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AnnouncementsED LogoThe U.S. Department of Education Releases Key Data from Their 2013–14 Civil Rights Data Collection. The data presented are compiled from all schools and school districts in the United States and measure variables that impact education equity and opportunity.

The White House Announces New Effort to Support Youngest ELs in Early Childhood Programs. The announcement describes, and links to, a new federal policy statement from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education to support dual language learners in early childhood programs, in response to the growing numbers of young children in the United States who speak languages other than English in their homes.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces Its Final Round of Promise Zone Designations. These Promise Zones are high-poverty areas in select urban, rural, and tribal communities where the federal government will work strategically with local leaders to boost economic activity and job growth, improve educational opportunities, reduce crime, and leverage private investment to improve the quality of life in these vulnerable areas.

New ResourcesWAMU
The civil rights problem in U.S. schools: 10 new numbers. This news report summarizes some of the findings from the U.S. Department of Education’s recently released Civil Rights Data Collection.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune
New Orleans Escalera STEM program graduates nine Latino seniors. The program was developed by the National Council of La Raza to help at-risk Latino youth excel in high school.

Key issues and opportunities in the initial identification and classification of English Learners. This paper is the fourth in a series that attempts to provide examples and recommendations for improving English language proficiency (ELP) assessment systems, policies, and practices.

Education Week
For stalled ELL students, graduation is often an elusive goal. This article discusses long-term ELs (LTELs) and the challenges they face in completing high school. It specifically focuses on the Los Angeles Unified School District and steps they have taken to improve the outcomes of LTELs.

States struggle to identify, support ELLs with learning disabilities, report argues. This post discusses the lack of a clear-cut, state-level strategy for assessing ELs with learning disabilities.

Getting Smart
Supporting English language learners with next-gen tools. This report highlights 10 elements of “next-gen” English learning by highlighting technological tools for educators in the field and illuminating gaps in serving ELs.

Educators 4 Excellence
One school for all: Common Core for unique student populations. This report, written by teachers, presents examples of ideas on how to educate all students, including ELs, in the Common Core era. The report contains recommendations on the school, district, and state levels.

Calgary Herald
English Language Learners Offer Complexity, Diversity, and Resiliency to Schools. This article discusses the rise in the EL population in schools in Calgary, Alberta, and how certain schools are finding success with this population.

Survey raises concerns about non-English speaking students. This article provides a brief discussion on concerns that the needs of the increasing numbers of ELs are not being met.

The Atlantic
The benefits of teaching in two languages. This article discusses the benefits of dual language instruction through the eyes of a career teacher.

Undocumented and Black. This article discusses the increase in undocumented Black immigrants. A Pew Research study has found that since 1980, the number of Black immigrants has quadrupled.

ABC News
IOC names 10 athletes to refugee team for Rio Olympics. This article describes the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) decision to select 10 refugee athletes for the Olympic games this summer. The athletes hail from Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.

School Library Journal
Nine resources for building cultural literacy. This article provides nine resources, including websites and apps, to assist schools in educating students on cultural understanding.

U.S. News and World Report
Building a Latino wave in STEM This report discusses ways in which colleges and businesses are trying to increase the availability of STEM programs to Latino students.

New York Daily News
Queens teachers use boat building to teach ESL students about science, technology, engineering and math. This article discusses how teachers in Queens, NY, are using boat building to teach students about STEM topics.

Upcoming EventsSIOP®, 2016 National Conference, July 21–22, 2016, Atlanta, GA. This conference marks the SIOP Model’s 20th year of helping teachers improve academic outcomes for ELs. Choose from more than 20 breakout sessions, hear author keynotes, and learn new ideas, innovative strategies, and best practices to reinvigorate your practice and further your results with the SIOP® Model.

TransACT Communication, OCR/DOJ Joint EL Guidance Webinar Series, July 26, 2016, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET. This is a monthly, year-long series that focuses on the issues addressed in the Dear Colleague Letter on ELs published in January 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and the U.S. Department of Justice. The series will also cover material provided in the EL Tool Kit, published by OELA, and has been updated to include ESSA requirements.

Excelencia in Education, Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Workshop, September 22, 2015, 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Washington, DC. Register for interactive sessions with innovative professionals from across the country sharing effective institutional strategies, powerful analysis, and new resources. Early bird registration ends July 31.

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC). 32nd Annual International DEC Conference, October 16–20, 2016, Louisville, KY. This year’s conference—with the theme “A Winning Trifecta: Knowledge, Implementation, and Evaluation of DEC Recommended Practices”—features leading experts from around the world in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines.

University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA),Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education, October 20–22, 2016, Minneapolis, MN. The conference will focus on connecting research and practice, and engaging in research-informed dialogue and professional exchanges, across languages and contexts.

La Cosecha, 21st Annual Dual Language Conference, November 9–12, 2016, Santa Fe, NM. La Cosecha 2016 will bring together educators, parents, researchers, and practitioners supporting dual language enrichment programs from across the country.

Professional LearningED LogoIES, National Center for Education Research (NCER), Summer Research Training Institute, July 18–28, 2016, Northwestern University. NCER hosts this training institute to increase the capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions on student outcomes.

CARLA, Summer Institutes for Language Teachers, June/July/August 2016. University of Minnesota’s CARLA summer institutes are week-long in-person classes or month-long online learning experiences on various topics for foreign language, immersion, and ESL teachers at all levels of instruction, as well as program administrators and curriculum specialists.

WestEd, Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Summer Institutes: Changing Times, Changing Teacher Expertise, July 2016. QTEL Summer Institutes are week-long programs designed to help educators understand required shifts in EL education, and develop expertise to best serve ELs.

Bank Street College of Education, The Language Series: 2016, November 18–19, 2016, New York, NY. The Language Series supports educators in understanding the critical role that language plays in the social and academic success of all students. The focus of the fall event is using the social language of our students for academic language development.

Funding OpportunitiesTOEFL Grants. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the TOEFL® Board sponsor a number of TOEFL grants and awards each year for work in foreign or second language research, teaching, or assessment.

Job OpportunitiesNational Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA), Silver Spring, MD—a project of the Department of Education, administered by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)—Is seeking a Deputy Project Director who has demonstrated expertise in the education of ELs in grades pre-K through 12.

The Internationals Network of Public Schools is currently searching for a Director of Professional Development. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail. No phone calls.

ETS, Center for English Language Learning and Assessment (ELLA), Princeton, NJ, seeks a Senior Research Director to provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction.

DC Public Schools, Washington, DC, seeks EL teachers for the 2016–17 school year. Applications now accepted. DCPS offers several programs for EL students which are described in more detail here.

Kent School District, Kent, WA, seeks elementary teachers for its English/Spanish Dual Language Program for the 2016–17 school year.

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Madison, WI, is seeking applicants for a variety of positions, including Summer School Teaching Positions, Administrator / Other Professional Positions, Visit, then ‘View Jobs’ for open positions.


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