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Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!!
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Local contact: Nilda M. Aguirre at 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, Okhee Lee Salwen, and Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth from NYU Steinhardt, N.Y., and Randi Weingarten, national president of American Federation of Teacher.

Special sessions for this event include: Dr. Debbie Denise Reese, CyGaMEs principal investigator-Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit University, Dr. Joanne H. Urrutia, deputy director, Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Alma Flor Ada, Dr. Silvia C. Dorta-Duque de Reyes and Dr. F. Isabel Campoy, presenting on the Common Core State Standards en Español, Xavier Gisbert da Cruz, Consejero de Educación en Estados Unidos y Canadá, Embajada de España and Mexican Government Official — TBA

See attachment for more information on the conference or visit the NABE website:

NABE special presentation
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The National Educational Leadership Forum:
Preparing Every Learner to Compete Successful in a Global Market
Friday, Feb. 8 (11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) Fiesta Ballroom 5
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Click here to view more information on the National Educational Leadership Forum. Makes Reading Fun!

Improve your students’ reading abilities no matter what language they speak with! This 27-level reading plan allows students to progress at their own speed while learning with the rest of the class. Thousands of printable and projectable books and support materials. Available in English, British English, Spanish and French.

11 states get failing grades on public school policies from advocacy group
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In just a few short years, state legislatures and education agencies across the country have sought to transform American public education by passing a series of laws and policies overhauling teacher tenure, introducing the use of standardized test scores in performance evaluations and expanding charter schools. Such policies are among those pushed by StudentsFirst, the advocacy group led by Michelle A. Rhee, the former schools chancellor in Washington. Rhee has generated debate in education circles for aggressive pursuit of her agenda and the financing of political candidates who support it. More

Bilingual program prepares Spanish-speaking children for school
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Kimy Jernigan, aged 3, walked into the Grovetown Early Learning Readiness Center in Georgia greeting her teachers with a cheerful, "Good morning." She put her name card beside her photo on a colorful board, ready to start the Early Learning program. Jernigan is one of about 30 children who attend the free program offered through the Family Y. The program, which started last spring, gives young children who don't speak English "a head start," program Director Elaine Cupp said. More

Spanish Common Core Instructional Resources

Introduce informational text with Spanish big books and then use leveled Spanish nonfiction books to help K-6 students make continued progress up the “staircase of complexity.” Spanish Genre Workshop resources improve Grade 3-8 students’ reading, analysis and writing of key text types emphasized in the new standards. Free sampler.

9 templates to help educators leverage school data
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Educators and administrators are collecting an enormous amount of data about the progress of their students and schools. Now that this information has been collected, how can it be used to improve education? What administrators and teachers need is a practical system that organizes school and student data in a way that is easily understood and readily available during the school day, according to a collaboration by the American Association of School Administrators, the Consortium for School Networking and Gartner Inc. School districts are looking to purchase student information systems and learning management systems to help them with this task. More

Lifetime of speaking a 2nd language may boost aging brain
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A lifetime of speaking two languages may help keep older people's brains sharper, researchers report. The new study included healthy seniors, aged 60 to 68, who had spoken two languages (bilingual) or just one language (monolingual) since childhood. Their brain activity was monitored as they switched from one mental task to another. Compared to those who were monolingual, the bilingual seniors were faster at switching from one task to another and used less energy in the frontal parts of their brain when making the switch, according to the study in the Journal of Neuroscience. More

District Race to Top winners turn to implementation
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The first federal Race to the Top competition that reaches down to the local level leaves most large, urban districts out of the winners' circle in favor of charter schools, midsize systems, and two large consortia of school districts — all of which must now turn to implementing proposals that collectively have won them $400 million. The 16 winners, announced by the U.S. Department of Education, beat out more than 350 other applicants and include three charter school organizations, traditional districts such as Carson City, Nev., and Guilford County, N.C., and a group of 22 rural districts from Kentucky. More

What districts should know about BYOD and digital learning
EdTech Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As more schools open their networks and classrooms to student-owned devices, the need for instruction that makes the most of these tools becomes ever more pronounced. Transitioning to a truly 21st century learning environment is challenging, to be sure. Adapting effectively to a bring-your-own-device and digital learning environment is far easier for districts if they follow these strategies. More

Lawmakers gear up for action on K-12 issues
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State lawmakers will attempt to tackle a range of issues in legislative sessions getting under way, from making common academic standards a reality and funding schools based on performance, to allowing armed teachers and staff members on school grounds. Their task may be complicated by the still small and spotty economic recovery in many places, and by federal education funding uncertainties posed by the continued wrangling in Washington over the nation's fiscal future. More

Poll: Students less engaged the longer they stay in school
The Des Moines Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new Gallup survey indicates the longer students remain in school, the less engaged they are. Here's how the Gallup poll describes the downward spiral: Nearly 8 in 10 elementary students who participated are engaged with school. By middle school that falls to about 6 in 10 students. And by high school, only 4 in 10 students qualify as engaged. More

Real problem with English spelling
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For English schoolchildren, the difficulty is mainly how to spell a word they hear, whereas for foreigners learning English the problem is rather how to pronounce a word they see written. More

A higher education opportunity for all undocumented immigrants
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After President Barack Obama signed into law DACA, or "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," this past August, over 300,000 eligible undocumented students rushed to submit paperwork. To anyone following the hard work done by advocates of the Dream Act over the last 11 years, this should come as no surprise. There is an enormous desire for higher education among all Americans, regardless of citizenship or financial status. More

Language education we can use
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the global nature of work and life in the 21st century becomes clearer by the day, calls for a greater focus on international education and language learning are growing louder. Leaders from the education, business and national security communities are agreed: International understanding and second-language proficiency are critical to individual and national interests — and our K-12 system must do more to promote them. But with respect to international education and language learning, more of what we are doing today wouldn't be better. In fact, it might be worse. More


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