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September 1, 2020
New Fact Sheets Highlight Data on English Learners, Teachers in Title III Programs
OELA has released two new fact sheets:

Title III is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The purpose of Title III, Part A is to help ensure that ELs attain English proficiency and meet state academic standards. During school year (SY) 2015–16, over 4.8 million ELs were identified nationwide. Nearly 4.7 million of those ELs were participating in Title III supported language instruction educational programs (LIEPs), constituting almost 96.5% of all identified ELs.

This fact sheet examines the number of teachers in LIEPs that receive Title III funds as reported by states via the Consolidated State Performance Report data from ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. In SY 2014–15, it was estimated that an additional 68,133 teachers in Title III-supported LIEPs would be needed in SY 2019–20.
OELA Celebrates Women’s Equality Day
On Women’s Equality Day, OELA joined
the nation in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting the right to vote to women. Check out these educational resources for use with K-12 students. 
Coming Soon: Hispanic Language Heritage Webinar Series
OELA, in collaboration with GlobalMindED is hosting a two-part webinar series. The purpose of the webinars is to inspire linguistically and culturally diverse students to cherish, nurture and revere their primary culture, heritage, and language so they can realize the short- and long-term personal, educational, and professional benefits of being multilingual. 
Join OELA, GlobalMindED and our distinguished guest panelists as we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in honor of the many accomplishments of our Hispanic community and further promote pathways to continued success.

Register now for:
Webinar 1: Hispanic Language Heritage: Retention of Heritage Culture and Language(s), September 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET

There are many benefits to being multilingual, multiliterate, and multicultural in today’s global society. Knowing more than one language from birth, acquiring a new language through school, or learning languages later in life can provide life-long tangible benefits.

The first webinar – “Retention of Heritage Culture and Language(s),” is a discussion of the cognitive, economic, educational, and sociocultural benefits of multilingualism with expert panelists from a variety of fields and professions.

September 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET

In the second webinar – “Language Assets for Career Preparedness,” the panel will discuss how multilingualism can shape career paths and share how language skills have influenced their career trajectories. 
NAELPA Survey: Please Respond by October 30
The National Association of English Learner Program Administrators (NAELPA) is a group of educators dedicated to providing information, networking, and professional learning opportunities for EL program administrators, teachers, and others working on behalf of ELs at the national, state, and local (district) level.
NAELPA would like to better understand your professional experiences and interests, as well as your wants and needs regarding professional learning, especially after this global pandemic that has shaken our world. To that end, NAELPA has developed a survey that they kindly ask you to complete.

This 10-question survey will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous, and you can always leave blank any question to which you do not want to respond. The data from this survey may be used in the aggregate for internal and external reports from NAELPA for research purposes, and to advocate for the needs of EL program administrators, educators, and other stakeholders working on behalf of ELs. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for considering this survey!
Upcoming Events
Drawing from the strategies in Teaching Science to English Learners, Dr. Stephen Fleenor will model and explain high-yield techniques to reach and empower students with academic science language. 
October 3, 2020
Virtual Conference
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MIDTESOL 2020 conference “Community at a Crossroads: The Right to Education” will be held online. The conference will include keynotes from lexicographer and senior Cambridge ELL dictionary editor Kory Stamper and Dr. Christel Broady, Director of the ESL Teacher Education Program at Georgetown College.
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, round tables, 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
The Oneida Indian Nation in collaboration with Madison-Oneida BOCES announced plans to release a new Oneida language children’s book, The Legend of How the Bear Lost its Tail. The publishers hope the book will serve as a valuable resource that will help children learn the foundations of the Oneida Nation’s language and culture. 
The Lens       
This article focuses on the beginning of the new school year in New Orleans, LA. In particular, it highlights the plans for supporting ELs during remote learning. The article describes ways that ELs will receive support in remote settings, plans to support EL families, tools that the teachers will use, and examples from one high school in supporting their EL community.
In Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky, a group called Americana is making efforts to support ELs and their families during remote learning in the upcoming school year. The group is creating a community learning hub through which it will help EL families gain digital literacy tools and skills necessary to successfully navigate remote educational settings. 
This article provides suggestions on how educators can simplify the language in which they communicate with students’ families. The goal is to make sure that family members can understand the terminology that educators use. The article urges educators to stay away from field-specific jargon, provides a list of general vocabulary with which technical terms can be substituted, and offers other suggestions for effective communication with students’ families. 
In the current remote learning settings, many educators are challenged with finding ways to engage their students in meaningful classroom interactions. This blog entry describes specific activities that teachers can implement with the use of breakout rooms to facilitate classroom engagement and interaction in synchronous remote learning environment. 
Center for Applied Linguistics
This webinar provides educators with resources and techniques on how to assess ELs in remote settings. The presentation focuses on creating a virtual assessment plan that can lead to implementation of valid and reliable classroom assessments and results in meaningful feedback to students, families, and other stakeholders. The webinar also shares some assessment and evaluation tools such as checklists and rubrics that educators can use in remote settings. 
Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific
This blog post from REL Pacific provides strategies that parents and caregivers can leverage to support student learning while children learn remotely.

REL Pacific recorded a brief video for families and caregivers that shares events and experiences that may support families in providing an opportunity to further their child’s learning.
Professional Learning
This course allows teacher educators and English language program coordinators to expand their repertoire of training and development techniques and begin transforming existing English language teacher education program capacity.
The new SIOP Virtual Training for Teachers is an online, interactive workshop that will help educators enhance instruction for ELs. This four-week institute consists of 11 sessions in which participants complete a series of assignments on their own schedule as well meeting as a virtual group to collaborate, discuss, and share information with their colleagues.
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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