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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, and Okhee Lee Salwen, Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth and Lixing (Frank) Tang from NYU Steinhardt, N.Y.

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All proposals must be submitted by Sept. 12.
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Dear Colleagues,
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Just another reminder to let you know that our own Dr. Leo Gomez, NABE National Treasurer, will be on Larry Jacobs Education Talk Radio on Aug. 30 at 11 am EDT time or noon CDT. He will be speaking about the benefits of Dual Language Enrichment Education for all students, and specifically successful models of instruction for ELLs. He will also address the NABE 2013 International Bilingual Education Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 7-9.

If you would like to listen live online click here.

Deferred action for childhood arrivals: A program for undocumented youth in the US
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U.S. immigration law creates a difficult situation for many undocumented children and young adults who have grown up in the United States. Under current law, children under 18 years of age who were not born in the United States usually have the same immigration status as their parents. If their parents are undocumented, then so are they, regardless of their age when they arrived. As a result, a child who came to the United States as an infant or a toddler might not even realize that he or she is not a U.S. citizen. More

Final language GOP platform 2012
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The 2012 Republican Platform is a statement of who we are and what we believe as a Party and our vision for a stronger and freer America. The pursuit of opportunity has defined America from our very beginning. This is a land of opportunity. The American Dream is a dream of equal opportunity for all. And the Republican Party is the party of opportunity. More

Kids learning language
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The country's demographics are slowly changing such that ethnic "minorities" — Hispanics, blacks, Asians, etc. — will eventually make up a majority of United States residents. The shift is glaringly apparent in schools that are catering to more diverse populations, which poses challenges for teachers who must cope with language and cultural differences in their classrooms. But it also presents unique opportunities for young kids to grow, particularly as they hone their language skills. More

Language, emotion and well-being explored
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We use language every day to express our emotions, but can this language actually affect what and how we feel? Two new studies from Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explore the ways in which the interaction between language and emotion influences our well-being. Putting feelings into words can help us cope with scary situations. More

Immigration officials advise educators on deferred action
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School records will be among the key documents that young undocumented immigrants must submit in their requests for deferred action, the new immigration policy that allows individuals who arrived in the United States as children to seek relief from deportation and gain work permits. Applicants have to demonstrate, among other criteria, that they are currently enrolled in school, have graduated from high school or have obtained a GED. But school records will also help many potential beneficiaries prove another key qualification: continuous presence in the U.S. for the last five years. A high school transcript documenting four years of schooling would be "fantastic evidence in a single document." More

New York City study finds vouchers boost blacks' college-going rates
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Receiving a voucher to attend a private school in New York City did not increase the likelihood of attending college for most students, but did increase college-going rates for black students, a study of participants in a privately funded scholarship program concludes. Forty-two percent of 1,363 students who received vouchers through the New York School Choice Scholarship Fund and 42 percent of those who applied for but did not receive the tuition aid had enrolled in college within three years of their expected high school graduation date, according to the study. More

New national poll reveals public's thoughts on education
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Americans have a number of conflicting viewpoints in their preferences for investing in schools, going head-to-head on issues like paying for the education of the children of illegal immigrants, according to the 2012 annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. There are clear partisan divides over whether children of illegal immigrants should receive free public education, school lunches and other benefits, with 65 percent of Democrats versus 21 percent of Republicans favoring it. Overall, support for providing public education to these children is increasing. Forty-one percent of Americans favor this, up from 28 percent in 1995. More

ACT finds most students still not ready for college
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Student performance on the ACT essentially held steady this year, with slight improvement shown in the math and science parts of the college-entrance exam. Still, 60 percent of the class of 2012 that took the test failed to meet benchmarks in two of the four subjects tested, putting them in jeopardy of failing in their pursuit of a college degree and careers. The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2012, released today by the Iowa City, Iowa-based nonprofit testing organization ACT Inc., includes performance information from students in the spring graduating class who took the ACT as sophomores, juniors or seniors. This year, 1.67 million seniors or 52 percent of the U.S. graduating class took the exam. More

Speaking 2 languages also benefits low-income children
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Living in poverty is often accompanied by conditions that can negatively influence cognitive development. Is it possible that being bilingual might counteract these effects? Although previous research has shown that being bilingual enhances executive functioning in middle-class children, less is known about how it affects lower income populations. More

More area schools embrace Chinese-immersion method
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When kindergartners arrive at the Presidio Knolls School in San Francisco for their first day of class, they will be allowed to speak English only on the playground and at a few other times. Most classes will be taught in Chinese. "There's a real demand for this kind of learning," says Alfonso Orsini, the head of the school, which is adding a kindergarten after several years as a Chinese-language preschool. Construction crews are working to finish the school's campus, a former run-down church on 10th Street. The plan calls for eventually enrolling students through eighth grade. More

Republican immigration platform backs 'self-deportation'
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Republicans have adopted a party platform on immigration that would require employers nationwide to verify workers' legal status and deny federal financing to universities that allow illegal immigrant students to enroll at lower in-state tuition rates. In their debates in Tampa, Fla., over the party platform, Republican delegates hammered out an immigration plank calling for tough border enforcement and opposing "any forms of amnesty" for illegal immigrants, instead endorsing "humane procedures to encourage illegal aliens to return home voluntarily," a policy of self-deportation. More

Education: US education system slipping behind China, India
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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney focused on the U.S. education system last week as a report by the Center for the Next Generation and Center for American Progress warned American children are not being adequately prepared to compete in the global workforce. And a second report, this one from Harvard, found school vouchers, touted as a solution to urban school failures, had no overall impact on college enrollment although they did help black students more than Hispanic students. More


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