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Schools falter at keeping ELL families in the loop
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As thousands of communities — especially in the South — became booming gateways for immigrant families during the 1990s and the early years of the new century, public schools struggled with the unfamiliar task of serving the large numbers of English learners arriving in their classrooms. Instructional programs were built from scratch. Districts had to train their own teachers to teach English to non-native speakers or recruit teachers from elsewhere. School staff members had to figure out how to communicate with parents who spoke no English. More



Alexandra Cruz's high hopes for the Immigration Summit
LULAC (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Living in Los Angeles, Calif., a place where immigration is always news-worthy, it's unavoidable to not get wrapped in conversations of immigration reform. This whirlwind of policies, laws, promises and ideas has become an issue too complicated even for those who are going through the process. In a city of glitz and glamour, the topic of immigration is alive and well — gossip amongst comadres and compadres about these issues is typical; especially in Spanish-language media, where radio hosts report to their listeners locations of migra raids. More

Research and Innovation Network
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To help address the most pressing questions facing teachers and students, Pearson is bringing together top education experts in the K-12 Research and Innovation Network — a collection of centers focused on advancing transformational models of instruction and assessment that make learning more personalized and connected. Led by Dr. Kimberly O'Malley, senior vice president of Research and Development at Pearson, the K-12 Research & Innovation Network aims to create, communicate, and connect research and digital innovations to help personalize learning for every student and raise achievement for all students. 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/




Education department officials to visit nearly 40 schools to learn from school principals
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Deb Delisle, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, and Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education, visited schools in the Washington, D.C., metro area to learn from exemplary school principals as they exercise their role as instructional leaders and manage the day-to-day operation of their schools. Delisle joined Principal Lisa Piehota at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington, Va., and Dann-Messier was paired with Principal Edgar Batenga at Northwestern Senior High School in Hyattsville, Md. More

LEAD education projects: A 'netroots' movement
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The LEAD Organization at California State University houses several national and international projects that provide a means to maximize promotion, outreach and relations within the areas of primary purpose. These projects involve significant participation of faculty, students and administrators, as well as partnerships in the region and nationally, and strong interactive connections with Latino networks in the U.S., as well as Latin Americans and Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americans and the world. More

Obama, Romney spar over education funding
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President Barack Obama said his Republican rival for the presidency, Mitt Romney, favors cutting the education departments budget by up to 20 percent, while Romney insisted that was false. The moment was one of many during their first debate in which the two candidates disagreed sharply over policy decisions with important implications for schools. Seeking to draw a distinction between himself and Romney, Obama recalled a teacher he met in Las Vegas who had students sitting on the floor and using 10-year-old textbooks. He suggested that Romney's plans to cut taxes by 20 percent across the board while also cutting federal spending don't add up — and they won't allow the nation to make important new investments in research and education. More

Study: Language learning makes the brain grow
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At the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy, young recruits learn a new language at a very fast pace. By measuring their brains before and after the language training, a group of researchers has had an almost unique opportunity to observe what happens to the brain when we learn a new language in a short period of time. More


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50 students, 1 teacher: Illinois' tough bilingual preschool reality
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A new study released from the University of California at Berkeley offers a glimpse of the day-to-day challenges in preschool programs in Latino communities in Chicago and across Illinois. Less than 6 percent of the state's early childhood education workforce has training or skills to work with its growing numbers of English Language Learners — a group that now constitutes nearly a third of Illinois' Latino students. The dramatically low supply of linguistically trained teachers makes resulting student-teacher ratios predictable, but no less jaw-dropping: In preschools in Latino communities, as many as 50 ELL students clamor for the attention of just one teacher with bilingual training or ESL certification. More

California program takes aim at 'teacher-diversity gap'
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the country's K-12 student population grows more ethnically diverse, students of color face the troubling possibility of never having a teacher who looks like them. According to federal data, more than 40 percent of students are nonwhite, compared to just 17 percent of teachers, and that mismatch appears to be on the rise. But a new project here is taking a deeper aim at the factors contributing to what's sometimes called the "teacher-diversity gap." The organizers hope to encourage more adults from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds to enter the profession — and stay in it. More

Loopholes seen at schools in Obama Get-Tough Policy
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With an agenda that Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, has described as a "quiet revolution," the Obama administration has pushed rigorous new standards for a majority of the nation's public schools as well as requirements that states and districts evaluate not just schools but individual teachers, in part by assessing their ability to improve student scores on standardized tests. But some critics suggest that at the same time the administration has gotten tough on teachers and set higher standards, it could be allowing states to set new, unambitious goals for how quickly students must reach those standards, particularly poor and minority students. More

Understanding accents: Effective communication is about more than simply pronunciation
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With immigration on the rise, the use of English as a second language is sweeping the world. People who have grown up speaking French, Italian, Mandarin or any other language are now expected to be able to communicate effectively using this new lingua franca. How understandable are they in this second language? Instead of assuming that someone who sounds different is not communicating effectively, we need to listen beyond the accent, says Concordia University applied linguist Pavel Trofimovich and his colleague, Talia Isaacs. Their work tackles the tricky question of what distinguishes accented speech from speech that is difficult to understand. Their results show that accent and comprehensibility are overlapping yet distinct dimensions. More

Google says Apps for Education now has more than 20 million users
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Google recently announced that its Apps for Education suite is now being used by more than 20 million students, faculty members and staff worldwide. The company made this announcement in a blog post celebrating the upcoming World Teachers' Day. Google Apps For Education launched almost exactly six years ago. The service seems to be growing at a rate of about 5 million new users per year. In 2010, Apps for Education had about 10 million users and last year, Google announced that it had signed up an additional 5 million users for the service since. More

Education chief wants textbooks to go digital
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Worried your kids spend too much time with their faces buried in a computer screen? Their schoolwork may soon depend on it. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called for the nation to move as fast as possible away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. "Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete," he declared. It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. It's about keeping up with other countries whose students are leaving their American counterparts in the dust. More


 

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