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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
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NABE 2015 National Educational Leadership Forum
Courageous Leadership: Actualizing Biliteracy for ALL
Friday, March 6, 2015
In the 21st century, biliteracy and multilingualism, along with distinct skills such as communication, collaboration and critical thinking, are crucial for student success in a global economy and society. In this Educational Leadership Forum, participants will engage with national leaders who have been successful in leading efforts to promote biliteracy. Panelists will share their experiences that pertain to leadership roles at all levels (international, national, university, district and site) and describe how they attained positive results for bilingual/dual language immersion and world language programs.
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Reader's Theater series used for differentiated instruction in East Hartford, CT led to significant ESL test score improvements. Multi-leveled roles in each script allow diverse K-8 students to effectively learn and collaborate. Practice with literacy and content-area scripts develops fluency and comprehension. Featured series are available in Spanish or English. FREE sampler.
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NABE Board Secretary on Education Talk Radio
Tune in to Education Talk Radio (www.education-talkradio.org) on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. EST. NABE Board Secretary Anita Pandey will be speaking with host Larry Jacobs on "English Language Learners": Mislabeled & Misidentified in a Multilingual World & The Bilingual Turn in P-12 Education
Obama administration reminds schools that English language learners must be treated equally
The Huffington Post
The Department of Justice and Education released guidance on how states and local school districts should deal with the nearly 5 million public school students who are learning English. The new guidance is the first time in decades that the department has put out clarified guidelines on English language learner students. It aims to help schools understand how to best navigate serving these students, and was released along with a toolkit to help districts identify the children who need help with English.
What we talk about when we talk about best practices: CBI and multiple instructional approaches
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
Previously, we examined the elements that comprise a best practices-based curriculum, types of curriculum, and methods and approaches for teaching in a best practices-based curriculum. In this article, we look at content-based instruction, project- and problem-based instruction, and service learning (community-engaged learning) to help teachers and program administrators familiarize themselves with the options available for actively involving students in their learning.
In schools south of Boston, a wide disparity on foreign language offerings
The Boston Globe
Students at Walpole High School can learn French, German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. At Hull High School, students have only one choice: Spanish. Massachusetts doesn't require languages other than English to be taught, and the wide disparity in foreign language requirements and offerings is a fact of life in public schools across the region. "There are certainly very strong programs in Massachusetts, but it's a commitment on the part of the [local school] district," said Nicole Sherf of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association, a nonprofit group pushing for a state requirement for foreign language education.
Gwinnett County Public Schools, located in metro Atlanta, is the largest
school system in Georgia with 173,000 students and growing. GCPS is a
school system of choice for people moving to the Atlanta area and a
two-time winner of the Broad Prize of Urban Education (2010 & 2014).
English language learners case goes to appeal
Arizona Public Media
A two-decade old lawsuit over how Arizona educates English language learners will be in federal appeals court. Flores vs. Arizona is a class-action lawsuit brought by parents of English language learners in Nogales in 1992. They argued the state's four-hour blocks to teach English to students put them behind their peers in mainstream classrooms, violating the Equal Educational Opportunities Act. In 2013, a federal judge in Tucson ruled for the state, but lawyer Tim Hogan is appealing on behalf of parents in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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With number of English learners growing, districts get federal help with students' civil rights
For the first time this year in the United States, non-white children make up a larger portion of the country's public school students than white children. Within that growing racial diversity is an increasing linguistic diversity. There are about 5 million public school students who are not proficient English speakers. Since 2004, 19 states have seen the number of these students enrolled in public schools grow more than 40 percent, according to the Department of Education.
A school for children — and their parents
Shortly before the year-end holiday break at Briya Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., Paige Reuber started her workday by helping a student finalize her health insurance application, which had been rejected on the first try. Then, later that afternoon, Reuber headed to the class in which she teaches some 20 adults English language basics. Her adult students had just completed their midterms and were focusing on holiday-themed phrases, words they used in their next class — one on computer skills — to make cards using a publishing software program.
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In San Jose, using Common Core to turn English learners into leaders
New America Media
For high school English teacher Juddson Taube, California’s shift to the Common Core has meant that he no longer feels like a "salesman" in his class. "Selling kids on whole novels is tough, it’s actually hard to get kids to engage in the content and read whole books," said Taube, 33. "At best, 50 percent of the kids were reading the whole novel." In the past, Taube instructed his class — most of whom don't speak English as a first language — with classic works like Fahrenheit 451, the Great Gatsby or Catcher in the Rye, to name a few. The last two tended to be more popular with the students, but since the move to Common Core many of these have been replaced with non-fiction essays and even on-line clips from news and social media sites.
Do infants judge others' language proficiency? It depends on their own, research shows
Monolingual infants expect others to understand only one language, an assumption not held by bilingual infants, a study by researchers has found. "Our results not only offer insight into infants' perception of linguistic abilities, but, more importantly, may help us better understand whom they see as good communication partners," explains one of the study's co-authors.
Obama to seek limits on student data mining
President Barack Obama is expected to call for tough legislation to protect student privacy, adding his voice to a sizzling debate about the best way to bring the benefits of technology into the classroom without exposing students to commercial data mining. Obama is expected to urge Congress to impose a bevy of restrictions on companies that operate websites, apps and cloud-computing services aimed at the K-12 market, according to sources briefed on the announcement.
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