NABE Weekly eNews
Nov. 14, 2013

NABE joins AFT to support emergency needs of Philippines
The entire AFT family is heartbroken by the loss of life and devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The magnitude of destruction in the Philippines is staggering. Thousands have lost their lives, and many more have been injured, orphaned or separated from their families.

Help those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan by donating to the AFT Disaster Relief Fund


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

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ELLs and nation's report card: No change in reading and math performance
Education Week
The reading and math achievement of the nation's English language learners in fourth and eighth grades shows few signs of budging, according to national test data results. Results from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, better known as NAEP, or the nation's report card, show that 8th grade English language learners posted an average score in math that rose by two points since 2011, the last time the test was given, and one point in reading on the exam's 500-point scale, though neither is a statistically significant gain. For fourth grade ELLs, the average math score was exactly the same as two years ago and for reading, it dropped by one point, which was not a statistically significant change.More

Learning English, but lost in translation
The English language learning population is the fastest-growing demographic in the Massachusetts public school system. But it's also consistently the worst performing, with the lowest MCAS scores and the highest dropout rates. This school year, the Massachusetts Department of Education is rolling out a new program that aims to train thousands of teachers to help non-English-speaking students. The mandated teacher training program has grand ambitions to improve student performance, but the changes come with a long, complicated history. In order to understand why the state is training some 30,000 teachers, you have to look back at 2002.More

Chinese and English: Dual language program grows in Casper, Wyo.
Anastasia Lite Li is a soft-spoken woman until her students enter the Chinese classroom. That's when the 24-year-old Beijing native with a master's degree in teaching Chinese as a second language comes alive. "Ni hao, Mackenzie," Li said, bending to shake the hand of a blond girl walking through her classroom doorway. "Ni hao, Braxton." Students in this kindergarten class at Paradise Valley Elementary in Casper, Wyo., know the drill: When the bell rings, the English ends. Their names are printed in English on strips of masking tape on a carpet near the back of the room, but little else is said or shown in English in Li's classroom, which is the first of its kind in Wyoming.More

California school funding formula tied to English learners, needy
The Herald
California schools that serve low-income children and those with limited English language abilities will get more money in the next few years under recently approved changes. But how that money is spent and how schools are accountable for the results are still being debated at the state level. Organizations that lobbied for the changes want to make sure those extra dollars are spent on the children who are generating the added income in the first place.More

Speaking a 2nd language may delay different dementias
American Academy of Neurology via Science Daily
In the largest study on the topic to date, research shows that speaking a second language may delay the onset of three types of dementias. The research is published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that people who spoke two languages developed dementia four and a half years later than people who only spoke one language.More

Early childhood educators hold key to children's communication skills
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute via Science Daily
Researchers at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have completed a new examination of peer-reviewed science that reveals how early childhood educators can ignite the growth of language and communication skills in infants and toddlersMore

ESL teachers, academic language and the Common Core State Standards
Education Week (commentary)
Making the rigorous Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics accessible to every type of learner is a huge undertaking for educators. In a new special report called Moving Beyond the Mainstream, three of my Education Week colleagues and I try to tackle some of the most central challenges to that endeavor.More

Language gap in the US is a problem, opportunity
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There's a joke among linguists: If you speak two languages, you're bilingual. If you speak one, you're American. The joke isn't funny, though, at a time when the number of Chinese with familiarity in English matches the entire population of the U.S., and when officials warn that America's "national language gap" is a major competitiveness handicap. More

Scaffolding: Helping all students reach academic excellence
By Erick Herrmann
Education can be seen as the act of helping students learn new content, concepts and skills over time by teaching the steps necessary to master the skills being taught. Teachers need to provide scaffolding for students to reach each skill or concept and achieve at higher levels. In the field of education, scaffolding refers to the support systems and instructional techniques teachers employ to help take students from where they are to higher levels of academic achievement.More

Early childhood educators hold key to children's communication skills
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute via Science Daily
Researchers at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have completed a new examination of peer-reviewed science that reveals how early childhood educators can ignite the growth of language and communication skills in infants and toddlers. Nicole Gardner-Neblett and Kathleen Cranley Gallagher published the FPG team's research-based recommendations online.More

Promising practices
Language Magazine
All 19 Indian pueblos of New Mexico have an understanding that we are at a critical point in our long history — that critical point being the difference between language loss and language maintenance and revitalization. Many Pueblos still feel it is the responsibility of the family to give language, and in families where language remains strong, this is still being done. With this understanding and the desire to support families in maintaining their children’s language in the crucial early childhood years, the Keres Children's Learning Center opened at Cochiti Pueblo in September 2012 after six years of preparation: researching related endeavors, developing the model, shoring up financial support and laying the groundwork in the community.More

Texas Hispanic students lag in reading on ‘Nation’s Report Card’ test
The Dallas Morning News
Hispanic students in Texas, now a majority in public schools, are falling further behind in reading skills while holding their own in math, test results from the “Nation’s Report Card” released Thursday show. The setbacks in reading for Hispanics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress portend problems for Texas. At one time, the state emphasized reading over all other subjects in public schools. The results show that fourth-grade reading scores for Hispanic children have dropped four points from the last test two years ago, while eighth-grade scores remained relatively flat. Texas Hispanic fourth-graders tied for 33rd when compared with Hispanics in other states and the District of Columbia. Eighth-graders ranked 28th.More