NABE Weekly eNews
Jun. 25, 2015

Dual Language Symposium — July 8-10 — Ana G. Méndez University System Wheaton, Maryland
Ana G. Méndez University System Wheaton, Maryland Topics for NABE's 1st Dual Language Symposium

Registration will be open through June 30
**Limited Space Available**
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Congratulations and thanks are in order to the NABE Executive Board
Please refer to the independently certified results of the NABE 2015 EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS conducted by SimplyVoting. I am very pleased to extend sincere thanks of appreciation to all of the highly qualified candidates who graciously offered their time, energy, talents, skills and commitment to the improvement of quality service, access, equity, academic and social success for out EL's, faculty and the entire community. As we look forward to celebrating our 45th year anniversary next year at the Chicago Hilton (March 2-5, 2016) and our Dual Language Summer Institute (July 8-10 in D.C.), we are reminded of the courageous and legendary pioneers who were passionate warriors and true advocates of Bilingual Education, including those who are no longer with us. They established the bar for us to continue our legacy of success and advocacy for the next 50 years to come so that we pass the baton on to the next generation of Bilingual Education Leaders. We also extend our heartfelt thanks for our outgoing board members (June 30, 2015) who contributed outstanding leadership and sacrifice to our continued success. As we welcome new leadership on the NABE Executive Board, we look forward in working very collaboratively and professionally in guiding NABE through many challenges and opportunities that have made us a stronger organization. NABE is very proud to stand with our most valued partners, AFT and TESOL along with our HEC in representing our members and affiliates with a strong advocacy voice in D.C. for student equity, access, social justice, high quality teacher preparation, parent involvement and corporate and community collaboration. We look forward to a an all inspiring year and urge you all to stay engaged in strengthening the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act currently being debated in the U.S. Congress. We urge you to visit the NABE web page for appropriate announcements and progress on several education and more specifically Bilingual and Biliteracy education matters. The NABE Board, including the newly elected board members, will convene in Washington, D.C., for its Annual Re-organization and Priority Meeting at the Ana G. Mendez University on July 8-11.

Si se puede!
Santiago WoodMore

NABE 1st Annual Dual Language Symposium

July 8-10
Ana G. Mendez University System, Wheaton, Maryland
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45th Annual NABE Conference
March 3-5
Hilton Chicago

NABE's mission is to advocate for our nation's Bilingual and English Language Learners and families and to cultivate a multilingual multicultural society by supporting and promoting policy, programs, pedagogy, research and professional development that yield academic success, value native language, lead to English proficiency, and respects cultural and linguistic diversity.

NABE seeks proposals that engage participants in topics related to quality education for DLLs such as:

By using a peer review process with a panel of over 35 reviewers from across the nation NABE ensures that all accepted proposals are of the highest quality for our attendees.

NABE invites all education experts, researchers, authors and successful practitioners with information of interest to submit a proposal. We also encourage multilingual proposals.

Click here to Submit your proposal. Proposal submission will be open through July 15.


Request for proposal and participation
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NABE Research & Evaluation SIG 2016 Proposal Submission
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Please send by email attachment an abstract of 150-250 words and a short summary of 50 words (in MS Word) of your proposal, following the guidelines below, to the SIG Chair at: Be sure to include the language(s) involved in your study or discussion. Send questions or concerns to the attention of Martha C. Pennington at the email address above, or call her at home at (904) 310-3846.More

NABE 2017

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One teacher's quest to build language skills ... and self-confidence
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How Texan schools are creating bilingual 3-year-olds
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