NABE Weekly eNews
Feb. 26, 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

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

The Student Success Act takes away resources from students who need them the most
the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Help us oppose H.R. 5, which walks away from the commitment our nation made 50 years ago to help all our country's children succeed in school.More

Statement from The Education Trust on the Student Success Act, H.R. 5
The Education Trust
The Education Trust issued the following statement expressing our disappointment with the House Education Committee's passing of Chairman John Kline's "Student Success Act" or H.R. 5. "Each previous iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, moved the country forward on correcting longstanding injustices in its educational systems. Unless it is significantly improved as it moves through Congress, the Student Success Act will turn back the clock."More

NABE 2015 National Educational Leadership

Forum Courageous Leadership: Actualizing Biliteracy for ALL

Take advantage of this great opportunity!
Dr. Julio Cruz, President, NABE Presentation of the 2015
Vision and Action: Promoting Biliteracy for All Award
Recipient: Santa Clara County Office of Education

NABE would like to congratulate all of our 2015 award winners
Ramon Santiago Award
Dr. Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr.

Recognition will take place during Opening Session on Thursday, March 5

Citizen of the Year Award
California State Senator Ricardo Lara

Recognition will take place during General Session on Friday, March 6

NABE Bilingual Essay First Place Winner
Vanessa Sánchez

Martin Weiss Elementary
Dallas ISD, Dallas, TX
Recognition will take place during Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6

NABE Bilingual Essay First Place Winner
Luis Angel Albiter Puebla

Horning Middle School
School District of Waukesha, Waukesha, WI
Recognition will take place during Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6

NABE Bilingual Essay First Place Winner
Joanna Cuevas

Lincoln County High School
Lincoln County School District, Panaca, NV
Recognition will take place during Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6

NABE Bilingual Teacher of the Year
Irma De La Guardia

Withers Elementary
Dallas, Texas
Recognition will take place during Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6

First Place NABE Outstanding Dissertation Winner
Kimberly K. Woo, Ph.D

Recognition will take place during Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6

Second Place NABE Outstanding Dissertation Winner
Barbara H. Kennedy, Ed.D

Recognition will take place during Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6

NABE 2015 Bilingual Teacher Scholarship
Mirna Elizabeth Reyes

Garland, Texas
Recognition will take place during General Session on Saturday

Jóse Martí Bilingual Teacher of the Year Scholarship Award
Meraris Agosto-Walker

Ventura Elementary School
Kissimmee, Florida
Recognition will take place during General Session on Saturday, March 7

Bilingual Research Journal Early Career Award
Rev. Jeffrey T. LaBelle, S.J., Ed.D.

College of Education at Marquette University
Recognition will take place during General Session on Saturday, March 7

Bilingual Research Journal Senior Career Award
Nadeen T. Ruiz, Ph.D.

Bilingual Multicultural Education Department at Sacramento State University
Recognition will take place during General Session on Saturday, March 7More

How cultural differences can affect learning
By: Douglas Magrath
Culture is a part of language. Even vocabulary can be culturally loaded. For example, the dictionary may say that "pain" in French and "bread" in English represent the same physical object, but the cultural load will be different. In Turkish, "ekmek" is bread, but it is more than a food item. One does not merely throw old bread away; it is carefully wrapped before being put out. The instructor cannot be an expert on every culture but should be aware of some of the more common areas of potential conflict.More

New York compels 20 school districts to lower barriers to immigrants
The New York Times
Twenty New York school districts found to be blocking access for undocumented immigrant children will be forced to modify their enrollment policies to break down illegal barriers to education, the state attorney general's office said. A joint review by the State Education Department and the attorney general's office found a broad pattern of intransigence on the part of districts that, despite repeated instructions from federal and state law enforcement agencies, continued to bar children based on their immigration status, said Kristen Clarke, the chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the attorney general's office.More

Obama vows to fight back after federal ruling stalls immigration protections
Education Week
A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's sweeping executive action on immigration, but the White House has promised to fight back. The programs at issue are Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and expansions to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program protecting undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen slammed the brakes on the programs, which the Obama administration saw as tools to ease longstanding concerns about separating school-aged children from their families.More

Gaps in Common Core resources for English language learners spark innovation, website reports
The Times-Picayune
Which group of students has particularly struggled with Common Core? English language learners, The Hechinger Report finds. The non-profit education website reports that the Common Core state standards and its aligned curriculums often aren't translated from English, which poses problems for limited-English speakers and the educators who teach them. In New York's public schools, 216,000 English language learners speak more than 160 languages. And academic performance historically has been low. Their graduation rate, at 31 percent, lags the state average of 75 percent.More

Going for a global high
Language Magazine
Last year, the Institute of International Education published a report entitled Charting New Pathways to Higher Education: International Secondary Students in the United States which offers considerable insight into the rapid growth in the number of overseas students coming to the U.S. to attend high school. Authored by Christine A. Farrugia and funded by the Department of State, the report found that the number of international students enrolled directly in U.S. secondary programs more than tripled from fall 2004 to fall 2013, while the number of exchange students grew only about 15 percent during the same period.More

Hawaii granted federal testing waiver for language-immersion students
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has granted Hawaii a one-year waiver that will allow the state's Hawaiian-language-immersion students to be tested in that language only.More

Teaching in tandem
Language Magazine (commentary)
Myryame Montrose Elder, a contributor for Language Magazine, writes: "The current emphasis in ESL instruction is on a "push-in" rather than "pull-out" method of intervention: ESL teachers collaborate with a content-area teacher and co-teach in the content classroom to ensure ELLs can master vocabulary and concepts. Co-teaching is a great model, and I have had successful co-teaching experiences at the high school level in biology, algebra, and English language arts. However, my current position at a middle school, where I teach two different subjects (French and English as a second language) to three different grade levels, does not allow time to co-teach in a content classroom or to attend PLC meetings with the various grade levels."More

English learners mastering language at quicker pace
The Oregonian
Over the past six years, Oregon schools have become dramatically more successful at helping students from other language backgrounds master English within five or six years. As a result, English as a second language courses have become sparse in middle and high schools, with elementary students accounting for more than 75 percent of those who get daily help acquiring English. As recently as 2008, it was much more rare for Oregon schools to complete the job of teaching English to non-native speakers by the end of elementary school. Instead, middle and high school students made up 40 percent of students still learning English.More

Some bilinguals use emoticons more when chatting in non-native language
University of Washington via Science Daily
Sometimes, a smile can say everything. But has :-) — the emoticon version of a happy grin — crossed that line into becoming a socially acceptable way of communicating? For some bilingual speakers, it turns out emoticons often are useful and may be used as vehicles to communicate when words and phrasing are difficult.More

Poll: Widespread misperceptions about the Common Core standards
The Washington Post
Many Americans are confused about the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll that finds widespread misperceptions that the academic standards — which cover only math and reading — extend to topics such as sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution. A 55 percent majority said the Common Core covers at least two subjects that it does not, according to the survey that Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted and funded. Misperceptions were widespread, including among both supporters and opponents of the program and peaking among those who say they are paying the most attention to the standards.More