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AnnouncementsU.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition, Provides $2.5 Million National Professional Development (NPD) Grant for Training of EL Teachers in Oregon. Oregon State University’s College of Education will provide training for up to 80 Oregon teachers in five school districts. The grant provides for a five-year project; the first group of teachers will begin this summer.

Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Issues Call for Papers: Research Initiative on Supporting Dual Language Learner Success in Superdiverse Early Childhood Programs. Submission Deadline is February 10, 2017. To build the research base on early childhood education centers in superdiverse contexts, MPI is soliciting papers by scholars working in child development, education, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, public policy, migration, and other relevant fields.

New ResourcesNew Jersey Department of Education
New Jersey releases podcast for ESL/bilingual educators. A recent episode features an interview with Tim Boals, the founder and executive director of WIDA. In the episode, Tim discusses WIDA’s role in supporting ELL educators. (The podcast can also be found on iTunes.)

The Education Trust-West
Unlocking learning: Science as a lever for English Learner equity. This report examines research that shows that weaving together science and language development can increase students’ academic performance in reading, writing, and science simultaneously. Some promising practices are resulting in achievement levels that are double and even triple the state average for English learners who met or exceeded proficiency.

Stanford Graduate School of Education
Stanford, EPI study finds gains for minority students but English learners still lag, According to this study, minority students have made significant academic gains relative to white peers of similar socioeconomic background, but for one important exception: Hispanic and Asian ELs are making no progress in academic achievement relative to white students and are falling further behind their non-ELL ethnic peers.

The Washington Post
Test scores, meet tribe wars: A successful shakeup at Occoquan Elementary. This Virginia public school with a high percentage of ELs and low-income students succeeds in remarkable ways, against all odds. It has been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the National Title I Association, and was chosen for excellence in serving special student populations by the Virginia Department of Education

Immigrant students in Fargo share stories of journey to America. Dozens of North Dakota students who are ELs take on a writing project to tell their immigration stories.

Lancaster Online
Federal appeal court upholds order to admit refugee students to McCaskey High School. A federal court has found that a privately operated alternative school where refugee high school students with limited English or formal education have been sent, has not provided them with elements of an education that the law mandates for such students, including adequate English language instruction.

Education Week
Bilingual educators who want to teach face bureaucratic, economic barriers to teaching. A new report suggests that a lack of bilingual teaching staff exists alongside a glut of potential talent who find barriers to serving due to strict licensure requirements and low pay for many of the open positions.

What’s next for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics? Outgoing executive director Alejandra Ceja discusses the legacy and future goals of this White House office founded under President George H.W. Bush in 1990.

Upcoming EventsNational Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), NABE 2017/46th Annual Conference, February 23–25, 2017, Dallas, TX. The conference theme will be “Leadership for Equity and Excellence through Bilingualism and Biliteracy.”

TESOL, 2017 International Convention and English Language Expo, March 21–24, 2017, Seattle, WA. This convention includes a post-conference focusing on ESL in pre-K through 12th grade.

Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education, Sixth Annual Southern New England Regional Conference for Dual Language Programs, March 25, 2017, Willimantic, CT. This conference is for teachers, school and district leaders, support staff, and all those interested in and dedicated to dual language education

California Association of Bilingual Education, CABE 2017: Connecting Communities Through our Languages, Cultures, and Stories, March 29–April 2, 2017, Anaheim, CA. Join other educators for hundreds of workshops and institutes on key strategies for ELs and biliteracy programs.

Professional LearningTransACT Communication, OCR/DOJ Joint EL Guidance Webinar Series, March 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PST. This is the next open session in 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.

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Promoting Spanish Language Development for Emergent Bilinguals, March 2–3 , 2017, Washington, DC. Learn research-based practitioner strategies to develop the Spanish language skills of emergent bilinguals.

CAL, Dual Language Education Fundamentals Workshops. April 25, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, or April 27, 2017, Charlotte, NC. Learn the fundamentals of dual language education from experts in the field.

Pearson, SIOP Institute® I, May 11–13, 2017, Austin, TX. Join SIOP® Author MaryEllen Vogt and SIOP® Trainer Francheska Figueroa to learn how to effectively implement the SIOP® Model.

BUENO Center for Multicultural Education, From the Past and into the Future: Equity, Justice and Diversity (Summer Institute 2017), July 19–20, 2017, Boulder, CO. Join leading experts on the CU Boulder Campus for a two-day institute that will cover topics related to culturally and linguistically diverse education.

Job OpportunitiesNational Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA), Silver Spring, MD, seeks new Director. NCELA—a project of the U.S. Department of Education, administered by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)—welcomes applicants who have demonstrated leadership and content expertise in EL education in grades pre-K through 12, and have significant project management experience.

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, is hiring for a non-tenure-track Assistant Teaching Professor (Job ID 22118.) in the TESOL program starting fall 2017.

Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, is seeking applicants for a TESOL Project Coordinator for iELT-Ozarks, a federally funded project.

San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus, Calexico, CA, is seeking applicants for a tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor in Biliteracy Education.

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Madison, WI, is seeking applicants for bilingual positions. Visit, then click ‘View Jobs’ to view open positions.


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