NABE Weekly eNews
Jan. 29, 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 National Educational Leadership Forum
Courageous Leadership: Actualizing Biliteracy for ALL

Friday, March 6
In the 21st century, biliteracy and multilingualism, along with distinct skills such as communication, collaboration and critical thinking, are crucial for student success in a global economy and society. In this Educational Leadership Forum, participants will engage with national leaders who have been successful in leading efforts to promote biliteracy. Panelists will share their experiences that pertain to leadership roles at all levels (international, national, university, district and site) and describe how they attained positive results for bilingual/dual language immersion and world language programs.More

NABE 2015 Registration
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IIE to announce New Generation Study AbroadTM Campaign for Teachers
Institute of International Education
You are invited to dial in for a brief announcement to learn how K-12 teachers can get involved with IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative. Speakers will include representatives of the Institute of International Education and two organizations that are collaborating on the Teacher Campaign: Asia Society and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.More

The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook
Excelencia in Education
Excelencia in Education is committed to using data to inform public policy and institutional practice to achieve our mission of accelerating student success for Latinos in higher education. We know college success does not begin at the college gates. Every educational experience from early childhood to high school and into the workforce influences the potential for college success.More

Dual language programs on the rise
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dual language programs, which provide instruction in both English and a second language, are flourishing in elementary schools across the country as educators find benefits for both English language learners and those fluent in English. At a time when other types of bilingual education are on the decline and the B-word — bilingual — has been scrubbed from the U.S. Department of Education lexicon, dual language programs are showing promise in their mission to promote biliteracy and positive cross-cultural attitudes in our increasingly multilingual world. More

Managing diversity
Language Magazine
"I know that I don't have a background in working with English language learners, but aren't you using far too many videos in your class?" said the district level administrator. "You need to make sure that you are teaching the curriculum 'as is.' We can't have you teaching any differently than the other teachers." The principal stood by silently after admitting unfamiliarity with best practice for ELs but sided with his supervisor. Unfortunately, variations on this conversation are being repeated in schools throughout the country.More

4 tools to boost language learning in the classroom
Education Dive
Recently, New York City School Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that the city will expand its dual language offerings, making no less than 40 such programs available to K-12 students. According to the New York Times, the programs will primarily aim to get students reading, writing, and talking proficiently in both English and Spanish, with additional offerings available in Japanese, Hebrew, Chinese, French and Haitian-Creole. These additions, set for the 2015-2016 school year, are in line with the shifting attitudes toward bilingual education. For example, in California, voters may get the option in 2016 to annul Proposition 227, a 1998 bill which required schools to only teach in English, effectively banning bilingual education.More

The 4 C's of 21st century learning for ELLs: Critical thinking
By: Erick Herrmann
While all educators want to help students be successful in the future, the world is shrinking quickly, and our society is becoming more global in nature. What have been termed "the four C's" — critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity — are increasingly important skills for all students. In this series, we will explore teaching the four C's to English learners, examining areas of difficulty as well as instructional techniques to help incorporate these skills into instruction and learning.More

Early English exposure prepares Spanish-speaking children for academic success
University of Missouri-Columbia via Science Daily
Family members, teachers and peers can play different roles in shaping Spanish-speaking children's school readiness and English skills that are vital to children's academic success, research confirms.More

Latino students make strides, still face challenges, report shows
Education Week
A new report from Excelencia in Education, an organization that advocates for higher educational achievement for Latinos, provides a snapshot of enrollment and educational achievement for the fastest-growing population in K-12 public schools. The report, "The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook" pulls data from a number of sources to give a state-level look at Latino K-12 enrollment and shed light on national advances and challenges.More

California's public schools are failing English learners
The Sacramento Bee
Coming on the heels of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, we continue to hear calls to not just memorialize the civil rights movement in a holiday or movie, but to continue its legacy and mission. You don't have to look further than our classrooms to see where injustice persists, particularly for students designated as English learners.More

Mandan students learning English get high school credit
Bismarck Tribune
Students in Mandan, North Dakota, who do not speak English as their native language can get high school credit when they take a new course for English language learners. The Mandan School Board approved the curriculum at its meeting, superintendent Mike Bitz said. As is the case at schools throughout the state, Mandan has recently experienced an influx of students who do not speak English as their first language. In years past, the district had only five or six of those students at a time.More

What the new Common Core tests are — and aren't
The Washington Post
At a Senate education committee hearing on how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, the subject quickly turned to standardized testing and whether the federal government should maintain NCLB's annual testing mandate. Witnesses and legislators talked about the amount of time students are tested, the stakes tied to the scores for students and teachers, and the quality of the tests. Tom Boasberg, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, praised new Common Core tests as being more sophisticated than earlier standardized testing.More

Many key US states lack early development plans for dual language learners
Latin Post
Dual language learners have increased massively within the last few years, due greatly to immigration and the organic growth of Spanish-dominant U.S. born Latinos. That said, there's evidence that identifying and supporting bilingual or multilingual students earlier in their cognitive development/educational process does not seem to be a state or national priority, although it can make all the difference in their future.More

ESL students on the rise
Star Beacon
Angel Cintron and Iannys and Dennis Rosa clearly remember their first day of school in America. It was last August at the Ashtabula Lakeside Elementary Campus. It seemed like everyone was meeting up with friends but them. It was scary, they said. Coming from Puerto Rico, the children — ages 5, 11 and 9 — knew only a few phrases in English. The rest was gibberish to their ears. They were overwhelmed, but they weren't alone. Immigrants and refugees from Mexico, Honduras, Philippines, Albania and their native country had also entered the English as a second language program at Ashtabula Area City Schools, and they clung to them while trying to keep up with the fast-paced American classrooms.More

New York City chancellor overhauls principal support system
Education Week
The New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is dismantling the Bloomberg-era network system that provided teacher training, curriculum assistance and other supports to principals, and reassigning those responsibilities to superintendents. The 55 networks, which were promoted under former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to give schools more autonomy, will be replaced with seven regional Borough Field Support Centers. The Bloomberg policy allowed principals to choose which networks to which they wanted to belong — regardless of the school's location. The new regional centers will be based on geography.More