|NABE Weekly eNews|
|Jan. 3, 2013|
Why STEM education and minority achievement gaps are interlinked
Economists agree — science, technology, engineering and math education is critical to the future success of the United States. Yet even at the K-12 level, these subjects are not being given the emphasis they deserve. According to a Huffington Post blog by Stephen M. Coan, president of the Sea Research Foundation, early education has focused primarily on reading and basic math, ignoring the importance of advanced STEM education.
Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!!
Local contact: Nilda M. Aguirre at email@example.com 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.
How developmental specialists understand childhood
Online Psychology Degree
About 13 percent of children between the ages of three and seventeen have some sort of developmental or behavioral disability such as autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Fewer than half of those children are identified before they begin school, which means they are missing out on the opportunity to get the early interventions they need to be successful in social and educational settings. Interest and growth in the field of childhood development has grown in the last fifty years as research continues to reveal how successful specialists can be in changing the lives of children.More
Latino Education & Advocacy Days
LEAD Summit — March 27
At theCampus of California State University, San Bernardino Santos Manuel Student Union Event Center. With live online global webcast, TV/Radio Broadcast, and Virtual Classroom.More
US Education Department offers tools for evaluating education technology
Education technology, to state the obvious, is everywhere. But how can school officials judge the effectiveness of the myriad tools and products being marketed to them, and their usefulness in terms of meeting the particular needs of teachers and students? The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology has released a draft report, "Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World," designed to offer the education community some guidance for navigating the crowded tech landscape. More
Evaluations bring stress to teachers, principals
The Associated Press via Education Week Teacher
One by one the squares on the board in Principal Brett Gruetzmacher's office are being filled, each one marking another step in the long march of teacher evaluations. As the process rolls on, another magnet goes up beside the name of one of the 81 teachers and staff Tecumseh Jr. High School administrators in Lafayette, Ind., have been tasked with evaluating this year. Each magnet denotes the date and time of a classroom observation or one-on-one meeting between an administrator and a teacher. More
School takes bilingual path
The News Tribune
A school in Washington state has launched a new two-way language immersion program, in which preschool and kindergarten students speak Spanish three days each week. Two days a week, students perform their daily routines in English. Officials said the program was initiated in part to reach out to Hispanic students. Officials say they hope eventually to expand the program to older students.More
The year in education — a look back at 2012
The Hechinger Report
In 2012, new teacher-evaluation systems and merit pay spread across the country. Technology continued to transform classrooms, and presidential candidates made education an unexpected focus on the campaign trail. Yet widespread problems in America's education system persisted, and the nation remained behind much of the international competition. At The Hechinger Report, we traveled from coast to coast to examine new approaches to improving U.S. schools and to answer important questions about what's working and what isn't. More
National education reform: School choice equals opportunities for Hispanics
The Huffington Post
The Latino population is one of many groups affected by a national education reform. One of the most discussed programs is that of school choice, which varies from state to state and offers families the opportunity to choose a school for their children other than the one assigned by geographic default. Take for instance in Indiana, where a private-school choice program has more than 9,300 students involved. More
K-12 aid faces uncertain future, despite 'fiscal cliff' deal
Education programs will be spared the prospect of the largest across-the-board cuts in history, but only temporarily, under a bill to avert much of the so-called "fiscal cliff," overwhelmingly approved by Congress. The measure, which passed the U.S. Senate 89-8 and the U.S. House 257-167, will delay the trigger cuts known as "sequestration," which have been set to hit just about every government agency — including the U.S. Department of Education — on Jan. 2. Under the deal, the cuts will be postponed until March, giving federal lawmakers time to craft a broader budget agreement. The deal was worked out at the 11th hour by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader. More
Hispanic children aren't underachievers; we're just under-believers
Judging by news coverage of the nation's fastest growing ethnic minority, you'd think that "the Hispanic condition" was a pathology. With the exception of growing power in the voting booth, the news makes it seem as though we're all poor, sick and generally unable to cope with life as well as others. There are simply too many examples of the negativity that seems to drive reporting on — and perceptions of — the health and economic well-being of Hispanics to list here. But let me illustrate my point with some recent coverage surrounding Latino learners.More