NABE Weekly eNews
Aug. 7, 2014

The NABE Board
The NABE Board concluded its annual reorganization and planning meeting over the weekend and elected the following members to serve for one year on the Executive Board:

In addition, the board took unprecedented action, subject to full membership ratification and changes to the bylaws, to appoint Dr. Arnhilda Badia to the Board as a fully vested voting member for a three year term. Dr. Badia will be in charge of Corporate Relations and Partnership. The board is extremely gratified with this action and anticipates that this new action will provide the corporate and business diversity and involvement from the business community that is essential to the continued success financial stability and forward progress of NABE. The board also plans to appoint another board member as the Parent Representative for a fully vested 3-year appointment. Thus extending the total board complement from 9 to 11 members. The board extends its heartfelt thanks of appreciation to the tenure and dynamic leadership service of two outgoing and distinguished board members (Eudes Budhai and Maria Meyer). NABE is moving forward and 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 44th International Bilingual Education Conference in Las Vegas on March 5-7, 2015 to take advantage of the myriad of professional development dual language enrichment programs and other relevant instructional innovations and development and distinguished internationally renown keynoters and featured presentations.

Si se puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood
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Library linguistics
Library Journal
More and more, libraries strive not only to be spaces for researching subjects of interest to their patrons but to offer options that let users learn new skills, whether they're physically in the library or not. One area in which mobile learning through the library is making headway is language learning. Many online lesson providers offer programs through libraries that patrons can use in the building, at home, or even while waiting in line for a cup of coffee. In our first language learning survey, which gathered information on language learning programs from 337 public libraries nationwide, LJ asked public librarians around the country what they're doing to help patrons study a foreign tongue.More

Select K-12 issues gained state legislative traction
Education Week
In a year when 46 states will hold legislative elections and 36 will select governors, lawmakers in various states pushed ahead on education priorities, including pre-K education, teacher evaluation, and revisions to school funding formulas. Those issues and others managed to break through despite continued ferment around the Common Core State Standards, including passage of a law repealing the standards in Oklahoma and a potential scaling-back of them in such states as Missouri and North Carolina.More

Brain imaging proves second language learners can process language to nativelike levels
Medical Xpress
With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas shows. Using brain imaging, a trio of KU researchers was able to examine to the millisecond how the brain processes a second language. They then compared their findings with their previous results for native speakers and saw both followed similar patterns.More

California stands trial in lawsuit alleging state neglects English learners
Education Week
A lawsuit alleging that California public education officials have failed to provide language instruction to tens of thousands of English language learners across the state goes to trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit — brought last year on behalf of six plaintiffs by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other civil rights advocates — contends that the California Department of Education has been neglecting its obligation to monitor English language acquisition services for students in many of the state's more than 1,000 school districts.More

The pros and cons of school vouchers
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
The school voucher program has always been controversial, but never has the debate raged as it is now. Also called educational vouchers, these are basically certificates issued by state governments that allow parents to take their child's portion of per-pupil spending and reallocate the funds to private schools instead of the public school in their assigned school districts. Of course, nothing is as simple as it sounds. There is a growing dichotomy between the pros and cons offered by this program.More

Genes may be key to language delay in kids
HealthDay News
Twins' genes may play a greater role in language delay than their environment, according to a new study. Researchers found more evidence that language traits, such as vocabulary, putting words together and grammar, were largely inherited. More

Camp helps Arkansas students practice bilingual skills
Northwest Arkansas Times
Thirty-two students in the Springdale School District of Arkansas are attending the Sin Limites camp at J.O. Kelly Middle School, said Cassandra Satterfield, a camp volunteer.More

Retirees help international students with English
The Associated Press via Zanesville Times Recorder
International students at a southwest Ohio college are getting help with conversational English from retirees. A Wright State University initiative called Conversation Partners matches retired faculty, staff and spouses with students seeking extra practice to improve their English.More

Proficient enough?
Inside Higher Ed
Carnegie Mellon University is partnering with Duolingo, one of its spinoffs, to see if a 20-minute, $20 test is sufficient to prove international students' English proficiency. Duolingo, meanwhile, hopes its test can upend the market. Duolingo, a crowdsourced web translation project created by researchers in Carnegie Mellon's computer science department, spun off from the university in November 2011 to become a venture capital-backed startup. The company now offers language learning Web and smartphone apps.More

Common Core education standards: Why they're contested left and right
The Christian Science Monitor
When the final Common Core State Standards were released in 2010, they were notable, in part, for how little opposition they generated. After prior attempts to create uniform national standards had failed, that goal seemed to have finally been accomplished, and in a way that was bipartisan. Kentucky was the first state to sign on, and two months after the standards were released, more than two-thirds of states had adopted the standards. With few exceptions, educators hailed them as a big improvement for most states, a chance to give some uniformity to education expectations across the United States and ensure that students graduate from high school with a deeper understanding of subjects, better critical thinking skills and thorough preparation for college courses.More

Long lines for classes in English
The Boston Globe
Upon his arrival in Brockton, Massachusetts, from Haiti last year, McGinley Paul wasted no time carving his own path to a better future. He completed a high school equivalency program and immediately began the process of becoming a permanent resident, which will make him eligible to receive financial aid so he can attend college. Not one to sit idly by during the lengthy visa process, Paul decided he would spend part of his days taking free English classes locally along with his mother and younger sister. It was at that juncture, however, that Paul's fast-tracked plans nearly derailed.More

Genes may be key to language delay in kids
HealthDay News
Twins' genes may play a greater role in language delay than their environment, according to a new study. Researchers found more evidence that language traits, such as vocabulary, putting words together and grammar, were largely inherited. The study, involving 473 sets of twins, revealed that the "twinning effect" (a lower level of language performance for twins than single-born children) was greater for identical twins than non-identical twins.More

Summer computer academy expands diversity
Charlottesville Tomorrow
In a classroom full of laptops and giggling children, three girls hunch seriously over a computer trading insights in rapid Spanish about a game. They represent a much more diverse group of students who are learning to code and play with computers at the CoderDojo summer academy. CoderDojo, a weeklong camp hosted by Albemarle County Public Schools, allows kids to get hands-on experience with technology. The program has expanded from 600 students in 2012 to almost 1,000 this summer.More

Migrant program helps students catch up, learn English
The Daily Astorian
The halls of John Jacob Astor Elementary School overflow with tiny chairs, desks, tables and other classroom furniture. Maintenance crews install carpet, wash the walls, paint the gym and otherwise spruce up the school. But while most students take a break for the summer, about 85 to 90 migrant and English language learner students spend much of their July in the basement of Astor during the five-week ELL/Migrant Summer School.More