NABE Weekly eNews
May. 16, 2013

Immigration bill: What happens to youngest undocumented children?
Education Week
As many as 1 million undocumented children who were brought to the United States at a very young age would have to wait as long as their parents — at least 13 years &dmash; to pursue citizenship under the current version of the bipartisan immigration reform measure being debated and shaped (and reshaped) in the U.S. Senate. These so-called "little DREAMers" would miss out on the speedier path to citizenship that their older siblings and peers would benefit from under the DREAM provisions in the legislation. That provision — essentially a version of the long-stalled DREAM Act — would create a five-year path to citizenship for those who are already old enough to have graduated from high school, earned a GED, completed two years of college or spent four years in the military.More

Background knowledge: How ELL programs can activate it
By Erick Herrmann
There are many techniques teachers currently use to both activate students' prior knowledge and actively build background knowledge with students. Teachers are likely familiar with the K-W-L chart; but this technique is not always employed in a way that benefits students. Other techniques we will explore include direct and indirect experiences, using the students' native language, incorporating in nonlinguistic representation and utilizing small, flexible group instruction.More

White House forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage
U.S. Department of the Interior
Over the coming months, the National Park Service Theme Study Scholars will be developing narratives that will connect tangible places to the many intangible stories. The Service's National Historic Landmark program will use the theme study to guide future nominations of National Historic Landmarks and National Register properties. We want you to be a part of this historic process by giving us your feedback and ideas.More

Latino students doing their part to help reach Obama's college goal
Latino students are doing their part to help meet an ambitious goal that President Barack Obama set in 2009. He wants the United States to be the top-ranked country in the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020. To get there, 60 percent of 25-to 34-year-olds in the U.S. will need to have a college degree. That means Latinos must earn 5.5 million college degrees, and so far they are on track to meet that goal.More

US Department of State launches the 'American English' mobile application
U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the release of the free "American English" mobile application for lower-tech feature phones and Android devices. Developed in partnership with English Education Alliance members, biNu and Worldreader, the application provides new audiences worldwide with "anytime, anywhere" English language learning resources on the mobile devices they already own. Expanding access to English language learning is a top public diplomacy goal for the Department of State. English language skills open doors to economic empowerment and educational opportunities for billions of people around the world.More

Primary teachers' best tips for language lessons
The Guardian
Finding links between a child's own language and others is a really useful activity. This is particularly interesting when there are learners who have languages other than English as their mother tongue as it allows comparison with a number of languages and also gives value to knowing another language.More

English language learners get lesson in healthy food — And improve their English
Hartford Courant
The goal for Monday's lesson was to teach the third- through fifth-grade students about healthy eating, but their English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher was happy with some of the other benefits. More

School tries more English earlier for bilingual students
Aurora Deacon News
Diane Argueta, East Aurora School District's director of bilingual services in Illinois, stood at the head of the Gates Elementary cafeteria pointing at a slide on a projector that outlined the objectives of the district's bilingual education program.More

Defining an English language learner: Can states agree?
Education Week
Who is an English language learner? Across 50 states and tens of thousands of school districts, answers to that fundamental question can be quite different. More

Rifts deepen over direction of education policy in US
Education Week
In statehouses and cities across the country, battles are raging over the direction of education policy — from the standards that will shape what students learn to how test results will be used to judge a teacher's performance. Students and teachers, in passive resistance, are refusing to take and give standardized tests. Protesters have marched to the White House over what they see as the privatization of the nation's schools. Professional and citizen lobbyists are packing hearings in state capitols to argue that the federal government is trying to dictate curricula through the use of common standards.More

Free apps to support vocabulary acquisition by ELLs
Edutopia (commentary)
One of my favorite aspects of integrating technology into instruction is the availability of resources to support students with different learning needs. Students who are struggling can benefit from the excitement and engagement offered by a tool like the iPad. Teachers of English language learners can use technology to promote growth in their students. Developing a strong vocabulary is an important area of focus for ELLs who are building their reading comprehension. Educators use a variety of strategies to grow readers in their classroom, and there are many free iPad apps that support vocabulary acquisition.More

Hispanic high school graduates pass whites in rate of college enrollment
Pew Research Center
A record seven-in-ten (69 percent) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67 percent) among their white counterparts, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.More

English language learners get lesson in healthy food — And improve their English
Hartford Courant
The goal for Monday's lesson was to teach the third- through fifth-grade students about healthy eating, but their English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher was happy with some of the other benefits. The students sat around a long table in Connecticut's Whiting Lane Elementary School teachers' lounge, finishing their snack and reviewing what they had learned. Teacher Ryan Cronin asked them to find the verbs in the recipe he had written out, and in the process had to explain why "rolling" wasn't a verb when used in "rolling pin."More

Plan aims to determine students' socioeconomic status
USA Today
Looking for a clearer picture of how poor, middle-class and wealthy students perform in U.S. schools, the Obama administration wants to redefine how it calculates children's socioeconomic status. In a new white paper, just released, the U.S. Department of Education proposes classifying students by more than just their parents' income or education levels. It explains the federal government should be able to tie test scores to a host of indicators, including: whether parents own or rent their home, how many times a family has moved in the past year and whether anyone in their household gets medical assistance.More