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USA: Immigration Trends


MAY 20, 2016
The number of legal permanent residents applying for U.S. citizenship in the four months starting last October is at its highest level in four years, and it is up 5% from the same period before the 2012 elections. However, there have been much larger percentage increases in past years, with jumps not always coming during election years. READ MORE >>
By a wide margin, the U.S. has more immigrants than any other country in the world. The U.S.-Mexico migration corridor is the world’s largest. READ MORE >>

Check out our interactive map showing the origins and destinations of the world’s migrants from 1990 to 2015. EXPLORE THE INTERACTIVE>>

Supporters of Donald Trump differ substantially from other Republican voters in many of their foreign policy attitudes Fully 84% of those who support Trump for the GOP presidential nomination favor building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That compares with 56% of Republican voters who preferred another candidate for the Republican nomination. READ MORE >>

Related: Clinton, Sanders supporters differ sharply on U.S. global role

Men and women, old and young have all been part of the recent surge of asylum seekers into the European Union, Norway and Switzerland. But a lesser-known story about this surge is the rapid rise in child migrants traveling without an adult guardian. READ MORE >>

Related: U.S. border apprehensions of families and unaccompanied children jump dramatically

News and Updates from the NAtoional Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition


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AnnouncementsU.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

ED LogoMarch 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.

New ResourcesThe National Academies Press
The integration of immigrants to American society.
This new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine summarizes what we know about how immigrants and their descendants are integrating into American society in a range of areas such as education, occupations, health, and language.

Education Week
Response: Teaching English language learners with special needs.
This post answers the question, What are the best instructional strategies for working with ELLs who have special needs? This is the last post in a two-part series; part one is available here.

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.

How the WIDA Consortium Is preparing Its 35 states Under ESSA.
This interview with WIDA’s executive director, Dr. Tim Boals; research director, Dr. H. Gary Cook; and senior director of strategic planning and development, Jesse Markow, describes how they see their role under ESSA.

Pew Research Center
Hispanic, Black parents see college degree as key for children’s success.
Today, 86% of Hispanic parents and 79% of Black parents with children under 18 say it is either extremely or very important that their children to earn a college degree. About two-thirds (67%) of white parents say the same.

Brookings Institution
Reclassifying English language learners: What’s the effect on Wisconsin high schoolers?
This article discusses how reclassifying a student as fully English proficient changes several aspects of the student’s educational environment.

National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families
Using existing large-scale data to study early care and education among Hispanics.
The four briefs in this series look at data to examine low-income Latino families’ ECE interactions, the strengths and challenges of these data, and potential new research questions that could be answered.

Science 2.0
Science curriculum tailored to English language learners boosts student achievement.
This article reports on a large scale study involving an innovative science curriculum that was found to have a positive impact on ELs.

The Atlantic
How to help first-generation students succeed.
According to this article, first-generation college students “often are unaware of what’s known as the ‘hidden curriculum’—the mix of bureaucratic know-how and sound study skills that can make or break a student’s first year in college. These students also are mostly from lower-income households.” Strategies for assisting these students are discussed.

Providing a Head Start: Improving access to early childhood education for refugees.
This report describes research exploring collaboration between Head Start and refugee resettlement services as a strategy to increase the enrollment of newly arrived refugees’ children in Early Head Start and Head Start (EHS/HS) programs.

Chicago Tribune
District 204 to recognize student biliteracy with state seal.
Indian Prairie School District 204 will give special recognition next year to high school seniors who are fluent in more than one language.

Upcoming EventsED LogoU.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.

Professional LearningREL 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.

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 OpportunitiesETS, Center for English Language Learning and Assessment (ELLA), 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 ELL students which are described in more detail here.

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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New York City Education Department to Add or Expand 40 Dual-Language Programs


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