NABE Weekly eNews
Jul. 9, 2015

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 July 15.


NABE Research & Evaluation SIG 2016 Proposal Submission
We are accepting proposals for short papers (15 mins.) to be presented at the NABE 2016 Research & Evaluation Special Interest Group at the annual NABE Conference in Chicago, to be held March 2-6. Our SIG theme this year is "Connecting Oracy and Literacy in Bilingual Education," with Featured Speaker Professor Rosalind Horowitz, University of Texas, San Antonio.

Please send by email attachment an abstract of 150-250 words and a short summary of 50 words (in MS Word) of your proposal, following the guidelines below, to the SIG Chair at: Be sure to include the language(s) involved in your study or discussion. Send questions or concerns to the attention of Martha C. Pennington at the email address above, or call her at home at (904) 310-3846.More

One of the premier benefits that NABE members receive is the highly prized Perspectives, the magazine of the National Association for Bilingual Education. The magazine is editor reviewed, and it includes articles especially designed for bilingual educators and provides cutting edge information on exemplary dual language, multicultural and biliteracy programs. It also deals with public policy issues, research developments, best instructional practices, and other valuable information affecting administrators and educators who work with English language learners. Click here to view the latest issue of the Perspectives, with a strong focus on bilingual special education. 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

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

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

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

NABE 2017

Scheduled for Hilton Anatole, Dallas on Feb. 23-25 with Pre-Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.More

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship
Institute of International Education
Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows function in a "special assistant" role for a senior level official. The goal of the professional placements is to build the Fellows' knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. The U.S. Embassy, with the Fulbright Commission (where applicable), will identify host ministries and provide administrative support and oversight during the Fellow's program.More

A boost for Oregon's English language learners
Public News Service
Oregon will soon be rethinking the way English language learner students are taught — and how funds are spent in support of that mission, after Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law to convene an advisory group on the matter. One state-sponsored program is already demonstrating success in keeping teens motivated to do well in middle school, high school and beyond, no matter what language they speak.More

Education organizations to Congress: Keep vouchers out of ESEA rewrite
Education Week
The U.S. Senate is slated to start debating a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. One of the big points of contention to watch? Expanding school choice. And that prospect does not make a coalition of more than 50 organizations — ranging from AASA, the School Superintendents Association to the Texas Freedom Network very happy. Those organizations sent a letter to lawmakers reiterating their opposition to vouchers and Title I portability, which would allow federal money for disadvantaged children to follow students to any school they choose.More

Class struggles
Pacific Standards
The idea behind school choice is that parents can choose a school — including both public and charter schools — that best fits their child's needs. But such a choice can be a burden, even a danger, when children and parents don't know how to judge their options. That can be especially true for immigrants, many of whom have a hard time navigating the rules or finding the people to help them. Even for the middle class, talismanic terms like "zone" or "charter" or "IEP" can be confusing; for new arrivals, they can be incomprehensible.More

For the first time, Denver students to get diploma recognition for language skills
Chalkbeat Colorado
If you're one of the approximately 34,600 Spanish-speaking students in Denver Public Schools you already know that sentence means: "Denver Public Schools high schoolers will be able to graduate with a 'Seal of Biliteracy' on their diplomas beginning next year." What's changing is that for the first time the district will formally acknowledge those students' skills in both English and Spanish. Students can also earn the new diploma seal for any other language of their choosing.More

Maker Spaces: What can they do for ELL students?
Education Week (commentary)
At the start of each school year, I have always asked my students to fill out a survey about which kinds of technology they have used and how they have used it. Over the course of a decade, I have watched students go from no computers, mobile devices or Internet to having multiple devices, computers and their own personalized data plans. Despite our status as a Title One school, the immediate Digital Divide continues to close. Unfortunately, a different chasm has emerged. Overwhelmingly, year after year, students describe using their devices for purely entertainment purposes. Most of my students consume media on a daily (even hourly) while missing out on the creative potential of their devices.More

How phonics is taught can affect how well a child learns to read
THE Journal
New readers who focus on sounding out letters rather than learning whole words tap into that part of the human brain best wired for developing reading skills. The phonics approach to teaching reading has long held sway in early learning; now educational neuroscience can prove that approach. That's the overall finding from research recently published by Stanford University, the Child Study Center at New York University's Langone Medical Center and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin.More

Using a second language to land the job
By: Stefano Tromba
As the economy continues to slowly improve and unemployment levels drop, more and more job seekers are finding the task of getting hired less daunting. This trend signals a slow, yet steadily growing confidence in the economy and a positive future outlook from many companies. Now, that doesn't mean a new job will fall into your lap. You'll still need to get noticed. That "extra something" to stand out could be anything from being proficient in graphic design to even speaking a second language.More

Senate braced for lengthy debate on ESEA
Education Week
After weeks of letting it languish in the legislative queue, the U.S. Senate is slated to begin debating a proposed bipartisan overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — the first such Senate debate since 2001, when Congress last updated the law in its current iteration, the No Child Left Behind Act. Notably, the announcement by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that he would call the bill to the floor July 7 came just one day after 10 major education groups, including the two national teachers' unions and the Council of Chief State School Officers, banded together amid mounting frustrations and demanded the Senate make the reauthorization a priority.More

Can technology solve America's literacy problem?
Roughly 36 million adults in the United States read English at or below a third-grade level. For a predominantly English speaking country, that's a massive problem. Without an elementary knowledge of the language, this huge portion of the adult population faces a struggle to get by. Finding a job and generally progressing in a career is an obvious issue, but everyday tasks are also difficult. Understanding taxes, helping a child with homework, filling out health care forms or following instructions on medication; these are skills that anyone reading this article takes for granted, but many others toil over daily. We know the situation, but what's the solution? XPRIZE, an organization best known for its efforts to send private rovers to the moon and create a real-life Tricorder, has created a competition to prove that technology is the answer.More