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NABE 44th Annual Conference Achieving Global Competence:|
Biliteracy for All
The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only nationwide network of professionals
dedicated to serving English language learners in the United States via education programs and legislative
advocacy. For the past four decades, NABE has been committed to excellence in bilingual and biliteracy
education for all students through enriched educational programs and intensive professional development for
teachers, administrators, professors, policymakers and parents. Additionally, NABE provides extensive research
in the field via its Bilingual Research Journal, NABE Perspectives, NABE Journal of Research and Practice
and the NABE eNews. NABE is committed to promoting programs and innovations that prepare our nation's
students to be fluently bilingual, technologically creative, globally competitive and well-rounded world citizens by advancing legislation and policies at both the state and national levels that best serve language minority
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Educational Leadership Awards Luncheon
This event was the first Educational Leadership Awards Luncheon Co-Sponsored by the Jose Marti Foundation held in Miami on Oct. 25. The program is the first of its kind of many more to come, as similar efforts may be launched by other Affiliates across the country as a vehicle to recognize educator and organizations that have made a difference in the lives of bilingual learners and their families. Among the VIPs in attendance were five area college and University Presidents, four Superintendents, including the two largest school districts in Florida, several School Board Presidents, elected and government officials, corporate executives, parents, students, and the Florida 2014 Teacher of the Year, who is also a scholarship recipient. NABE's President, Dr. Julio Cruz, and other NABE representatives also attended the event. This effort was spearheaded by Dr. Arnhilda Badia, President of the Jose Marti Foundation and Corporate Advisor to the NABE Board of Directors. This event also marked the launching of the NABE Corporate Advisory Board and served as a successful fund raiser for the NABE and Jose Marti Scholarships for Bilingual Teachers, administrators and students.
Dear National Association for Bilingual Education
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science), has opened its 2014–2015 nomination period for secondary (7-12 grade) teachers. PAEMST is awarded annually to exceptional K-12 educators throughout the nation, alternating each year between K-6 and 7-12 grades. Being recognized as a PAEMST awardee is a tremendous honor. Winners will gather in Washington, D.C., for a series of events as tribute to their accomplishments, will receive a certificate signed by the President and will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. We hope that you will help by sharing information about the award with your members and encouraging them to nominate a teacher. The 2014-2015 nomination deadline is April 1, 2015, and the application deadline is May 1, 2015, so consider nominating a talented teacher using the PAEMST website today!
Presidential Awards program launches 2014-2015 Nominations for 7-12 teachers #PAEMST2014 bit.ly/1DtsIwN
Nominate a 7-12 teacher for #PAEMST2014! The Highest Honor bestowed by U.S. Gov. for K-12 teachers. bit.ly/1DtsIwN
Do you know an exemplary math or science teacher? Nominate them for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) today! #PAEMST2014 will honor outstanding 7-12 grade teachers; don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to honor our Nation's greatest educators! bit.ly/1x1Z0gV
Latino strides in education
Cares for Kids
A new report from Child Trends indicates Hispanic children are gaining ground in education, but challenges remain in terms of high rates of poverty, troubling health indicators, and high rates of teen childbearing among the country's 17.5 million Hispanic youth. The overall number of high school dropouts has declined in recent years, but among Latinos the drop is substantial — from 29 percent in 1999 to 13 percent in 2012. The percentage of Latino 8th graders achieving at or above "proficient" in math has increased, from 8 percent in 2000 to 21 percent in 2014.
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Why is bilingual education 'good' for rich kids but 'bad' for poor, immigrant students?
The Washington Post
Two languages, two sets of opinion about bilingualism. On the one side is the research that consistently shows that bilingualism is good for you. It leads to an enriched set of experiences, a new way of seeing the world, and more prosaically but no less importantly, is associated with reduced rates of dementia. People who are multilingual are perceived as more intelligent and educated, and they have better international contacts and resources in their careers.
Protecting students from poor-performing career college programs
U.S. Department of Education
On June 12, 2013, the department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations that establish standards for programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
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Fusing language acquisition with approaches to teaching music
By: Beth Crumpler
Most language teachers will agree that songs and chants help students master another language. In addition, language teachers will agree that using movement and hands-on learning experiences, such as in total physical response strategies, also help students acquire language. Just like language teaching, music teaching includes approaches that utilize movement and communication. The two most common approaches to music instruction are the Kodaly and Orff methods, which have similarities to language instructional approaches.
Children should start learning languages at age three
For years it was thought that teaching foreign languages to children as young as three was futile. Research findings indicate quite the opposite. There are incredible psychological benefits of learning another language. These benefits extend way beyond being able to order a cup of tea abroad. Longitudinal studies by Harvard University confirm that learning additional languages increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children. Pupils who learn a foreign language outscore their non-foreign language learning peers in verbal and maths standardized tests, indicating that learning an additional language is a cognitive activity, not just a linguistic one.
How to better serve English language learners
Students, parents and teachers are often skeptical about the value of standardized tests. However, if tests are designed and used thoughtfully, they can be a positive force for teaching and learning, and this is particularly true for English language learners. ELL students, many of whom are born in the United States, come to school with diverse cultural backgrounds and varying command of the English language. Accurate and useful information about students' English-language proficiency is needed to identify students who are ELLs, provide them with appropriate instructional support, track their progress in learning English and inform decisions about when they are ready to exit ELL programs.
States slashing education spending
24/7 Wall St.
State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school districts and, in many instances, forcing schools to cut costs and even teachers. Based on the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities 2014 report, "Most States Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession," 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 14 states with at least 10 percent declines in state general education funding between fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2015. In Oklahoma, per pupil spending fell by nearly 24 percent, the largest decline nationwide. These are the states slashing school spending.
Big gains made by English learners, their teachers
Students learning to speak, read and learn in English are making big strides in the Ocean Beach School District, according to state test results. The tests that apply to Ocean Beach School District examine student progress over time and show how students are transitioning, reaching new levels of fluency. Though the district is on an improvement plan, this year it met the state's achievement objectives — something only 25 percent of school districts across the state have accomplished, said Erin Glenn, coordinator for the district's English language learners program.
Family night for English language learners
Friendship, fun, language and culture were the key ingredients at Grand Prairie Elementary School recently during an English language learner family night. Students and their families came out to enjoy pizza, crafts, games, pumpkin painting, reading together and having fun with their classmates.
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