NABE Weekly eNews
Jan. 8, 2015

NABE 44th Annual Conference Achieving Global Competence:
Biliteracy for All

The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only nationwide network of professionals dedicated to serving English language learners in the United States via education programs and legislative advocacy. For the past four decades, NABE has been committed to excellence in bilingual and biliteracy education for all students through enriched educational programs and intensive professional development for teachers, administrators, professors, policymakers and parents. Additionally, NABE provides extensive research in the field via its Bilingual Research Journal, NABE Perspectives, NABE Journal of Research and Practice and the NABE eNews. NABE is committed to promoting programs and innovations that prepare our nation's students to be fluently bilingual, technologically creative, globally competitive and well-rounded world citizens by advancing legislation and policies at both the state and national levels that best serve language minority students.More

Announcing NABE Pre-Conference Institute
Limited Space
March 4

Full Day Session: $120.00
Half Day Session: $60.00

Full Day Sessions
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.More

NABE 2015 Registration
Sponsor Packages
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California schools step up efforts to help 'long-term English learners'
Los Angeles Times
After more than 11 years in Los Angeles public schools, Dasha Cifuentes still isn't speaking or writing English at grade level. The U.S. native, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, was raised in a Spanish-speaking household and she acknowledges that the two languages get confused in her mind. "I should be more confident in English because I was born here, but I'm embarrassed that I haven't improved myself," said Dasha, a junior at Fairfax High.More

Bilingual education: Every student learns in English and Spanish at Forest Grove's immersion schools
The Oregonian
In teacher Estella Weigand's fourth-grade dual language immersion class, an addition lesson quickly becomes a bilingual conversation. "Sum, suma," Weigand says to her Echo Shaw Elementary students, switching seamlessly from English, the language of the morning, to Spanish for a moment. "Do you think these are cognados, cognates?"More

Florida gets more time to teach English language learners
In a state where a sizable number of students enrolled in public schools are immigrants, the schools teaching these children took hits in their funding due to their performance on standardized tests. However, relief is coming for Florida schools. Standardized tests are all administered in English and school funding is tied to the scores of the students, so students who struggle with English would not do well on the tests and that would bring down school grades. But now those schools have a chance to change that.More

Connecticut's students learning English perform poorly compared to nation
Hartford Courant
When Brian Gonzalez, an eighth-grader at Windham Middle School, arrived last year from Puerto Rico, he knew very little English. He was pulled out of the classroom for one period a day, he says, to work with a teacher who helped him learn English and to understand his assignments, but it wasn't enough.More

Leaving stage, U.S. Rep. George Miller reflects
Education Week
In a four-decade career in Congress, just-retired U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., put an indelible stamp on education policy. Most recently the ranking Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, he previously was the chairman of the education committee when Democrats were in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has long championed education equality for low-income and minority students, English language learners, students with disabilities, and other communities facing disadvantages, and was a key architect of the No Child Left Behind Act.More

Growing up illiterate ... in my family language
The Seattle Globalist
Candace Kwan, a contributor for The Seattle Globalist, writes: "A few months ago, before a crowd at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke Mandarin out of nowhere, and headlines around the world hinted that he put the 'rest of us to shame' by speaking fluent Chinese. Well, did he really? Don't get me wrong, I'm no hater. Zuckerberg deserves praise for being able to conduct an entire interview in a language he picked up in his late 20s. That still shouldn't overshadow the language abilities of many other Americans."More

Learning a musical instrument boosts kids' brains
Medical News Today
Learning a musical instrument is a terrific opportunity for children to express themselves creatively while picking up a new skill. It could be much more than this though, according to researchers, who suggest that musical training could also serve to hone their mental energies.More

Bill would increase funding for bilingual education
Victoria Advocate
A bill to increase funding for bilingual learning has support from a Victoria educator and parents. State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, filed Senate Bill 161 on Nov. 10, seeking to change the state's funding formula for each student in bilingual education or special language programs. The formula, based on the average daily attendance, would increase from a 10 percent allotment to 25 percent.More