NABE Weekly eNews
May. 14, 2015



45th Annual NABE Conference
March 3-5
Hilton Chicago

NABE's mission is to advocate for our nation's Bilingual and English Language Learners and families and to cultivate a multilingual multicultural society by supporting and promoting policy, programs, pedagogy, research and professional development that yield academic success, value native language, lead to English proficiency, and respects cultural and linguistic diversity.

NABE seeks proposals that engage participants in topics related to quality education for DLLs such as:

By using a peer review process with a panel of over 35 reviewers from across the nation NABE ensures that all accepted proposals are of the highest quality for our attendees.

NABE invites all education experts, researchers, authors and successful practitioners with information of interest to submit a proposal. We also encourage multilingual proposals.

Click here to Submit your proposal. Proposal submission will be open through June 30. More

AFT, NABE, TESOL on Senate Bipartisan ESEA Bill
Leaders of three organizations representing the majority of educators who teach English language learners said they are encouraged by the Senate bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization proposal. "The proposed bill represents a significant step forward to support the academic and language needs of ELLs, to adequately prepare teachers to work with ELLs, and to promote equity," said leaders of the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association for Bilingual Education and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Association, in a statement to their members.More

Request for proposal and participation
The 12th Annual ALAS Education Summit
Oct. 14-17

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents is an educational professional association advocating for Latino youth through professional development, interaction, and networking among administrators in school districts nationwide that serve Hispanic students. ALAS was formed in 2003 in response to the lack of national advocacy and representation by the existing mainstream professional associations. It is this void that ALAS seeks to fill with a determined effort to improve the educational success of Latino youth and career opportunities for Latino administrators. The ALAS mission is to provide leadership at the national level that assures every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth, by building capacity, promoting best practices and transforming educational institutions.More

Every Child Achieves
The Coalition for Teaching Quality — comprised of more than 100 civil rights, disability, rural, youth, parent, community, educator and principal organizations — thanks you for your leadership in developing bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Every Child Achieves Act. We write today to specifically comment on the teacher and principal quality provisions in the bill.More

Opposition to Inclusion of S. 1052 (GREAT) Act in ESEA
As 91 organizations concerned with promoting educational quality and equity, particularly for students who have traditionally been least well-served by our education system, we are deeply committed to the development of well-prepared, experienced, and effective teachers for all communities, and to ensuring that every student has a fully prepared and effective teacher. We write to you with significant concerns about S.1052, the "Growing Education Achievement Training Academies for Teachers and Principals (GREAT) Act." We strongly oppose its enactment or inclusion in ESEA reauthorization.More

Selected recommendations on ESEA reauthorization regarding English language working group on ELL Policy
ELL Policy
English language learners comprise almost 10 percent of the U.S. student population at any given time. Many more students have been ELLs at some point in their schooling. In four states (Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and California) the percentages are significantly higher, ranging from 15 to 24 percent of the state's students. Moreover, many states in the Southeast and Midwest have experienced explosive ELL growth. Since the last re-­authorization of ESEA, the numbers of ELLs have increased substantially, and growth is more broadly distributed across the nation. More

It is now official!
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Biliteracy Certificate (includes Spanish and Portuguese) and Dual Language Immersion Program Senate Bill 267 that makes it now a State law. Indiana officially becomes the third state in the Midwest and 9th in the nation with a Seal of Biliteracy program.

Click here for the link of all the process we went through (click on "Bill Actions").

We are now blue on the Seal of Biliteracy national map and Indiana has started to reach national coverage on different mass media outlets.

Click here for the official press release from the Governor's Office.More

Title III English Leaners FY16 Final
As the Subcommittee considers the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we respectfully urge you to provide the President's Budget request of $773.4 million for Title III Language Acquisition Grant, consistent with the considerable growth of English learners being served in our nation's public schools. More

NCLR applauds bipartisan effort on education bill; remains concerned about accountability
he Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted unanimously to send the "Every Child Achieves Act" to the Senate floor. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the leadership of Chairman Lamar Alexander, R–Tenn., and Ranking Member Patty Murray, D–Wash., on their bipartisan work in moving the bill this far. "We are grateful for the efforts of members of Congress who have put the future of our nation's children at the forefront of the discussion and joined together in this bipartisan effort," said Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President of Programs, NCLR.More

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

NABE 2017

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

Hillary Clinton pitches immigration as an education issue
Education Week
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at a Nevada high school that she wants to give students who came to the county as undocumented minors a path to citizenship. And she'd like to help their parents remain in the country legally too, through a major overhaul of the immigration system. Her remarks — and especially the choice to champion the policy at a high school, surrounded by undocumented students who would benefit from it — make it clear that the Clinton campaign plans to link the issues of immigration and educational equity.More

Simple exercises to improve ELL reading skills: Science
By: Douglas Magrath
English for science courses will help students who have passed the admissions test and are not quite ready to begin their courses in the scientific fields. Outside of the sheltered ESL and TOEFL classes, the demands are different. Life outside of ESL presents a different set of challenges. A practical approach to English for science has students exposed to both the target language and the target field by combining field experience with language learning.More

Audio dissection
Language Magazine
Language is as much a skill as it is a subject. Therefore, language learning must involve not only vocabulary and grammar study, but also practice and training of the skills necessary to communicate in a foreign language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Listening comprehension is often regarded as an ability that is gradually acquired through constant exposure to the target language, when in reality, it is a tangible skill that can be improved through conscious practice and training.More

Colorblind bilingual programs can perpetuate bias, study finds
Many presume bilingual education can level the academic playing field for English learners, but one UC Davis professor calls foul on current practices. In a new paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, education professor Chris Faltis argues that "colorblind" approaches to multilingualism in education mask agendas that privilege the dominant, or "whitestream," culture.More

The case for a two-generation approach for educating English language learners
Center for American Progress
Over the past two decades, the United States has undergone a number of demographic shifts. Between 2000 and 2013, the Latino population grew by 43 percent, far outpacing the growth of non-Hispanic whites, whose population grew by 5.7 percent during the same time period. The number of Asians in the United States is increasing as well; Asians recently surpassed Latinos as the nation's fastest-growing group of new immigrants. This population grew by 46 percent between 2000 and 2010.More

America's lacking language skills
The Atlantic
Educators from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., this past Thursday to lobby in the interest of world languages. It was Language Advocacy Day, an annual event on Capitol Hill that is aimed at garnering more federal support for language education.More

New curriculum, but not for youngest English learners in DPS
Chalkbeat Colorado
Denver Public Schools was poised this spring to buy its first set of Common Core-aligned textbooks and materials for elementary- and middle-schoolers. But after an extensive search, the district held off on buying a new curriculum for its K-3 literacy classes. Officials say that's because a committee of teachers and experts couldn't find quality books or resources written in Spanish and tailored to the needs of students who are learning English.More

Congress clears budget that locks in sequester-level education funding
Education Week
Congress passed a fiscal year 2016 budget that locks in sequester-level funding, ensuring no new money for federal education spending and outlining further cuts to federal education programs over the next decade. "This balanced budget will provide Congress and the nation with a fiscal blueprint that challenges lawmakers to examine every dollar we spend," said Senate budget chairman Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo. "Americans who work hard to provide for their families and pay their taxes understand that it's time for the federal government to live within its means, just like they do."More

The latest trends in classroom design
K-12 TechDecisions
How we "do" education has changed immensely in the last decade. Pedagogy has evolved and the role of the teacher has shifted from the bestower of knowledge to the facilitator of it. Educators now flip their classrooms, encourage active, project-based learning and increasingly use online tools to deliver a more personalized education experience. These changes in teaching and learning have had a dramatic effect on how we think about and design classroom spaces.More

After funding boost, schools consider how to better help English language learners
Chalkbeat Indiana
In the wake of a series of stories about English language learning in Indianapolis — jointly published by Chalkbeat, the Indianapolis Star and WFYI Public Media — key Indiana policymakers are reconsidering how children who need language help are served. The series, Lost In Translation, documented the difficulties faced by a fast-growing population of immigrant students in Indiana, some of whom come from vastly different cultures, to learn English, academic subjects and the American way of life all at once.More