NABE Weekly eNews
Aug. 9, 2012

Speaking multiple languages can influence children's emotional development
Medical Xpress
In a new article in the July issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, psychological scientists Stephen Chen and Qing Zhou of the University of California, Berkeley and Morgan Kennedy of Bard College delve deeper into the linguistic phenomenon of code-switching. Drawing on research from psychology and linguistics, the researchers seek to better understand how using different languages to discuss and express emotions in a multilingual family might play an important role in children's emotional development. More

Increased Latino school enrollment boosts need for registration volunteers
The Chattanoogan
Every year, La Paz Chattanooga supplies Spanish speaking volunteers to Tennessee's Hamilton County Department of Education to aid in the student registration process. As the Latino population across the Chattanooga area continues to increase, so does the demand for these interpreters. To kick off the 2012-13 school year, La Paz has been called on by the public school system to provide more volunteers to more school sites than ever before. More

Texas senior from Malaysia eager to learn 4th language
Abilene Reporter-News
Stephanie Teoh, a Malaysian who already speaks English, Mandarin and Malay, said she thought it would be "cool" to learn how to speak German. The Hardin-Simmons University senior, who is double-majoring in management and marketing, will get that chance starting in September, when she begins to study abroad. To help offset her costs, Teoh will use a $1,000 scholarship she won from Salzburg College in Austria, where she will study German. More

Arizona Mexican-American program gets new leader, name, focus
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona's largest school district has revamped its controversial Mexican-American Studies department, giving it a new name and a new focus. And the department, now known as Mexican American Student Services, has a new person in charge - Maria Figueroa. Figueroa, a long-time principal and teacher with a passion for reading and bilingual education, likes to describe herself as a "problem solver, not a problem maker." More

NJ governor signs major teacher-tenure overhaul
CBS News
Tenure will be harder for New Jersey teachers to get and easier to lose under a law Gov. Chris Christie signed after deciding he can live with a compromise that keeps seniority as the way to determine which educators lose their jobs in the case of layoffs. Even as he signed the law — a major one for advocates for improving New Jersey's public education system — the Republican governor called for doing more. More

Hearing: Few English learners reclassified
The Orange County Register
Far too many students remain classified as English learners even though they are fluent, hurting their chances of enrolling in challenging courses that will help them on the path to college, said parents, educators and lawmakers who gathered recently for a hearing. A group of about 60 attended the event called "A Fresh Look: The Classification and Reclassification of English Language Learners," held at the Rancho Santiago Community College headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif.. More

NY district holds curriculum camps for 'common core'
Rome Sentinel
The Rome, N.Y., school district invited its teachers to multi-day "curriculum camps" recently for grades K-12 to help prepare for the state's new "common core" learning standards in English Language Arts and math. Teacher coordinators for grade levels are among those participating in the workshops that will include developing student learning "maps" for curriculum, said district Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons. More

Students learning English get extra reading help at summer camp
State Impact Florida
Juan Galvez is going into fourth grade in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His parents are from Bolivia and Guatemala, and they only speak Spanish. When it comes to homework, Juan is usually on his own. Students learning English in Fort Lauderdale, such as Galvez, are getting free help with reading this summer.More

Mandarin bilingual program links students to their heritage
Edmonton Journal
Stephen Tsang is proud of his children. Tsang, an immigrant from Hong Kong, has been living in Canada for the past three decades. He speaks mostly Cantonese Chinese and English. But his daughter Megan and his son Michael are trilingual, fluent in English and both Cantonese and Mandarin, two dialects of Chinese. More

Students learn to tell their stories using digital formats
Forsyth Herald
Elsa DeLeon recently uploaded her first video on her niece's Facebook wall. It was a video DeLeon produced about her niece's 15th birthday, or quinceañera, a cross between a sweet 16 and a debutante's coming-out party. DeLeon, a rising freshman at West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga., was one of 15 teens who took part in a digital storytelling camp put together by Literacy Forsyth and the Forsyth County Public Library.More