NABE Weekly eNews
Feb. 27, 2014

Dear NABE members,
NABE
Congratulations for your participation and contributions to a very dynamic and successful 2014 conference in San Diego. We look forward to having you join us once more next year in Las Vegas at Bally's on the strip on March 5-7, 2015. Please submit your presentations early to be considered. This is also a very important reminder of the NABE Executive Board Regional election nomination petition that closes on March 8. If you missed picking up your copy at the NABE booth during the San Diego conference, we urge you to visit the NABE Web page and download the bylaws for executive board election and the candidate nomination petition and submit via email to drsantiagow@gmail.com or (fax to Cassandra Laine) in the NABE office at (240)-450-3799 not later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. There are (3) open regional seats, one representing each of the three regions (East, Central and West). The positions will run for a 3-year term. Please feel free to contact executive director, Dr.Santiago Wood via email for any additional information.

Si se puede!
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English learners an asset for global, multilingual future: Arne Duncan and Libia Gil
Los Angeles Daily News
Over the last several days, 230 American men and women competed against and socialized with athletes from 87 other nations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics are not only a test of individuals' athletic prowess, but also a test of nations' good will, collaboration and diplomacy — and ability to find a common language. As the late Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." To provide our children an excellent education, and to keep America competitive economically, we would do well to heed his words.More

English learners an asset for global, multilingual future
ED.gov Blog
Over the last several days, 230 American men and women competed against and socialized with athletes from 87 other nations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics are not only a test of individuals' athletic prowess, but also a test of nations’ good will, collaboration and diplomacy — and ability to find a common language. As the late Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." To provide our children an excellent education, and to keep America competitive economically, we would do well to heed his words.More

Bilingual standards for students in New Mexico
Voxxi
Even though bilingual education continues to be a wedge issue in some statehouses, there are numerous states where dual-language programs are flourishing. Take for instance New Mexico, where yesterday its State Senate overwhelming approved with a 41-0 vote the passage of HB 330, which creates a state seal for bilingual and bi-literate graduates.More

Gender, genes play important role in delayed language development
Science Daily
Boys are at greater risk for delayed language development than girls according to a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The researchers also found that reading and writing difficulties in the family gave an increased risk. The researchers of this study believe that children with delayed language development must be identified as early as possible. Parents, health care workers and child care staff should be aware of the language development of children and encourage an enabling language environment, in some cases with specially adapted measures.More

San Francisco seen as model in bilingual education over English only
San Francisco Chronicle
In the 15 years since voters essentially banned bilingual education in state schools, teaching English learners to read, write and do arithmetic first in their native language has nearly disappeared from California classrooms. Since Proposition 227 overwhelmingly passed in June 1998, it's been all about learning English, first and foremost — but not in San Francisco. Nearly 30 percent of the city's 17,000 English learners are in bilingual education programs, compared with 5 percent on average statewide, according to the most recent data available.More

Academic conversation develops deep comprehension: Using the skills
By David Irwin
Academic conversation is a strategy that increases student engagement and comprehension in content topics. It is ideal for English learners because it gives them a safe environment to practice academic English with a peer who has more mastery. In first part of this series, we explained the norms for setting up academic conversations and how to organize partnerships in the classroom. Once the content has been delivered, students need skills on how to actually hold the conversation. More

Teaching across the board
Language Magazine
Every school district in every state has or soon will have a significant contingent of English language learners. As language-minority student populations grow, all schools need to be prepared to teach them. In the past, outcomes for ELLs were the responsibility of one or two ESL teachers in a school or the bilingual school down the road. However, as a consequence of the Common Core State Standards, individual state standards, Race to the Top, and other initiatives, all mainstream teachers and site administrators are now responsible for all students.More

Florida gathering input on new English language proficiency standards
Education Week
It appears Florida will soon make a choice between sticking with ELPA 21 — a group of 11 states it joined in 2012 to develop new English language proficiency standards and assessments — or ditching it for WIDA, a larger consortium of states that already shares proficiency standards and assessments for English language learners. Recently, Florida education officials started asking English language learner educators and advocates across the state to review and provide their feedback on the two different sets of English language proficiency standards.More

Des Moines, Iowa, school leaders push for more funds for teaching English
The Des Moines Register
As the number of children who receive help learning the English language continues to grow in Des Moines, school district leaders are asking state lawmakers to increase the money allocated for the education of such students. Roughly one out of every five children in Iowa's largest school district — a total of 5,901 pupils — qualifies for English language learner services.More

Teaching across the board
Language Magazine
Every school district in every state has or soon will have a significant contingent of English language learners. As language-minority student populations grow, all schools need to be prepared to teach them. In the past, outcomes for ELLs were the responsibility of one or two ESL teachers in a school or the bilingual school down the road. 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

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

Grants to support English language programs in gateway cities
WAMC
Recent state grants will support English language learning and early career education programs in Massachusetts Gateway Cities. More than $3 million will go to the state's 26 Gateway Cities to be used in school districts to help close the achievement gap and prepare students for careers after high school. Receiving $195,000, Holyoke was one of 12 cities awarded continuation grants for English Language Learners Enrichment Academies. Democratic State Representative Aaron Vega of Holyoke says these programs are particularly important in Gateway Cities because they have a long and continuous history of being homes to immigrant families coming to the areas for work.More

District to work on English language learners mandate
The Milford Dailey News
A new state mandate on English as a second language drew criticism from a member of the Mendon-Upton School Committee. District Superintendent Joseph Maruszczak told the committee about the state's Rethinking Equity and Teaching of English Language Learners initiative, aimed at improving education for students for whom English is a second language. He said the federal government, in 2011, ruled that the state was violating the civil rights of these students by not requiring teachers to get professional development in that area.More

Common Core in action: 10 visual literacy strategies
Edutopia
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy, to explicitly teach a collection of competencies that will help students think through, think about and think with pictures.More

New NCLB waiver reports show more issues with struggling schools, new tests
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education released waiver monitoring reports for three more states that show continued struggles with low-performing schools and new tests aligned to the common core. Kansas is dinged because the interventions for its focus schools do not seem to line up with the reasons those schools were selected for this designation in the first place. (Focus schools are those with the largest achievement gaps in the state.) This is a common problem among many waiver states.More