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October 6, 2020
Hot off the Press: High School Graduation Rates for English Learners
A new fact sheet from OELA provides data on state-level and national graduation rates for ELs. Across the United States, the high school graduation rates for ELs during the 2017–18 school year ranged from a low of 31% in New York and 36% in Louisiana to a high of 93% in West Virginia and 83% in Arkansas. Nationally, the high school graduation rate for ELs increased by 11 percentage points, from 57% to 68% during the eight school years from 2010–11 to 2017–18. 
Watch Now: Hispanic Language Heritage Webinar Series
In case you missed it, the two-part webinar series on Hispanic Language Heritage is now available for viewing. OELA, GlobalMindED, and a distinguished lineup of guest panelists kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month with engaging discussions to recognize the accomplishments of our Hispanic community and other multilingual individuals, and further promote pathways to continued success.
Professional Development Resources for Teachers
Two new resources for teachers are available on the NCELA website:

Watch – Teacher Collaboration: Aligning Content and Language Instruction – This webinar from OELA and REL Southwest examined the policy context for teacher collaboration toward ensuring EL academic success, shared research-based practices and resources, and highlighted promising practices for teacher collaboration and professional development in the post COVID-19 context.
Listen: EL Teacher Preparation: Zooming in on Maryland’s Eastern Shore Research on teacher preparation identifies the recruitment, preparation, induction, and retention of teachers as challenges in providing high-quality instruction for ELs. EL Teacher Preparation: Zooming in on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a two-part podcast featuring Jessica Swan, an Education Program Specialist at OELA, and Dr. Anjali Pandey, the principal investigator of the National Professional Development Grant: TARGET Training and Retraining Grades K–12 Eastern Shore Teachers. In Part I of the podcast, Ms. Swan and Dr. Pandey discuss the impetus for the TARGET program, the steps taken for its implementation, and its outcomes. In Part II, our speakers continue their discussion of the TARGET program, outlining challenges, successes, lessons learned, and next steps for those interested in developing their own teacher preparation program.
Upcoming Events
October 9-10, 2020
Virtual Conference
This conference is for program directors and administrators of community-based heritage language schools; members of the language communities involved in these schools; and directors and leaders in public, private, and charter schools who are interested in working with community-based heritage language schools.
October 13-16, 2020
Virtual Event
Join Successful Innovations and the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) for a four-day virtual event covering valuable strategies to reconnect with families during these challenging times and best practices from states that have implemented model family engagement programs. 
October 24, 2020
Virtual Session
Based on research of the social, emotional, and academic needs of secondary immigrant students, this session will offer useful strategies and techniques for content-area and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers of newcomer ELs.
October 24, 2020
Virtual Conference
The 2020 Bank Street Language Series Conference: Anti-Racist Language Teaching is a virtual space where educators will share their design of learning experiences for language-minoritized children and nurture understandings of curriculum and pedagogy that validate the language practices of all children.
November 19-22, 2020
Virtual Convention
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is hosting its annual convention virtually, with high-quality sessions, electronic posters, roundtables, and a virtual exhibit hall. The convention will feature three keynote speakers: John Quiñones, Erin Jones, and Nyle DiMarco.
November 19-22, 2020
Virtual Convention
The 2020 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention will be held online in November. 
In the News
This article outlines how Sigamos Aprendiendo, a Spanish language online resource from Khan Academy, provides information for parents of school-aged children. Spanish speaking parents find this native language resource very useful, stating that it has helped them navigate online learning and assist their children during remote schooling.
The Middletown Press
This article outlines some of the challenges that EL immigrant students face in distance learning situations. Based on research conducted with ELs in Boston Public Schools, the authors urge educators to consider and accommodate various social and linguistic factors that play a role in ELs’ ability to fully participate and engage in education remotely.
LA School Report
Schools’ responses to the COVID-19 related shutdowns varied widely last spring. A survey conducted by EL advocacy organization Californians Together revealed that very few educators, approximately 17%, report ELs regularly participating in remote learning. The article offers 10 suggestions from that report for educators to improve the engagement and achievement of ELs through remote and blended formats in the new school year. 
This ELLEVATION blog entry provides tips and suggestions on how to sustain dual language and bilingual programs during distance learning. Guidance includes recommendations for building partnerships with students and families, creating welcoming environments, and provides links to resources that may be helpful in a virtual dual language classroom.  
This blog entry presents tips on generating stimulating classroom discussions on academic topics. Among the suggestions are ideas for warm-ups, connecting with students’ backgrounds, and ideas for remote and in-person classroom environments.
GlobalMindED, Every Learner Everywhere and the Equity Project
This report provides a national snapshot of diverse college students, many who are first-generation, and the challenges that they have faced during the pandemic. The surveyed students shared recommendations for helping educators respond to the most at-risk students during and after this crisis in ways that substantively address and promote equity.
Professional Learning
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is hosting a webinar on the design-comparable effect size (D-CES) for single-case design (SCD) studies. This webinar is intended primarily for researchers and applied analysts interested in quantifying SCD intervention effectiveness. This webinar is also relevant for SCD researchers who are interested in designing studies that meet the WWC standards and WWC certified reviewers who will review SCD studies and may need to calculate the D-CES. 
The 2021 ELD Virtual Professional Learning Summit seeks session proposals that highlight innovative and effective practices related to EL education; administrative leadership; promising practices for promoting student achievement; strengthening systems to support high-impact family engagement; designing strong home-school-community partnerships; culturally responsive schools and classrooms; collecting, analyzing, and using data to make programmatic and instructional decisions; leadership in connecting educational policy and practice; and strategies that foster student resiliency.
Second Language Research and Practice is accepting submissions for research articles of up to 8,500 words and descriptive reports and position papers of up to 5,000 words. To be considered for the 2021 volume, manuscripts must be submitted by January 15, 2021.
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