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Translating the Common Core for dual-language classrooms
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to putting the new Common Core Standards into classroom practice, dual language teachers must prepare and adapt their instructional strategies to teach the more-rigorous common standards in language arts and mathematics not only in English, but in a second language. In many dual-language programs, particularly in the early grades, students are learning as much as 90 percent of their content in the target, non-English language. So what does the common core look like in Spanish language arts, for example? Who is doing the kind of translation and modification that dual language teachers need to bridge the language they are teaching in with the content standards? And where can dual language teachers find more resources to help them? More


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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National Educational Leadership Academy announces participants
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The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents is proud to announce the 2012-2013 participants of its prestigious Superintendent Leadership Academy. Only 17 superintendents and administrators were selected from across the nation to participate in this year-long program. The leadership program is the first of its kind in the United States to focus on preparing the next generation of school system leaders with the skills necessary to close achievement gaps and specifically address the needs of English Language Learners and other disenfranchised groups. More

USDA scientists collaborate with global researchers to advance the mapping of the barley genome
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In a major advance that will unlock the benefits of the mapping of the barley genome — one of the world's most important cereal crops — work conducted and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in collaboration with researchers around the world has resulted in the most advanced sequencing of the barley genome to date, as reported in the journal Nature. The advance will give researchers the tools to produce higher yields, improve pest and disease resistance, and enhance nutritional value of barley. More

Obama administration approves Idaho's request for NCLB flexibility
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The Obama administration approved Idaho's request for flexibility from No Child Left Behind in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. With the addition of Idaho, 34 states and the District of Columbia have now joined in a nationwide, bipartisan movement toward next-generation education reforms that go far beyond No Child Left Behind's rigid, top-down prescriptions. More

Study: Education, income level of parent correlated to child's brain development
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A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscientists found a correlation between a parent's income and education level and the development of certain areas of their child's brain that relate to learning, memory and stress processing. The study analyzed the brain images of subjects whose parents had between eight and 21 years of education and incomes that ranged from below poverty level to over $140,000 for a family of four. The study was led by Kimberly Noble, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia, in conjunction with Elizabeth Sowell, a professor of pediatrics at USC. More

The role of early oral language in literacy development
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Supporting young children's language and literacy development has long been considered a practice that yields strong readers and writers later in life. The results of the National Early Literacy Panel's six years of scientific research synthesis supports the practice and its role in language development among children ages 0 to 5. The NELP was brought together in 2002 to compile research that would contribute to educational policy and practice decisions that impact early literacy development. It was also charged with determining how teachers and families could support young children's language and literacy development. More

Admitted, but left out
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When Ayinde Alleyne arrived at the Trinity School, an elite independent school on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, N.Y., he was eager to make new friends. A brainy 14-year-old, he was the son of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago, a teacher and an auto-body repairman, in the South Bronx. He was soon overwhelmed by the privilege he saw. Talk of fancy vacations and weekends in the Hamptons rankled — "I couldn't handle that at that stage of my life," said Alleyne, now a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania — and he eventually found comfort in the school's "minority corner," where other minority students, of lesser means, hung out. More

2 languages, 1 classroom
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As first-grade teacher Adan Sanchez taught his students about syllables, he spent most of the time talking in Spanish. But occasionally during the lesson, he switched over to English if a student got confused. When students broke into groups, some used pieces of paper to string together different sounds. Next week, the students will start reading text in Spanish. "We're actually moving along pretty quickly," Sanchez said. The English and Spanish languages, he said, share a lot of consonant sounds. Sanchez said the theory behind dual immersion is that students will transfer language skills between English and Spanish. More

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Expert: Texas' booming minority population may hurt future earnings without better education
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A boom in Texas' Hispanic population, coupled with starkly higher poverty rates for minorities statewide, could so hurt future household income that it would cost the Lone Star State $11.4 billion annually in lost tax revenue by 2050, a demographics expert testified at a school finance trial. Steve Murdock, former director of the U.S. Census Bureau and ex-state demographer of Texas, said studies are nearly unanimous in concluding that improved education is the key to bolstering earning power — and thus could be a major factor in reversing the trend. More

A little science goes a long way: Engaging kids improves math, language scores
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A Washington State University researcher has found that engaging elementary school students in science for as little as 10 hours a year can lead to improved test scores in math and language arts. Samantha Gizerian, a clinical assistant professor in WSU's Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology, saw improved test scores among fourth-grade students in South Los Angeles after students from the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science gave 10 one-hour presentations on science. More

Pre-kindergarten education calendar promotes language
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Take me outside when it's snowing. Help me find words to describe what I'm seeing, feeling and experiencing. Say the name of an animal and have me make that animal's noise. The cow says ... moo. When we're reading, ask me to turn pages and predict what will happen next. It will keep me interested. These are examples of activities listed in the Nebraska State Department of Education's new pre-kindergarten education calendar, all written from a child's point of view. The calendar is designed to help Nebraska parents with young children who are getting ready to start school. More

Why learning should be messy
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Can creativity be taught? Absolutely. The real question is: "How do we teach it?" In school, instead of crossing subjects and classes, we teach them in a very rigid manner. Very rarely do you witness math and science teachers or English and history teachers collaborating with each other. Sticking in your silo, shell and expertise is comfortable. Well, it's time to crack that shell. It's time to abolish silos and subjects. Joichi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, said that rather than interdisciplinary education, which merges two or more disciplines, we need anti-disciplinary education, a term coined by Sandy Pentland, head of the lab's Human Dynamics group. MORE More

Debates push fate of education policies to fore
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As the two presidential campaigns continue to sharpen how they would approach the federal role in education if victorious, advisers to President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have made it clear that the fate of waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act may be decided by the November election. During two debates featuring education advisers to the rival campaigns, surrogates for Romney emphasized that the waiver flexibility granted by the U.S. Department of Education to 34 states and the District of Columbia would — at a minimum — be reviewed and could even be revoked if their candidate wins. MORE More

Fair isn't equal: 7 classroom tips
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Teachers and schools strive to be fair and build programs and polices based on this value. But what is fair? Many define it as treating everyone the same, but I would argue that doing so is the most unfair way to treat students. Students are not the same. They have different motivations for their choices, different needs, different causes for misbehavior and different goals. I think this is good, because wouldn't the world be very boring if we were all the same? More

Florida's race-based goals for students spark debate
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The Florida Board of Education looked prepared to vote — without discussion or debate — when board member John Padget pointed out a passage on page 169 of the board's agenda book. "I just asked my fellow board members if we are happy with the signal this sends?" he said. The board went on to adopt the item Padget had highlighted: reading and math goals for students that varied by race, among other categories. More


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