NABE Weekly eNews
May. 8, 2014

Dear NABE members,
NABE
This is a reminder of the NABE Executive Board Regional Elections for one of each three regional positions in the Eastern, Central and Western regions. The election process is a user friendly, secured and confidential online process. The election cycle will run for two weeks beginning on May 8-22 at midnight. The results of the election will be announced and posted on the NABE Web page by May 29. Newly elected board members must plan to meet with the entire board for installation at the Chicago Hilton on July 25-26. We encourage all of our members to cast their ballots as soon as possible.

If you have any problems voting online, please contact Cassandra Laine in the NABE office at (240) 450-3700 or c_laine@nabe.org for assistance. Each candidate's bio and photo is available on the NABE web page for your review. We look forward to your full participation in our association's annual regional elections, and thank you for you continued support.

Sí se puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood
Executive DirectorMore

Bilingualism can help close learning gaps for immigrant students
National Journal
The gospel of the day is that raising children to speak and understand more than one language is good for their cognitive development. A number of studies released in the past few years have indicated that multilingual speakers may even have more focused brains and higher processing abilities. Not surprisingly, this research — and the media attention that has accompanied it — has led to renewed efforts among more-affluent parents to secure spots for their children in language immersion schools and employ multilingual nannies who can expose their wee ones to another language from the earliest ages.More

Are school turnaround efforts overlooking English learners?
Education Week
The unique learning needs of English language learners enrolled in low-performing schools that were targeted for dramatic improvements under a federal school turnaround program were largely overlooked, at least in the early phases of implementation, a new evaluation concludes. In an ongoing review of the Obama administration's $4.6 billion School Improvement Grant program, the Institute of Education Sciences found that the needs of second-language learners received "only moderate or limited attention" in the early-to-midway stages of the schools' turnaround initiatives.More

After decades, a university by and for Latinos will shut its doors
NPR
The National Hispanic University was created more than 30 years ago to educate first-generation college students from Latino backgrounds. Next year, the only school of its kind west of the Mississippi will close its doors. NHU sits in the shadow of the East San Jose foothills in California's Silicon Valley. All the classrooms and faculty offices fit in one modern three-story building in the heart of a working-class Latino neighborhood. But the postwar elementary school right next door used to serve as the institution's hallowed halls.More

Sheltered instruction and English language development: Defining ELD
By: Erick Herrmann
In Part 1 of this series, two popular models of sheltered instruction were explored: Project GLAD and the SIOP Model. Most educators agree that it is important to meet the needs of English learners in the classroom through sheltered instruction and differentiation, but there is sometimes confusion on explicit English language development: what it is, what should be taught in ELD and when ELD should be taught. In this article, English language development will be explored in more depth.More

López: The SBOE — A Texas Stonewall
Rio Grande Guardian
"The Anglo Americans who came to Texas with Stephen F. Austin were not in the true sense pioneers; they found not a wilderness but a society already in existence..." These words were written by Historian John Francis Bannon in his book, "The Spanish Frontier in America, 1513-1821." Author Bannon is referring to the unique Tejano mystique. Truly, Tejano society lured Anglos both legally and illegally to immigrate to Mexico; abandoning the U.S. to start life anew in México. Nevertheless, those same U.S. immigrants betrayed their host country of México shortly after arriving.More

Activist wants dual-language charter school
Daily Pilot
A dual-language charter school for English language learners on Costa Mesa's Westside could be on the horizon, if Caryn Blanton has her way. Blanton has spent the past decade working as the youth development director for Mika Community Development Corp., which helps residents of heavily Latino neighborhoods in Costa Mesa. During that time, she found that Latino students who don't speak much English struggle at local public schools.More

Flexibility with English language learners
The Denver Post
The question of how to teach immigrant students has provoked perhaps the most bitter, rancorous debates in American education over the past 40 years. During all that period, you could find experts who would say that rapid progress toward mastering English is essential and experts who would disagree and defend a lengthy transition period from the native language.More

College using iPads to help teach children English as a second language
The Trentonian
With the growing Latino population — and a young one at that — many institutions are thinking about new ways to teach children English while also reinforcing their Spanish native language. One local college pioneering innovative ways to teach bilingual lessons is the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State College. TESC is using iPads to increase language skills and math literacy in New Jersey preschools that serve children from homes where English is a second language. The project, which is administered by Watson Institute's English language learners) Summer Institute and Mentoring Program, is currently being piloted in Head Start programs in Trenton and Hunterdon.More

After decades, a university by and for Latinos will shut its doors
NPR
The National Hispanic University was created more than 30 years ago to educate first-generation college students from Latino backgrounds. Next year, the only school of its kind west of the Mississippi will close its doors. 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

Florida set to provide in-state tuition for undocumented students
Hispanically Speaking News
The Florida House of Representatives ratified by a vote of 85-32 a bill making qualified undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges. The Senate approved the measure and it is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott, who has promised to sign it as soon as it reaches his desk. More

When 'proficient' isn't enough: A California school rises to the Common Core challenge
The Hechinger Report
A large color photograph of an iceberg on display in teacher Angel Chavarin's fourth-grade classroom at Laurel Street Elementary may not be the typical prop for a language arts lesson. But Chavarin is hoping visuals like this largely submerged icy mass will help his students better understand the concept of inferences, which are, in effect, "the tip of the iceberg." Inferences are not an easy concept for young children to grasp, and it may be particularly difficult for the students of Laurel Street, where more than 60 percent of students are English learners.More

Lessons taught in English are reshaping the global classroom
The Conversation
Universities and schools across the globe are offering an increasing number of courses taught in English. Parents and politicians alike are pushing for this change as English is considered a worldwide language of opportunity in education and business. The decision to use English as medium of instruction has very important implications for the education of young people in non-anglophone countries and yet little research evidence is available.More