NABE Weekly eNews
Jun. 5, 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

17th Annual Dual Language Symposium
International Education Consultants
Register now! Join us at the Gran Meliá Resort in Río Grande, Puerto Rico. Registration opened on April 15 and closes on June 30. Space is limited.More

Common Core test experts explain ELL and special education supports
Education Week
The two experts closest to the development of features designed to make the new Common Core assessments accessible to all students, including English language learners, appeared on to answer questions from the field. Magda Chia, the director of system design and support for underrepresented students for Smarter Balanced; and Tamara Reavis, a senior adviser for assessment, accessibility, and equity at PARCC; spent an hour taking questions and explaining the range of supports and features for students with disabilities and English language learners.More

From language skills to teaching prowess
Language Magazine
There are many paths to becoming a teacher of a second or foreign language: for some, it's the natural progression from studying a language; others start by giving informal individual, private, or group classes or helping friends study their own language. Having lived in a country where demand for your language is high doesn't count as concrete training, but it may make you realize that teaching is a skill worth developing. In the moment in which, in a constant and conscious way, someone starts to work in this field (not as mere fun or to help friends), this person becomes a language teacher and, in many cases, will become a professional who will develop their career throughout their life.More

Legislators enter a bilingual-ed time warp
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Steven Greenhut, a contributor for The San Diego Union-Tribune, writes: "Listening to Tuesday's debate on the state Senate floor over an attempt to revive 'bilingual education,' I was left wondering whether legislators simply have short memories — or whether the Capitol exists in some parallel universe. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, championed his bill, SB 1174, which would ask voters in the November 2016 election to gut Proposition 227, the successful statewide initiative that required California schools to teach immigrant students mostly through English immersion. His measure passed the Senate on a 27-8 vote."More

Growing number of non-English-speaking students a challenge
Aiken Standard
For years, Ingrid Mimcella has visited her young daughter, Fatima, in Guatemala, where the 10-year-old has lived with her grandmother. Her dream of bringing her daughter to America came true in January when Fatima arrived in Aiken. She soon enrolled at Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School, and Fatima could not speak English. She would cry when she could not understand the teacher, her mother said.More

Common Core School Standards face a new wave of opposition
The New York Times
Opposition to the Common Core, a set of reading and math standards for elementary, middle and high school students that were originally adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, has gathered momentum among state lawmakers in recent weeks. The governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina are considering signing bills to repeal the standards and replace them with locally written versions. In Missouri, lawmakers passed a bill that would require a committee of state educators to come up with new standards within the next two years.More

From language skills to teaching prowess
Language Magazine
There are many paths to becoming a teacher of a second or foreign language: for some, it's the natural progression from studying a language; others start by giving informal individual, private, or group classes or helping friends study their own language. 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

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

New York state sets focus on English learners
Education Week
With the shift to the common standards and recent history of low student achievement results as catalysts, education leaders in New York state are pushing a new agenda for English language learners that calls for more accountability for their needs and more opportunities for rigorous bilingual and dual-language instruction.More

Learning a second language in adulthood can slow brain ageing
The Telegraph
Learning a second language can slow the brain's ageing, even if it is learnt in adulthood, according to new research. Previous studies have showed that being bilingual could delay the onset of dementia by several years. The latest research sought to answer the question of whether people improve their brain function through learning new languages or whether those with better brain functions are more likely to become bilingual.More

How teacher shadowing benefits education employees
Diana Schneider, an education program specialist at the U.S. Department of Education, writes: "I recently had the privilege to visit H. D. Cooke Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The school has a population of 398 students with 44 percent English language learners. I was shadowing Flora Lerenman, a third grade English as second language teacher. Our morning started off with meeting with the instructional coach for literacy. The teachers shared their schedules to make sure the coach has the opportunity to watch and support all the teachers during the coming weeks. It was incredible to see the support and the resources available to the teachers that help them ensure the academic success of their students."More

States struggle to make school report cards useful
U.S. News and World Report
School report cards published by state education agencies are a staple for parents deciding which schools their children should attend, but many states are still struggling to collect and report key accountability information and make it easy to understand for parents, a new report finds. The Education Commission of the States asked researchers, parents and education experts for their thoughts about school accountability systems: whether the report cards are easy to find, whether they are easy to understand and which measures are essential to include in them, such as student achievement, student academic growth, achievement gap closure, graduation rates, and college and career readiness.More

Senate votes to impose new ESL, disabled rules on charter schools
Chicago Sun-Times
The Senate voted to have charter schools accommodate disabled children and those who speak English as a second language, a plan that several lawmakers worried would choke charter schools' "flexibility." The measure, sponsored by Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, passed in the Senate 34-15 and goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.More

Proposal to restore bilingual education in California advances
Education Week
A bill that would give California voters a chance to repeal the state's restrictions on bilingual education was approved by the state Senate and moves next to the state Assembly. The legislation, authored by Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara, would place a measure on the 2016 ballot asking voters to overturn Proposition 227, the 1998 ballot measure that severely restricted the availability of bilingual education for the state's English language learners.More