NABE Weekly eNews
Dec. 18, 2014

Winter Holidays Greetings!
Dear NABE Family,

It's December again — a most wonderful time of the year for family, fun, reflection and planning for a new season. We have much to celebrate and to be thankful for, no matter how small or how many challenges we faced and victories we've won for our students, teachers, families and communities. Your unwavering dedication and support is greatly appreciated and highly welcome. You are NABE! And we are proudly building a new institution to continue the legacy of educational excellence and leadership for our next generation of leaders.

Our Holiday Gift to You!

We invite you to take advantage of the "2-for-1" new members registration now! Please check it out and register before the end of the year: Together, we've planned a most exciting and special NABE 2015 Conference at Bally's, Las Vegas, NV on March 5-7. You cannot miss this exceptional conference with dynamic and internationally renowned presenters and sessions. Our special Holiday News is that the NABE Board is very pleased to announce a new partnership with the top International Dual Language University from Puerto Rico, Ana G. Mendez University Systems. This realignment will enable NABE to operate from their new campus in Wheaton, MD and will provide a seamless K-20 dual language instructional pathway and an exceptional professional development model for our students and instructional leaders.

We wish you Joy, Peace, Health, Prosperity and celebration of the gift of potential in every person!

Si se puede!
NABE Board of Directors!More

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

NABE 2015 Registration
Sponsor Packages
NABE offers five levels of value-filled special conference sponsorship rate packages. Sponsorship packages include advertising opportunities, premium exhibit hall locations, complimentary conference registrations, and much more. Make the most of the NABE Conference. Register as a sponsor and help NABE ensure greater opportunities for all educators and students.

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Announcing NABE Pre-Conference Institute
Limited Space
March 4

Full Day Session: $120.00
Half Day Session: $60.00

Full Day Sessions
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.More

Which language should bilingual parents teach their children? Research says both
Parents face a variety of choices when choosing how to rear their child, and for bilingual parents choosing a language can be a daunting but worthwhile task with myriad benefits. In the 1960s skeptics believed that learning a second language was unhealthy for the human brain, now researchers at York University in Toronto claim bilingual ability will strengthen the brain and improve focus, reported Allie Gross on the Education Dive website.More

Enter the school that's raising the bar for bilingual education
Let's take a trip back to September 1995, when Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was talking about education on the campaign trail. "If we want to ensure that all of our children had the same opportunities — yours, mine, everyone's — in America, alternative language education should stop," he said.More

Steps to proficiency-oriented classrooms
By: Douglas Magrath
When making steps toward proficiency-oriented classrooms, authentic material is used as much as possible, and students are encouraged to interact with each other and express their own ideas beyond the book lesson. In addition, students need to transfer their ESL skills to their academic subjects or careers. A study done in 2012 at Arizona State University indicates that this process may not always occur.More

Anyone who is good at German learns English better
University of Zurich via Science Daily
Your literacy skills in your first language heavily influence the learning of a foreign language. Thus, anyone who reads and writes German well is likely to transfer this advantage to English — regardless of the age of onset of foreign language learning. Foreign language lessons at an early age, however, pay off less than was previously assumed. In fact, they can even have a negative impact on the first language in the short run, as a linguist reveals in her long-term study involving 200 Zurich high-school children.More

Lifelong learning: Inspiring the quest for knowledge
By: Erick Herrmann
What is a teacher's role? The answer to this question has seemed to expand over the past few decades. On the surface, the role of the teacher is to help students learn the knowledge and skills prescribed in the various federal, state and local standards. Many teachers would share that instilling a lifelong love of learning in their students is also a primary goal. Yet, how can we do this in an era of prescriptive learning and standardized tests? More

Integrating ELL students in general education classes
Most general education teachers of English language learners will tell you they are usually doing one of two things to support their readers. They are figuring out either the best way to teach them within a full-class inclusion, or what kind of activities can suit their abilities within a full-class framework. That's the only way to ensure engaging them in a situation where it's often very easy to lose them.More

Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?
The Hechinger Report
The Common Core wasn't necessarily supposed to change how math is taught, but in many schools that's exactly what's happening. Many — some might argue most — American math teachers once followed a simple format: Explain a formula to the class, show an example on the board, then let students practice on worksheets.More

Learning languages modifies brain network
Language Magazine
According to a Sino-American study published recently in the Journal of Neurolinguistics, learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally. "Learning and practicing something, for instance a second language, strengthens the brain," said Ping Li, professor of psychology, linguistics, and information sciences and technology at Pennsylvania State University. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger."More

Spending bill would fund preschool grants, but not Race to the Top
Education Week
Congress unveiled its long-awaited spending bill, which would fund most of the government, including the U.S. Department of Education and federally funded education programs, through September 2015. The measure, if adopted by both chambers and signed by President Barack Obama, would avert a government shutdown that could take place Dec. 11, when the current stopgap funding bill is set to expire.More

Writing the narrative essay: How to find the words
Voice of America
A student from overseas did well on a research paper for an American college. She said, "Research takes up space, and the words in the research are correct because the writing is in English." Now, however, she has to write a narrative essay in her own words. She is afraid she does not know enough English. Such a paper can be hard for anyone. Experts at Purdue University in Indiana define a narrative essay as "often anecdotal, experiential and personal." In other words, this kind of essay usually tells a story from the writer's experience. It is about something the writer has lived.More

San Lorenzo kindergartners make big strides in mastering language
"We are learning collaboration," a group of Colonial Acres Elementary School kindergartners read out loud as their teacher pointed to the words. The San Lorenzo, California, kindergartners have explored their community, taking a field trip to the library, walking around the neighborhood and being visited by firefighters. Using what they had learned, the 5-year-olds built miniature towns, giving "tours" of their works to parents and staff. "I'm surprised and amazed at how much they have learned," said Veronica Ruiz, mother of Ricardo Lieba, who proudly pointed out the Ashland Community Center replica he had constructed. "We read a Dr. Seuss book last night, and Ricardo could read every word. He loves to read and go to the library now," Ruiz said.More