NABE Weekly eNews
May. 28, 2015



Dear NABE Membership
The NABE Executive Board voting period to elect 3 At-Large positions has just began from May 27 thru June 17. You will be receiving a notice with instructions on how to access the NABE 2015 Election Web page and cast your confidential ballot. You may select 3 candidates only. Please open the link below to view the candidates and their statements. You may also visit the NABE Web page for additional information.

Si se puede!
Santiago Wood


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

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

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

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

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

How are ELL programs funded across states?
District Administration Magazine
English language learners perform better academically and achieve greater language proficiency when they have high-quality English language instruction, according to a 2014 study in the American Educational Research Journal. These extra programs require additional funding above the average per-student amount. The federal government provides grant funding to states through Title III to help ELLs with language acquisition and with meeting content standards.More

Why we should diversify the overwhelmingly white U.S. teaching force — and how
Diverse Issues in Higher Education via The Washington Post
Nearly 75 percent of inner-city school teachers and 91 percent of urban school teachers are white, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Is there anything that can or should be done about the tremendous demographic mismatch between the public school teaching force and student population? Do we really believe what the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy proclaimed nearly 25 years ago, when it said the nation cannot tolerate a future in which white and minority children are confronted with almost exclusively white authority figures in their schools?More

Bridging the cultural gap for ELLs
By: Douglas Magrath
Language and culture are intertwined. Culture is a part of life, and students need to understand the cultural implications of reading material. One can learn a lot of about a specific culture group by reading its fiction, poetry and theatrical works. ESL students can learn about the culture of the host country from their readings, so the cultural biases inherent in the readings can be approached as an additional learning experience. Cultural situations in the texts can be great starting points for conversation as well as contrastive writing assignments.More

Bilingual kids may become better communicators; how exposure to new languages builds new perspectives
Medical Daily
Anyone who's ever been around another person speaking a foreign language probably knows the feeling of cluelessness — trying as hard as possible to grasp onto anything that sounds familiar in hopes of understanding something about what they're saying. What many of us don't realize, however, is that in trying to understand, we're also paying attention to things beyond the words being said, such as a person's tone, body language, and overall perspective. All these factors make communication more effective.More

Power of apps in preschool literacy
Australia is a diverse, multilingual country, with more than 200 languages spoken. However, fewer second-generation Australians speak their parents' mother tongues than in some other Western countries. Only one in five of the 4 million Australians with an overseas-born parent can converse in their parent's language, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In Canada, by comparison, more than half of second-generation Canadians can speak a parent's tongue. New research aims to explore how this intergenerational language transfer can be improved, especially in the critical developmental period of early childhood, because it also helps in learning English.More

Seattle schools to expand ELL services after critical state audit
Education Week
The Seattle school system will expand its English language learner services after a scathing state audit determined that the district shortchanged language learner students and their families.More

New glossary aims to offer clarity on language learner terms
Education Week
The New America Foundation has put together a glossary of language learner terms that aims to offer clarity on what educators mean when they talk about dual language learners, English language learners, long-term English learners, and other groups of students The piece kicked off a 10-week series of blog posts related to the education of dual language learners in public schools. The glossary helps highlight the "substantial diversity that exists" among language-learners, wrote the author, Ashley Simpson Baird, a former bilingual teacher.More