English Language Learners: How Your State Is Doing

23/02/2017

Did you know?  http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/02/23/512451228/5-million-english-language-learners-a-vast-pool-of-talent-at-risk

Tons of data by state and super interesting.  Make sure to check this one out in detail, ESL readers.

 


News: National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition

17/02/2017

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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.

New ResourcesChalkbeat
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.

Phys.org
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 www.mmsd.org/jobs, then click ‘View Jobs’ to view open positions.


News: National Clearinghouse of English Language Acquisition

31/01/2017

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January 31, 2017 | nex•us: noun \’nek-ses\ a relationship or connection between people or things
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

WDAY
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 www.mmsd.org/jobs, then click ‘View Jobs’ to view open positions.


Study finds gains for minority students but English learners still lag

27/01/2017

Interesting report at https://phys.org/news/2017-01-gains-minority-students-english-learners.html 


A Principles-Based Approach for English Language Teaching Policies and Practices

03/01/2017

Read it here at https://www.tesol.org/docs/pdf/a-principles-based-approach-for-english-language-teaching-policies-and-practices-.pdf?sfvrsn=0


NCELA Nexus Newsletter December 20, 2016

26/12/2016

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December 20, 2016 | nex•us: noun \’nek-ses\ a relationship or connection between people or things
AnnouncementsThe U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Issues Report on Eight Years of Accomplishments. Two reports released in early December spotlight the challenges and achievements of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). According to OCR’s FY 2016 annual report, the number of complaints filed last fiscal year rose to a record 16,720 when OCR’s staffing levels remained at a near all-time low. Still, OCR has resolved more than 66,000 civil rights cases during this administration, according to a narrative describing progress made toward educational equity through strong civil rights enforcement from 2009-2016.

OCR Reaches Agreement with Connecticut’s East Hartford Public Schools on Behalf of ELs. The agreement comes after an OCR finding that the school district violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to provide adequate language services to limited English proficient (LEP) parents and guardians and by unlawfully imposing barriers to enrollment and applying additional registration and enrollment criteria to students based on national origin.

REL-West Study Suggests that Early Gains for ELs Increase Graduation Rates. The earlier that English learner students achieved English proficiency, the higher their graduation rate, suggests a study that measured high school graduation rates across EL student subgroups in Arizona.

Education Secretary Announces Grants That Encourage Diverse Schools. Secretary John B. King Jr. announced a new grant program to support districts and their communities in preparing to implement “innovative, collaborative, and locally-driven strategies to increase diversity in schools.” He also announced the 2017 Magnet Schools Assistance Program competition, to help create integrated public schools with high-quality, theme-based educational programming.

The National Academies Press Announces Final Publication of Report on Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0–8. The report, Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0–8, was developed with assistance from OELA. It is available as a free download at the press’s website.

U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador Fellowship Program Welcomes Applications Though January 23, 2017. The Department designed the fellowship program to enable outstanding teachers, principals and other school leaders, like school counselors, to bring their school and classroom expertise to the Department and to expand their knowledge of the national dialogue about education.

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.

Professional LearningSupportEd, Effectively Advocating for English Learners (online course), starting January 17, 2017. SupportEd president Diane Staehr Fenner and co-facilitator Jill Kester will lead an eight-hour, self-paced online course. The interactive course explores the concept of advocacy and delves into issues and solutions specific to ELs. Use the code SUPPORTED at checkout for a 10% discount off the $149 price.

TransACT Communication, OCR/DOJ Joint EL Guidance Webinar Series, January 26, 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.

New ResourcesMigration Policy Institute
State sociodemographic portraits of immigrant and U.S.-born parents of young children. Children in immigrant families comprise one-quarter of the U.S. population ages 0–8. To help policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders better understand the needs of families with young children in the United States, MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy has released this set of 30 fact sheets that provide analysis of key sociodemographic characteristics of native- and foreign-born parents of young children in states with the largest number of immigrant families.

Education Week
Homeless students with disabilities, language needs growing, new data show. After years of deepening child poverty, new federal data show a sharp rise in the number of homeless students who also have disabilities or limited English proficiency. But growth in both the number and needs of America’s roughly 1.3 million homeless students means federal support for them is spread thin.

Building ELLs’ literacy early Is crucial. Georgetown University has conducted a long-term study of children in Tulsa, OK, schools, and found that, on average, Hispanic children who pass through pre-K classrooms come to kindergarten more academically prepared than those who don’t, and they are often months ahead of their peers in both reading and writing.

Majority of English-learner students are born in the United States, analysis finds. According to an analysis of U.S. Census Data conducted by MPI, 82 percent of pre-kindergartners to fifth grade ELs and 65 percent of sixth and 12th grade ELs were born in the United States.

Latino Ed Beat Blog
More low-income Hispanic kids are getting early start to education. A report by the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families found that nationally, two-thirds of low-income Hispanics ages 3–5 attend some form of early education, nearly on par with white children of the same socioeconomic status, though lagging behind their black peers.

School Library Journal
Top 10 Latinx: 2016. This article lists the journal’s top books for children and adolescents that are “by and about Latinxs”; the picks represent a “range of genres, formats, age levels, and countries/regions of origin.”

Politico
Senators unveil bipartisan bill to protect Dreamers. A bipartisan group of senators, led by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), unveiled legislation, the so-called Bridge Act, that would extend key legal protections and work permits to certain young undocumented immigrants brought here as children—a status that’s threatened by Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to repeal President Barack Obama’s executive actions to enact those benefits.

Los Angeles Times
Students are anxious about Trump, so the L.A. public school district started a support hotline. The Los Angeles Unified School District has set up a hotline and opened “extended support sites” to respond to a high level of anxiety among students, particularly immigrants.

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.

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 www.mmsd.org/jobs, then click ‘View Jobs’ to view open positions.

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

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, College of Education, is seeking applicants for tenure track Assistant Professor in Multilingual Learning.


Find Information on Incidences of Harassment and What to About Them

07/12/2016

Check out the Southern Poverty Law Center at https://www.splcenter.org/?gclid=CjwKEAiAg5_CBRDo4o6e4o3NtG0SJAB-IatYJciFxEbhBz1VLr8qmzffgnp0R94ELxP6zCjw7T-YsBoCOZ7w_wcB

 


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