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|U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Announces 2016 Grant Competition for $3.2 Million Through Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) Program. A key aim will be to increase the English language proficiency of Native American and Alaska Native ELs to achieve the same rigorous state academic standards as for all students. Among the priorities for the 2016 program are supporting the preservation and revitalization of Native American languages, and encouraging a focus on improving early learning and development outcomes. Meaningful parent, family, and community engagement are encouraged to be part of the projects to enhance student achievement. NAM grantees develop language instruction projects for ELs from Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native American Pacific Islander backgrounds. Entities that operate elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools primarily for Native American children (including Alaska Native children)—including Indian tribes, tribally sanctioned educational authorities, native language educational organizations, Bureau of Indian Education funded or operated schools, and others—are eligible applicants under this program. The first technical assistance webinar is April 1, 2026, 2:00-3:00pm (EST). OELA also is seeking qualified peer reviewers for the upcoming NAM grant competition.
OELA Releases New Fast Facts Sheet. This new Fast Facts sheet shows trends in national and state level graduation rates for ELs compared to other student groups, for various racial/ethnic groups, and by state. It is available through the NCELA website
March Highlights: Confirmation ofJohn B. King as U.S. Secretary of Education, and Speeches by King on EL Needs, Women’s History Month.King was confirmed on March 14, 2016, by the U.S. Senate. (King’s remarks during confirmation hearings are available here.). Before confirmation, King offered welcoming words (in videos in Spanish and English) to attendees of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE); later in the month, as Secretary of Education, he spoke at the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE). This month has also marked Women’s History Month: Just days before his confirmation, King offered these remarkson the importance of gender equity in education and opportunity.
IES, National Center for Education Research (NCER), Offers Summer Research Training Institute, July 18-28, 2016, at Northwestern University. NCER hosts this training institute to increase the capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impacts that education interventions have on student outcomes. Application materials should be submitted online.
IES, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE), Releases New Report on Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning. This study, titled Teacher evaluation and professional learning: Lessons from early implementation in a large urban district, examines the alignment between teacher evaluation and professional learning in a large urban district in the REL Northeast & Islands Region.
The National Academies Press
New York expands services for families who speak little or no English. This blog post highlights “around -the-clock” access to interpretation services in about 200 languages provided to parents of students who speak languages other than English.
Safety inspections system for Indian school facilities flawed, report finds. According to this the Government Accountability Office, 69 out of 160 Bureau of Indian Education school facilities were not inspected for safety and health code violations in 2015.
Immigrant children have a right to a good education. This op-ed on immigrant access to education is by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
New York Board paves way for undocumented immigrants to get teacher licenses.DREAMers and DACA recipients can now receive teacher certifications in New York State, following the path taken by such other states as California.
Pew Research Center
National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families
|U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), REL Pacific, Offers Interactive Webinar on Multicultural Validity and Evaluation Theory, March 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. HT (4:00-6:00 p.m. ET). Dr. Karen Kirkhart, professor at Syracuse University and former President of the American Evaluation Association, will lead this exploration of strategies, successes, and challenges around multicultural validity and evaluation theory.
TESOL, 2016 International Convention & English Language Expo, April 5-8, 2016, Baltimore, MD. Pre- and post-conference workshops are also offered.
American Educational Research Association,2016 AERA Annual Meeting, April 8-12, 2016, Washington, DC. This year’s theme, “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies,” will illuminate and enhance the role of education researchers as public scholars who contribute to public understanding, political debate, and professional practice in increasingly diverse democracies in the U.S. and around the globe.
National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education, 2016 National Migrant Education Conference, April 24-27, 2016, San Diego, CA. Registration is currently open.
TransACT Communications, OCR/DOJ Joint EL Guidance Webinar Series, starting April 26, 2016, 11:00 a.m.–12 p.m. PT (2:00–3:00 p.m. ET)The April webinar is the first in a monthly, year-long series that focuses on the issues addressed in the Dear Colleague Letter on ELs published on January 7, 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of 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 align with ESSA.
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) 2016, June 20–22, 2016, Philadelphia, PA. Early-bird rates will end on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
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 across contexts, and bring together five effective program models to engage in research-informed dialogue and professional exchanges across languages, levels, and learner audiences.
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 U.S. The deadline for call for proposals is May 13, 2016.
REL West: Webinar Series: Addressing the Effects of Trauma in Schools, April 1 and April 8, 10:00-11:00 a.m. PT (1:00-2:00 p.m. ET).These webinars are designed for county, district, and school site administrators; teachers and counselors; parent leaders; and community members and can help participants recognize and support students living with trauma and to develop trauma-sensitive schools. Fostering Positive Youth Development: Opportunities to Reframe the Conversation About Trauma (April 1) will explore frameworks and approaches for developing effective youth leadership and positive school. Specific challenges with youth engagement will be discussed. Self and Collective Care of Youth-Serving Adults (April 8) will explore how we can create cultures of care for youth and for the adults who work with them.
WIDA and CAL, Promoting Spanish Language Development for Emergent Bilinguals, April 14–15, 2016, Washington, DC. Please join WIDA and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) for this engaging and interactive two-day symposium designed to promote Spanish language development in a variety of bilingual and dual language settings, including one-way and two-way 90-10 or 50-50 program models.
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, 2016 National Early Childhood Education Inclusion Institute, May 10-12, 2016, Chapel Hill, NC. The 2016 Institute will include dozens of groundbreaking sessions and workshops. This year, all registrants will also get free access to eight online Connect Courses on Inclusion. These cutting-edge courses award CEUs, and several states have approved them for training. Registration deadline is May 1, 2016.
Pearson, SIOP® Institute II, May 12–May 13, 2016, Austin, TX. Expand your understanding of the SIOP® Model and learn successful coaching and implementation practices at this 2-day workshop designed for educators who are currently using the SIOP® Model in their schools or classrooms.
New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE), Annual Conference, May 21, 2016, Buffalo and New York, NY. This year’s conference—on the theme “Changing Policies, New Directions: Bilingual Education Paving the Way to Every Student’s Success” is a one-day, two-location event.
WIDA, ELD Standards and Assessment System for Administrators, June 21-23, 2016, Madison, WI. Early bird rates apply until April 4, 2016.
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.
TOEFL 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.
ETS, Center for English Language Learning and Assessment (ELLA), seeks a Senior Research Director to provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction.
University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), Twin Cities (UMTC), seeks Director (Job Opening ID # 306957) to provide overall academic leadership.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA, seeks a Senior Program Officer, Bilingual Workforce Specialist, Early Learning. Please apply online.
Kent School District, Kent, WA, seeksElementary Teachers for English/Spanish Dual Language Program for the 2016-17 school year.
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