half, or 55.1 percent, of New York students reached or exceeded the English proficiency standard, up 2.3 percent from last year. Minorities continue to lag – 37.2 percent of African-American students reached the standard, as did 40 percent of Hispanic students. More

Feds evaluating complaints made about Detroit Public Schools closures
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The U.S. Department of Education is evaluating three complaints filed by Detroiters, some of whom claim funding cuts and school closures amount to discrimination against bilingual and special-education students. State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, who represents southwest Detroit, filed a complaint in May alleging that the closure of Southwestern High School, where 44 percent of students have limited English proficiency, will affect students who traveled from all over the city to the school for language services. More

Bilingual child care bringing education back to Massachusetts school
Watertown Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the Parker School closed, the town sold the building and it was turned into office space. Now, a new child care center will bring education back to the former school in Watertown, Mass., and offers an unusual feature – bilingual education. School founder Monica Ryan has run a home-based child care in Brighton for the past seven years, and when she decided to expand she and her husband Bruce found the spot in the Parker School Building to open Strawberry Child Care. More


 

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