NABE Weekly eNews
Jul. 3, 2013

The results of the 2013 NABE Executive Board election
Welcome and congratulations to the winners, Drs. Margarita Pinkus, Jose A. Ruiz-Escalante and Yee Wan. The results will be posted on the NABE webpage and the information will be communicated to the membership in the next issue of the eNews. I want to personally commend Cassandra Laine for her due diligence, patience, responsiveness and tenacity in working with Votenet, the Board and myself in implementing the new technical changes to initiate this first step in a new direction for NABE. The Board's reorganization meeting is scheduled for July 5 at the annual board meeting and conference site visit in San Diego, Calif., on July 5-6.

Eastern Region Representative:
Total Voters Eligible: 476
Anita Pandey — 35 percent
Margarita Pinkus — 65 percent

Centra Regional Representative:
Total Voters Eligible: 1151
Jose A.Ruiz-Escalante — 100 percent

Western Regional Representative:
Total Voters Eligible: 288
Choice: Boris Costa-Guerra — 36 percent
Yee Wan — 64 percentMore

Hope, perseverance, family and access to education Blog
On June 6, the U.S. Department of Education hosted an internal immigration reform briefing in which we shared how comprehensive immigration reform relates to the work we do at the Department of Education. Immigration reform is not only about how the country deals with undocumented workers and the children they bring with them; it is also about how we help all immigrants assimilate and integrate into American society.More

Iowa to spend more to help English language learners
Des Moines Register
Iowa schools will soon be eligible for more money to educate children who are learning to speak English. A provision included in a bill signed by Gov. Terry Branstad extends to five years the time period that districts can receive additional funding to serve English language learners. Previously, school districts could receive extra dollars to help such students for a maximum of four years. The extension applies to children who first received ELL services in 2010, so the additional funding won't become available until the 2014-2015 academic year.More

Response to intervention and instruction for ELLs
By Erick Herrmann
In an effort to meet the needs of all students and to prevent students from falling behind academically, many schools have adopted response to intervention and instruction. According to the RTI Action Network, "Response to intervention is a multitier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs." RTI works from two key, foundational premises: that all students can learn if they are provided appropriate, effective instruction, and most academic difficulties can be prevented or remedied when there is early identification and immediate intervention. These premises apply to all students, including English learners.More

Affirmative-action ruling could complicate diversity efforts
Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court's modest decision in a high-profile college affirmative-action case is being welcomed by educators from K-12 through higher education as a reaffirmation of racial diversity as a compelling educational interest. But even the staunchest foes of race-conscious educational policies, who admit some disappointment that the court did not go further to limit them, saw a glass half full in language that will make it harder for schools and colleges to justify race preferences in the courts.More

Make the US student visa process painless
U.S. News & World Report
Paperwork: It's the part of a life-changing experience that no one likes. However, if you're planning on studying abroad, it's something you're going to have to wade through before you can jump on that plane. For international students, getting your student visa in order is one of the most important tasks when preparing to travel to the U.S. The paperwork can take quite a while to process. Once you've applied to your American colleges, make sure to get your initial visa forms in early.More

Learning about a subject content while learning English as a second language
Can English language learners simultaneously learn about the subject content of Science while learning English as a second language? And can the learning of English as a second language coupled with the learning of the subject content of Science be attained simultaneously with maximum proficiency? And by what means can both subject areas of study attain this maximum proficiency?More

Hope, perseverance, family and access to education Blog
On June 6, the U.S. Department of Education hosted an internal immigration reform briefing in which we shared how comprehensive immigration reform relates to the work we do at the Department of Education.More

Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism
The Telegraph
Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. 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

For ELLs, what does effective instruction look like?
Education Week
Answering that complex and urgent question is an unmet challenge that authors, in a hot-off-the-presses issue of American Educator, take a crack at answering (and acknowledging when they can't). The summer issue of the quarterly publication from the American Federation of Teachers is focused on English learners. It explores what the research tells us so far about what works and what doesn't in effective instruction, and identifies the questions that still haven't been adequately examined.More

Study: US education spending tops global list
CBS News
The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students' education each year, with parents and private foundations picking up more of the costs, an international survey released found. Despite the spending, U.S. students still trail their rivals on international tests. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — which groups the world's most developed countries — writes in its annual report that brand-new and experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe. But U.S. salaries have not risen at the same pace as other nations.More

As English language learning goes, so goes Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal
At the intersection of immigration, tax, economic development and education policy is Nevada's most important issue: English Language Learning in the Clark County School District. If Nevada's leaders can't figure out how to make high school graduates — never mind high-achieving graduates — out of the tens of thousands of valley K-12 students who aren't proficient in English, then perceptions of this community, as well as its long-term economic prospects, will never change.More

PARCC approves testing policies for English language learners
Education Week
A group of states designing common assessments to measure how well students have mastered the Common Core State Standards gave its first round of approval to a series of test supports to help English language learners and students with disabilities demonstrate what they've learned. The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC — made up of 22 states — agreed on what will be a "first edition" of the accommodations and accessibility policies that will be field-tested with student test-takers in the 2013-2014 school year.More

Tucson, Ariz., K-2 charter to stress bilingual education
Arizona Daily Star
A Nogales-based charter school focusing on bilingual education will make its debut in Tucson, Ariz., in August. Mexicayotl Academy will open a campus serving kindergarten through second grade, with plans to eventually expand to eighth grade. The school will be at 667 N. Seventh Ave., near East Sixth Street and North Stone Avenue. School officials decided to expand north from Nogales after they saw a need in Tucson for a school that will teach children in English and Spanish, said Executive Director Baltazar "Balty" Garcia.More

PBS partners with Latino Public Broadcasting to present the landmark project with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS
Latino Americans, a three-part, six-hour documentary series produced by WETA Washington, D.C.; Bosch and Company, Inc.; and Latino Public Broadcasting, will air nationwide on PBS in the Fall of 2013, the production partners announced.More

Achievement gap narrows on long-term NAEP
Education Week
Achievement gaps for black and Hispanic youths have declined by substantial margins in reading and math since the early 1970s, according to new federal data. The gaps with their white peers, while still in evidence, have narrowed across all three age levels tested as part of a national assessment of long-term trends that offers a look at test data spanning some 40 years.More