NABE Weekly eNews
Sep. 5, 2013

NABE Pre-Conference Institute —
Feb. 12 San Diego Convention Center
Full Day Institute

Developing and Implementing Highly Effective Dual Language Immersion Programs
This pre-conference institute will address the purpose, philosophy and key features of dual language immersion programs. The overview is intended for all program administrators, teachers, resource personnel, school board members and parents to assist them with planning and implementation of dual language immersion programs. The institute will include program definitions, design, critical features, rationale and basic components for implementation. We will look at specific models and programs implemented in California, Texas, New York and throughout the nation. Topics that will be addressed include the basic components and guiding principles of effective dual language immersion programs, recruiting and marketing dual language immersion programs in your school community; working with dual language immersion parents; and addressing the most frequently asked questions of parents and school staff. Sample questions are: "If it's OK to immerse English speakers in Spanish, why isn't it OK to immerse Spanish speakers in English?" Presenters encourage schools to attend as a team and create individualized action plans for developing or continuing of a dual language immersion program. Our message is to attain the goals of bilingualism, biliteracy and multiculturalism for all students!

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43rd Annual NABE Conference — Feb. 12-15
Sailing into the 21st Century: Multiple Languages. Multiple Paths. Lifelong Advantages.

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The premiere of TEACH, the documentary we discussed on our previous calls, is just over a week away and we could not be more excited to share this inspiring film with the public. The goal of the TEACH campaign is to promote and elevate the teaching profession and this film supports this mission. We hope that young people will be inspired to consider the profession as a career choice and that others will become involved in supporting teachers in their community. Within the next 10 years, it is estimated that over 50 percent of America's teachers will be eligible for retirement. We need to encourage our best and brightest to be in front of the classroom to help shape the future of America. We are grateful for your partnership and support and we wanted to send some information on the film and campaign so you can spread the word to your community and network.

Sept. 6 at 8/7 p.m. CDT on CBS
Sept. 14 and 18 at 8/7 p.m. CDT on Pivot
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Following the broadcast dates, the film will be available on iTunes to download for house viewing parties as well as community and school screenings.More

Apps for English language learning: Speech-to-text for writing development
By Beth Crumpler
In this third installment of using regular apps to facilitate English language learning, apps that use speech-to-text technologies are discussed. Learn how to use the technology to assist in the writing development of students who have lower English language proficiency levels and for those who have more advanced proficiency levels but struggle with writing. Speech-to-text technologies can be used for assisting writing development for English language learners of any age, elementary through adults.More

Learning a new language alters brain development
McGill University via Science Daily
The age at which children learn a second language can have a significant bearing on the structure of their adult brain, according to a new joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital — The Neuro at McGill University and Oxford University. The majority of people in the world learn to speak more than one language during their lifetime. Many do so with great proficiency particularly if the languages are learned simultaneously or from early in development.More

The power of the bilingual brain
Classrooms are places where little eurekas happen — and teachers live for them. The sixth-grader struggling with the first week of algebra has no idea what a nonsensical instruction like "solve for x" means — and then all at once, blink, the light goes on. The second-grader grasps for the first time why a poem doesn't have to rhyme and then coins a perfect little word picture to prove it. For Hélène Cha-Philippe, a teacher at Morningside Elementary School in Salt Lake City, the moment happened when one of her first-grade girls said, "I eat the teacher."More

The power of the bilingual brain
Classrooms are places where little eurekas happen — and teachers live for them. The sixth-grader struggling with the first week of algebra has no idea what a nonsensical instruction like "solve for x" means — and then all at once, blink, the light goes on. More

Review: For young ELLs, learning in 2 languages best
Education Week
Instruction in English and in a child's home language in the preschool and early elementary years leads to the best outcomes for the youngest dual-language learners, both in terms of academic-content achievement and as English-language proficiency, a new research review and policy brief concludes.More

Help or hindrance? Use of native language in the English classroom
By Erick Herrmann
The population of English learners is the U.S. has grown significantly over the past two decades, increasing by approximately 81 percent since 1990. This represents 25.3 million individuals, born abroad and in the United States, who are still developing English proficiency.More

Study: Waivers leave behind at-risk students
The Associated Press via ABC News
Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a study education advocates released Tuesday. The Education Department has been giving states waivers from the education law's requirements, including those to collect and publish data about students from poor families, students whose native language is not English, those with learning disabilities and minority students.More

ASD cuts impact English language learners
Alaska Public Media
The number of immigrant, refugee and other students who need help with English is growing in parts of Anchorage, but the school district is spread thin because of last year's cuts and they don't have the money to hire any new teachers or tutors. This fall, Nester Cunanan entered Mears Middle School in South Anchorage with the odds stacked against him. "I learned English from the TV and watching Disney Channel. Yeah, I watched American movies a lot."More

New Common Core resources for educators
eClassroom News
New resources link Common Core-aligned curriculum with any school system's assessment data, and what's more, these resources for educators are also 100 percent free. The resources, housed on Activate Instruction, are part of an open platform where educators can browse, search, rate, add, share and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students. Parents and students can follow sets of resources educators have prescribed, or can search for the resource they like best.More

New guide to help states commonly define English learners
Education Week
Can Florida agree with California on who an English-language learner is? Can Texas and Illinois move closer to using the same criteria for deciding when a student is no longer an ELL? Will all, or at least most, states be able to share a more consistent way of defining different levels of English proficiency? Those questions may soon be answered. With a just-released set of recommendations from the Council of Chief State School Officers to help guide them, most states are now set to embark on an effort to bring much more uniformity to identifying who English learners are and when those students are no longer in need of language instruction. The goal is to move all states to a more consistent playing field over the next four to five years.More

English language learners start classes
News-Press Now
A few weeks after school-aged children returned to school, another group of learners in the St. Joseph School District returned to classrooms. Participants in the district's Adult English language learner classes streamed into the Webster Learning Center to register and attend orientation for the program. Amy Whittaker, data specialist and testing coordinator, said school officials have been preregistering students and that interest in the classes has been high. Last year, more than 130 students took part. This year, that was just the pre-enrolled number.More