NABE Weekly eNews
Sep. 11, 2014

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Office Depot/Hilton Office Supply Program
As a benefit of our relationship with Hilton Worldwide their strategic partner, Office Depot, is offering to extend the Office Depot/Hilton office supply program to NABE affiliates. The Office Depot program offers us unbelievably low prices on the most frequently used items and the best part of the program besides it being free to sign up, is the fact that Office Depot is willing to extend the offer to you as a NABE Affiliate! We try our best to save money where it counts the most, especially with day-to-day operation; and this program has already saved NABE an average of 60 percent off list price on all of our office supplies. We have been in communication with the Global Account Manager Mark Edwards, who is one call away from setting up your account. Please have someone from your office contact Mark via phone or email as soon as possible.More

Opportunity is spelled: High school equivalency certificate
By: Yvette Donado via NABE
The daughter of working-class parents who came from Puerto Rico to America in search of opportunity, I was born in New York City. I had the good fortune of having parents who, despite their lack of formal education, understood its importance for me and my sisters. Now, all with advanced degrees, my sisters and I often wonder about the millions of persons who have not been so fortunate. More

The Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award
This award provides support to outstanding diverse educators in pursuit of professional development, active participation at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education and committees that transitions into leadership roles, and serves to increase the science educator talent pool of minority educators to meet the education work force challenge of the future. The recipients of the Award will be honored during the Awards Banquet at the NSTA Conference.More

Supporting English Learners
English learners make up 9 percent of the United States' total student population, and America's long-term prosperity is linked to whether these students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge they need for college and careers. ELs face the dual challenges of learning English and learning academic content at the same time.More

A majority of students entering school this year are minorities, but most teachers are still white
The Huffington Post
A majority of the public school students heading back to school this September aren't white. But the teachers leading their classrooms are still overwhelmingly so. This year marks a milestone for U.S. public schools in that it is the first time a majority of students will come from minority groups. According to projections from the National Center for Education Statistics, 49.7 percent of students entering public schools this year are white, compared to 50.3 percent of students who identify as black, Hispanic, Asian or another nonwhite ethnicity. Just 10 years ago, in 2004, nearly 60 percent of public school students were white. By 2022, that figure is projected to fall to just 45 percent.More

A majority of students entering school this year are minorities, but most teachers are still white
The Huffington Post
A majority of the public school students heading back to school this September aren't white. But the teachers leading their classrooms are still overwhelmingly so. 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

English as a second language: International families learn more than language
Fort Leavenworth Lamp
Because Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is the home of the Command and General Staff College, the Combined Arms Center and a diverse group of units, spouses from all over the world find themselves living on post adjusting to a new culture and new language. Two English as a second language classes are offered to international spouses to help them with this transition.More

Benefits for babies exposed to two languages found in Singaporean birth cohort study
A*Star Agency for Science, Technology and Research via Science Daily
There are advantages associated with exposure to two languages in infancy, as team of investigators and clinician-scientists in Singapore and internationally have found. The findings reveal a generalized cognitive advantage that emerges early in bilingual infants, and is not specific to a particular language.More

Most Americans favor reuniting young migrants with family in US, poll finds
Education Week
While the surge of nearly 60,000 unaccompanied Central American minors over the U.S.-Mexico border in the last 10 months has created a major political conundrum for the Obama administration, most Americans express some sympathy for the plight of the young migrants. In a new national survey from the Pew Research Center, 69 percent of Americans say they favor allowing the unaccompanied minors from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to join their families already living in the United States while their immigration cases are pending.More

Big year looms for Common Core testing
Education Week
For four years, schools in nearly every state have been working to put the Common Core State Standards into practice in classrooms, but few have put them to the test — literally. This year, that changes. The 2014-2015 academic year is when nearly every state must have assessments in place to reflect the Common Core, or other "college- and career-ready" standards they have adopted. And unlike last year, when many states were allowed to cut back on their regular tests because they were field-testing new assessments, this year's achievement results will be a cornerstone of states' public accountability reporting.More

Word 'edges' are important for language acquisition
Science Daily
Word "edges" are important for language acquisition. Children start to learn the sound of words by remembering the first and last syllables. A new study sheds light on the information the infant brain uses during language acquisition and the format in which it stores words in its memory.More