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October 18, 2022
New on the OSERS Blog: Interview with Montserrat Garibay
Montserrat Garibay is the Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director for OELA and Senior Advisor for Labor Relations, Office of Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. This month, she’s featured in a Voices from the Field interview on the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Blog about working with dual language learners (DLLs). Ms. Garibay talks about how she began her career in early childhood, efforts to improve the quality of early childhood programs and services, and recommendations for others who want to improve early childhood services for DLLs.
AskNCELA: Assessments & Home Help for Bilingual Learners
AskNCELA has new responses to your questions! These questions were submitted during the webinar Effective Literacy Instruction for Multilingual Learners.
Biliterate pedagogy is sound — but it’s impractical for those of us with multilingual populations who come to us with languages other than Spanish. What L1 assessments are available to us in Urdu, Polish, Arabic, Dari, Ukrainian, Serbo-Croatian, and so on?
You are correct — there are not commercial-based assessments in multiple languages, but there are translanguaging strategies that can be used to assess children’s knowledge of two languages that enable us to understand what children know and can do in English and their native languages.
What can families do at home to help their bilingual learners learn English literacy effectively?
In addition to the resources and strategies shared in the webinar, see this resource from the U.S. Department of Education: Helping Young English Learners at Home: Simple and Fun Activities to Strengthen Language Development.
Upcoming Events
October 17–21
Virtual Conference
Lexia Learning presents Emergent Bilingual Week: Accelerate Language, Accelerate Literacy. This 5-day event consists of a series of webinars (daily, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET) that explore important aspects of supporting emergent bilingual students, including the acceleration of English language learning, the role of oral language in literacy instruction, language learning efficacy and research, how educators can leverage artificial intelligence to support emergent bilingual students, and much more.
Learn about Activate! National — the National Center for Families Learning’s Family Leadership program designed to center Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) representation and advocacy to develop inclusive and equitable early childhood programs that address racial equity issues in communities across the country. Tune in Thursday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m. EDT to discover how parenting adults and early childhood practitioners come together to reimagine and reform equitable and inclusive systems for families through collaborative partnerships, social media campaigns, narrative changes, transparent conversations, and more.
October 25–26
Virtual Conference
This fall, educators, librarians, parent leaders, and family-facing staff will convene for the 2022 Families Learning Conference to explore strategies and resources in family literacy, engagement, and leadership. Sessions will cover topics like equity, inclusion, trauma-informed care, family math, co-design, immersive technologies, early childhood education, adult education, and more. This conference will be held virtually in October, with Regional Meetups November 4 in Nashville, TN, and December 2 in Phoenix, AZ. 
November 2–5
Hybrid Conference
This November, come together at La Cosecha Dual Language Conference 2022 in Santa Fe, NM, to share current theory, best practices, and resources — and build networks to fuel community efforts for a better future for our children! This national conference brings together the largest gathering of educators, parents, researchers, and practitioners supporting dual language, two-way immersion, one-way developmental bilingual, and one-way heritage language immersion programs from across the United States.
In this free Webinar, Dr. Carol Salva will bring together secondary practitioners and specialists to discuss literacy development of older emergent readers. Participants will hear best practices and suggestions based on research shared in the National Association of English Learner Program Administrators’ (NAELPA) latest quarterly webinar. Presenters will share techniques and leadership actions that capitalize on the rich backgrounds of secondary emergent bilinguals and leverage their capacity for learning quickly.
November 17–20
Join the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Anaheim, CA, for professional learning, new research and emerging practices, and connections with thousands of literacy educators. Centered around the theme!Suenos! Pursuing the Light, this convention will include sessions and messages specific to our time — finding the light for ourselves and for students while in a period of darkness, exacerbated by a worldwide pandemic.
This event offers learning opportunities for all language education professionals at all levels and from all languages. Participants will have access to more than 700 sessions and learning opportunities both in-person and on demand in the digital platform. Pre-convention virtual workshops will be held in the evening on Thursday, November 17.
February 21–22, 2023
Hybrid Conference
Join the NAELPA in Portland, OR, for their 2023 Hybrid Conference. The theme of this year's conference is Assume Greatness: Diversity IS our Strength, featuring author and journalist Jo Napolitano as keynote speaker. The conference includes virtual pre-conferences in early February (exact dates to be announced soon), in-person and virtual presentations on February 22, and new this year — an exclusive in-person workshop with Dr. Michelle Yzquierdo on February 21.
The NABE Conference will take place in Portland, OR. The conference includes sessions for teachers in the field of dual language, English as a second language, administrators, paraprofessionals, university professors, students, researchers, advocates, policymakers, and parents. Early-bird registration ends November 4, 2022.

In the News
U.S. News
With the inaugural class of the Global Immersion Academy (GIA) at Mountain View Elementary School entering fourth grade this year, Burke County Public Schools is seeing signs of success for its dual language program. Assessment data show GIA students significantly outperforming their peers at Mountain View Elementary School and matching levels seen at some of the district’s higher-performing schools in many key areas. Half of the students in the program are native English speakers and half are native Spanish speakers. Students spend 50% of their day learning in English and 50% in Spanish. The first group started in kindergarten 5 years ago and will continue throughout elementary school. The district is currently developing plans for GIA students to carry their dual language education into middle and high school.
Daily Herald
About 50% of Wheeling Township District 21 students in pre-K through Grade 8 are English language learners. The district has robust bilingual and dual language programs for native speakers whose goal is achieving biliteracy by the end of fifth grade. With about 70 languages represented in the community, the district is looking to strengthen its programming offered to students who qualify for language services. More than 70% of District 21 students come from multilingual families, with a recent influx of students from Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and a large contingent from Ukraine.
National Center on Educational Outcomes
Understanding the characteristics of English learners (ELs) with disabilities is critical to ensuring that their needs are met appropriately during the assessment process. The purpose of this brief is to highlight available federal data about the characteristics of ELs with disabilities, including how this population has changed over time.
Education Week
When it comes to providing ELs with an equitable education, some researchers point to the need for more strategic collaboration between general classroom and content teachers and multilingual specialists. This article reports on the strategies for collaboration between general educators and educators who support multilingual learners (MLLs) that were presented at the recent WIDA conference.
National Association of Elementary School Principals/Language Magazine
More STEM opportunities are needed for MLLs for several reasons — primarily because students need access to project-based learning with a focus on STEM, and the field needs linguistically diverse professionals. STEM suffers from low participation of MLLs due not to low interest, but to low opportunity and to a belief on the part of school district leaders and/or education policymakers that a high level of English proficiency is a requirement for success. This article contradicts this belief and explores ways of providing opportunities for MLLs to participate in STEM courses more widely.
Professional Learning
The NAGB has eight Board categories open for nominations. The NAGB sets policy for the nation’s largest ongoing assessment of what U.S. students know and can do — the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. The Governing Board identifies subjects to be tested, determines the content and achievement levels for each assessment, approves test questions, and pursues innovative ways to make NAEP results more meaningful and relevant to the public. 
NABE is still accepting submissions for the 2023 Student Essay Competition, Bilingual Teacher of the Year Award, Bilingual Teacher Scholarship, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award. The dissertation competition is open to those who have completed a dissertation in the field of bilingual education between May 1, 2021, and August 31, 2022.
MCAP invites anyone wishing to become a bilingual teacher to join them for information and resources to assist with navigating the process for receiving a bilingual credential. This session highlights a flexible program that allows attendees to take online courses and receive exam support as they work toward becoming a bilingual teacher in California. This session is offered both online and in person at five different locations in the state.
Job Opportunities
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Webinar Resource: Approach to Literacy Development
During our #LiteracyforMLLs webinar, Ana DeGenna, Associate Superintendent of Educational Services at Oxnard School District, shared 10 steps her district has taken to ensure a consistent approach to literacy development across the district while allowing each school flexibility. Watch the full webinar and check out Ms. DeGenna’s segment starting at 1:02:21!
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