NABE Weekly eNews
Sep. 18, 2014

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Fiscal Year 2014 Continuing Resolution
Because Congress will not pass FY2015 Appropriations bills by the end of September, the House will consider a Continuing Resolution. The CR carries forward FY2014 funding through December 11th, under the terms and conditions set the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act. However, it includes an across-the-board cut of 0.0554 percent in order to conform with the FY2014 spending level. More

2015 National Migrant Education Conference — March 22-25
NASDME is looking for high quality workshops for the upcoming National Migrant Education Conference. We urge you to consider submitting a proposal and that you ask colleagues who are doing excellent work to submit as well! We want to showcase successful models for Identification and Recruitment, Delivery of Services, Curriculum and Instruction, Comprehensive Needs Assessment, Parent Issues, HEP-CAMP, Use of Technology, Early Childhood, Out-of-School Youth and many more topics! This year we are adding tracks for workshops for guidance counselors and also for those working on ESL issues.More

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: Sept. 15 - Oct. 15
U.S. Department of Commerce
In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. Congress expanded the observance in 1989 to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.More

Guidance/Information: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Office of Communications and Outreach
Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security began offering the opportunity for young people to request consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and obtain temporary relief from removal from the United States. Over 580,800 young people from all over the world have received DACA since 2012. Today, current and former students who requested DACA beginning in 2012 are now becoming able to request consideration for renewal of DACA.More

Big-city districts delve into Common Core teaching for English learners
Education Week
The Common Core standards are dramatically reshaping teaching and learning, but some of the biggest changes are arguably happening for English language learners and their teachers. That's because English learners, no matter their level of proficiency, are expected to engage with demanding content and demonstrate more sophisticated skills with language even when their English is still developing. Those higher expectations, ELL experts say, mean every educator working with English learners must take responsibility for developing their language.More

Transforming classroom management for ELLs: Strategies for success
By: Erick Herrmann
Classroom management is a phrase and concept all teachers are familiar with and know intimately. There are numerous classroom management strategies that benefit all students, but that may be especially beneficial for culturally and linguistically diverse students. This population in particular requires additional considerations as we work to develop a classroom culture of learning and mutual respect. Consider the following concepts and strategies as you reflect on your own classroom management style and classroom culture.More

Big-city districts delve into Common Core teaching for English learners
Education Week
The Common Core standards are dramatically reshaping teaching and learning, but some of the biggest changes are arguably happening for English language learners and their teachers. 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

ELL education progressing on justice department orders
Stamford Advocate
School officials say meeting the district's obligations under a U.S. Department of Justice settlement is improving education for its non-English-speaking students. At the end of February, the Justice Department agreed to suspend its investigation into allegations that Stamford Public Schools in Connecticut was violating non-English-speaking students' civil rights by not providing an adequate English language learners program if the district agreed to implement improvements.More

Education looms large in pivotal US Senate races
Education Week
Education policy issues are at the heart of a handful of highly competitive U.S. Senate races that could help determine which party controls the chamber next year. In North Carolina, candidates are locking horns over education spending and teacher pay; in Georgia, the Common Core State Standards are taking center stage; and in Iowa, higher education and student loans are the subject of the latest skirmish between Senate hopefuls.More

Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of NABE's Weekly eNews, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NABE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics. More

New York State Board of Regents changes bilingual instruction policy
News 12 Long Island
A new move by the New York State Board of Regents would change the way school districts administer bilingual instruction. Under current guidelines, districts are only required to provide bilingual instruction when they have 20 or more English as a second language students speaking the same language in the same grade in one school. More

40 years since bilingual education ruling, challenges remain
NBC News
Scholars plan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Lau v Nichols — the landmark civil rights case that created the legal basis for bilingual education — by going back to the place it all began: San Francisco. Participants at A National Conference on the Rights of Linguistic Minorities this weekend will discuss the legacy, relevance, and significance of the ruling. More

Poll: Reform candidate closes gap in race to be California schools chief
Reuters via The Huffington Post
A former charter school executive aiming to unseat California's education chief is in a statistical tie in a race shaping up to be a proxy war between school reform advocates and the state's powerful teachers unions, a recent poll showed.More