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Advocacy group expands services for DREAMers
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United We Dream, an immigrant youth-led network, is expanding its efforts to assist and inform aspiring citizens who are interested in the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In addition to in-person clinics and webinars, the network has partnered with legal service organizations to create English and Spanish websites — WeOwnTheDream.org, and UneteAlSueno.org — where so-called DREAMers can find information about deferred action and can conduct a free online assessment to see if they are eligible. More



Bilingual Selene videogame
Have a blast learning about the moon: In Spanish or English

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Dial your computer to its way back setting, some 4.5 billion years ago to be exact, and prepare to blast away — you're going to make a moon just like ours! All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning Selene videogame, which is now offered in a Spanish language version. Created by the Center for Educational Technologies, home of the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va., Selene: A Lunar Construction Game teaches you and your students basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system. At same time, you help educational researchers study how and when people learn through educational videogames. More

Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!!
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Local contact: Nilda M. Aguirre at nildaaguirre.nabe2013@gmail.com or (225) 209-0224
What: 42nd Annual International Bilingual Education Conference
Where: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
When: Feb. 7-9

Dear NABE members,

Mark your calendars — NABE is pleased to invite you to be a part of Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!! NABE's 42nd Annual Conference will be held at the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Feb. 7-9. This event is to bring awareness to the magic behind Bilingual Education. It will be a week filled with educational speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, music, raffles, prizes, demonstrations, cutting edge presentations of all sorts and so much rich research, best practices in dual language and bilingual education, the new education wave on common core state standards, ESEA flexibility waivers, special interest group research and more.

Keynote speakers for this event include Dr. Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Kenji Hakuta, professor from Stanford University, Dr. Ofelia Garcia from the Graduate Center City University of New York and Dr. Andrew Cohen from University of Minnesota.

We are thrilled to have with us featured speakers Dr. Catherine Snow, professor from Harvard University, Dr. Laurie Olsen, director of the Sobrato Early Academic Literacy Program, Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, executive director from Californians Together, Dr. Jim Cummins from Ontario Institute of Education, Tony Miller, deputy secretary from DOE, and Okhee Lee Salwen, Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth and Lixing (Frank) Tang from NYU Steinhardt, N.Y.

Submit your proposals now

Click here to submit your proposal for the NABE 2013 Conference.
All proposals must be submitted by Sept. 12.
See attachment for more information on the conference or visit the NABE website: http://www.nabe.org/


Dear Colleagues,
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We want to thank everyone for their support of AB 2193 (Lara) our Long Term English Learner Bill. The governor signed the bill and we are now the first state in the nation to recognize LTEL students and make them visible in every school and district in the state. Your calls and letters made a difference. Once we have information about the implementation of this bill we will contact you. Again this is a very important step forward in identifying and preventing LTELs in our state. Feel free to share this press release with others. Here is a link to the final bill language. More

Youth exchange scholarships for US high school students
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The U.S. Department of State announces scholarships for American high school students to study abroad:
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth offers merit-based scholarships to U.S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Applications for summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 programs are due Nov. 3.
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Study: Language use is simpler than previously thought
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For more than 50 years, language scientists have assumed that sentence structure is fundamentally hierarchical, made up of small parts in turn made of smaller parts, like Russian nesting dolls. A new Cornell study suggests language use is simpler than they had thought. Co-author Morten Christiansen, Cornell professor of psychology and co-director of the Cornell Cognitive Science Program, and his colleagues say that language is actually based on simpler sequential structures, like clusters of beads on a string. More

Infographic: The economic and political impact of US immigrants state by state
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Click on any state to see the full political and economic power of immigrants, Latinos and Asians. More

For teachers, a new lesson in diversity
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No wonder teachers come flocking for help. Many of them across Kansas City and the Midwest have found themselves where Amy Teeple was just a few years ago: Looking out at the faces of 25 kindergartners, as many as 20 of them unable to speak English. "They were well behaved," she recalled. "They're sitting there staring at me and I'm looking at them." "I had no idea how to help them." Too many teachers still don't. More

More than $1 million in grants awarded to promote young children's use of assistive technology
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The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of more than $1.1 million in grants to three projects that will support early intervention and preschool programs in the effective use of assistive technology with young children with disabilities. More

Oregon, dissatisfied with chronic poor outcomes for limited English students, plans wholesale change next fall
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The Oregon Department of Education has launched an effort to revamp almost every aspect of the way students with limited English skills are taught, including the materials, methods, curriculum targets and tests. Chronic poor outcomes for English language learners, including low rates of high school graduation and college entry, are the driving force behind the massive effort to change practices, said Susan Inman, who oversees ESL programs in her role as Oregon's director of learning opportunity, options and supports. More

State ballot measures include hot K-12 issues
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Big changes to the way teachers are evaluated and paid, expanded access to charter schools, and increased education funding are major issues on state ballot initiatives and referendums as election season enters its final weeks. Some of the education-related ballot items, like those in Arizona and California, are part of the perennial effort to obtain more financial support for schools and seek to help K-12 school systems recover in part from the Great Recession and subsequent economic stagnation. More

US education department awards $28 million to boost literacy skills for low-income students and help them succeed in the 2lst century economy
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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award of $28 million for 46 first-time grants that aim to improve literacy skills for students in high-need districts and schools. Funded for the first time under the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program, grants are designed to increase student achievement by promoting early literacy for young children and by motivating older children to read. More

The nuanced relationship between language and different types of perception
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New research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, examines the nuanced relationship between language and different types of perception. Bilingual infants can tell unfamiliar languages apart. Speaking more than one language can improve our ability to control our behavior and focus our attention, recent research has shown. But are there any advantages for bilingual children before they can speak in full sentences? We know that bilingual children can tell if a person is speaking one of their native languages or the other, even when there is no sound, by watching the speaker's mouth for visual cues. More

Poll: Obama leads Romney on children's issues, Americans wants politicians to address our 'American Challenge'
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By almost a 3-to-1 margin (56 to 20 percent), American voters are deeply concerned that the lives of American children have become worse over the last decade. And, by a 58 to 36 percent margin, voters are not confident that life for our children's generation will be better off. They recognize that American children are no longer the healthiest, the most educated, and best-prepared kids in the world. They feel that what once was the American Dream — the knowledge that our kids would have opportunities we could never even imagine — is today the "American Challenge" to make that the reality once again. And that challenge is an American one — not a partisan one. More


 

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