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Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!!
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Local contact: Nilda M. Aguirre at or (225) 209-0224
What: 42nd Annual International Bilingual Education Conference
Where: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
When: Feb. 7-9

Dear NABE members,

Mark your calendars — NABE is pleased to invite you to be a part of Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!! NABE's 42nd Annual Conference will be held at the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Feb. 7-9. This event is to bring awareness to the magic behind Bilingual Education. It will be a week filled with educational speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, music, raffles, prizes, demonstrations, cutting edge presentations of all sorts and so much rich research, best practices in dual language and bilingual education, the new education wave on common core state standards, ESEA flexibility waivers, special interest group research and more.

Keynote speakers for this event include Dr. Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Kenji Hakuta, professor from Stanford University, Dr. Ofelia Garcia from the Graduate Center City University of New York and Dr. Andrew Cohen from University of Minnesota.

We are thrilled to have with us featured speakers Dr. Catherine Snow, professor from Harvard University, Dr. Laurie Olsen, director of the Sobrato Early Academic Literacy Program, Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, executive director from Californians Together, Dr. Jim Cummins from Ontario Institute of Education, Tony Miller, deputy secretary from DOE, and Okhee Lee Salwen, Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth and Lixing (Frank) Tang from NYU Steinhardt, N.Y.

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Save the date for the LULAC Immigration Summit
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LULAC is excited to announce that the venue has been finalized for the Immigration Summit at the Kennedy Caucus Room Russell Senate Building in Washington, D.C. We invite you to attend and participate in a round-table discussion on immigration reform with members of the current Administration, policymakers, community leaders and advocates, and LULAC members. The Immigration Summit will provide you with the opportunity to hear about advancements made by the Administration as they relate to immigration reform. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a community discussion and share your expertise and recommendations for how to address immigration reform. More

Bilingual program opening doors for kids
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MSNBC's Alex Witt profiles a dual-language elementary school program that appears to be making a difference in the lives of children. More

Wisconsin schools reaching overseas for bilingual teachers
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Facing a shortage of bilingual teachers for its growing dual-language immersion program, the Madison School District in Wisconsin is reaching across the ocean for backup, hiring seven teachers from Spain this year. "Nationally, we're seeing a shortage of teachers who are prepared to teach bilingual education," Tammy Huth, assistant director for teacher education, professional development and licensing at the Department of Public Instruction. "Wisconsin is experiencing that same shortage." More

Why immigrants' children do better in school
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Children who immigrate to the United States with their families are likely to outperform kids with a similar background who were born here. And when they grow up, their own children are also likely to do better than their peers. That may fit a pattern some Americans see of so many kids from Asia who excel in everything from music to science as they embrace a new culture. But it holds for all immigrants, including those from Mexico who often arrive here in a desperate flight from poverty. More

U.S. Department of Education awards more than $9.9 million in grants to 3 states to improve their academic assessments
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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $9.9 million in Enhanced Assessment Grants to three state education agencies — Kansas, Maryland and Oregon — to improve their state academic assessments. The primary measure of school success under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is proficiency on state assessments. More

National commission on faith-based schools is launched
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The American Center for School Choice, a national group of advocates for religious private schools, has launched the Commission on Faith-Based Schools. The 14 commission members include David Zwiebel, executive vice president of the haredi Orthodox Jewish group Agudath Israel of America; Michael Guerra, chair of the National Catholic Educational Association; and Kathy Jamil, director of the Islamic Schools League of America. More

More than 1.9 million college students to receive financial aid shopping sheet, providing easy-to-understand information about college costs
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The U.S. Department of Education announced that already more than 300 institutions have voluntarily adopted the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet for the 2013-2014 school year. The Shopping Sheet is an individualized financial aid award letter in a standardized format that helps students understand their costs and compare financial aid packages from different institutions so they can make smart decisions on investing in higher education. More

Health care law increases number of mental and behavioral health providers
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new program, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, which will boost the number of social workers and psychologists who work with Americans in rural areas, military personnel, veterans and their families. Through the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training grant program, $9.8 million is being awarded to 24 graduate social work and psychology schools and programs for three-year grants. The grants will help eligible institutions of higher education — including accredited schools of social work and psychology and accredited psychology internship programs — to recruit students and provide support for clinical training in mental and behavioral health. More

Ex-Im Bank's Express Insurance receives "Bright Ideas in Government" award from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government
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The Express Insurance policy of the Export-Import Bank of the United States has been recognized with a "Bright Ideas in Government" award from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Express Insurance is a streamlined policy provided by Ex-Im Bank to increase small-business exports. More

Elevating the conversation: Dual-immersion students, classes grow up
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In Jo Carmiol's classroom at Farmington Junior High School, flags from Spain, Costa Rica and Mexico hang on the wall next to motivational posters and quotes from Socrates translated into Spanish. But Carmiol wasn't teaching Spanish. Instead, her students were loudly cheering on their classmates as they competed in a boys vs. girls quiz about Utah's geography, rushing to identify features like Lago Powell and the Cordillera de Wasatch on an image of the state projected on the wall. More

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Department awards 17 native Hawaiian education grants totaling $11 million
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The U.S. Department of Education announced that 17 Native Hawaiian Education Program grants totaling $11 million will be awarded to support innovative projects that enhance the educational services provided to Native Hawaiians and to supplement and expand programs and authorities in the area of education. More

California governor approves long-term ELL bill
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Recently, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will bring attention to those English language learners who get stalled for years in public schools without ever becoming fluent. Brown's approval makes California the first in the nation to put a statewide policy focus on long-term ELLs — a group of students with persistently low achievement and at high risk of dropping out of school. More

Bilingual education in Chicago: Is it necessary?
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed on Aug. 21 what is being dubbed the "Bilingual Education Law." The bill requires Illinois' Advisory Council to begin evaluating bilingual programs' success. The idea of "parent academies," an initiative to help parents, whose first language is not English, participate more in the lives of their students is also part of the bill. Many are applauding the governor for passing this bill, but is it the right move? More

Ability to help language learners limited by resources
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Working at Gannon's Writing Center in Erie, Penn., has pretty much cemented the fact that at some point in Christine Peffer's life, she is meant to teach, in some capacity. And one of those appealing capacities is English as a second language. Some of Peffer's favorite students she has tutored have been ESL students. But there are times when she felt under prepared to adequately help them hone their grammar, let alone write an effective thesis statement and paper. And this is no fault of the training system or director, because this is a changing landscape that is reshaping rapidly. More

Special briefing: Key Issues Facing English Language Learners
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Over the last decade, the number of English language learners enrolled in public schools increased from 3.5 million to 5.3 million, or by 51 percent. Achievement data suggest that these English language learners lag far behind their peers on all academic indicators, including high school graduation rates. At the same time, states are implementing Common Core standards, the Department of Education is issuing ESEA waivers and new assessments are being developed by the two state assessment consortia. How do these factors affect English Language Learners' academic achievement?

Tuesday, Oct. 2
10-11 a.m.
(Refreshments available at 9:30 a.m.)
2261 Rayburn House Office Building

Diane August, Ph.D., Managing Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR) Moderator
Jennifer O'Day, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, AIR and Principal Investigator, National Evaluation of Title III Implementation
James Ferg-Cadima, Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Magda Chia, Director of Support for Underrepresented Students, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia

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