NABE Weekly eNews
Nov. 21, 2013

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

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NABE joins AFT to support emergency needs of Philippines
NABE
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

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Education Department loosens NCLB waiver requirements
U.S. News & World Report
Not long after it said states would have to increase their accountability measures to renew No Child Left Behind waivers, the Education Department is scaling back that process. The department announced Aug. 29 that in order to renew the waivers that allow states to get around key requirements of the sweeping education law, they would have to show they are doing a better job of ensuring low-income and minority students are not disproportionately being taught by ineffective teachers, and that they would have to improve their use of federal funds for professional development.More

Gates Foundation places big bet on teacher agenda
Education Week
When Harvard professor Thomas Kane co-wrote a paper in 2006 on teacher quality, he did not expect that it would carry an import far beyond the insular world of Washington policy wonks. Kane later got a big surprise: a summons to meet with one of the richest men in the world to talk about the paper, which showed that teachers' on-the-job performance varied widely and had little to do with their credentials. At that 2007 meeting in New York City's posh Pierre Hotel, he got still another surprise: Almost every inch of Bill Gates' copy was covered with handwritten notes.More

Bedford, Mass., schools adjust to influx of ELL students
Bedford Minuteman
Over the last three years, the number of English language learners (students who do not speak English as their first language) has increased nearly tenfold in the Bedford Public Schools in Massachusetts. While the influx of students living at the Plaza Hotel has contributed to the growing number of students still learning the English language, it is only one of many factors contributing to a statewide and nationwide trend.More

7 do's and don'ts of raising a bilingual child
Babble
Those embarking on the journey of raising bilingual kids know it's definitely not an easy thing to do. Not only does it require commitment, ingenuity, planning and consistency, but also a sense of hyper awareness because you’re always placing language input as a day-to-day, moment-to-moment priority.More

5 takeaways from the Education Department's NCLB waiver about-face
Education Week
Nov. 13, Education Week told you about the big changes the U.S. Department of Education was making to the process states are undertaking to renew their No Child Left Behind Act waivers. No longer will states have to come up with plans to improve the spending of federal professional development money and the distribution of effective teachers to poor and minority children.More

Supporting America's English learners: A promise we must keep
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
In today's increasingly competitive, global economy, we must deliver a world-class education to all students — regardless of the circumstances that they bring to their learning. This is a promise we must keep to our nation's English learners, and to all of America's learners. Working together at the federal, state and local school levels, I know that we can achieve this goal.More

Bedford, Mass., schools adjust to influx of ELL students
Bedford Minuteman
Over the last three years, the number of English language learners (students who do not speak English as their first language) has increased nearly tenfold in the Bedford Public Schools in Massachusetts. 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

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

Education Department loosens NCLB waiver requirements
U.S. News & World Report
Not long after it said states would have to increase their accountability measures to renew No Child Left Behind waivers, the Education Department is scaling back that process. The department announced Aug. 29 that in order to renew the waivers that allow states to get around key requirements of the sweeping education law, they would have to show they are doing a better job of ensuring low-income and minority students are not disproportionately being taught by ineffective teachers, and that they would have to improve their use of federal funds for professional development.More

How to be a better learner
U.S. News & World Report
Guitar. French Cuisine. Tai chi. What's something you've been meaning to learn? Roman history. Chinese. How to fly a plane. Why haven't you learned it yet? Not only will learning Chinese help you, well, know Chinese, it'll also likely boost your brain and keep you sharper longer. And the beauty of learning as an adult is that you choose what to learn — no more griping about how you'll never use the Pythagorean theorem in real life.More

New study shows brain benefits of bilingualism
NPR
The largest study so far to ask whether speaking two languages might delay the onset of dementia symptoms in bilingual patients as compared to monolingual patients has reported a robust result. Bilingual patients suffer dementia onset an average of 4.5 years later than those who speak only a single language. While knowledge of a protective effect of bilingualism, the present study significantly advances scientists' knowledge. emphasize the size of its cohort: 648 patients from a university hospital's memory clinic, including 391 who were bilingual. It's also touted as the first study to reveal that bilingual people who are illiterate derive the same benefit from speaking two languages as do people who read and write.More