NABE Weekly eNews
Dec. 4, 2014

NABE 44th Annual Conference Achieving Global Competence:
Biliteracy for All

The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only nationwide network of professionals dedicated to serving English language learners in the United States via education programs and legislative advocacy. For the past four decades, NABE has been committed to excellence in bilingual and biliteracy education for all students through enriched educational programs and intensive professional development for teachers, administrators, professors, policymakers and parents. Additionally, NABE provides extensive research in the field via its Bilingual Research Journal, NABE Perspectives, NABE Journal of Research and Practice and the NABE eNews. NABE is committed to promoting programs and innovations that prepare our nation's students to be fluently bilingual, technologically creative, globally competitive and well-rounded world citizens by advancing legislation and policies at both the state and national levels that best serve language minority students.More

22nd Annual BEEMS Conference
Join us for the 22nd Annual BEEMS Conference to be held at the University of Texas-El Paso in El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 5-7! Conference will feature national speakers such as Dr. Luis P. Cruz, Drs. Wayne & Virginia Collier, and other prominent leaders in the field! More

Immigration Action to House and Senate
American Federation of Teachers
Last year, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill. But more than 500 days later, the House still is refusing to act. And now, the president used his legal authority to protect millions of families from being torn apart. While it's a great first step, we still need Congress to act on a permanent solution to our broken immigration system.More

NABE 2015 Registration
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Language in Action program helps English learners move forward
Los Angeles Times
When Aidee Oliva first started attending San Fernando Senior High School two years ago, she often found herself at a loss. "It was hard," said the 11th-grader, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. "You cannot ask anything to anybody because you don't know the language." But since joining Language in Action, an after-school program run through the EduCare foundation in partnership with Beyond the Bell, the 17-year-old has learned to expand her vocabulary to help others better understand her. For Aidee, knowing English is important because it removes the barrier between her and her classmates.More

No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is the incoming chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education, says his top education priority is fixing the landmark Bush-era law. His goal? Get a bill signed by President Barack Obama early next yearMore

Civil rights officials: Texas charter school operator excluded ELLs
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has hammered out a deal to address concerns that English language learner students and students with disabilities were underrepresented in schools run by the largest charter school operator in Texas. Investigators with the Education Department's office for civil rights found that Harmony Public Schools' admissions officials enrolled students with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency at roughly half the rate of nearby traditional public schools.More

ASU language immersion program helps Hispanic students learn English
The State Press
Hundreds of Mexican college students filled the tables in the La Sala Ballroom at the West campus, eagerly waiting for their chance to walk to the stage and receive their certificate of completion of an English language immersion program from the American English and Culture Program. Program coordinators and other ASU faculty, including West campus Dean of Student Affairs Sharon Smith, spoke to the students before they received their certificates, applauding them for their hard work.More

When language and learning get tough
Language Magazine
In the 2012-2013 school year, there were approximately 1,346,000 English learners in California's K–12 public education system (California Department of Education, 2013). It is estimated that, in general, 15 percent of students should qualify for special education services (Root, 2010), so it is likely that 202,000 students in California have or should have the dual status of ELs with a learning disability.More

Plans for Kepner surface concerns about services for English language learners
Chalkbeat Colorado
Denver Public Schools has postponed finalizing plans for Kepner Middle School for another month in response to concerns about how the district will fulfill its legal commitments to English learners. The decision follows questions about whether the district's current plan — which would place two charter schools, Compass Academy and Rocky Mountain Prep, in the building temporarily — would disrupt the district's commitment to provide certain programs to non-native English speakers at Kepner, including some instruction offered in their native language.More

International teachers fill district shortages
District Administration Magazine
At the end of last year, Superintendent Shannon Goodsell of Casa Grande Union High School District in Arizona had 19 teacher openings, in part due to turnover and newly-retired teachers, and zero applications. After embarking on a statewide search, administrators in the rural district of 3,800 students found many other Arizona districts faced the same problem. And as of mid-October, some 500 vacant teaching positions were posted on the state Department of Education job board. When a national search attracted only a few new candidates, Casa Grande administrators hired a consulting agency to search for teachers overseas.More

Common Core math standards put new focus on English learners
Education Week
When he began working the Common Core State Standards into his instruction three years ago, New York City middle school mathematics teacher Silvestre Arcos noticed that his English language learner students were showing less progress on unit assessments than his other students. "It wasn't necessarily because they didn't have the numeracy skills," recalled Arcos, who is now a math instructional coach and the seventh grade lead teacher at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, a charter school in New York.More

6 trends improving K-12 learning experiences
The Huffington Post
In this age of technology and innovation, the K-12 classroom is continually evolving in order to adapt to the times. It's important that teachers keep up-to-date with the latest helpful technology for their students and that parents understand the ramifications of that technology, too.More