NABE Weekly eNews
Aug. 6, 2015

Dear Educator,

I wanted to personally invite you to a special learning opportunity coming to Arizona this fall. The Eliminating Achievement Gap for Latino Students Institute will take place Sept. 21-23 in Phoenix, and I'd love to see you there. I'll be joined by Anthony Muhammad and Consuelo Kickbusch, and together we will share a multi-faceted approach to eliminating the achievement gap. Educational leaders, teachers, support staff and parents will learn how to work together to significantly increase learning for Latino students. At the end of the three days, you'll leave with a plan that will make an immediate difference in classrooms schoolwide.

Here';s just a small sample of the knowledge you'll gain during the event:

I hope your team will attend! Please keep in mind that this conference is not exclusive to individuals of Latino decent, but instead welcomes all participants interested in increasing learning for the growing number of Latino students around the country. For more information and to register, please call our customer support line at 800.733.6786, or visit

Dr. Luis CruzMore

Dear Members,

Following the launch of its first very successful Dual Language Enrichment Summer Symposium, the NABE Board concluded its annual reorganization and planning meeting by unanimously electing the following officers to serve for (2015-2016).

The board also appointed another former member, Dr. Julio Cruz, as the non-voting Parent Representative for the year. The board extends its heartfelt thanks of appreciation to the outgoing board members for their dynamic and distinguished leadership service. NABE just concluded its first highly successful Dual Language Summer Symposium at its partner institution, Ana G. Mendez University, in Wheaton, MD and is ready to implement its NABE Dual Language Enrichment model across the nation. As we move forward with new leadership, NABE encourages all of its members, affiliates, supporters and exhibitors to stay involved and to support the Bilingual Teacher Scholarship. NABE invites and urges all to participate actively in our upcoming 45th International Bilingual Education Conference at the Chicago Hilton on March 3-5. The theme for the conference is "Advancing Biliteracy through Global Leadership and Partnership." The very popular Pre-conference begins on March 2 and will feature distinguished internationally renown keynoters and featured presenters.

Si se puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood
Executive DirectorMore

Dear NABE Members, Colleagues and Friends:

I am delighted and humbled to serve as president of NABE in 2015-2016. My personal story resembles that of many NABE pioneers who first learned to speak a home language other than English. Most importantly, I became a bilingual educator because I am strongly committed to providing equitable opportunities for all students to become biliterate or multi-literate upon high school graduation. According to Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, "The heritage languages our English learners bring to school are major assets to preserve and value." Our democracy needs global citizens who actively participate in the civic, economic, technological and social advancement of our country. Through the study of world languages, students develop and sustain cross-cultural understanding and other global competences, which enable them to advocate for world peace and resolve global issues.

As we approach NABE's 45th Annual Conference, the NABE Board strongly supports this year's theme — Advancing Biliteracy through Global Leadership and Partnerships. An example of our partnerships occurred this July with NABE launching its first Dual Language Symposium at Ana G. Mendez University in Wheaton, Maryland. The symposium participants visited our partners at the U. S. Department of Education, which allowed them to meet with senior department officials and receive updates on the latest initiatives. NABE gives special thanks to Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition at the Department, for coordinating and facilitating the visit. Next year, NABE will host a content and culture-rich summer dual language professional development event in Puerto Rico. Please mark your calendar for July 6-8, 2016! For the year 2015-2016, the NABE Executive Board is committed to implementing these actions:

NABE welcomes all who embrace our vision of advocating biliteracy and multi-literacy for all students. As the late President Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." NABE needs your active involvement to prepare future citizens with global competence, vital to maintaining our nation's leadership in the world.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership and commitment of our NABE Executive Board, Dr. Santiago Wood, the NABE Executive Director, and staff in moving our organization into the 21st century. Our superb outreach efforts to partner with business and educational agencies support the goals of NABE in providing high quality research and resources in Bilingual Education for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, professors, parents and communities.

I look forward to your participation in upcoming NABE professional development, and hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me at

I wish you a successful year!

With warmest regards,

Yee Wan, Ed.D.
NABE President More

Joint NHLA and HEC position on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act
On behalf of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 39 leading national Latino nonpartisan civil rights and advocacy organizations, and on behalf of the Hispanic Education Coalition, which unites 14 organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for the more than 54 million Latinos living in the United States and Puerto Rico, we write to urge you to vote against H.R. 5, the Student Success Act.More

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

Preschool educators
WGBH Educational Foundation
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the preschool STEM series on public television, PEEP and the Big Wide World, recently launched a fully bilingual website (Spanish and English) with resources for 3 to 5-year-olds, their parents, and for early childhood educators. In fact, educators will find a 6-unit science curriculum accompanied by professional development videos modeling best practices in science inquiry teaching. The curriculum and PD is also translated. All the resources are free; there are no licensing or legal issues to download and share any/all of them. In other words, no barrier to use.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

Introducing grammar exercises for English language learners
By: Douglas Magrath
By the process of using language to solve problems, English language learners obtain comprehensible input from the teacher as well as from each other and the materials they are using. A topical, hands-on approach involving realistic communication is more efficient than just practicing drills. Grammar should be introduced in a communication-based mode that replicates situations where students use the forms to meet real needs.More

Report offers guiding principles to support ELLs with disabilities
Education Week
English language learners are one of the nation's fastest-growing student populations. But when it comes to English learners who may also have learning disabilities, states and districts are struggling both to identify these children and to steer them to effective programs. A document from the federal Institute of Education Sciences outlines the challenges facing schools around English learners and students with disabilities. The document offers examples of what some states are doing around student identification and support of English learners with disabilities.More

Nonkilling linguistics practical applications
Center for Global Nonkilling
It has been my good fortune to work with the contributors to this volume to help us start exploring the potential of the nonkilling paradigm when it comes to language use, education and legislation. As many are aware, language permeates most facets of human experience: we use different forms of language and literacy (including computer and visual literacies) to establish contact with one another, to communicate our thoughts and feelings, to make sense of the world around us, and ultimately to realize our destiny as social beings. More

Price introduces bipartisan bill to support international language education
U.S. House of Representatives
Recently, Reps. David Price, D-N.C., Leonard Lance, R-N.J., Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Don Young, R-Ark., introduced the World Language Advancement Act (H.R. 3096), which would help state and local school districts implement innovative K-12 language programs. "In today's global economy, K-12 foreign language and cultural knowledge have become necessary skills for government, private-sector, and nonprofit employers," said Congressman Price. "Federal incentives will help to ensure we are providing these competencies and equipping the next generation of leaders with the skills to communicate and collaborate across borders."More

Arne Duncan on accountability in ESEA reauthorization
Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan may only have eighteen months left in office — but they're critical months when it comes to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The House and Senate each passed bills that take aim at the Obama administration's K-12 priorities when it comes to teacher evaluation, standards, and more. While the Republican-backed House bill was somewhat of a lost cause, the administration couldn't secure much of its ask-list in the Senate bill — particularly when it came to beefing up accountability — before it passed with big partisan support.More

Charter schools are especially good for ELL students
National Journal
Charter schools, it turns out, are doing a better job of educating English language learners than traditional public schools. That's a bright spot in an otherwise bleak report on Texas charters. And that's an interesting finding because, as the number of English language learners in the United States, and in Texas specifically, has climbed so have the theories about how best to serve these students. According to government data, these students made up more than 9 percent of all students nationally in 2012 and more than 15 percent of the student body in Texas.More

Music class may help students' language skills, study finds
Education Week
Amid pressure to boost students' performance on standardized tests, some schools, districts, and states have shifted their focus away from teaching topics like music and towards English/language arts, which is more often tested as part of accountability initiatives. New research out of Northwestern University's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, however, has concluded that instruction in the former subject may improve performance in the latter. The longitudinal study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at whether in-school music training had any effect on the brain and auditory system development of adolescents entering high school.More

The first thing schools often get wrong for English language learners is their names
Chalkbeat Indiana
Easter Day, a North Central High School sophomore, was named after the religious holiday. But when she first arrived from a Thailand refugee camp about 10 years ago, the Burmese student's name was mistakenly recorded as "Ea Star Di" — a mistake that has stuck with her all throughout her school career. Day said the mistake essentially has made Ea Star Di her official American name. It's a surprisingly common error and an example of the confusion and chaos that most English language learners experience during their transitions to living in United States.More

Red flags on the road to ESEA rewrite
Education Week
"The pundits told us it would never happen — that Republicans and Democrats will never agree on a way to replace No Child Left Behind." So said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., just hours before the U.S. Senate did just that — passing its own version of an Elementary and Secondary Education Act rewrite with overwhelming bipartisan support July 16. But sending a final bill to President Barack Obama's desk — at least one that he's willing to sign — will be an entirely different challenge.More