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|NABE's Immediate Past President Participates in the 2019 National Principals Leadership Institute
Dr. Margarita Pinkos, immediate past president of NABE, was invited to represent the organization at the National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI) held July 13-18 in New York City in collaboration with The School Superintendents Association (AASA).
The title of the institute was "Ramping Up for the Next Decade" which facilitated six days of innovative discussions aiming to prepare school administrators for the challenge of a new decade. Dr. Pinkos participated in a panel addressing the question of "Who Will Have Power?" accompanied by US Army Lieutenant General Leslie Smith, AASA's Dr. Mort Sherman and Dr. Santiago Rincon-Gallardo, Chief Research Officer of Michael Fullan Enterprises.
If you are reading this article, "Bilingual" is a term that is close to your heart because of your involvement with NABE, the National Association of Bilingual Educators. The term is often used colloquially to refer to someone who speaks more than one language. Dictionary.com holds the term "bilingual" to a much tougher standard, defining bilingual as "able to speak two languages with the facility of a native speaker". That's a pretty steep standard, and of course it is the dream of many language teachers, to educate their students in such a way that they sound like a native Spaniard, Francophile, or Italian.
How fluent does a person have to be to be considered "bilingual"? Can they switch from one language to another without effort? Did they grow up speaking two languages? Or are they simply able to communicate well in both languages?
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Present at NABE 2020!
Due to an increased interest to present at NABE 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have added more rooms and will be accepting more presentations for the upcoming conference!
NABE is seeking proposals that engage participants in topics related to quality education for DLLs such as:
NABE uses a peer review process with a panel of over 35 reviewers from across the nation to ensure that all accepted proposals are of the highest quality for our attendees.
- achieving educational equity for DLLs
- ensuring social justice for DLLs through strong linguistic and academic attainment
- providing equal educational opportunities for DLLs
NABE invites all education experts, researchers, authors and successful practitioners with information of interest to submit a proposal. We also encourage multilingual proposals.
For more information, visit http://nabe-conference.com/proposals.html.
Pre-Conference: Feb. 25
Conference: Feb. 26-28
Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
About the Annual NABE Conference
Along with internationally renowned keynote and featured speakers, there will also be special presentations from experts in the field and over 200 concurrent sessions. Participants will also be able to register online for visits to local schools that are implementing successful dual language programs. The NABE Exhibit Hall will showcase educational products and services. NABE’s Job Fair provides a forum for school districts seeking to recruit.
Students, teachers, educational leaders and advocates will be recognized for their efforts to promote the importance of languages, literacy and equity during the general sessions and NABE Awards Luncheon.
Who should attend NABE:
Teachers in the field of dual language, ESL, administrators, paraprofessionals, university professors, students, researchers, advocates, policymakers and parents
Important Dates for NABE 2020:
Proposal Submission Closes: June 30
Early Bird Registration Closes: Dec. 20
NABE Bilingual Student Essay Competition
NABE Bilingual Teacher of the Year Competition
NABE Outstanding Dissertation Competition
Open: Aug. 1
Close: Sept. 30
NABE 2020 Special Events*:
Nevada School Visits
Night with the Exhibitors
NABE Awards Luncheon
NABE President's Dance
*Please visit our website for more information on which registration packages include the above events.
For more information, please visit www.nabe-conference.com.
For the 2019-2020 school year:Bilingual Teachers (K-12)
Bilingual School Psychologist
Bilingual Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT-C)
Proper NJ Certifications(s) Required. E.O.E.
Please address all cover letters to:
Laura A. Winters, Superintendent
Send Cover Letter, Resume, and Copies of Certification(s) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Message from the Incoming NABE President
Dear NABE Members,
It's an honor and a privilege to be serving as your new National President. Thanks to each and every one of the NABE Board members and the membership for their confidence and support. As many of you know, I come by my interest in bilingual education honestly and with a great deal of enthusiasm. As a child I was labeled "LEP." I was a "LEP" child. That will never go away. You see, my dad who was college educated in Mexico gave me and my 8 brothers and sisters a wonderful gift — a tremendously rich and vibrant cultural and intellectual environment at home — in Spanish. I grew up with an exceptional sense of pride about my language, my culture and my history. However, when I entered first grade I could not express myself in English — I lacked the language proficiency that reflected my ability. Mine became a world of social isolation and distance — a distance that produced a great deal of anxiety. Thus, at a very early age I committed myself to becoming a teacher, and later a teacher of teachers, so that no child, NO CHILD, would have to experience what I experienced. I believe strongly that children should have the opportunity to validate the beauty and richness of their languages and cultures, and to have the opportunity to participate fully in the educational process. Hence, I have dedicated my entire professional career to serving as a bilingual teacher, a professor of bilingual education, university administrator having served as Dean of the College of Education at UTEP for 12 years, speaker, consultant and author to advocate for ELs, their teachers, and for bilingual education. I pledge my time, energy, talents and leadership skills to continue to advocate for equitable and excellent educational opportunities for children and their teachers. I further pledge to continue to strengthen NABE, to plan outstanding educational experiences, including our annual NABE conferences and symposia, to advocate for our children and their families, and to provide the leadership necessary to ensure NABE's existence as a viable, healthy, and dynamic organization.
I am looking forward to our hard work and accomplishments together over the next 12 months as our organization approaches a significant milestone of half a century as a strong international advocate and education leader in the bilingual/dual language field. I feel a tremendous sense of energy and enthusiasm to work closely with my fellow board members, affiliates, membership, partners and especially our strong administrative leadership team as we continue to plan our 2020 annual conference to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 26-28 with our compelling conference theme: NABE Rise-Up 2020: A Perfect Vision. Plan early to be a part of our special 50th Anniversary Conference Celebration in Houston, Texas in 2021. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at both events! We need your ideas and input for our Special Anniversary Celebration. Don't hesitate to share your thoughts.
I thank you all for allowing me to lead this organization with your help and support.
"You are NABE and NABE is Us"
¡Sí se puede¡
Dr. Josefina Villamil Tinajero
|Report to the Membership on NABE's Annual Organization and Strategic Planning Meeting for FY 2019/2020 and the 5th DL Symposium
The NABE Executive Board held its annual organization and strategic planning meeting on July 1 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Following the swearing in of the newly elected board members: Dr. Cristina Alfaro — Western Region Representative; Dr. Maria Arreguin-Anderson — Central Region Representative; and Dr. Margarita Pinkos — Eastern Region Representative, the Executive Board reconvened and voted to elected a new slate of Executive Officers to lead and conduct the business of the Association for the coming year and to chart a strategic path with coalition partners and affiliates establishing Policy Support for Dual Language Programs. The Board continued discussions supporting the development of NABE's dual language high quality professional development initiatives and expanding its international reach with other association's partners. The Board has also reiterated the importance and engagement of NABE's Corporate Advisory Council as well as the Dual Language Advisory Council with representation from the leading researchers in the field.
The new Executive Board officers are:
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The Board approved an important and relevant conference theme in line with the new Strategic Plan: NABE Rise-Up 2020: A Perfect Vision, for the upcoming 49th Annual International Bilingual Education Conference scheduled for Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 26-28. Other actions taken by the board included the ratification of the strategic plan and the establishment of a process to determine budget implications. The Board agreed to hold a joint Dual Language Institute with New York AFT and the City Department of Education in the city of New York, New York, on Oct. 18-19.
This summer NABE conducted the 5th Annual Dual Language Symposium, jointly sponsored with one of its key strategic partners, Universidad Ana G. Mendez, Recinto de Carolina as well as Puerto Rico TESOL. Representatives from Dominican Republic TESOL addressed the audience with a message of international collaboration and the common goal of bilingualism for all students. Dr. Anibal Munoz Claudio, Director of the English and Bilingual Education Programs for the PR Department of Education opened the program with a comprehensive study of Puerto Rico's bilingual education history. Other expert Dual Language educators included Cristina Alfaro, Sonia Soltero, Rebecca Blum Martinez and a leadership presentation by Lhisa Almashy. Also participating were policy makers, parent advocates and other dual language practitioners with exemplary programs from across the U.S. The U.S. Secretary of Education hosted a group of Dual Language Educators who attended the Symposium.
During the symposium, scholarships were awarded to teachers from Puerto Rico to attend NABE's 49th Conference in Las Vegas. Four full scholarships and two partial scholarships were awarded to teachers based on their application essay explaining their commitment to bilingual education programs in Puerto Rico.
Click here to view more photos of the 5th Annual Dual Language Symposium.
The Executive Board of the National Association for Bilingual Education affirms its advocacy, commitment and unequivocal support to achieving the goals of our mission and to continue with the much needed and promising work solely for the benefit of our students, teachers, parents and community.
"¡Sí se puede!"
Margarita Pinkos, Immediate Past President
Santiago Wood, Executive Director
It is often said that good news travel in bunches. Such was the case last week when Evelyn De Jesus, a fierce advocate and champion on behalf of all English language learners and the educators who teach them, was elected unanimously by her peers to be the new Vice President on the NABE Executive Board for 2019-2020 in her hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico during the NABE Annual Re-organization meeting. Evelyn has made that advocacy a cornerstone of her job at the United Federation of Teachers and as a member of the AFT's English Language Learners Cadre and chair of the AFTs Latino Issues Task Force. Evelyn champions the rights of English language learners, DACA and Immigrants, whether it's addressing teachers and parents in the Bronx or elected officials in Washington, D.C. Evelyn has earned a reputation for turning policies into action items.
Evelyn has been serving on the NABE Executive Board for the past couple of years and is the United Federation of Teachers vice president for education, a position she has held for the past three years. She also serves as a national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and is a member of the advisory board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
On July 10, Evelyn was once again unanimously elected by the national union's executive council as executive vice president and will serve alongside President Randi Weingarten and Secretary-Treasurer Loretta Johnson. Evelyn undoubtedly is an exceptional trailblazer and role model for our young aspiring leaders and is the first Latina in more than 100 years to serve in this role in a major education association or union organization. NABE and AFT are very blessed and fortunate to have someone of Evelyn De Jesus’ caliber and reputation serving in such high leadership capacity in two major national and international education organizations, particularly at a time such as this in our nations history when the books on diversity and leadership are being proudly and exceptionally re-written for the world at large.
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In a big win for the language enterprise recently, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to include the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020. WLARA seeks to expand language learning at the elementary and secondary levels. Passage of WLARA has been a multi-year initiative for JNCL-NCLIS and Wednesday marked the bill's latest advancement through Congress.
Along with partner organizations, the American Federation of Teachers, one of NABE’s most favored partners, completed its Annual Teacher Diversity Summit June 19-21 at its DC Headquarters. Randi Weingarten, President of the AFT, opened the Summit referencing the fact that 65 years ago last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional although many schools remain de facto racially segregated today. The decision is still regarded as one of the country’s most significant milestone for civil right. But Brown also had an unintended consequence, the effects of which are still felt today, as explained by Madeline Will of Education Week. Will points out that it caused the dismissal, demotion, or forced resignation of many experienced, highly credentialed black educators who staffed black-only schools. Will asserts that after the decision, tens of thousands of black teachers and principals lost their jobs as white superintendents began to integrate schools but balked at putting black educators in positions of authority over white teachers or students.
The American Federation of Teachers for the past several years, under the leadership of Dr. Delisa Saunders, Vice President of Human Rights and Community Relations, has spearheaded an initiative to increase the numbers of teachers of color in the classroom. The initiative is focused on recruiting future teachers, teacher preparation and teacher retention. Additionally, professional development on cultural relevancy and racial pedagogy will be available to equip teachers with skills and tools for teaching dynamically diverse students. This Summit Focused on the Praxis and the ETS Professional Educators Programs.
The scope of the problem is enormous according to the National Center for Educational Statistics for the 2018-19 school year, of the almost 4.5 million public school teachers educating the nation’s 60 million children, only 10% were Hispanics and 8% were African American even though African American and Hispanic student population are currently 58 percent of the student population and even up to 78 percent in many large urban school districts. Therefore, among some of the major goals of the AFT Diversity Initiative is to increase the number of teachers of color in the classroom by developing and implementing research-driven strategies aimed at identifying, preparing an retaining new teachers; Collaborating and partnering on specific actions, projects and programs; Conducting on-going research to stay apprised of the field, new developments, potential partner; A robust support/mentoring system which encourages high school students who plan on becoming teachers to succeed in enrolling, graduating and becoming public school teachers; Improving Career ladder for those already in education, like paraprofessional, to become teachers; An aggressive marketing campaign that heightens the visibility and importance of teachers while encouraging youth to consider teaching as a profession; Legislation, and implementation of existing legislation like Senators Kaine-Collins National Teacher and Principal Bill, Rep. Tester and Andre Carson, Reps. Bromely, Rep Hanna, Mince and others. The photos include Dr. Santiago Wood, Executive Director of NABE and other partners from across the nation.
You're all invited to consider attending the NABE/Spain Affiliate 2019 Annual International Bilingual Education Conference in Granada, Spain on Oct. 18-20.
The conference is always well attended with a large contingent of European scholars, government officials, teachers, policy makers, and parents with a strong parent engagement and bilingual teacher preparation strand on teaching CLIL.
Please feel free to share this announcement with your network and reach out directly to Lic. Xavier Gisbert da Cruz, President of The Spain Affiliate, for partners, teachers, student discount and any additional information or detail you may need. Please visit www.cieb.es.
With a handful of Republican votes, House Democrats passed the latest version of the DREAM Act, an ambitious expansion of a nearly two-decades-long legislative effort that would place millions of young undocumented immigrants and immigrants with temporary status on a pathway to U.S. citizenship. The Democratic-led chamber approved the sweeping immigration bill, dubbed the DREAM and Promise Act of 2019, by a vote of 237 to 187, sending the legislation to the Republican-controlled Senate, which is unlikely to consider it. The White House has also issued a veto threat against the measure. Seven Republicans in the House joined 230 Democrats in voting for the bill. No Democrats voted against the measure. Click here to continue reading.
Our NABE/China Affiliate has requested that we assist them with this posting to help recruit bilingual teachers who desire to relocate and teach in China. Please feel free to share the announcement with your network and follow through directly with the information included in the announcement as NABE is not affiliated, responsible or have any further information to add. Thanks!
Travel the world affordably, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom! Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 2500 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development and graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 5 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. The deposit is $350 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure.
Congratulations are in order Margarita Calderon and colleagues on your most recent research and contribution to the field. We applaud your efforts and encourage all of our friends and colleagues to share this information.
Each year, Rotary funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest leaders to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become catalysts for peace and development. Many go on to careers with governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank. Applications for the 2020-2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The due date for candidates to submit applications to their district is May 31. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by July 1.
Fratney Peterson School
LatinasRepresent Program Manager — Washington, D.C.
Office of Equal Opportunity
Deputy Chief of Dual Language Programs
Associate or Full Professor - Ph.D. Program in Urban Education & Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures — The City University of New York
Tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor — Bilingual/Biliteracy Education — University of Texas at El Paso in Texas
Executive Director Special Education — Springfield or Chicago Office
Executive Director Equity and Access — Springfield or Chicago Office
Students are identified as English language learners, in theory, to prevent educational inequity, but that classification may present another problem for children: teacher bias. Research from Ilana Umansky of the University of Oregon and Hanna Dumont of Germany's Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education suggests that English learner classification has a "direct and negative effect on teachers' perceptions of students' academic skills." Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, the researchers examined teacher perceptions of 2,166 students who spoke a language other than English at home.
By: Sheilamary Koch (commentary)
Whether summer break for you includes travel or just a change in routine, you can increase your enjoyment of it with these simple mindfulness practices. Beyond a multitude of health benefits associated with mindfulness, it is basically an attitudinal shift that promotes greater satisfaction with life. The objective of any mindfulness technique is to maintain a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment.
District Administration Magazine
Four in 5 teachers at high-poverty urban schools with large minority student populations experience moral injury — meaning they feel compelled to act against their values or sometimes witness peers engaging in behavior that is counter to their values — according to a recent study. "Moral Injury Among Professionals in K-12 Education" surveyed a Midwestern district that the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice had pressured to increase graduation rates and lower suspensions by adopting restorative justice policies.
The Brookings Institution
School segregation is capturing headlines, due to a
heated exchange between Sen. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden in a recent Democratic primary debate. While the benefits of racially integrated schools are clear, the legal and political hurdles to achieving racial diversity are substantial. Legally, the U.S. Supreme Court has expressed profound skepticism of districts considering a student's race when making school assignments. Politically, integration efforts have proven to be a tough sell to communities, a reality illustrated by the fact that hundreds of districts have sought release from desegregation orders over the past few decades.
Coming from at least 30 different countries and speaking 20 languages, Ethan Hoffman's students often face more challenges than his ninth-grade math classes. Hoffman teaches in Indianapolis Public Schools' Newcomer Program, a three-year-old initiative geared toward educating Indianapolis immigrants and refugees. The program has opened his eyes to other parts of the world, he said — including places roiled by violence and oppression.
"I know that I don't have a background in working with English language learners, but aren't you using far too many videos in your class?" said the district level administrator. "You need to make sure that you are teaching the curriculum 'as is.' We can't have you teaching any differently than the other teachers." The principal stood by silently after admitting unfamiliarity with best practice for ELs but sided with his supervisor. Unfortunately, variations on this conversation are being repeated in schools throughout the country.
By: Debra Josephson Abrams (commentary)
In the early 1990s, I happened upon a small book loaded with invaluable insights far greater than its 0.5 by 6 by 4.5 dimensions. "Live and Learn and Pass It On: People Ages 5 to 95 Share What They’ve Discovered About Life, Love, and Other Good Stuff" is the brainchild of H. Jackson Brown Jr., who compiled and edited it. You may be familiar with Brown’s other books, including "Life’s Little Instruction Book, A Father’s Book of Wisdom" and "Life’s Little Treasure Book On Hope." Certainly, the title intrigued me, and I was dazzled by the gems of wisdom.
Changes in education policy often emanate from the federal government. Think Common Core, the set of standards established in 2010 for what U.S. students should know. But one policy that has spread across the country came not from Washington, D.C., but from Florida. "Mandatory retention" requires that third-graders who do not show sufficient proficiency in reading repeat the grade. It was part of a broader packet of reforms proposed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002.
The House spending bills, including an all-time high for federal education aid, have generated a great deal of interest this year. It's the first time in a decade Democrats control the chamber, and they want to draw sharp distinctions between their priorities and the Trump administration's. But with all that done and dusted weeks ago, you might be wondering: Where's the Senate school funding bill for fiscal 2020?
Colorado Public Radio
In a language school in downtown Denver, a dozen adult immigrant students speak in low tones to their classmates, practicing English grammar tenses for presentations in front of the class. A shy student from Thailand and her partner make sure to avoid eye contact with their instructor, so they don't have to go next. Winny Changthong is the last to speak. The assignment: Suggest some activities that might help your classmates challenge themselves. Speak about your own experience with that activity using as many past-tense verbs as you can.
The Associated Press
When we think of literacy, we tend to think of reading. Schools, literary nonprofits and philanthropists often focus on encouraging students to be strong readers with solid comprehension skills. While those skills are crucial, many experts say critical and creative writing skills are equally important, and are too often overlooked. Compared to reading, writing is more active, encouraging students to be independent thinkers, take ownership over their own stories and ideas, and communicate them clearly to others, says Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, executive director of the National Writing Project, which offers resources for teachers who want to encourage students to write.
For more than 600 years, English speakers used because as a conjunction meaning "for the reason that," dutifully following it with a full clause of explanation (or at least the word of). Then, a few years ago, this old standby suddenly began bursting with new life, as people started using it to form terse, cheeky rationales in a manner that defied all grammatical decorum: How do you know climate change is real? "Because science." Why are you sleepy? "Because burrito." Academics went aflutter, debating whether because had evolved into a preposition and which types of nouns fit this newfangled construction. But there was little disagreement on the driving force behind the change.
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