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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.

NABE's position statement on Common Core Standards
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In June 2010, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers released common core state standards for grades K-12 in English language arts and mathematics. Initially, negative reactions surged due to the fact that the implementation of the CCSS was geared for the mainstream classroom with little considerations for the language needs of English language learners. Furthermore, the implementation of a new accountability system (Annual Professional Performance Review/APPR) served as the culprit of sentiments in the field related to the development of additional assessments that did not take into consideration the academic needs of ELLs. Based on these concerns from the field, on Feb. 17, 2012, NABE held a membership meeting, at its annual conference, where a resolution was passed opposing the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. More

National Association for Bilingual Education's 2013 Conference
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Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort — The National Association for Bilingual Education is hosting its 42nd Annual International Bilingual and Multicultural Education Conference that will provide one of the most important and unique professional development opportunity for teachers, administrators, parents and policymakers. Teachers can get professional development in service points from their participation at the conference. School districts could use federal funds from Title III to send teachers who are required to complete many of the strands being offered as part of the funded activities. More

NABE Awards Luncheon
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The 2012-2013 NABE Board invites you to be part of the excitement. Recognizing and awarding our best-ever in the field of Bilingual Education. Purchase your tickets as you register for the NABE conference. You will be entertained by phenomenal guest speaker, witness the first place student essay winners read their bilingual testimonials, see the Bilingual Teacher of the Year, receives a the NABE Scholarship to further his/her education and finally recognizing the best in the field of Bilingual Education. More Makes Reading Fun!

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Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NABE Weekly eNews, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NABE, your knowledge lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More

When English doesn't come easy
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At the core of "Teaching English Learners and Students with Learning Difficulties in an Inclusive Classroom: A Guidebook for Teachers" by John Carr & Sharen Bertrando are a set of effective strategies that teachers can use regularly in classrooms that include English learners and students with learning difficulties. These strategies have been shown to be especially effective with these students because they provide scaffolding to help with language and with understanding concepts and the interrelationships among concepts. In this article are six effective, practical strategies for scaffolding learning. More

Minnesota school: 1st in nation with Hmong dual language program
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With a large Hmong population, St. Paul, Minn., is a national leader in integrating Hmong culture and language in public school education. Jackson Preparatory Magnet School was the first in the country to offer a Hmong Dual Language Program. The school follows the 90/10 Dual Immersion model, where 90 percent of instruction during primary grades is in Hmong, with more English being introduced each year. Specialist classes, such as science, music and physical education are taught in English in grades K-4. More

Spanish Literacy and Language Intervention

Dr. Margarita Calderon’s RIGOR provides comprehensive literacy development for older newcomers and other ELs reading at primary levels, using language-leveled informational texts. K-8 Comprehension Skill Bags include nonfiction books and all the instructional resources needed to teach targeted skills.
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An American education: Refugees and new immigrants face challenges to graduation
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Population data indicate 40 million immigrants were living in the United States in 2010, double the immigrant population of 1990. Of these, 2.4 million are children. Parents come to the country for work, but children must enroll in a school system that is largely unprepared to serve them. Despite a national increase in the overall graduation rate, the dropout rate for foreign-born refugee and immigrant students remains above 30 percent, three times that of U.S.-born white students, and twice as high as the dropout rate of native-born Latino students. Now, in an effort to boost their graduation statistics, school systems across the U.S. are trying new ways to keep English language learners on track. More

Speaking multiple languages may be easier than you think
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If you've ever met anyone who is able to speak multiple languages, then you know it can sometimes make you feel a little dumb. Also, many of us think people that speak more than one language must be over-achievers or just unusually curious, born with a huge desire to learn other cultures. Sometimes we think bilingual people are just smarter than us. But according to a couple of different studies, the actual process of learning a language is what makes people want to keep going and learn more. More

High-poverty, minority schools likely to have more U-rated teachers
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New York teachers who received poor performance ratings during their previous work year are more likely to be found working in high-poverty and high-minority schools, revealed data in a new report titled: "Unsatisfactory: The Distribution of Teacher Quality in New York City." This might be indicative of a national trend. According to the research presented by StudentsFirstNY, the top 10 percent of 1,509 schools involved in the research had approximately 19 percent of teachers who were rated unsatisfactory. More

How can educators prepare kids for a connected world?
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Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students' everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cellphones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all part of a larger goal to help students connect to social and cultural spaces. More

Expert: English language learners do well on exams
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An expert says students who need instruction on the English language now make up 28 percent of all Texas public school students in early elementary school grades. Testifying in the school finance trial was Laura Ayala, recently retired director of English-Language Learner Assessments for the Texas Education Agency. Ayala said it typically takes students at least four years to master the language and become former English language learners. More

Longer school year: Will it help or hurt US students?
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Did your kids moan that winter break was way too short as you got them ready for the first day back in school? They might get their wish of more holiday time off under proposals catching on around the country to lengthen the school year. But there's a catch: a much shorter summer vacation. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a chief proponent of the longer school year, says American students have fallen behind the world academically. More

Study: What makes a good teacher
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Even as most of the nation's 15,000 public school districts roll out new systems to evaluate teachers, many are still struggling with a central question: What's the best way to identify an effective educator? After a three-year, $45 million research project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes it has some answers. The most reliable way to evaluate teachers is to use a three-pronged approach built on student test scores, classroom observations by multiple reviewers and teacher evaluations from students themselves, the foundation found. More

Keeping class in order
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Francisco Ramos, a professor in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at the School of Education, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles writes: "For the past twelve years, I have been teaching courses on second language acquisition methods in universities in Miami and Los Angeles to a variety of students: Undergraduates, graduates with and without experience in the classroom, recent graduates in fields foreign to education, teachers in traditional and Catholic schools, and other students merely enrolled in my classes to earn the credits needed to complete their respective programs of study. Despite their different motivations and backgrounds, a common concern among these students has been their self-acknowledged lack of direction when preparing lessons despite their familiarity with a variety of activities and strategies for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Hence, a typical question for me at the beginning of each semester is: How can I effectively implement the strategies I have learned in my courses so far?" More


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