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43rd Annual NABE Conference — Feb. 12-15
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Sailing into the 21st Century: Multiple Languages. Multiple Paths. Lifelong Advantages.

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Latina leaders: On a mission to improve education standards in the US
NBC Latino
Sara Martinez Tucker started out in the world of journalism and then distinguished herself in the world of business. But it is the world of education that she has found her passion. As the CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative, she is making strides to improve student performance in science, technology, engineering and math. Since a low percentage of teachers have training in math and science, NMSI trains teachers through the "UTeach" program. In several hundred schools around the country, NMSI has an Advance Placement program that supports and trains teachers and students to boost the number of students succeeding in AP classes.
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The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading, Grades 4 and 8
NAEP via NAGB
For the first time in an interactive online format, the 2013 Nation's Report Card in mathematics and reading will make exploring student achievement data easier than ever before. On Nov. 7, join the National Assessment Governing Board webinar to learn the results of The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading, Grades 4 and 8.
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Language gap in the US is a problem, opportunity
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There's a joke among linguists: If you speak two languages, you're bilingual. If you speak one, you're American. The joke isn't funny, though, at a time when the number of Chinese with familiarity in English matches the entire population of the U.S., and when officials warn that America's "national language gap" is a major competitiveness handicap because the winners of global trade are those who can penetrate foreign markets.
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LEAD Feria Educativa to be held at 7th annual Festival Cardenas
California State University, San Bernardino
With more than 100,000 people expected to attend, the Inland Empire Regional Collaborative, coordinated by the Latino Education and Advocacy Days, will host its second Feria Educativa at the seventh annual Festival Cardenas at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Sunday, Oct. 27.
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ESL teachers, academic language and the Common Core State Standards
Education Week (commentary)
Making the rigorous Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics accessible to every type of learner is a huge undertaking for educators. In a new special report called Moving Beyond the Mainstream, three of my Education Week colleagues and I try to tackle some of the most central challenges to that endeavor, as teachers in every state but four forge ahead with using the new standards and delivering their instruction in varying ways to meet the needs of all students — those with disabilities, those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, those who are gifted and those who are still learning English.
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Finding their voice: English language learner students working to fit in while maintaining cultural identity
Steamboat Pilot & Today
Inside Room 221 at Steamboat Springs High School, students' projects are stapled to the wall, words are scribbled on the whiteboard and six large, circular tables are spread across the room. Students begin filling in for their 10:05 a.m. class and slump into their chairs. After all, it is Friday, and it's the last day of the quarter. The first round of assignments from the semester needs to be turned in for grading, and some students are understandably having some midterm blues.
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Budget cuts hurt English language learners in higher grades
KLAS-TV
The Clark County School District now says the state can do better to help English language learning students, especially those in middle and high school. Up until a few years ago, there were English language learning specialists at every school in the district; however, with the recent budget cuts that is no longer the case.

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Students thrive in dual language program
El Paso Times
Fourth-grader Sofia Hernandez's first language is English but she already has practical reasons for mastering a second language at an early age. "When I'm bigger I want to be a doctor," she said.

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Bilingual speakers develop mental flexibility
PsychCentral
Researchers are learning that the benefits of being bilingual extend well beyond enhanced communication capabilities. Penn State researchers discovered that as bilingual speakers learn to switch languages seamlessly, they develop a higher level of mental flexibility.

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Budget cuts hurt English language learners in higher grades
KLAS-TV
The Clark County School District now says the state can do better to help English language learning students, especially those in middle and high school. Up until a few years ago, there were English language learning specialists at every school in the district; however, with the recent budget cuts that is no longer the case. The cuts could be hurting ELL high school students the most. Seventeen-year-old Jing Wang moved to Las Vegas from her native China in June. The high school sophomore is doing everything she can to learn English.
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Request for participants — Latino community
NABE
Marlen Kanagui-Muñoz would like to invite individuals who self-identify as Latino/a, live in the U.S., and who are over the age of 18 to participate in my dissertation research study. The study focuses on how Latina/os overcome difficult situations. You will find more information below or by following the survey link here: https://missouri.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3r7byg12A4kgiYl
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Passing a budget that reflects our priorities
The White House Blog
President Barack Obama says that in order to keep growing the economy and creating good jobs, Washington must end its cycle of manufactured crises and self-inflicted wounds. It's time for both parties to work together to pass a budget that reflects our priorities — making smart cuts in things we don't need and closing wasteful tax loopholes, while investing in areas that create opportunities for the middle class and our future generations.
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New organization, Latinos Count, gives students helping hand towards college
University Herald
A newly formed organization aimed to help Latino students succeed is delivering a simple message: Don't count yourself out. Steve Corona and Alfredo Perez count spoke with several hundred South Side High School students in Fort Wayne, Ind., about the importance of education after high school and to offer assistance through their new organization Latinos Count, the Journal Gazette reported.
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    Who is an 'English language learner?' (Stateline)
ESL and classroom teachers team up to teach Common Core (Education Week)
Segregating English learners in schools (Los Angeles Times)
Language teachers use visual cues to engage students (The Columbus Dispatch)
Bilingual speakers develop mental flexibility (PsychCentral)

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Will states fail the Common Core?
American Federation of Teachers
The Common Core State Standards are taking so many hits these days that some might wonder why so many people think they should play an important role in American education. In our competitive, fast-changing global economy, if students don't have higher-order capabilities like critical thinking and problem solving, mastery of essential knowledge, and the skill and will to persist, they will be left behind. That's what the Common Core is about.
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Sharing real-world projects sharpens the literacy skills of connected students
Powerful Learning Practice
When students are connected (and this is especially valuable for second language learners), everything you do has the potential for being language intense. Opportunities arise that motivate your students to interact at a high level and require them to be articulate to be understood.
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