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September 15, 2020
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Register Now: Hispanic Language Heritage Webinar Series 
Join OELA, GlobalMindED, and our distinguished guest panelists as we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a two-part webinar series in honor of the many accomplishments of our Hispanic community and further promote pathways to continued success. 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.

The first webinar, scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET, is a discussion of the cognitive, economic, educational, and sociocultural benefits of multilingualism with expert panelists from a variety of fields and professions. 


Panelists in the second webinar, scheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET, will discuss how multilingualism can shape career paths and share how language skills have influenced their career trajectories.

New Fact Sheet: ELs Who Speak Spanish as a Home Language
OELA’s latest fact sheet, ELs Who Speak Spanish as a Home Language, highlights the number of ELs who speak Spanish as a home language and the top 10 states with the highest number of ELs who speak Spanish. During school year (SY) 2017–18, Spanish was the most common home language group spoken by ELs and states reported that out of all EL students, 3,749,314, or 74.82%, spoke Spanish.
New Podcasts Focus on SIFE
An important topic in EL education is how ELs who are SIFE often face many serious challenges when attending school in the United States. Their educators also often encounter difficulties in meeting SIFE’s needs. Supporting ELs with Interrupted Formal Education: Research and Practices from the Field is a two-part discussion hosted by OELA.
In part one, OELA Education Program Specialist Francisco López speaks with Dr. Margarita Calderon, professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Calderon describes her research on ELs who are SIFE and provides information to educators on research-based best practices for supporting this population of students.

In part two, Francisco López talks with Teresa Vignaroli, an English Learners Supervisor from Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia, about practical considerations and the day-to-day programming involved with serving ELs who are SIFE.
Upcoming Events
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 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 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
OA Online
Ector County Independent School district (ECISD) in Odessa, TX is working on increasing the number of various bilingual program models to support the district’s multicultural and multilingual students. Currently, the district has bilingual programs on 24 campuses with some programs going up to sixth grade. ECISD plans to extend bilingual programs to higher grade levels and eventually be able to accommodate students in bilingual programs up to eighth grade. 
Houston Public Media          
Teachers and administrators of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) are implementing several measures to create a supportive and welcoming environment for teachers and students in the new school year. HISD has a large population of ELs and is beginning the current school year in a hybrid online/in-person setting. HISD teachers and administrators are making efforts to support ELs and their families in remote environments, as well as create a welcoming environment for its newly hired educators.
Regional Educational Laboratory West Program
This infographic includes a list of questions that educators should consider prior to creating and distributing student take-home packets that can make the process more efficient, effective, and equitable. 
Abriendo Puertas Opening Doors   
This report is a collection of data and stories from the most comprehensive national survey of Latino families about COVID-19 to date. The research gives a 360-degree view of the real-life impacts of the pandemic, and details what families say they need to survive, adapt, and grow in these unprecedented circumstances.
Institute of Educational Sciences: Regional Educational Laboratory Program
A new study explores the progress of EL students towards English proficiency in kindergarten and grade three. Researchers report on how likely the students who were classified as ELs when entering kindergarten and reclassified as English proficient at the end of their kindergarten year were to achieve English language proficiency in grade three.  
Professional Learning
The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS), the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), and Families In Schools (FIS) invite any interested school district in California to submit an application to serve in the Community Engagement Initiative’s Cohort II Peer Leading and Learning Network.
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 as 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.
Job Opportunities
National Association of English Learner Program Administrators 
The New Teacher Project
Flexible Location in Southeast Region – Puerto Rico or Florida Preferred 
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