|NABE Weekly eNews|
|Nov. 15, 2012|
We have once again witnessed a historical moment on the power of voting as approximately 115,657,000 citizen casted their votes for the Presidential elections yesterday. It was a very close race that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. Although many felt that the passion and motivation for this Presidential race was lacking drive, the polls showed a different story. While driving home last night, and listening to the news, I truly believe that this nation is resilient and optimistic. During a time when we are experiencing tragedies in many parts of the country, we still manage to support each other and show compassion for living things. This nation is only as great as its diversity of people make it to be.
We recently had a meeting with our coordinator, chairs of the conference and local chairs. Everyone is eager and looking forward to our NABE Annual Conference. Please encourage everyone to register for the 42nd Annual Conference "Magic Happens" on Feb. 7-9 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. We hope that you are receiving our email blast and Enews. If not, please make us aware so that we may add you to the listserve.
Please forward us any changes on your board or newly appointed executive director's so that we may acknowledge them appropriately. You may click on this link to view the affiliates http://www.nabe.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1349586. We are also in the planning stages of creating webinars and will be reaching out to all of you shortly for feedback.
Please be safe and know that your hard work is appreciated by all children, families, and educators around the world. NABE is moving FORWARD.
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The U.S. Department of Education has announced 20 awards in the latest round of its Investing in Innovation competition, and proposals that pledge to improve outcomes for English language learners are well-represented in the winners' circle. Winners of the i3 competition — some school districts; others, nonprofit organizations — will share $150 million in federal prize money to help underwrite their various projects. As a condition of getting the federal money, they must secure private matching funds. More
Ethnic studies could return to Tucson, Ariz., in desegregation plan
Mexican-American studies is poised for a comeback in Tucson, Ariz. After a years-long, tumultuous fight that came to a head earlier this year when local school officials pulled the plug on the program, a leading civil rights group announced that the ethnic studies courses will not only return to the school district, but could be expanded. This turn of events stems from a much broader plan to settle a nearly four-decades-old desegregation lawsuit against Tucson Unified that must still be approved by the federal judge overseeing the case. The lawsuit involves both plaintiffs who are Latino and African American. More
Duncan celebrates 314 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today will honor 314 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools at an awards luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or for their progress toward significantly improving student academic achievement levels.More
New Mexico students win Santillana National Spanish Spelling Bee
NMABE via NABE
After three and one-half hours on stage at the National Hispanic Cultural Center theater, two New Mexico students tied for first place at the Second Annual National Santillana Spanish Spelling Bee. The competition was held on Saturday, July 21. The last three contestants battled it out for about an hour, and the final two for an hour and a half.More
In first postelection speech, Duncan talks NCLB waivers
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has been relatively quiet since his boss won re-election on Tuesday. But he broke his silence tonight, in his first speech since the elections to the Education Trust's national conference. During what was planned as a relatively brief speech — which wasn't on his public schedule — he was expected to talk tonight about his commitment to implementing the No Child Left Behind waivers. And, he was expected to reaffirm his support of the waivers' goal that at-risk students should be expected to make faster progress toward academic goals. More
Who's in charge?
Inside Higher Ed
President Barack Obama's victory made a few things clear about the future of federal higher education policy, including that the education department will continue to play an active role in regulating and attempting to influence colleges and universities. A key question remains: Who will be in charge (especially behind the scenes) as those policies are made?More
Road to language learning is iconic
Association for Psychological Science via ScienceDaily
Languages are highly complex systems and yet most children seem to acquire language easily, even in the absence of formal instruction. New research on young children's use of British Sign Language sheds light on one mechanism — iconicity — that may play an important role in children's ability to learn language. For spoken and written language, the arbitrary relationship between a word's form — how it sounds or how it looks on paper — and its meaning is a particularly challenging feature of language acquisition. More
'Read my lips' — it's easier when they're your own
People can lip-read themselves better than they can lip-read others, according to a new study by Nancy Tye-Murray and colleagues from Washington University. Their work, which explores the link between speech perception and speech production, is published online in Springer's Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Most people cannot read lips — just try watching television with the sound turned off and see how much of a news item you understand. If you see someone speak a sentence without the accompanying sounds, you are unlikely to recognize many words. More
School curricula face controversial changes via recent bills, legislation
The Huffington Post
Over the past couple years, several states attempted — and in some instances, succeeded — in passing legislation that brought controversial changes to school curricula. For instance, under Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed sweeping new school voucher program, tens of millions of Louisiana taxpayer dollars will be used to offer vouchers to more than half of the state's poor and middle-class public school students. These students can in turn use these vouchers to attend more than 120 private schools, including a number of small, Bible-based learning institutions that boast extreme anti-science and anti-history curricula while championing creationism. More
When ABCs are in a new language
The Miami Herald
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Infants mimic unusual behavior when accompanied by language
Northwestern University via ScienceDaily
A new Northwestern University study shows the power of language in infants' ability to understand the intentions of others. As the babies watched intently, an experimenter produced an unusual behavior — she used her forehead to turn on a light. But how did babies interpret this behavior? Did they see it as an intentional act, as something worthy of imitating? Or did they see it as a fluke? To answer this question, the experimenter gave 14-month-old infants an opportunity to play with the light themselves. More
La doppia vita
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Schools provide teachers with the training tools for flipping the classroom
Equipping classrooms with technology is a good start, but schools also need to train teachers how to integrate those tools into their lessons and make learning more engaging for students. Teachers seem to be demanding it, in fact. According to CDW-G's Learn Now, Lecture Later report, 76 percent of high school IT professionals have received more teacher requests for help with technology integration and related professional development over the past two years. More
Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!!
Local contact: Nilda M. Aguirre at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.