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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announces a webinar series on English Learners in STEM Subjects. The National Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert guidance on science, engineering, and health issues to inform policies, shape public opinion, and encourage advancements in these fields. This webinar series consists of four sessions that will focus on professional learning, classroom instruction and assessment, building capacity, and large-scale classroom assessment. The sessions will take place on December 12, 2018, through February 22, 2019. More information is coming soon.
U.S. Department of Education has released the EdTech for English Learners; two toolkits, one for educators and one for developers. The full study report (available in Spring 2019) examined how districts and educators use educational technology to instruct EL students. Available immediately, are two toolkits. Both are designed to enhance the quality and use of technology for teaching ELs. The Educator Toolkit includes five guiding principles to apply when exploring new methods of supporting ELs through technology, which will help educators identify their students’ unique needs and which technologies would be most beneficial. The press release can be accessed here.
HOMEROOM: The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education. José A. Viana, assistant deputy secretary and director of the Office of English Language Acquisition, describes his Back to School Tour in this blog post. He visited schools that are part of #RethinkSchool for English learner and dual-language learner students in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming.
Regional Education Laboratory Northeast and Islands. The “Home Language Survey Data Quality Self-Assessment” is described in this blog post as a tool that school districts can use to assess and improve the quality of their home language surveys.
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) announces a call for proposals for the Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education. CARLA is the University of Minnesota’s research and resource center focused on improving language teaching and learning. CARLA organizes and hosts a series of international conferences devoted to the exchange of professional practices, research findings, and resources among immersion and dual language professionals. This biennial conference will focus on the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional levels, and in all national and international contexts. CARLA is welcoming proposals for papers and symposia on all aspects of the education and professional development of language teachers. The area of focus can be empirical research, theoretical and conceptual analysis, or practices in language teacher education.
The Buffalo News
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
• The Chicago International Charter School West Belden, where more than half of the students are English learners, is using a personalized learning approach. Educators quickly realized they first needed to spend time teaching students some non-technological skills (e.g., work with partners, staying focused during independent study) before introducing students to individualized technology.
• The Wampanoag tribe of Mashapee, Massachusetts, has established a language immersion school to revive their native language, which was virtually eliminated during colonization. After more than six generations of no one speaking Wampanoag, about 500 people, including preschoolers, are now learning the language.
Harvard Graduate School of Education: Usable Knowledge
Tonya Ward Singer’s Blog
• Taking written exams often causes students anxiety, and for English language learners, this situation may be exacerbated. This article describes how writing anxiety looks in students and how English as a Second Language teachers can better prepare their students to take written exams.
• This interview with Debra Ackerman, an early childhood assessment expert, discusses the new study she completed on how states use their Kindergarten Entry Assessments to assess young English language learners.
CATESOL, 2018 Annual Conference, December 6–9, 2018, Anaheim, CA. CATESOL is a professional organization for teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators of all levels in California and Nevada who are involved with teaching English as a second language and bilingual education. The annual conference will feature presentations and workshops on teaching techniques, current research, and publishers’ exhibits.
CARLA, Seventh International Conference on Immersion & Dual Language Education, February 6–9, 2019, Charlotte, NC. CARLA is the University of Minnesota’s research and resource center focused on improving language teaching and learning. CARLA organizes and hosts a series of international conferences devoted to the exchange of professional practices, research findings, and resources among immersion and dual language professionals. This conference will feature more than 150 presentations from professionals in the field.
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), 48th Annual NABE Conference, March 7–9, 2019. NABE is a nonprofit organization that advocates for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students through improving instructional practices, providing professional development, and securing adequate funding for programs serving English language students. The 48th Annual NABE Conference is for students, parents, teachers, administrators, researchers, and policymakers, and will focus on enriching education for empowerment, equity, and excellence. The conference will feature special presentations and more than 200 concurrent sessions.
TESOL International Association, TESOL 2019 International Convention and English Language Expo, March 12–15, 2019, Atlanta, GA. TESOL is an international association of professionals working to advance the quality of English language teaching by providing opportunities for professional development, guiding research to improve standards, and building advocacy. The TESOL Convention will provide professional development opportunities to English language educators of all levels, from around the world, and is expected to include nearly 1,000 sessions.
Class Measures, Closing the English Language Learner Gap, December 5, 2018, webinar. Class Measures is a Massachusetts-based company that provides educational consultant services to teachers, schools, districts, and educational authorities related to licensure, quality improvement reviews, and action planning. During this webinar, expert consultants from Class Measures will discuss how schools are addressing gaps in achievement and improving outcomes across the board.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, English Learners in STEM Subjects, December 12, 2018, through February 22, 2019, webinar series. The National Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert guidance on science, engineering, and health issues to inform policies, shape public opinion, and encourage advancements in these fields. This webinar series consists of four sessions that will focus on professional learning, classroom instruction and assessment, building capacity, and large-scale classroom assessment.
TESOL International Association, TESOL: Training for Trainers, January 16–February 26, 2019, online course. TESOL is an international association of professionals working to advance the quality of English language teaching by providing opportunities for professional development, guiding research to improve standards, and building advocacy. This course helps educators enhance their English language teacher training program.
University of Texas at San Antonio is seeking an Assistant Professor in Bicultural-Bilingual Teacher Education.
Center for English Language Learners at American Institutes for Research (AIR), Washington, DC, is seeking a Senior Technical Assistance Consultant.
The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)
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