NABE Weekly eNews
May. 29, 2014

Results of the NABE 2014 Executive Board Elections
As Executive Director for NABE, I am pleased to announce the results of the 2014 NABE Executive Board Election, and to congratulate the winners. Drs. Anita Pandey, Leo Gomez and Minh-Anh Hodge. The results will be posted on the NABE Web page and communicated to the membership in the next issue of the NABE eNews. I want to personally commend Cassandra Laine for her due diligence and professionalism in working with Votenet to manage the process. The newly elected Board Members will be sworn in on July 25, 2014 in Chicago at the Organizational Board Meeting. The service you provide is very essential to the success of all children and especially our English learners, teachers, parents, administrative leaders and staff. You are on the forefront of strengthening our nation through a multilingual, multicultural and biliterate society of global and competitive citizens.

Si se puede!

Eastern Regional Representative:
Total Voters Eligible: 293
Anita Pandey — 59 percent
Eudes Budhai — 41 percent

Central Regional Representative:
Total Voters Eligible: 571
Leo Gomez — 100 percent

Western Regional Representative:
Total Voters Eligible: 548
Boris Costa-Guerra — 34 percent
Minh-Anh Hodge — 66 percent More

The new separate and unequal
U.S. News & World Report
Sixty years ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregating schools was unconstitutional because "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," the nation was searching for its moral compass. Despite the historic ruling, decades would pass before integration took root in Southern states, which rebelled furiously against federal policies regarding race. Yet today, while not legally sanctioned, more U.S. students are in segregated schools than a few decades ago. And experts say that these schools now are still as inherently unequal as their legally sanctioned predecessors.More

Bipartisan, bicameral group announces deal to improve American workforce development system
Education & The Workforce Committee
A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers announced that they have reached a deal to improve the nation's workforce development system through new legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The bill, which will now be considered by both the House and Senate, modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century jobs, and fosters the modern workforce that evolving American businesses rely on to compete.More

English is golden
Language Magazine
California is more than a state — it's a state of mind: dynamic, free-thinking, innovative, ecological and liberal are just some of the adjectives that start to describe the most populous and diverse state in the Union. From the dry Mojave Desert and its iconic Joshua trees, to the Sequoia National Forest filled with the largest living things in the world, to its cosmopolitan cities and endless beaches, there are infinite possibilities for adventure. Be it hiking, celebrity spotting, surfing, dining, snowboarding, inventing, partying, conserving or simply creating — California is designed for experimentation.More

English at school, Spanish at home
The state of Oregon has set an ambitious goal to graduate 100 percent of high school students by the year 2025. OPB is following more than two dozen six and seven-year-olds who are in the class of 2025. For the next twelve years, OPB aims to follow these students, in school and at home. These are some of their stories from first grade.More

How infants understand speech: New study sheds light
University of Texas at Dallas via Science Daily
Six-month-old infants require more information from a cochlear implant than an adult or older child, a study has demonstrated. This may be due to the lack of experience infants have with speech and their inability to fill in the missing information from the cochlear implant. This research has important ramifications on the therapy infants with cochlear implants should receive.More

FCAT reading test can spoil graduations for English language learners
The St. Petersburg Tribune
When Rami Abraham came to the U.S. from Syria in 2007, he was looking to turn his life around, graduate high school, enroll in a technical school and embark on a successful career. Yet despite excellent attendance and grades, Abraham, a senior at Enterprise High School in Clearwater, won’t be graduating with his high school diploma at the end of the year unless he passes the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. And with Florida schools moving to a new standardized test and education standards next school year, both of which promise more reading and writing, passing the test is looking like more of a long shot for students like Abraham, who speak English as a second language.More

Education funding hike proposed for 2 student groups
Las Vegas Review-Journal
A panel of state officials and educators recommended a significant change to how Nevada allocates public education dollars to account for the challenges of educating students in poverty and those who are not fluent in English. The major recommendation from a state Technical Advisory Committee would increase funding for students in those groups by 50 percent, establishing a minimum 1.5 weighted ratio in calculating their share of a school district's total state and local per pupil funding.More

Dual-language model helps English, Spanish speakers alike
Las Cruces Sun-News
Bilingual education is no longer a remedial education program for Las Cruces Public Schools students in New Mexico. It has become an enrichment program that benefits not only the district's 1,800 English language learners but all students in dual-language classes in the 16 schools that use the Gómez and Gómez Dual Language Enrichment model.More

National landscape fragments as states plan Common Core testing
Education Week
Only a few years ago, the ambitious initiative to use shared assessments to gauge learning based on the new Common Core standards had enlisted 45 states and the District of Columbia. Today, the testing landscape looks much more fragmented, with only 27 of them still planning to use those tests in 2014-2015, and the rest opting for other assessments or undecided, an Education Week analysis shows.More

English at school, Spanish at home
The state of Oregon has set an ambitious goal to graduate 100 percent of high school students by the year 2025. OPB is following more than two dozen six and seven-year-olds who are in the class of 2025. 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

Could texting and autocorrect affect kids' writing skills?
University of Alabama at Birmingham via Science Daily
An English teacher sees the effects of students' growing up in an age when communication is done in an abbreviated text language and where they depend on autocorrect to automatically solve the "i before e" literary dilemma.More

ESL classes growing in suburban schools
The Saratogian
The students in Patrice Delehanty's high school classroom sat with desks in a semicircle listening to her explain the process to be used on an upcoming test. They were dressed in everyday American high school apparel, a sweatshirt here, a baseball cap there, even a red-knitted hat in case the spring weather turned cold. The conversation between the students was light with a barb or two tossed at someone seated at another desk. Sometimes the comment was made in English. At other times it was made in another language. Spanish seemed to be the universal default.More

Spelling quiz: How good are you?
The Telegraph
Is English spelling difficult to master? Can you instantly spot when a word is mispelled — or should that be misspelled?More