NABE Weekly eNews
Jun. 27, 2013

English language learners: Public school's forgotten kids
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High school graduation rates across the country are at a 40-year high, with 75 percent of students making it to the finish line. Between 2000 and 2010, 46 states saw substantial gains. And the upswing in graduates also spans minority students, even as the nation's schools become more diverse. More Latino and African-American students are taking hold of high school diplomas, shrinking the achievement gap (however slightly) with their white cohorts.More

Struggling with the past tense: Verbal acquisition of -ed forms of verbs
By Beth Crumpler
English language learners often struggle with understanding when to use the various past tense pronunciations of the English sounds for –ed at the end of regular English verbs. They get confused with when they should use the [d], [əd] or [t] sounds. Explicit instruction is important for fluent verbal acquisition of these differing sounds. Instructional methodologies need to be clear and precise in order for students to understand. More

Announcing the Principal Ambassador Fellowship Blog
The Department of Education is proud to announce that the first-ever Principal Ambassador Fellowship has officially launched. The Principal Ambassador Fellowship has been modeled after the Teacher Ambassador Fellowship that the Department has offered since 2008. Duncan unveiled the program to the public on Feb. 28 this year. More

Immigrants boost US economic vitality through the housing market
Americas Society / Council of the Americas
New research by Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Partnership for a New American Economy finds that the 40 million immigrants in the United States have created $3.7 trillion in housing wealth, helping stabilize less desirable communities where home prices are declining or would otherwise have declined.More

Seeing pictures of home can make it harder to speak a foreign language
Smithsonian Magazine
If you've ever attempted to move to a foreign country and learn to speak the local language, you're aware that successfully doing so is an enormous challenge. But in our age of widely distributed Wi-Fi hotspots, free Skype video calls from one hemisphere to another and favorite TV shows available anywhere in the world over the Web, speaking a foreign language may be more difficult than ever.More

The White House is full of people who come from different places
The White House Blog
We are a nation of immigrants, and our office reflects that fact. So we asked some White House staffers to share their stories, and explain why it's important to fix our broken immigration system — once and for all. More

Struggling with the past tense: Verbal acquisition of -ed forms of verbs
By Beth Crumpler
English language learners often struggle with understanding when to use the various past tense pronunciations of the English sounds for –ed at the end of regular English verbs.More

Duncan touts advantages of bilingualism
Education Week
His comments aren't likely to ignite a new battle in the bilingual education wars, but U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave perhaps his clearest statements to date on the benefits of dual-language development and instruction, especially for students who are English language learners.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.More

Does geography influence how a language sounds?
National Geographic
Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first to show that geography can influence how a language sounds. "I had this hypothesis that [certain sounds] might be more common at high altitudes," said study author Caleb Everett, an anthropological linguist at the University of Miami.More

US Supreme Court affirms consideration of race by universities, but requires further court review of UT-Austin's admission plan
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Fisher v. Texas, affirming public universities' right to consider the race of an applicant for admission as part of a holistic review of the applicant's file, but held that the University of Texas at Austin's undergraduate admissions plan requires further review in the lower courts to determine if it complies with the court's restrictions on such policies.More

Study: Minority, poor students gain from charters
Nashville Ledger
Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows. Overall, charter school students are faring better than they were four years ago, surpassing those in traditional public schools in reading gains and keeping pace in math, according to the National Charter School Study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University.More

Language intervention levels playing field for English language learners
Vanderbilt University via Science Daily
A new approach to teaching pre-kindergarten could take a bite out of the achievement gap and level the playing field for America's growing population of English language learners, according to a recently published study by researchers at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of education and human development.More

House committee passes partisan NCLB renewal bill
Education Week
Another markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education, another totally predictable partisan vote. The Senate education committee passed an ESEA bill with just Democratic support. This time, it was the House Education panel's turn to consider a bill to revise the No Child Left Behind Act. Everyone agrees the law is in desperate need of a makeover, but partisan divisions continue to get in the way. And today's debate on the bill, which was written by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the committee, was no exception.More