NABE Weekly eNews
Oct. 16, 2014

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National education panel working on guidelines for the Seal of Biliteracy
Congratulations to our two board members who are participating on a national education panel working on guidelines for the Seal of Biliteracy that will be useful to other states who are interested in adopting this initiative for their students. At the present time there are two supportive bills in Congress, (Brownley & Garcia) with very little traction. NABE has submitted recommendations to both Representatives. As you are also aware, via the efforts of Californians Together and NABE, the Seal of Biliteracy has been adopted in the following states (California, New York, Illinois, Texas, Washington State, New Mexico and Oregon).Florida is still working on the adoption process via the efforts of FABES. NABE, along with TESOL and ACTFL are the principal coordinators of this shared effort. Our two representatives are Drs. Jose Ruiz-Escalante and Yee Wan along with Shelly Speigel Coleman.

Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines
Seal of Biliteracy — Discussion to Provide GuidelinesMore

Campaign to promote ethnic studies summit
Ethnic Studies Now
A conference for those committed to promote Ethnic Studies at all levels of the educational system, to discuss the state of Ethnic Studies in California, Arizona and Texas, and present new models that enhance Ethnic Studies in K-12, based on local-control school board policies and partnerships between schools with colleges and universities.More

CABE and Si Magazine
We are pleased to announce that CABE and Si Magazine have teamed up to bring you a pioneering classroom resource that highlights creativity and achievement in Latino youth, from urban to migrant as well as special needs students. Keep reading below — we have a special offer for you as a close partner with CABE!

Imagine a beautiful motivational magazine especially designed for Latino youth and their parents that vividly brings young role models, their real-life struggles and triumphs, into the classroom — singers, mathematicians, muralists, filmmakers and poets. Now also visualize a bilingual, online educational resource that supports the California Common Core State Standards for research and digital media skills. Welcome to Si Magazine!

As a close partner and friend of CABE, we would like to extend an invitation to download a complimentary issue of Si Magazine by following the brief steps below:

That's it! Once downloaded, your magazine can be accessed continuously on your IPhone, IPad and Desktop computer. You can also go to our official web link at to view upcoming issues, subscribe and view additional information.More

The global search for education: What the world can learn from Latin America
The Huffington Post
How are Brazil and other Latin America countries innovating mathematics education? This year, 35-year-old Brazilian mathematician Artur Avila became the first Latin American to claim the prestigious 2014 Fields Medal (International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics), considered by many to be the mathematician's "Nobel Prize." The largest percentage of foreign-born residents in the U.S. come from South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 28 states, more than two-thirds of English language learner students speak Spanish at home.More

Is math a universal language or a foreign language for ELLs?
By: Holly Hansen-Thomas
What do you think? When asked this question, most educators will fall on one side of the coin or another. There is evidence to support the fact that mathematics is indeed universal. But at the same time, there are irrefutable challenges that English language learners encounter when learning math through English — for them a foreign or second language. To illustrate this point, I'll share highlights from a contentious, but respectful interchange among math educators with whom I had the privilege of working recently.More

Cutting to the Common Core: What does CCSS mean for early learning
Language Magazine
For 22 years, Debbie Rodriguez has taught kindergarteners at Bellehaven Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She's no rookie when it comes to implementing new state and national standards. 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

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

Eva Longoria opens up about the US's obsession with English-only
Why is it that many in the United States are fixated on speaking only one language? You might not feel that way, but many do feel it should be an English-only country, and it's a topic Eva Longoria focused on as she promoted the 15th annual ALMA Awards. Longoria will host the American Latino Media Arts Awards for Hispanic History Month on Friday night–and took up the issue with MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart during his show. She told Diaz-Balart the question of bilingualism in Latinos boils down to celebrating your identity.More

4 free tools to help international students improve English skills
U.S. News & World Report
The language barrier is something that all international students aspire to overcome in their years in a U.S. university or college. International students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the American environment and initiate conversations with American students in order to quickly improve English skills. However, for prospective students who have never had a chance to visit an English-speaking country, or current students who are too shy and afraid of their accents to speak frequently, improving their English skills can truly be a struggle. Here are four free, easy-to-use mobile tools that can help international students be more comfortable building their English skills.More

English department teaches English as a second language to McKinley High students
The Daily Reveille
It's time for class — the teacher enters the classroom, other students' cryptic conversations fall to a murmur and the day's lesson begins in a language you can only speak efficiently enough to state your name and find the restroom. These were the daily troubles non-native English speaking students at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge faced before Mina Posey, McKinley English as a second language instructional specialist, and Irina Shport, University assistant professor in second language acquisition, created an LSU service-learning class where University students teach English language learning students at McKinley.More

For English learners, an effective teacher in any language is what matters
Education Week
Want to find a better teacher for English language learners? Start by looking for teachers who add the most value for any students, rather than limiting the search to those who may have had specialized training to work with ELLs.More

How to better serve English language learners
Students, parents and teachers are often skeptical about the value of standardized tests. However, if tests are designed and used thoughtfully, they can be a positive force for teaching and learning, and this is particularly true for English language learners. ELL students, many of whom are born in the U.S., come to school with diverse cultural backgrounds and varying command of the English language. Accurate and useful information about students' English-language proficiency is needed to identify students who are ELLs, provide them with appropriate instructional support, track their progress in learning English and inform decisions about when they are ready to exit ELL programs.More

Student went from not speaking English to student council president
Daily News Journal
For Smyrna Elementary fifth-grader Moe Loe, her first day of school four years ago was isolating and lonely. Her family had recently moved to the United States from Thailand "wanting freedom," she said, but none of them spoke English, which made the prospect of starting school in a foreign land intimidating. "I was shy. I was going to class but I didn't know my teacher's name," Loe said. "So I was just walking around the hallway. Then Mr. (Trey) Duke, our principal, he came to me and asked me what my teacher's name was. But I didn't speak any English so I didn't say anything."More

Cutting to the Common Core: What does CCSS mean for early learning
Language Magazine
For 22 years, Debbie Rodriguez has taught kindergarteners at Bellehaven Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She's no rookie when it comes to implementing new state and national standards. Still, with each new round of standards, from No Child Left Behind to the Common Core State Standards, even veteran teachers like Rodriguez can feel like first-timers all over again. "Usually the first year or two of a new set of standards is a big learning curve for a teacher," she says. "It requires a lot more intense planning and it lasts the whole year, or more." But the work doesn't end there. Rodriguez adds that in subsequent years, a teacher is still tweaking lessons and making adjustments based on the new standards and what worked well.More

Charter sector launches marketing campaign to attract more English language learners
Chalkbeat NewYork
In an effort to attract more English learners to charter schools around the city, the New York City Charter School Center is kicking off a marketing campaign on television and online in multiple languages. "We have to get the word out in every community in as many languages as possible," said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center. The Charter Center says that 6.3 percent of charter school students are English language learners, as compared to 15 percent of students in traditional public schools in 2012-2013, according to the Independent Budget Office.More