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February 16, 2017
AnnouncementsUPCOMING EVENT: The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board of Children, Youth, and Families Schedules Public Release Event for OELA-Funded Report on ELs, February 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST. The report, Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures, examines evidence on the developmental progress and school success of ELs from birth through grade 12. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) was the majority funder for the project. The event, to be held in Washington, DC, will feature members of the report’s authoring committee. Interested parties are asked to RSVP soon, due to limited space. Those who cannot attend in person can register for an event webcast.

Secretary DeVos Issues Letter on ESSA Regulations, Timelines, to Chief State School Officers. The letter is described as an “update on the timeline, procedures, and criteria under which a State Educational Agency (SEA) may submit a State plan, including a consolidated State plan, to the Department,” given a current Department and Congressional review of final regulations issued by the last administration.

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Colorado educators will soon be required to take training for teaching English learners. The Colorado Department of Education is requiring teachers to train in teaching ELs, to ensure that students learning English as a second language have teachers who can effectively communicate with them.

New York City’s graduation rate continues climb, but a larger share of English learners are dropping out. “These findings are disturbing and much more work needs to be done to ensure that ELLs are getting the services they need to stay in school and to graduate,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said.

Education Week
English learners study language of math. “Teaching English-Learners Early Mathematics,” or TEEM, is a pilot partnership between university researchers and two California school districts that combines Japanese “lesson study” cycles and detailed student math notebooks to help students better understand their math learning.

Response: Home language support ‘helps learners navigate both worlds.’ This is the third and final in a series of interviews with EL experts on the question, “What is the role, if any, of an ELL student’s home language in the classroom?”

Uncertainties as Congress takes aim at ESSA regulations. This article reviews the debate between flexibility for states and local districts on the one hand and accountability and protections for vulnerable students on the other—among other issues at play—as Congress reconsiders the regulations for ESSA.
English-language learners may be over-represented in learning disabilities category. A new study reveals that ELs may be over-classified as having learning disabilities, due to inconsistent definitions across states, and recommends “better methods for accurate identification of those with special needs.”

New America
How educators in Fresno are working together to support young, dual language learners. Through an effort called the Fresno Language Project, a California school district hopes to see how national models of best practices can be adapted locally to improve outcomes for young ELs.

Learning Policy Institute
Bilingual teacher shortages in California: A problem likely to grow. This fact sheet presents information on trends in, and the benefits of, bilingual education, and offers recommendations for increasing the supply of trained teachers for bilingual classrooms.

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 for 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.

Kent School District, Kent, WA, seeks Elementary Dual Language teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

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.

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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