NABE Weekly eNews
May. 23, 2013

Information regarding NABE 2013 Executive Board elections
Dear NABE Members,
In order for us to conduct this years Executive Board election, we need to know which region you reside in. You will only be able to vote for one candidate within your region. Please log on to the NABE webpage and provide this information by May 24, 2013 (click here for directions). If you do not complete this process by this date, you will not be able to vote because a ballot will not be sent. We are planning on conducting an online election during May 27 - June 10, 2013, and will contact you as soon as the ballot has gone live. If you have already completed these steps, please disregard this message.More

NABE Perspectives Jan-Feb 2013
Dear NABE Members,
One of the premier benefits that NABE members receive is the highly prized Perspectives, the magazine of the National Association for Bilingual Education. The magazine is editor reviewed, and it includes articles especially designed for bilingual educators and provides cutting edge information on exemplary dual language, multicultural and biliteracy programs. It also deals with public policy issues, research developments, best instructional practices, and other valuable information affecting administrators and educators who work with English language learners.

Click here is the latest issue of the Perspectives, with a strong focus on bilingual special education. Click here for more information on how to update your NABE profile.More

Study backs dual-language pre-Ks for ELLs
Education Week
Young English language learners still developing oral and literacy skills in their home languages benefit most from early-childhood programs that regularly expose them to both languages. That's the conclusion of a new federally funded analysis of the large, and growing, population of dual-language learners, ranging from birth to 5, who are already enrolled in or headed for early-care and early-childhood-education programs. By 2020, preschool-age children in the United States who are exposed to or use a language other than English at home will outnumber their monolingual English-speaking peers, according to some estimates.More

How bilinguals switch between languages
Science Daily
Individuals who learn two languages at an early age seem to switch back and forth between separate "sound systems" for each language, according to new research conducted at the University of Arizona. The research, to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, addresses enduring questions in bilingual studies about how bilingual speakers hear and process sound in two different languages.More

US Department of Education announces Arizona will receive $10.4 million to continue efforts to turn around its lowest-performing schools
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Arizona will receive $10.4 million to continue efforts to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants program. Arizona is among the 25 states that have received continuation awards for the third year of implementing a SIG model.More

Sequestration forces Indian land, military base schools to make drastic cuts
The Huffington Post
Military families are always moving around, and those shifts can be tough for children who have to adjust to new surroundings. School districts that serve these students often try to ease the transition by providing counselors for them to talk with. But thanks to sequestration, the Lemoore School District in central California has had to get rid of that service. "These [military parents] go out on crews on a ship for nine months. The kids don't see a parent or two for that long. So they have to deal with that," said Jack Boogaard, the assistant superintendent of schools in Lemoore, Calif.More

Undocumented Asian youth seek higher profile in immigration debate
Education Week
A group made up of undocumented Asian youths living in New York and other eastern states has launched a new social media campaign meant to push their stories into the public eye as the debate over immigration reform rages on in Washington. More

Bilingual children have a better 'working memory' than monolingual children
Science Daily
A study conducted at the University of Granada and the University of York in Toronto, Canada, has revealed that bilingual children develop a better working memory — which holds, processes and updates information over short periods of time — than monolingual children. More

Dual language programs prepare students for a global society
Daily Herald
Most kids get excited about pizza and cupcakes when their parents let them host birthday parties. Chase Dorn always preferred sushi and seaweed. The 15-year-old Conant High School sophomore wants to go into law and work for a Japanese company.More

School plans change for English language learners
South Coast Today
The school department is reorganizing instruction for some of its lowest achieving students, extending offerings for English language learners to a second middle school and consolidating elementary classes at the Hathaway and Gomes schools. District leaders said the plan, which adds classes at the centrally-located Keith Middle School in Massachusetts, will lessen middle school commutes and provide younger students with more stability, allowing them to remain at one school from kindergarten through fifth grade.More

Common Core promises new tests. Will they be better than the old ones?
The Christian Science Monitor
Tests that can assess students' mastery of skills and knowledge are as important as the Common Core standards themselves, say many educators and education reformers. Will the tests that accompany Common Core be any better than those states are using now? The hope is they will be, but it will be about two years before the answer is clear.More

Bilingual Buds welcomes educators from Shanghai
Summit Patch
A group of Chinese educators recently completed a tour of the United States in an effort to gain insight into the current trends of American independent schools, including best practices and innovative teaching models. Among there stops was Bilingual Buds in Summit. In all, 21 elementary school principals and university professors from Shanghai, China spent two weeks visiting various education institutions as part of a visit hosted by the Asia Society and led by Professor Zhang Junhua, Deputy Director of the National Center for Principal Training and Development of the Ministry of Education at East China Normal University.More

40 states probed alleged cheating on tests, federal report finds
Education Week
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that most states have looked into allegations of cheating by school officials on state tests in the past two years. The study found that 33 states confirmed at least one such case of cheating, and 32 reported invalidating test scores as a result of cheating. The report was prompted by several high-profile cases of cheating on tests, such as the recent one in Atlanta. The federal government has an interest in the security and validity of state tests results because it helps fund the development of tests used for federal accountability. The GAO report says the U.S. Department of Education has funneled $2 billion toward such projects since 2002.More

Schools hope to continue bilingual education efforts
Carlsbad Current-Argus
Imagine moving to a new country and being required to attend school and be graded in a language you're barely familiar with. That's what a lot of students in the Carlsbad Municipal Schools in New Mexico go through each year — the reason some schools in the district have applied for state funding to continue providing a bilingual multicultural education program. The bilingual program provided for students whose second language is English has been going on in the Carlsbad school district for many years and has had a lot of success, according to CMS Superintendent Gary Perkowski.More

Undocumented Asian youth seek higher profile in immigration debate
Education Week
A group made up of undocumented Asian youths living in New York and other eastern states has launched a new social media campaign meant to push their stories into the public eye as the debate over immigration reform rages on in Washington. The project, called Raise Our Story, features young Asian immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. They share their experiences as undocumented youths through photos and first-person essays that underscore the heavy toll that having no legal status exacts on them.More