NABE Weekly eNews
Apr. 2, 2015

Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines released
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the National Association of Bilingual Education, the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, and TESOL International Association, have officially drafted recommendations for the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award made by a state department of education or local district to recognize a student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript and diploma for these students.More

2015 Young Ambassadors Promotional Video
Smithsonian Latino Center
Don't wait! Application deadline is April 6.
Watch the program in action. Young Ambassadors Promotional Video.

Gain professional experience, network with Latino leaders, hone your leadership skills, and get involved in your community this summer with a paid internship. Apply to the Young Ambassadors Program! #SLCYAP2015.

Who? Graduating high school seniors with a commitment to the arts, sciences or humanities as it pertains to Latino communities.

What? Week-long, all-expenses paid training and leadership seminar and a four-week internship with a $2,000 program stipend

Where? Washington D.C. and internships in 19 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico

When? June 21-July 31

Why? Opportunity to explore various career paths, embrace your own cultural heritage, and gain practical and leadership skills and intellectual growth

Application deadline: April 6

For more information, to view the promotional video, and to apply visit:

For questions: Email:

"I can't wait to begin my journey as a Young Ambassador, to inspire and be inspired"

The Smithsonian Latino Center gratefully acknowledges major and continued program support from Ford Motor Company Fund.More

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



NABE 2016 Chicago Conference
Please prepare for the NABE 2016 45th Annual International Bilingual Education Conference at the Chicago Hilton on March 3-5 with Pre-Conference on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. More

NABE 2017
Scheduled for Hilton Anatole, Dallas on Feb. 23-25 with Pre-Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.More

Education Department releases second chapter of English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies
U.S. Department of Education
"Tools and Resources for Providing a Language Assistance Program," the second chapter of the English Learner Tool Kit, has been published on the Web by the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education (the Department). The Tool Kit is intended to help state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) in meeting their obligations to ELs. More

Poor internet access hinders Hispanics' educational success
eSchool News
Hispanic Americans are not meeting the economic, educational, and healthcare successes of other ethnic group peers due to inadequate broadband internet access, according to a recent study by The Hispanic Institute. Gus West, president of The Hispanic Institute, said: "Without reliable access to the internet, Hispanics cannot participate fully in American society. The best job and educational opportunities have moved online. If Hispanics are to take advantage of them, they'll need to follow them into cyberspace."More

Education Department pledges to prioritize needs of language learners
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education says it is developing a strategy to elevate the national focus on English language learners, the nation's fastest-growing student population. The plan, which touches on topics ranging from parent engagement to teacher preparation, is a "framing guideline for how we want to think about English learners across different levels of the organization," said Libia Gil, the head of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition, or OELA.More

Cebuano? Here are all the languages Jersey City students speak
The Jersey Journal
"Bienvenida," "Welkom," "歡迎光臨" and "Welcome" to the Jersey City school district. This is the most diverse city in the country, after all. Besides its native English speakers, the 38-school, 30,000-student district has 2,600 English language learning students who speak a total of more than 40 first languages. A complete list cited in a recent federal government review includes languages that most people from around here probably haven't even heard of — though maybe you heard someone speaking it once and didn't know it.More

International students stream into US colleges
The Wall Street Journal
American universities are enrolling unprecedented numbers of foreign students, prompted by the rise of an affluent class in China and generous scholarships offered by oil-rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia. Cash-strapped public universities also are driving the trend, aggressively recruiting students from abroad, especially undergraduates who pay a premium compared with in-state students. There are 1.13 million foreign students in the U.S., the vast majority in college-degree programs, according to a report to be released by the Department of Homeland Security. That represents a 14 percent increase over last year, nearly 50 percent more than in 2010 and 85% more than in 2005.More

Simple exercises to improve ELL reading skills — Part 2
By: Douglas Magrath
In the first part of this article, we discussed how reading is an essential means of communication and the importance of developing strategies for English language learners to approach reading in their non-native language. After a series of prereading exercises and a list of the skills needed to be taught, we went over several sample exercises. Below are a few more helpful hints to the teacher and classroom activities for the reading class designed to develop reading skills in English.More

Expansion, more funds needed for English language program
Connecticut Post
Programs for 35,000 Connecticut students who need to learn English should be greatly expanded and better funded, a statewide panel recommended. Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, appointed the panel in February to examine the state's English language learners program and gave it 45 days to deliver a set of recommendations.More

After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures
Georgetown University Medical Center via Science Daily
When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That's the finding from a new study that shows the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete word, not parts of it.More

Money, dream jobs, a better brain: Why everyone should learn a second language
The Next Web
With more online learning resources available than we know what to do with, there's really no reason for you to not know a second language. Being bilingual not only gives you some fun bragging rights, but it also makes you stand out in the increasingly competitive job market. Learning another language can pave the way for salary increases and open up tons of amazing job opportunities that would be far beyond reach for someone who only knows one language. But it doesn't stop there. Did you know it can help keep your brain healthy, for longer?More

How to measure English learners' development more accurately
The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously posited that it is impossible to step into the same river twice. That is, by the time you go back for the second dip, the water you touched the first time is long downstream. This makes it challenging to get clear understanding of the river: is it full of fish? What's its temperature? Etc. Each splash into the water is simply one slice of time. To get more complete knowledge, you'd need to measure it over a longer period of time. This is as good an analogy as any for illustrating the challenges of responsibly assessing language learners.More

New report offers state leaders, Feds advice to improve ELL education
Education Week
A new report from the Education Commission of the States offers a series of policy recommendations that it says states and the federal government can adopt to improve the academic performance of English language learners. The report, State Level English Language Learner Policies, lists proposed changes in five areas: finance; student identification and reclassification; educator quality; prekindergarten services; and parent and family engagement. The commission compiled the report with input from some of the nation's leading language learner experts and advocates.More

Boston schools' language barriers persist
Boston Globe
The Boston school system is failing to adequately teach thousands of students who speak limited English and provide them with rigorous coursework, nearly five years after promising the U.S. government it would overhaul programs to comply with civil rights laws, according to an ongoing federal review obtained by the Globe. The violations are so widespread — prompting repeated visits by federal investigators over the last few months — that the school system is increasingly concerned that the federal agencies might head to court to force compliance.More