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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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All proposals must be submitted by Sept. 12.
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Guide: Tying Common Core and English-proficiency
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Language Building Blocks: Essential linguistics for early childhood
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Language Building Blocks is an accessible resource that familiarizes early childhood professionals with linguistics, the scientific study of language. Knowledge of linguistics will enable early childhood educators to successfully teach young children core competencies, such as phonemic awareness, reading, math, health literacy and intercultural awareness. The text includes numerous hands-on activities and contributions by top scholars in the field. The resource shows teachers how to systematically empower and include all children. More

Language is shaped by brain's desire for clarity and ease
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Cognitive scientists have good news for linguistic purists terrified about the corruption of their mother tongue. Using an artificial language in a carefully controlled laboratory experiment, a team from the University of Rochester and Georgetown University has found that many changes to language are simply the brain's way of ensuring that communication is as precise and concise as possible. More

Have a blast learning about the moon: In Spanish or English
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Dial your computer to its way back setting, some 4.5 billion years ago to be exact, and prepare to blast away — you're going to make a moon just like ours. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning Selene videogame, which is now offered in a Spanish language version. Created by the Center for Educational Technologies, home of the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va., Selene: A Lunar Construction Game teaches you and your students basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system. At same time, you help educational researchers study how and when people learn through educational videogames. More

Arkansas district asks former ELLs to return as bilingual teachers
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A number of large districts have been singled out for falling short when it comes to communicating with immigrant parents, one district in Arkansas has been particularly thoughtful and deliberate in its efforts to integrate ELLs and their families into the broader school community. Springdale, the second largest district in Arkansas with 19,000 students, is nestled in the Ozarks in the northwest corner of the state, where corporate giants Wal-Mart, Inc., and Tyson Foods, make their headquarters and have provided a big draw to immigrant families. The district went from a student body that was almost exclusively white 15 years ago to one that now is 45 percent ELL, most of them from Spanish-speaking families that have immigrated from Mexico. More

Using photos with English language learners
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Though the origin of the popular adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words." is unclear, one thing is clear: Using photos with English language learners can be enormously effective in helping them learn far more than a thousand words — and how to use them. Usable images for lessons can be found online or teachers and students can take and use their own. More

What you hear could depend on what your hands are doing
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New research links motor skills and perception, specifically as it relates to a second finding — a new understanding of what the left and right brain hemispheres "hear." Georgetown University Medical Center researchers say these findings may eventually point to strategies to help stroke patients recover their language abilities, and to improve speech recognition in children with dyslexia. More

San Francisco teachers collaborate to narrow achievement gap for Latino students
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The San Francisco Unified School District is spotlighting James Lick Middle School, profiling the school's rising standardized test scores and narrowing achievement gap for Latino students. Lick is teaching students "academic language" — abstract words and phrases that are common in tests but uncommon in everyday English. The school is also reaching out to families and emphasizing teacher collaboration. "For me, the number-one biggest factor is the collaboration amongst the teachers," Principal Bita Nazarian said. "We have daily common planning times, so grade-level teachers can discuss student progress, talk about kids' needs, meet with families and plan their lessons together." More

States punch reset button with NCLB waivers
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Given the flexibility to revise their academic goals under the No Child Left Behind Act, a vast majority of the states that received federal waivers are setting different expectations for different subgroups of students, an Education Week analysis shows. That marks a dramatic shift in policy and philosophy from the original law. The waivers issued by the U.S. Department of Education let states abandon the goal of 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics for all students and instead hold schools accountable for passing rates that vary by subgroup — as long as those schools make significant gains in closing gaps in achievement. More

No GED? Some undocumented immigrants hit barriers in quest for legal status
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The government's new program offering young undocumented immigrants a reprieve from deportation presents an opportunity but also many challenges for an estimated 350,000 youths who didn't finish high school, many of whom may not be able to qualify because the barriers are too high, experts say. The key hurdle is the educational requirement of the deferred action program. Immigrants must be enrolled in school, graduated from high school or have served in the military, and if they haven't, they'll need to get a GED, the equivalent of a high school degree, or enroll in an education, literacy or career training program. More

School reaches out to immigrant parents
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Parents of English language learners were at attention, taking a crash course in the school rules and getting homework of sorts that could help their children succeed. School officials talked about the discipline code, attendance rules and how students are graded, as well as supports available to students, during the nearly two-hour workshop, mainly presented in Spanish. More

Parenting program aims to help Latinos close early-learning gaps
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Recent studies are finding that immigrant Latino families provide some of the best starts for young children, even when those families face disadvantages because of poverty. They are more often than not two-parent households, more likely to have mothers who don't experience mental health issues, and tend to provide a strong foundation for social-emotional learning in their young children, which is a well-documented set of skills necessary for success in school. More


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