Newsletter from the National Clearinghouse for English Acquisition: Important Professional Updates and Resources!


U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Announces 2017 National Professional Development Program (NPD) Grant Competition. The deadline for the transmittal of applications is April 24, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

OELA Issues Call for Reviewers for NPD Grant Competition. The NEW deadline for applications for reviewers is April 7, 2017.

New Resources

Chalkbeat NY
New York City’s English learners often struggle to graduate, but here’s how some schools buck that trend. Dual language programs in select New York City high schools are producing graduation rates for ELs that outpace other high school programs.

Los Angeles Times
Advocates say L.A. Unified shortchanges its neediest students. This article explores controversy around how L.A. Unified is using funds that the state intended specifically to help low-income students and ELs.

Charlotte Observer
Pennsylvania school district Oks pact on immigrant students.This Associated Press story describes the recent settlement reached in a lawsuit against the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, school district. The lawsuit contended the district denied older refugee and immigrant students a meaningful education by sending them to privately-run, alternative high schools.

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Chesterfield schools focus on class size reduction for English-language learners, shift away from more segregated service model. The Chesterfield County, Virginia, school superintendent and school board bucked opposition and backed a plan to increase funding for class-size reduction for ELs, and to shift toward a more inclusive service model.

Migration Policy Institute
Facts about English Learners and the NCLB/ESSA transition in select states. MPI has created a series of detailed fact sheets on states’ EL demographics, EL performance, and transitions to ESSA.

A high school’s lesson for helping English Language Learners get to college. A Fort Wayne, Indiana, public high school has developed a unique program that enables ELs to graduate with a diploma and an associate’s degree.

Muslim schoolchildren bullied by fellow students and teachers. A new survey reveals that 42 percent of Muslims with children in K–12 schools report bullying of their children because of their faith.

School Library Journal
Kid and YA books that lift up immigrant voices. These books, ranging from volumes for early readers to young adult readers in middle and high school, all have protagonists who are immigrants to the U.S.

Upcoming Events

National Council of State Title III Directors (NCSTIIID), 2017 Annual NCSTIIID Meeting, May 16–17, 2017, North Hollywood, CA. The first day of the meeting will be dedicated for Title III and EL staff at both the state and local levels, with joint meetings in the morning and the afternoon breakouts separated by SEAs and LEAs. The second day will be a half day joint meeting with the Council of Great City Schools.

Professional Learning

Center for Applied Linguistics, 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.

WestEd, Quality in Teaching English Learners Summer Institutes, July 10-17, 2017, San Francisco, CA. Registration is open for six distinct summer institutes, each focused on a different aspect of “developing teacher expertise to challenge and support ELs through a pedagogy of promise.”

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 experts for a two-day institute that will cover topics related to culturally and linguistically diverse education.

Job Opportunities

National 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.

The Next Steps Public Charter School, Washington, DC, is seeking bilingual applicants for multiple administrative and staff positions.

Kent School District, Kent, WA, is seeking applicants for multiple Dual Language Teacher positions for the 2017-18 school year.

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

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.


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