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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

Statement from the NABE Executive Board of Directors
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NABE Board of Directors enthusiastically commends President Barack Obama's executive action of extending administrative relief to reunite families with children that are U.S. citizens and bring workers out of the shadows. The National Association for Bilingual Education joins with many other national and local organizations as strong advocates for immigration reform as a real comprehensive solution to fixing our broken immigration system. NABE believes that this executive action sends a very powerful message to our nation and the rest of the world that keeping families together is the basic foundation for a healthy, prosperous, educated and compassionate society. These actions further validate our fundamental beliefs as American citizens that all children, students and family matter. And, yes, we also believe that diversity matters, biliteracy matters and bilingual education matters — especially in today's globally competitive society. The president's action further strengthens the commitment of our nation to be in an enviable position to support one of its major intellectual assets — its promising immigrant and bilingual students who are committed, dedicated and highly motivated to become contributing members of our society.
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NABE 44th Annual Conference Achieving Global Competence:
Biliteracy for All

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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 students.
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NABE Bilingual Teacher Scholarship Application
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The purpose of the NABE Bilingual Teacher Scholarship is to provide support to university students pursuing a career in bilingual education. The applications will be reviewed by the NABE Board. The 2015 award amount is $2000. The NABE/José Martí Scholarship Fund contribute $1000 of the $2000 scholarship. The entire award will be sent to the recipient's postsecondary institution as a tuition contribution. The scholarship award will be announced during the annual NABE 2015 conference.
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NABE pre-conference institute — March 4
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Gwinnett County Public Schools, located in metro Atlanta, is the largest school system in Georgia with 173,000 students and growing. GCPS is a school system of choice for people moving to the Atlanta area and a two-time winner of the Broad Prize of Urban Education (2010 & 2014).
 


 INDUSTRY NEWS


Teaching learning strategies to ELLs: What, why, when, how
By: Erick Herrmann
"Learning how to learn" is one of many goals educators have for their students. In fact, in a world where we cannot predict the jobs and work of the future, the act of learning, unlearning old ways of doing things and relearning new ways, is a 21st-century skill that is gaining increasing importance. The constantly changing landscape of technological advances in the workforce causes us to adapt ways of doing things on a seemingly daily basis.
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5 key facts for international students about US academic culture
U.S. News & World Report
As an international student, being in an American classroom can be a life-changing experience. You will able to express yourself freely, make friends, build your confidence and challenge your friends and professors on topics in class. There are, however, five characteristics of classes and the academic atmosphere in the U.S. that may be different from those in your home country.
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Financing dual language learning: Here's how it works
EdCentral
States are facing considerable challenges in meeting all children's educational needs, especially given growing numbers of low-income and dual language learners in schools. For the most part, states and school districts bear the responsibility for serving DLLs. But the federal government, although it pitches in only about $723 million, has taken on a growing role in educating DLLs.
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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young, old
Science Daily
Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to researchers. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger," said the lead investigator.
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Common Core math standards put new focus on English learners
Education Week
When he began working the Common Core State Standards into his instruction three years ago, New York City middle school mathematics teacher Silvestre Arcos noticed that his English language learner students were showing less progress on unit assessments than his other students. "It wasn't necessarily because they didn't have the numeracy skills," recalled Arcos, who is now a math instructional coach and the seventh grade lead teacher at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, a charter school in New York.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Drilling down: Audio-lingual method can help (By: Eva Sullivan)
Dual-language classes, New York's new bilingual focus (The Journal News)
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Obama's immigration plan will affect these K-12 students with undocumented parents
The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama will announce his plan for executive action on immigration, which is expected to grant deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. Obama's proposal could impact not only the estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., but also their young children, according to new data from Pew Research Center. Recently, Pew's Hispanic Trends Project released a report outlining the numbers of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S as of 2012. The report estimates that the nation's population of unauthorized immigrants has dropped in recent years, down from 12.2 million in 2007 to 11.2 million in 2012.
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Number of academic refugees grows
The New York Times
A Syrian engineer escapes the country after being detained and tortured by government forces. A writer and human rights activist flees Greece following threats from members of a far-right political group. In Thailand, a military coup forces an outspoken anthropologist to seek refuge abroad. Intellectual dissidents have long faced political persecution and violence. But in recent years, the dangers facing them and universities in troubled regions have reached a crisis point. According to the Institute of International Education, which has been helping imperiled scholars since 1919, academics and students are being forced to flee their homes and homelands at a level not seen since World War II, when thousands of professors and scientists escaped Nazi-controlled Europe.
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Foreign approach to language in the classroom
Hollister Free Lance
The heart-broken lover describes how flowers will bloom again and love will return but it will never be the same as the passion he once shared with the object of his affection. It's beautiful writing but tough stuff for most seventh-grade students to fathom unless, of course, they are part of teacher Nati Martinez's advanced Spanish literature elective class at Marguerite Maze Middle School.
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States expanded availability and uses of student K-12 data, new report says
Education Week
The number of states that provide data to parents allowing them to track their children's academic progress has more than doubled in the last three years from eight to 17, while more than 100 bills designed to better safeguard student data were considered in states, according to a recent report from the Washington-based Data Quality Campaign. The "Data for Action 2014" report from the group, which advocates for the availability and use of student data to improve K-12 achievement.
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Study: Nagging parents to help their kids learn to read works
Vox
The children of wealthy parents hear millions more words in their first years of life than the children of low-income ones. That creates a vocabulary gap that never really closes: poor children lag behind in literacy from their first day of school. Researchers are looking at a low-cost way to help: sending three text messages a week to parents of pre-K students, at a cost of about $1 per family. And they have some early evidence that this program, which suggests easy ways to help kids pick up literacy skills, can work.
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What you need to know before sending your child to a dual language program
DNAinfo
Jennifer Friedman didn't start learning Spanish until middle school, and she had to work hard to become fluent. Now a bilingual speech pathologist and a mother of two, Friedman was determined to raise her children bilingual and to start them on Spanish as early as possible. She speaks to them exclusively in Spanish and started a bilingual preschool, La Escuelita, on the Upper West Side in 2002. She also sent her kids to the Spanish dual language program at P.S. 75 on West End Avenue, one of a rapidly growing number of similar programs in schools across the city.
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