NABE Weekly eNews
Apr. 3, 2014

NABE Board of Directors Candidates
Congratulations are in order to all of the NABE Board of Directors Candidates for the 2014 Regional Board Elections. As you are aware, a general notice went out to the NABE membership via the NABE eNews approximately 3 weeks ago announcing that the following Candidates met all of the Nomination Qualifications to run for regional offices as follows:

Eudes Budhai
Anita Pandey

Leo Gomez

Minh-Ahn Hodge
Boris Costa-Guerra

Therefore, all qualified candidates are required to submit a photo along with candidate bio or information sheet for the ballot within the next 10 days. During the month of April, Cassandra and I will work with Votenet on the ballot design and layout for uploading to the NABE Web page. The Online Voting process will begin in May and run for 3 weeks. Results of the elections will be posted and shared with the membership at the end of May. Please send your photo and bio statement directly to Cassandra in the NABE office with cc to me. Cassandra's email address is Please let us know of any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the process.

Si se puede!
Santiago Wood More

2014 Early Head Start — Child Care Partnership Grants
Deadline: Friday, April 11

Head Start
The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care are seeking expert reviewers for the 2014 Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant panels. The EHS-CC Partnership is a new competitive federal grant opportunity to improve the quality of infant and toddler care in existing child care centers and family child care homes that serve children who are Early Head Start eligible.

The grant application review process relies on qualified, non-Federal reviewers who can critically evaluate applications. Grant reviewers will work in an on-site team environment. They will serve on a panel to review and evaluate applications consistent with established criteria. Each reviewer will draft objective comments and submit them to the chair for an in-person panel discussion. More

Short answers for quick thinking
By: Eva Sullivan
For 15 years, my day job has been teaching ESOL in public schools. Last fall, I began teaching adult literacy at a local community college and immediately noticed a difference. Adult learners often could not respond correctly to simple questions they actually understood. When asked, "Do you need a pencil?" they would answer, "Yes, I need" or they would hesitate too long to answer. Unlike in the classroom where the teacher is a well-trained professional, there is no wait time in the real world. My idea for a simple language lesson came from this experience.More

Dual-language programs grow despite challenges
Houston Chronicle
Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier announced during his State of the Schools speech in February that the district would greatly expand the number of campuses offering Spanish dual-language programs next school year. The planning has been taking place for months, with the 14 elementary schools gaining buy-in from the staff and the community, said Gracie Guerrero, HISD's assistant superintendent over multilingual programs.More

Class teaches more than language
New Times
It was early — 7:20 a.m. — in the classroom at Danbury High School, but the 25 students seated in rows before their ESL teacher were ready. The vocabulary words on the blackboard ranged from ask and answer to brothers and sisters. Teacher Jeannie Kahn held up a group of colorful flash cards and asked the students, including a sister and brother who had arrived from Ecuador four days earlier, to describe what they saw. Egg, onion, money, book, toilet, calendar, knife, fork, spoon. "What is a polite way to ask to use the bathroom?" Kahn asked them.More

Students learning English benefit more in two-language instructional programs than English immersion, Stanford research finds
Stanford News
Like a growing number of school systems across the country, San Francisco Unified School District is tasked with educating increasing rolls of students for whom English is not their first language. In the United States, the school-aged population has grown a modest 10 percent in the last three decades, while the number of children speaking a language other than English at home has soared by 140 percent. Against this backdrop, researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and San Francisco Unified School District are examining student performance in various types of English language learning programs.More

English learner reclassifications in flux in California
Education Week
Gone are California's old state tests in English/language arts. And three years from now the state's English-language-proficiency exam for English learners, known as the CELDT, will also be replaced. Results on both of those tests have long been among the chief criteria used by district-level educators to decide when an English language learner has reached enough fluency to no longer need English-language-instruction services. In the K-12 world, this is known as reclassification. It's a high-stakes decision for every ELL — and there are 1.4 million of such students in California.More

How these techies aim to close the achievement gap
NBC News
Harlyn Pacheco and Ricardo Rodriguez, both one-time ELL (English language learners) students, understand how language proficiency and a mastery of basic core subjects is crucial to academic success, yet hard to reach for many students. They both started their educations in Spanish-speaking countries and had to catch up when they came to school in the U.S. "We've been very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of very targeted instruction and be two ELL kids that were able to successfully pick up a new language and a new set of skills," said Pacheco.More

Huge growth of English language training students in 4 years
Austin American-Statesman
The number of students in the Bastrop school district who participate in some form of English language training has jumped nearly 50 percent since 2008, the district's statistics show. The Bastrop school board recently received an in-depth report on its "English language learners" program, commonly referred to as ELL, from Tessie Young, the district's director of federal programs and grants. The report covers the 2012-2013 school year. The report describes the services provided to the ELL students through two programs — the bilingual program and the English as a second language program. The report also details student progress toward being proficient in English.More

Dual-language programs grow despite challenges
Houston Chronicle
Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier announced during his State of the Schools speech in February that the district would greatly expand the number of campuses offering Spanish dual-language programs next school year. 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

New program at Lexington, Ky., school aims to boost academic foundation of Hispanic children
Lexington Herald-Leader
DeAnna Stith, a kindergarten teacher at Cardinal Valley Elementary School, doesn't speak Spanish. A student who moved to Lexington from Mexico six weeks ago and was placed in Stith's class doesn't speak English. Neither do several of the girl's classmates. The child gets extra help from teachers who speak Spanish and English, but "it's a struggle not only for her to express herself to me ... it's hard to assess her," Stith said.More

Program helping students become biliteral, bilingual
Texas is leading the nation in two-way bilingual education. Many East Texas school districts have added dual language programs and some of them are teaching both English and Spanish to a combined classroom of native Spanish speakers and English speaking students. More than 100 English language learners are the first students to enroll in Kilgore Independent School District's dual language program. It's a one way program for Spanish native speakers who will learn academically both Spanish and English.More

Pierce County, Wash., schools recognized for helping non-English speaking students gain English language proficiency
The News Tribune
Six schools in Pierce County, Wash., were recognized by the state Board of Education for achievements by their English Language Learner students. They are Central Avenue, Christensen and Elmhurst elementary schools in the Franklin Pierce School District, and Northeast Tacoma, Point Defiance and Sheridan elementary schools in Tacoma. Those six are among 42 schools across the state receiving the first ever English Language Acquisition Award.More