NABE Weekly eNews
Sep. 13, 2012

Dear NABE Members,
One of the premier benefits that NABE members receive is the highly prized PERSPECTIVES, A Publication of the National Association for Bilingual Education. The magazine is peer reviewed, and includes articles especially designed for bilingual educators, which provide cutting edge information on exemplary dual language, multicultural and biliteracy programs. It also deals with public policy issues, research developments, best instructional practices, and other valuable information affecting administrators and educators who work with English Language Learners.

Click here to view the latest issue of the Perspectives.More

Sequestration: Are Major Cuts to Education Around the Corner?

Friday, September 14, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)


Phillip Lovell, vice president of Federal Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education
Joel Packer, executive director, Committee for Education Funding
Tom Shelton, Ph.D, superintendent, Fayette County, Ky., Public Schools

As school districts across the country continue to grapple with budget shortfalls of their own, many are unaware of and unprepared to deal with federal education funding cuts that are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 2.More

Duncan to kick off Education Drives America 2012 cross-country back-to-school bus tour in Silicon Valley, Calif.
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Redwood City, Calif., with a visit to Sequoia High School. This school visit is the official first event in a series of engagements to be held coast-to-coast where Duncan and other senior leaders from the department will reinforce the message that Education Drives America. More

Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!!
Local contact: Nilda M. Aguirre at or (225) 209-0224
What: 42nd Annual International Bilingual Education Conference
Where: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
When: Feb. 7-9

Dear NABE members,

Mark your calendars — NABE is pleased to invite you to be a part of Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!! NABE's 42nd Annual Conference will be held at the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Feb. 7-9. This event is to bring awareness to the magic behind Bilingual Education. It will be a week filled with educational speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, music, raffles, prizes, demonstrations, cutting edge presentations of all sorts and so much rich research, best practices in dual language and bilingual education, the new education wave on common core state standards, ESEA flexibility waivers, special interest group research and more.

Keynote speakers for this event include Dr. Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Kenji Hakuta, professor from Stanford University, Dr. Ofelia Garcia from the Graduate Center City University of New York and Dr. Andrew Cohen from University of Minnesota.

We are thrilled to have with us featured speakers Dr. Catherine Snow, professor from Harvard University, Dr. Laurie Olsen, director of the Sobrato Early Academic Literacy Program, Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, executive director from Californians Together, Dr. Jim Cummins from Ontario Institute of Education, Tony Miller, deputy secretary from DOE, and Okhee Lee Salwen, Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth and Lixing (Frank) Tang from NYU Steinhardt, N.Y.

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All proposals must be submitted by Sept. 12.
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Virtual foreign exchange program fosters global skills
eSchool News
Today's students need to prepare for a globalized world, business leaders often say — but sending students abroad is usually too expensive for cash-strapped schools or parents. One Michigan school district is taking a unique approach to this challenge by establishing a virtual foreign exchange program so that students can take classes from teachers in other countries.More

Top 5 technology tools for ELL teachers
Learning is Growing (commentary)
I recently introduced teachers of English language learners to a variety of technology tools that can be integrated into the classroom. These tools are actually beneficial for all classrooms. It has been said many times that as teachers we are preparing students for thier futures, not our past. We need to take a hard look at our classrooms and instruction. Have our practices moved into the 21st century or are they still locked in the past? Does school look and feel like it did when we went to school?More

Tips from the top
Language Magazine
"Minority babies are now majority in United States" proclaims the headline of the Washington Post, May 16, 2012. Just think, in five years, this transformative group of Hispanic, Asian and African-American children will be entering Kindergarten. If all goes according to plan, the Common Core State Standards will be fully operational and the derivative curriculum will be firmly enacted. The next generation of assessments will be underway. The question that looms before our nation is whether schools will be equipped to educate this multicultural onslaught of students in preparation for postsecondary education and careers. The demographic shift in the school-age population of the U.S. is most noticeable in the unprecedented increase of English language learners. The growing numbers of students for whom English is an additional language have touched almost every state. More

Stirring up the melting pot
The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. is rapidly becoming more diverse as the nation's minorities — driven largely by a surge in the Hispanic and Asian populations — move beyond traditional "gateway" cities into smaller cities and towns. A new study shows that of the roughly 15,000 places in the country — defined as cities, towns, suburbs or rural areas that govern their own fiscal affairs — some 82.6 percent were majority white in 2010, down from 93.4 percent in 1980. Places where whites made up at least 90 percent of the population fell even more sharply, to 36 percent in 2010 from 65.8 percent in 1980. More

Raising Latino achievement seen as 'demographic imperative'
Education Week
By 2020, 1 in 4 children enrolled in America's K-12 public schools will be Latino. With such strong and growing numbers, the educational achievement of this diverse community of students — who increasingly live in states and communities where Latinos were virtually nonexistent even a decade ago — has implications for the national economy, local labor markets and prospects for upward social mobility for millions of Hispanic Americans. More

Early learning practices in immigrant families
Education Week
According to a new study, immigrant Mexican mothers report stable home environments but are less likely to read to their young children than American-born white mothers; however, immigrant Chinese mothers are opposite. These insights into how families function in immigrant households in the United States come from a new study that examines how migration history, cultural practices and social class impact social-emotional development and early learning practices in homes with young children. The findings challenge some of the conventional thinking on the disadvantages for children born into immigrant families. More

High schools teachers address post-9/11 stereotypes
U.S. News & World Report
Schools across the country will mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks next week with memorials, moments of silence and special lesson plans. Teaching high school students about 9/11 and its aftermath is a lofty task, as most students were not old enough to remember and understand the attacks, and many educators will need to wade through the emotions and stereotypes already woven into the narrative. More

For both parties, Spanglish is the unofficial convention language
If you grew up in a bilingual Hispanic household, listening to the Democratic and Republican conventions may have sounded a lot like home. It's no coincidence that both parties highlighted politicians like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Rubio, whose parents are from Cuba, introduced Mitt Romney at the Republican convention; Castro, whose grandmother immigrated from Mexico, became the first Latino to give the Democrats' keynote address.More

Fairfax, Va., schools system faces growing budget challenge as more students need ESOL classes
The Washington Post
The number of Fairfax County, Va., students who speak a foreign language at home is likely to surpass 50 percent of the school population for the first time this month, reflecting a surge of immigrant families in Northern Virginia, school officials said. As total enrollment reached an all-time high of 181,500 students when school began, Fairfax also saw a major increase in those who will need English language lessons. This year, about 31,500 students are projected to enroll in English for speakers of other languages, representing 17 percent of the total county student population and an increase of nearly one-third from last year. More