NABE Weekly eNews
Aug. 21, 2014

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Which college is right for you?
American Federation of Teacher via NABE
Are you a high school junior starting to think about where you want to attend college, or a working adult considering returning to school? Or perhaps you're the parent of a college-bound student. If so, then surely you are evaluating colleges.And you should be. Higher education is more important than ever in today's knowledge-based economy, but it also can be a fairly expensive proposition. It is essential to ask the right questions, so you can choose — or help your child choose — the best college as well as make a sound financial investment.More

Make math visual: Strategies and resources for ELL students
PBS Learning Media
Math often seems like a foreign language, and to English language learners, it can be especially daunting. Visualizing math concepts through interactive activities and video clips can help ELL students understand general principles and persevere through problems better than solving word problems or formulas alone. More

Scholarships For DREAMers, By DREAMers
TheDream.US
TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Our scholarships will help cover your tuition, fees, and books for an associate's or bachelor's degree at our partner colleges.More

The largest Latino Student Leadership Conference in the Pacific Northwest
CECLC
For the past twenty five years, Latino students from throughout the Willamette Valley have come together for this annual event in honor of César E. Chávez. The conference began in 1990 with a small group of Portland Public School students. It has now grown to include schools from Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Linn, Benton, Marion, Lincoln, Polk and Yamhill Counties. This year there will be over 65 different high schools represented and over fifteen hundred student participants, it the largest Latino Student Leadership Conference in the Pacific Northwest. More

CABE is growing
CABE
Dear Colleagues:

I am excited to share that CABE is growing in its vision and has six part time consultant positions open! The positions include a half time Educational Consultants as well as 5 part time strategic plan consultants in areas of Multilingual Excellence, Creating Content for a Data Dashboard, Developing content for an EL Website for Success, Partnerships and Membership. I have attached to descriptions of these positions.

The deadline to turn in a letter of intent, resume and the names of three references has been extended to Aug. 27. We ask you to consider any of these positions for yourself and to also pass this email on to your networks. Being part of this growing work at CABE is very exciting!

Questions? Please email or call! Thanks!

Jan Gustafson-Corea
Chief Executive Officer • California Association for Bilingual Education
CABE—16033 East San Bernardino Road • Covina, CA 91722
o: 626-814-4441 c: 951-662-0794
www.bilingualeducation.orgMore

'Apartheid and Me' — A book written for ages 7-11 years
By: Monica Clarke
The book is available in English, French and Spanish, in print, e-book and pdf (see links below)
Print book on Lulu

  • English: www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/apartheid-and-me/14768777 (ISBN 978-1-291-88892-8)
  • French: www.lulu.com/shop/monica-clarke-and-maureen-bocking/apartheid-et-moi/paperback/product-21712513.html(ISBN 9781291947625)
  • Spanish: www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/el-apartheid-y-yo/14955447 (ISBN 9781291947168)

  • eBook on Amazon Kindle
  • English: www.amazon.com/dp/B00KMA0U3A
  • French: www.amazon.com/dp/B00M4S2SJM
  • Spanish: www.amazon.com/dp/B00MAIL5MW

  • pdf on Selz
  • English: iprotectme.selz.com/item/53c6814ba1416e15d87800f0
  • French: iprotectme.selz.com/item/53d799d8b7987202205d235f
  • Spanish: iprotectme.selz.com/item/53da20f3b7987202dc4226f0
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    New NEA leader to nation's educators: Revolt, ignore 'stupid' reforms
    The Washington Post
    To call the woman who is about to take the helm of the National Education Association "outspoken" would be something of an understatement. Lily Eskelsen García, who will take over next month as president of the largest teachers union in the country (and, for that matter, the largest union of any kind in the country), is nauseatingly sick of what she calls "factory school reform" and she doesn't mind telling everybody about it in clear, challenging words. "Stop doing stupid," she says.More

    Judge: California must help all English learners
    EdSource
    A judge has ruled that the state is ultimately responsible for seeing that school districts provide services to all English language learners not receiving the help they need to become proficient in English. 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

    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

    Cutting to the Common Core: My students can't read so how will they write?
    Language Magazine
    One of the biggest instructional shifts resulting from the Common Core State Standards is the increased emphasis on writing. Students will be expected to write in all content areas, for various purposes, and over varying lengths of time (Writing Anchor Standard 10). Argument writing has been elevated to a high priority (indicated by its placement as Writing Anchor Standard 1). And writing must include textual evidence, in-depth analysis, and structures appropriate to task, purpose and audience (Writing Anchor Standard 4) (CCSS, 2010). For a seventh-grade student who is reading at a fourth-grade level, how will this happen?More

    The importance of hands-on learning and movement for English learners
    By: Erick Herrmann
    Consider your most memorable learning experience in school. Did the experience involve a lecture or a worksheet? Perhaps a bit more likely is that your memorable experience included a project or activity that required you to do something hands-on — building something, acting or performing, or some form of hands-on activity or movement. When working with English learners, incorporating hands-on or experiential learning is especially beneficial.More

    Survey: Teachers of English learners feel least prepared for Common Core
    Education Week
    Educators, in general, feel inadequately prepared for teaching the Common Core to students, but when it comes to teaching the more rigorous standards to their students who are still learning English, their confidence drops sharply, according to a new survey from the Education Week Research Center. Fewer than 25 percent of teachers who were surveyed said that they are "prepared" or "well-prepared" to teach the new English/language arts and math standards to English language learners.More

    5 Common Core priorities for the new school year
    eSchool News
    As schools gear up to dive back into learning, states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards are outlining their priorities and are identifying their top goals for the standards. The Common Core State Standards have been, and continue to be, a hot-button topic, with some states deciding not to adopt the Common Core while still revamping their standards, and with others adopting the standards but later pulling out. One of the biggest misconceptions lies in the fact that many people believe the standards to be curriculum — in fact, states are working to develop a curriculum that supports the Common Core standards and learning goals.More

    US education: How we got where we are today
    The Christian Science Monitor
    On the last day of school in June, principal Aurelia Curtis was harried. An auditorium full of teachers was waiting for her. But instead of congratulating them on a good year and sending off three retiring staff members, she was in her office signing the last of the 742 teacher evaluation forms for her staff of nearly 150 that she had to finish by an end-of-year deadline. Curtis, a stern but beloved leader who shares her name with Curtis High School here in Staten Island, New York, where she began her career 30 years ago, spends more time these days filling out intensive teacher evaluations required by the state than she does talking to her teachers. Or that's how it often feels.More

    Judge: California must help all English learners
    EdSource
    A judge has ruled that the state is ultimately responsible for seeing that school districts provide services to all English language learners not receiving the help they need to become proficient in English. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled in the lawsuit that the ACLU of Southern California and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center brought against the state Department of Education, the State Board of Education and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The lawsuit, filed last year, claimed that the state failed in its legal obligation to ensure that all English learners get the language instruction to which they were legally entitled.More

    Study: Learning a musical instrument boosts language, reading skills
    PBS Newshour
    Learning to sing or play a musical instrument can improve language and reading skills of disadvantaged children, according to a new study released Friday. Nina Kraus, PhD, a neurobiologist at Northwestern University, found that musical training has an impact in strengthening neural functions as well as a connection with sound and reading of children in impoverished areas. Her previous research focused on the impact of music lessons on children of the middle or upper class. This study, which is being presented to the American Psychological Association, included hundreds of students in Los Angeles and Chicago public schools with about 50 percent dropout rates.More

    How arbitrary is language? English words structured to help kids learn
    Science Daily
    Words in the English language are structured to help children learn, according to research. Words like "woof" accurately represent the sound of a dog, while sounds with similar meanings may have a similar structure; for example, the "sl" sound at the beginning of a word often has negative properties, as in "slime, slur, slum, slug."More