NABE Weekly eNews
Jan. 30, 2014

43rd Annual NABE Conference — Feb. 12-15
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Sailing into the 21st Century: Multiple Languages. Multiple Paths. Lifelong Advantages.

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ESL teacher electracy: A shift from flat to digital teaching and learning
By Beth Crumpler
With new technology adoptions and their ever-growing and ever-changing landscape, ESL teachers need to be prepared for these teaching and learning environments. Teachers need to transition from flat environments to digital teaching and learning, which provide a necessary skill set development by ESL teachers in computer literacy, known as electracy. The essential learning skills shift from the 3 R's to the 4 C's, along with fast adoption of student digital literacy skills such as in Common Core, makes it imperative for ESL teachers to gain basic proficiency in electracy.More

Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others
The Washington Post
There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years. In almost every state, the amount of money spent per pupil has more than doubled in the last 40 years, according to a new report. States spent an average of $4,221 per student in the 1969-1970 school year, in 2010 dollars. That number jumped to $10,643 in the 2009-2010 school year.More

Breaking down the barriers
Iowa City Press Citizen
As the number of students who aren't proficient English speakers increases in schools, talk of adding English language learner classes at more schools in the district continues. Recently, the Iowa City Community School District's state-funded English language learner program, which serves students who don't speak English proficiently, has seen significant growth. More

Dual-language learning for all students is visionary
The Voice of Tucson
Being visionary didn't work for Arizona. Being reactionary was a bust, too. It's time to apply some hard-nosed realism to the fact that our schools are not serving a population of kids who are fast becoming the majority of K-12 students.More

From second language learning to bilingualism in schools
Psychology Today
We are many who feel that education should help children and adolescents acquire a second or third language while retaining their first language. Education should also encourage the active use of those languages, if at all possible. More

Great English teachers improve students' math scores
The Hechinger Report
Better English teachers not only boost a student's reading and writing performance in the short-term, but they also raise their students math and English achievement in future years. That's according to a working paper, "Learning that Lasts: Unpacking Variation in Teachers' Effects on Students' Long-Term Knowledge," by a team of Stanford University and University of Virginia researchers presented at the 7th Annual Calder Research Conference on Jan. 23.More

English in private schools
The Philippine Star
Parents of elementary school students should realize that there is a big difference between learning a language and using a language as medium of instruction. Go to any bookstore and browse the section labeled "Languages" (or something like that). You will notice many books on how to learn Mandarin, French, German, Spanish, Persian and so on. All these books are in the English language. That is proof that you can learn a language while using a different language as medium of learning. One way of teaching a language, therefore, is to use another language as medium of instruction. Let us call this the First Way.More

Breaking down the barriers
Iowa City Press Citizen
As the number of students who aren't proficient English speakers increases in schools, talk of adding English language learner classes at more schools in the district continues. Recently, the Iowa City Community School District's state-funded English language learner program, which serves students who don't speak English proficiently, has seen significant growth. Local schools saw a 139.6 percent increase of student participants from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014, and a 316 percent increase in the past 10 years, according to a district enrollment report released late in 2013.More

Learning out loud: Getting first graders to master English
The Daily Astorian
Reading, math, science — they're all priorities for today's public schools. But there's something more basic that young students have to master first. Oregon teachers like Maria Popii see language as a necessary foundation to meet rising standards, which culminate in the state's goal that all students should finish high school, starting in 2025.More

Reading gap between wealthy and poor students widens, study says
NBC News
The gap in reading proficiency between lower- and higher-income fourth graders has grown by 20 percent in the past decade, says a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Eighty percent of lower-income fourth-graders do not read at their grade level compared to 49 percent of their wealthier counterparts, according to the report, "Early Reading Proficiency in the United States," which was released and is based on data from the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress.More

Dual immersion
Telluride Daily Planet
The Telluride School District Board of Education in Colorado is considering a new program for next school year that aims at making students bilingual by the time they graduate. In the proposed dual immersion program, half the day's instruction would be in English and half in Spanish. The program would start with just one or two sections of kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year, with one grade added each year as students move up a grade, through fifth grade. Students who don't participate in the dual immersion program would still take a regular 40-minute language class four to five times a week.More

Teachers stay in the profession during Obama-era policies
Center for American Progress
Five years ago, U.S. teachers were asked in a survey how many years of experience they had; their most common answer was one year. Policymakers feared an impending crisis because, if past trends held, about half of these teachers would leave in their first five years. But the latest results from the Schools and Staffing Survey, or SASS — a nationally representative study of teachers by the U.S. Department of Education released just weeks ago — show that 70 percent of teachers in their first year stayed in the profession. In the new SASS, most teachers said that they had taught for five years.More

In Michigan Gov.'s call for immigrants to revive Detroit, could schools manage?
Education Week
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is pledging to push an initiative to bring 50,000 skilled immigrants (and their families) to Detroit — an effort he says is critical for saving the city from economic extinction. On its face, the proposal — which would require the federal government to agree to reserving 50,000 of its employment-based visas just for Detroit-bound immigrants over the next five years — seems pretty far-fetched. But it also signals just how desperate things have become for battered Detroit — which declared bankruptcy in 2013 and has lost hundreds of thousands of residents in recent years.More

School's dual-language program aims to teach students skills for life
Longview News-Journal
Students in Angelica Navarro's dual-language kindergarten class are just beginning to learn the basics of Spanish, their native language. But with a growing number of Hispanic students enrolled in Kilgore ISD, school administrators have implemented the One-Way Dual Language Enrichment Program this school year, which incorporates English into the students' learning. Navarro has taught dual-language classes for 19 years and said the skills learned in them are necessary for all students to become successful later in life.More