NABE Weekly eNews
Mar. 12, 2015

NABE 2015 Conference Press Release
Nearly 2,000 participants from across the globe converged at the 44th Annual NABE Conference held in Las Vegas from March 4-7 for several days of professional development and an all-star cast of keynote speakers. The conference theme, "Achieving Global Competence: Biliteracy for All," drew national and international interest. Representatives from the American Federation of Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, the U.S. Department of Education, just to name a few, made presentations at the conference. Over 20 NABE affiliates from around the nation also showed their support at this conference.

Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and the team from the Santa Clara County Office of Education (Dr. Yee Wan, NABE Board Member, Dr. Angelica Ramsey, Chief Academic Officer, and Toni Cordova, Chief Strategy Officer)

Dr. Julio Cruz, NABE President, California Senator Ricardo Lara, NABE 2015 Citizen of the Year, and Dr. Santiago Wood, NABE Executive Director

Dr. Julio Cruz, NABE President, Superintendent Jon R. Gundry, Dr. Yee Wan, NABE Board Member

Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) And NABE Board Members

California Senator Ricardo
Lara, NABE 2015 Citizen of the
Year and Dr. Yee Wan, NABE
Board Member

Nominating Petition for NABE Executive Board Candidate due March 28
Dear NABE Members:

As mentioned at the NABE opening session of our recent conference in Las Vegas, there are three national "At-Large Executive Board" positions open for the 2016-2019 term. The deadline for submitting the Nominating Petition for NABE Executive Board Candidate is March 28. The Nominating Petition must be submitted with the NABE Executive Board Candidate Information Sheet. All of these documents are attached including the NABE Bylaws on Executive Board Election. I urge you to read the Bylaws to determine your eligibility and qualifications for submitting the Nominating Petition. Once your Nominating Petition is submitted, NABE will check its data base to determine the candidates status. Candidates will receive a response within 5 days regarding their eligibility after submitting their paperwork.

Please reach out to me directly either by email: or phone: 954-729-4557 for any further clarification. If you attempt to reach me by phone when I am not available, please identify yourself and leave a complete message and I will return the call as soon as possible within a 24 hour period. NABE will work with an outside partner to monitor and to certify the voting and election results. I extend my best wishes to all of the potential candidates.

Si se puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood
Executive Director 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 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 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

ESL teachers improvise under Common Core
New America Media
The nation's sweeping changes in education under the new Common Core State Standards have yet to catch up with teaching materials. That leaves educators like Sabrina Silverman with little choice but to spend extra time creating their own lesson plans, sometimes from scratch. Silverman, 25, is an English as a Second Language and math instructor at William C. Overfelt High School, part of the East Side Union High School District in San Jose. Some 74 percent of students at Overfelt are classified as English Language Learners. Statewide, ELL students account for about 22 percent of all public school students, according to the California Department of Education.More

Can English villages work in East Asian countries?
By Dr. Jing Fu
English as an international lingua franca has been widely accepted globally for a century. In recent decades, Asian countries (particularly China, Japan and Korea) have been embracing English as one of their top priorities in language policies. English village is a typical model those three East Asian countries build for promoting English through immersion environments. How do these English villages work in these three countries? More

How 1 teacher changed the life of 1 child
The Washington Post
Andres Rodriguez Jr., now 63 years old, moved to New York City from Puerto Rico when he was a child, in 1960. He didn't speak a word of English. The kindness of a single teacher at the first school in which he was enrolled changed his life, and all these years later he remains grateful. He tells his story in the following post.More

Research: Video games driving English language skills, other languages suffer
Research has shown that students who spend time playing online computer or console games reap an added benefit — good grades in English. The study by Helsinki University research student Olli Uuskoski shows that boys in particular tend to enjoy a big payoff, since they can more often be found with a game controller in hand than girls. As English grows in popularity among students, other languages are being left behind. More

NIH study: Bilingualism boosts the brain
About 22 percent of school-age children speak a language other than English at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage is even higher, 64 percent, among Hispanic children. Still, it is commonly believed by some that teaching more than one language to children confuses them. Now, new research shows that in fact, bilingualism actually boosts the brain. Shifting back and forth between two different sets of vocabulary and grammar provide a real mental workout.More

New Orleans schools receive extra funds to support English language learners
The Recovery School District announced recently that its giving out more than $160,000 to support English language learners. Those funds are divided among 16 charter operators and will pay for supports like technology, teacher training and translated materials. Bill Murphy oversees student support services at Cohen College Prep High School. Last fall the school enrolled 18 students who'd just arrived in the U.S. More

The 4 C's of 21st century learning for ELLs: Collaboration
By Erick Herrmann
In the first two parts of this four-part series, we explored critical thinking and communication. Collaboration is the next topic we will explore. Any teacher who has tried putting students into groups to work together without first setting up guidelines knows that group work can be a slippery slope, with some students thriving and others not participating effectively. When working with English learners, there are special considerations when having students collaborate, including language proficiency levels and cultural backgrounds.More

Enrollment growth prompts diverse strategies in teaching
This Week Community News
The Worthington school district has grown in diversity over the past few years, and the number of "English language learners" is growing, too, according ELL curriculum leader Ben Rule. Rule and Slate Hill Elementary School teacher Margaret Wilcox recently updated the Worthington Board of Education on how the district serves students who need to learn the English language before they can succeed at other lessons. Rule said the number of ELL students has grown from 400 to 550 since 2009.More

Study: Recruiting more minority teachers could do wonders for minority students
The Huffington Post
One way to help low-performing students do better in school could be to put them in classrooms with teachers who share their race, a new study says. The study, which will be released in the April issue of the Economics of Education Review, looks at how students' test scores are impacted by the race of their teachers. Through analyzing Florida Department of Education data, researchers found that black, white and Asian/Pacific Island students do slightly better in school during years when they share their classroom educator's race and/or ethnicity. Low-performing black and white students especially benefit from having teachers of their same race, the study says.More

Know more than one language? How your bilingual brain could pay dividends
Speaking more than one language may confer significant benefits on the developing brain. Research has now shown that bilingual young adults not only fare better in the job market, but are also more likely to demonstrate empathy and problem-solving skills. The fact is that American adults are largely monolingual English speakers, even those who began life speaking more than one language. Based on the latest research, it might be time to rethink the emphasis on monolingualism in the U.S.More

Empowering educators through cultural competence
The act of listening is perhaps the most underrated skill there is in education. As teachers, we are often asked to "do" a lot more than necessary: memorize standards, plan lessons, prepare for various assessments, call homes, provide a warm environment for our students and visitors, attend faculty meetings with varying effectiveness and relevance, grade mounds of papers, and take what little time we have left to eat and sleep, usually less than we should.More