NABE Weekly eNews
Aug. 22, 2013

Dear NABE members:
The NABE Journal for Research and Practice is accepting manuscripts for publication until Aug. 31. Volume 5 will be published in time to coincide with the 43rd annual NABE international conference to be held in San Diego, Feb. 12-15.

Please follow the steps below:

1. Send your manuscripts to: Xin Wang and Mariella Espinoza-Herold.

2. Visit the Journals' website.

3. Check out the guidelines for submission here.

Thank You,
The National Association for Bilingual Education


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Review: For young ELLs, learning in 2 languages best
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