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The NABE Early Bird Registration has been extended to Dec. 15. We have many NABE members and presenters from the East Coast of the United States and the impact of Hurricane Sandy has left many without power. Please take this time to recover and hopefully the extended deadline will provide the extra time needed to register.


Congratulations to Dr. Maria Quezada
The NABE Board would like to congratulate Dr. Maria Quezada for her 40 years of devotion to the education of English learners — preschool through parent education. Her retirement is a time to celebrate her tremendous contributions. As Chief Executive Officer of the California Association for Bilingual Education for the last 12 years, she was a role model, providing leadership to thousands of CABE members, inspiring many who learned from her presentations to the legislature, policy boards and commissions both locally and internationally. California bilingual advocates and two NABE board members celebrated Maria's accomplishments recently at a retirement event. The joy, love and passion she exhibited throughout her career will continue as proceeds from the event will be directed towards scholarships in Quezada's name for future bilingual teachers.

Southern Methodist University assistant professor of ESL/bilingual education Department of Teaching & Learning
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The Department of Teaching and Learning in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development of Southern Methodist University invites applications for a tenure-earning position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in the fall of 2013. Responsibilities include teaching, research, and service, with a reduced teaching assignment and correspondingly high expectations for research. While an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor tenure track is anticipated, extraordinary candidates at all levels will be considered. More

Webinar: Common Core State Standards and ELLs
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As schools and districts across the country begin implementing the Common Core State Standards, educators and leaders will need the latest information on developments and resources to help general education and specialized teachers of English language learners with Common Core implementation. The webinar will feature presentations by the two consortia developing assessments for the Common Core State Standards — Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Additionally, there will be presentations by Stanford University's Understanding Language initiative, the Council of Chief State School Officers and Colorín Colorado.

What: Common Core State Standards and ELLs Webinar
When: Nov. 13
Time: 2-4:30 p.m. EST

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Cuomo announces New York State agencies now provide free language access services
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State agencies now provide free language interpretation in six major non-English languages, helping all New Yorkers have access to vital government services. More

Hurricane Sandy school closings: Thousands shuttered for storm along East Coast
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Thousands of schools along the Eastern Seaboard are closed as Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall, attacking the coast with forceful winds, rain and possible snow. The closures are affecting some of the country's most populous school districts. New York City Schools — the nation's largest system — has canceled classes as schools are repurposed as relief shelters, opening their doors to those in need. All of the city's charter schools are also closed. More

How one national school voucher program fared
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Though Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama agree on some education issues, there are important differences, including the extent of federal involvement in local school issues and voucher programs. Romney supports the use of tax money to pay for tuition at private schools, including religious schools, while Obama opposes vouchers, saying that public dollars should be used to improve public schools. Here is a new look at the world's longest-running and most heavily researched voucher program, in Chile, written by Michael Pons, a Colorado based policy analyst who spent 25 years reading voucher studies. More

Head of federal English language acquisition office steps down
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Rosalinda B. Barrera, the director of the office of English language acquisition for the U.S. Department of Education for the last two years, has resigned her position, a department spokesman has confirmed. Barrera's last day was Oct. 19. There was no official explanation from the department on why she stepped down. More

Proficiency plummets at voucher schools, MPS with new test scoring
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Based on a new and tougher yardstick for academic competency in Wisconsin, about 90 percent of the students in Milwaukee's private-school voucher program are not proficient in reading and math, according to recalibrated fall 2011 state test results. The higher expectations for performance similarly sank Milwaukee Public Schools' latest Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Examinations scores: The adjusted results now show that about 85 percent of the district's students score below proficient in reading, and about 80 percent score below proficient in math. More

South Dakota schools go bilingual in bullying fight
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Area schools in Sioux City, S.D., want to ensure parents who don't speak English know how to address bullying if the issue works its way into the student's home. Maria Ruelas, head teacher for the Sioux City district's English as Second Language program, said the language barrier is one of the biggest challenges when helping parents find out what school resources are available for their children. More

Charter school mixes languages, gets encouraging results
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California's Chula Vista Learning Community Charter has seen encouraging results from splitting instruction equally between English and Spanish. The K-9 charter school attributes its well-above-average test scores to two increasingly popular practices: throwing English learners and native speakers into the same class (called two-way immersion) and dividing instruction equally between English and Spanish (the 50-50 model). More

Sustainable professional development
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Although best practices in student instruction and learning have evolved dramatically over the past couple of decades, new approaches to educator professional development have lagged behind considerably. The traditional whole group, one-size-fits-all strategy universally recognized as ineffective for teaching students, has too-long remained the status quo for many school and districts leaders. More

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Flexibility, support build student independence
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Connor Kearns did not expect to spend his junior year thinking about college. "In 7th grade, I thought I might as well join the Marines and then do trade school like my dad," said the 16-year-old California student. But he is now entering his second year at the 152-student San Francisco Flex Academy, a blended charter school operated by the Herndon, Va.-based K12 Inc., the largest for-profit provider of K-12 online learning. Students in the flex model, which now has two locations — one in San Francisco and the other in Silicon Valley— spend five days a week at school working through the K12 Inc. online curriculum for part of the day and attending breakout classes taught by teachers face-to-face. More

Sherman Academy named 'promising practice' for English learners
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Sherman Academy's goal of creating bilingual and bi-literate students has been designated a "Promising Practice for English Learners" by the U.S. Department of Education's National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Sherman is a dual-language immersion program where students receive half of their instruction in English and half in Spanish. Located in the Sherman Heights neighborhood east of downtown San Diego, it is one of San Diego's oldest schools. More

Overview of Obama, Romney and federal policy on higher education
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For a few days in early June, as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred over student debt and interest rates, it seemed that higher education might play a major role in the 2012 presidential race. Since then, it has largely faded into the background. Still, when voters go to the polls Nov. 6, issues important to colleges and their students — some obvious, some less so — will hang in the balance. More

For Asians, school tests are vital steppingstones
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More than 15,000 students were expected to file into classrooms Oct. 27 to take a grueling, 95-question test for admission to New York City's elite public high schools. (The Oct. 28 test, for about 14,000 students, was postponed until Nov. 18 because of Hurricane Sandy.) No one will be surprised if Asian students, who make up 14 percent of the city's public school students, once again win most of the seats, and if black and Hispanic students win few. More

For students, why the question is more important than the answer
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In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it's a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests. What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions? More

Some states will soon call the roll on school reform
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Voters in several states will weigh in next month on some of the most contentious issues in public education, including teacher tenure, charter schools and merit pay for teachers, as a national fight over education reform hits the ballot box. The campaigns have been fierce and often nasty. In one corner: proponents of dramatically overhauling public education, including several of America's wealthiest families, led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Wal-Mart heir Alice Walton. They seek to inject more free-market forces into the education system by requiring schools to compete for students and teachers to compete for pay raises. More

How to make BYOD work for your schools
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Bring your own device initiatives are relatively new in education, cropping up in the last few years as schools — under tight budget constraints — seek ways to leverage student-owned devices for learning. Supporters of the BYOD movement say students are instantly more attentive and better behaved when they are encouraged to use their own mobile devices in the classroom, but educators face a number of challenges in making BYOD work in their schools. More


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