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It’s National Native American Heritage Month! Start celebrating the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories with OEL...
11/01/2021

It’s National Native American Heritage Month! Start celebrating the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories with OELA's fact sheet on English Learners Who Are American Indian/Alaska Native:
https://www.ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/FactSheet_ELsWhoAreAIAN_041020_508.pdf

It’s National Native American Heritage Month! Start celebrating the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories with OELA's fact sheet on English Learners Who Are American Indian/Alaska Native:
https://www.ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/FactSheet_ELsWhoAreAIAN_041020_508.pdf

Did you miss the Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series? Visit the NCELA website to get caught up on the conversation wi...
10/30/2021

Did you miss the Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series? Visit the NCELA website to get caught up on the conversation with award-winning authors Guadalupe Garcia-McCall, David Bowles, and Lulu Delacre on the importance of Hispanic representation in literature. Watch Now: https://www.ncela.ed.gov/Webinars

Did you miss the Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series? Visit the NCELA website to get caught up on the conversation with award-winning authors Guadalupe Garcia-McCall, David Bowles, and Lulu Delacre on the importance of Hispanic representation in literature. Watch Now: https://www.ncela.ed.gov/Webinars

October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month! Did you know Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali are lead...
10/29/2021

October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month! Did you know Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali are leading languages on states’ “Top Five” lists of languages spoken by K–12 English learners? Learn more from Top Languages Spoken by ELs in the U.S. > ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/olea-top-languages-fact-sheet-20191021-508.pdf

October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month! Did you know Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali are leading languages on states’ “Top Five” lists of languages spoken by K–12 English learners? Learn more from Top Languages Spoken by ELs in the U.S. > ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/olea-top-languages-fact-sheet-20191021-508.pdf

American Indian students make up almost a fifth of English learners in New Mexico. The Southwest English Learners Resear...
10/27/2021

American Indian students make up almost a fifth of English learners in New Mexico. The Southwest English Learners Research Partnership worked with partners in New Mexico to develop a learning series to support teacher implementation of culturally responsive practices for American Indian ELs. Check it out > https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southwest/blogs/relsw-ai-el-support.aspx?utm_source=newsletter-relsw

American Indian students make up almost a fifth of English learners in New Mexico. The Southwest English Learners Research Partnership worked with partners in New Mexico to develop a learning series to support teacher implementation of culturally responsive practices for American Indian ELs. Check it out > https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southwest/blogs/relsw-ai-el-support.aspx?utm_source=newsletter-relsw

Look no further! Internationals Network has created a resource bank for multilingual learners that includes promising pr...
10/26/2021

Look no further! Internationals Network has created a resource bank for multilingual learners that includes promising practice videos, classroom strategies, example projects, and complete workshops. Resources are relevant to both in-person and remote settings. Explore here > https://resourceguide.internationalsnetwork.org/

Look no further! Internationals Network has created a resource bank for multilingual learners that includes promising practice videos, classroom strategies, example projects, and complete workshops. Resources are relevant to both in-person and remote settings. Explore here > https://resourceguide.internationalsnetwork.org/

A new open access report from Internationals Network for Public Schools shares data, strategies, and recommendations for...
10/25/2021

A new open access report from Internationals Network for Public Schools shares data, strategies, and recommendations for serving ELs, immigrant students, and all multilingual learners across the U.S. for the year ahead. Download > https://www.internationalsnetwork.org/nycmllsreport/

A new open access report from Internationals Network for Public Schools shares data, strategies, and recommendations for serving ELs, immigrant students, and all multilingual learners across the U.S. for the year ahead. Download > https://www.internationalsnetwork.org/nycmllsreport/

Career Opportunity: The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado Boulder is hiring an Exec...
10/23/2021

Career Opportunity: The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado Boulder is hiring an Executive Director. Position closes 10/28/21. Interested? Learn more here > https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/Executive-Director-The-BUENO-Center-for-Multicultural-Education/34284

Career Opportunity: The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado Boulder is hiring an Executive Director. Position closes 10/28/21. Interested? Learn more here > https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/Executive-Director-The-BUENO-Center-for-Multicultural-Education/34284

Obstacles posed by remote learning triggered a disproportionate jump in EL absenteeism during the pandemic, according to...
10/22/2021
Exclusive Data: Absenteeism Surged Among English Learners During Pandemic

Obstacles posed by remote learning triggered a disproportionate jump in EL absenteeism during the pandemic, according to a new report. Get absenteeism data and learn what can be done to support ELs in returning to in-person learning > https://www.the74million.org/article/exclusive-data-absenteeism-surged-among-english-learners-during-pandemic/

When the pandemic struck, the shift to online learning marked an inauspicious turning point for Mia Miron, an English learner in Pomona, California. Previously, she had almost never missed school. A doctor’s appointment here, a sick day there, but save for those rare occasions, she was always in c...

Research-to-practice: A new series of briefs from Projects ELITE, ELLIPSES, and LEE describes their work to improve outc...
10/21/2021

Research-to-practice: A new series of briefs from Projects ELITE, ELLIPSES, and LEE describes their work to improve outcomes for ELs with or at risk of disabilities in grades three through five using a framework for multitiered instruction. Check out the first brief >http://www.projectlee.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Series2-Brief1_Final.pdf

Research-to-practice: A new series of briefs from Projects ELITE, ELLIPSES, and LEE describes their work to improve outcomes for ELs with or at risk of disabilities in grades three through five using a framework for multitiered instruction. Check out the first brief >http://www.projectlee.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Series2-Brief1_Final.pdf

English learners with interrupted formal education (SIFE) often face serious challenges attending school in the U.S. Lea...
10/20/2021

English learners with interrupted formal education (SIFE) often face serious challenges attending school in the U.S. Learn about research and practices in the field related to SIFE from OELA's two-part podcast with Dr. Margarita Calderon and Teresa Vignaroli. Listen here > https://www.ncela.ed.gov/teacher-resources#SupportELP1

English learners with interrupted formal education (SIFE) often face serious challenges attending school in the U.S. Learn about research and practices in the field related to SIFE from OELA's two-part podcast with Dr. Margarita Calderon and Teresa Vignaroli. Listen here > https://www.ncela.ed.gov/teacher-resources#SupportELP1

Tips for Educators: This resource from Colorín Colorado shares recommendations on how schools can partner with Afghan re...
10/19/2021
How Schools Can Partner with Afghan Refugee Families

Tips for Educators: This resource from Colorín Colorado shares recommendations on how schools can partner with Afghan refugee families who will be arriving to the U.S. in the coming months. The resource also provides links to information about Afghan refugees and refugee support resources from school districts. Download > https://www.colorincolorado.org/refugees/afghan

How Schools Can Partner with Afghan Refugee Families The following resources provide recommendations on how schools can effectively partner with families who will be arriving from Afghanistan in the coming months. It also shares lessons learned from schools already partnering with this community.Ima...

Just Released: New two-part podcast on English learners in Secondary Schools reunites Drs. Aída Walqui, Ilana Umansky, a...
10/18/2021

Just Released: New two-part podcast on English learners in Secondary Schools reunites Drs. Aída Walqui, Ilana Umansky, and Karen Thompson for a follow-up discussion on promising practices that can help educators meet the needs of ELs in secondary schools. Listen now > https://www.ncela.ed.gov/teacher-resources#ELSecondary1

Just Released: New two-part podcast on English learners in Secondary Schools reunites Drs. Aída Walqui, Ilana Umansky, and Karen Thompson for a follow-up discussion on promising practices that can help educators meet the needs of ELs in secondary schools. Listen now > https://www.ncela.ed.gov/teacher-resources#ELSecondary1

How are states using seals of biliteracy to reinforce bilingual education? Watch the playback of this webinar from REL S...
10/16/2021

How are states using seals of biliteracy to reinforce bilingual education? Watch the playback of this webinar from REL Southwest to find out, plus learn more about New Mexico's State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy. Watch now > https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southwest/events/2021/webinar-050521.aspx?utm_source=newsletter-relsw

How are states using seals of biliteracy to reinforce bilingual education? Watch the playback of this webinar from REL Southwest to find out, plus learn more about New Mexico's State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy. Watch now > https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southwest/events/2021/webinar-050521.aspx?utm_source=newsletter-relsw

Educators! Celebrate the asset of bilingualism during Emergent Bilingual Week with Lexia Learning starting October 18. L...
10/15/2021

Educators! Celebrate the asset of bilingualism during Emergent Bilingual Week with Lexia Learning starting October 18. Learn about tools and strategies to ensure the academic success of this unique and growing group of students. Register > https://www.accelevents.com/e/emergent-bilingual-week #LexiaEBWeek21

Educators! Celebrate the asset of bilingualism during Emergent Bilingual Week with Lexia Learning starting October 18. Learn about tools and strategies to ensure the academic success of this unique and growing group of students. Register > https://www.accelevents.com/e/emergent-bilingual-week #LexiaEBWeek21

TODAY! Don't miss the Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultur...
10/13/2021

TODAY! Don't miss the Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultures! Join OELA today from 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET for an engaging conversation with award-winning authors whose work highlights the diversity of heroes and heroines within Latino communities. Register now: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw

TODAY! Don't miss the Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultures! Join OELA today from 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET for an engaging conversation with award-winning authors whose work highlights the diversity of heroes and heroines within Latino communities. Register now: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw

Attention state educational agency leaders! Start off your week by exploring a set of equity-focused resources for SEA l...
10/12/2021

Attention state educational agency leaders! Start off your week by exploring a set of equity-focused resources for SEA leaders to engage state and local stakeholders in continuous-improvement processes focused on EL programs and services. Explore now: https://learning.ccsso.org/engaging-stakeholders-in-continuous-improvement-of-english-learner-programs-services-during-covid-19-beyond

Attention state educational agency leaders! Start off your week by exploring a set of equity-focused resources for SEA leaders to engage state and local stakeholders in continuous-improvement processes focused on EL programs and services. Explore now: https://learning.ccsso.org/engaging-stakeholders-in-continuous-improvement-of-english-learner-programs-services-during-covid-19-beyond

Learning together can be fun! Check out these family and caregiver activity sheets designed to strengthen language devel...
10/11/2021

Learning together can be fun! Check out these family and caregiver activity sheets designed to strengthen language development at home. Now translated in eight different languages! Download now: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/west/Resources/CaregiverActivities

Learning together can be fun! Check out these family and caregiver activity sheets designed to strengthen language development at home. Now translated in eight different languages! Download now: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/west/Resources/CaregiverActivities

Representation matters! On 10/13, join OELA, the White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and E...
10/10/2021

Representation matters! On 10/13, join OELA, the White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, and accomplished authors Guadalupe Garcia-McCall, David Bowles, and Lulu Delacre for a discussion on the importance of Hispanic representation in literature. Register now: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw #HispanicHeritageMonth

Representation matters! On 10/13, join OELA, the White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, and accomplished authors Guadalupe Garcia-McCall, David Bowles, and Lulu Delacre for a discussion on the importance of Hispanic representation in literature. Register now: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw #HispanicHeritageMonth

Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. The webinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Aut...
10/10/2021

Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. The webinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultures, is taking place on Wednesday, October 13 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET.

Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. The webinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultures, is taking place on Wednesday, October 13 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET.

Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. The webinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Aut...
10/09/2021

Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. The webinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultures, is taking place on Wednesday, October 13 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET.

Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. The webinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultures, is taking place on Wednesday, October 13 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET.

Representation matters! On 10/13, join OELA, the White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and E...
10/08/2021

Representation matters! On 10/13, join OELA, the White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, and accomplished authors Guadalupe Garcia-McCall, David Bowles, and Lulu Delacre for a discussion on the importance of Hispanic representation in literature. Register now: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw #HispanicHeritageMonth

Representation matters! On 10/13, join OELA, the White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, and accomplished authors Guadalupe Garcia-McCall, David Bowles, and Lulu Delacre for a discussion on the importance of Hispanic representation in literature. Register now: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw #HispanicHeritageMonth

JUST IN: OELA’s fact sheet on EL absenteeism, retention, and suspension has been updated using 2017–18 school year data ...
10/08/2021

JUST IN: OELA’s fact sheet on EL absenteeism, retention, and suspension has been updated using 2017–18 school year data from the Civil Rights Data Collection. Explore the key findings:https://ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/202109-Del4-4ELAbsenteeismSuspensionandRetention-508.pdf

JUST IN: OELA’s fact sheet on EL absenteeism, retention, and suspension has been updated using 2017–18 school year data from the Civil Rights Data Collection. Explore the key findings:https://ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/202109-Del4-4ELAbsenteeismSuspensionandRetention-508.pdf

Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. The webinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Aut...
10/07/2021

Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. The webinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultures, is taking place on Wednesday, October 13 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET.

Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. The webinar, Hispanic Heritage Month Authors Series: Celebrating Latino Experience, History, People, and Cultures, is taking place on Wednesday, October 13 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET.

New! Language and literacy tips for #multilingual families! There are many ways that families of ELs can support languag...
10/07/2021

New! Language and literacy tips for #multilingual families! There are many ways that families of ELs can support language and literacy at home. Colorín Colorado’s new series of eight tips for families is available in 16 languages. Educators can share these tips with families using the tip sheet and social media graphics. Download Now: https://www.colorincolorado.org/language-and-literacy-home-tips-multilingual

New! Language and literacy tips for #multilingual families! There are many ways that families of ELs can support language and literacy at home. Colorín Colorado’s new series of eight tips for families is available in 16 languages. Educators can share these tips with families using the tip sheet and social media graphics. Download Now: https://www.colorincolorado.org/language-and-literacy-home-tips-multilingual

TIPS FOR EDUCATORS! Explore the importance of exercising “cariño,” or love and understanding towards students and famili...
10/06/2021
COMMENTARY: Showing we care: Centering ‘cariño’ in the return to in-person learning

TIPS FOR EDUCATORS! Explore the importance of exercising “cariño,” or love and understanding towards students and families as schools return to in-person learning. Cariño includes connecting with students and families, being inclusive of students’ cultures, placing value on educators and students, being flexible, and acknowledging how difficult the current situation is for students, families, and educators. Discover more tips: https://edsource.org/2021/showing-we-care-centering-carino-in-the-return-to-in-person-learning/660646

As we enter yet a new phase of the pandemic, we must prioritize care and compassion for our students, families and educators.

Representation matters! On 10/13, join OELA, the White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and E...
10/05/2021

Representation matters! On 10/13, join OELA, the White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, and accomplished authors Guadalupe Garcia-McCall, David Bowles, and Lulu Delacre for a discussion on the importance of Hispanic representation in literature. Register now: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw #HispanicHeritageMonth

Representation matters! On 10/13, join OELA, the White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, and accomplished authors Guadalupe Garcia-McCall, David Bowles, and Lulu Delacre for a discussion on the importance of Hispanic representation in literature. Register now: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WbDaCoZ_TMWhG-Bc_wa3Nw #HispanicHeritageMonth

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A resource for English and ASL acquisition [A dog runs out of a red tunnel. Title: ASL: Through and Through!] THROUGH: 15 meanings in sentences. ASL with voice-overs. Read with ASL YouTube channel. Voice text: Click (…) under video, then Open transcript. Please share! #ASL #ESL #AmericanSignLanguage #LearnEnglish #LearnASL #deaf #DeafEducation #ReadingIsEasy #DeafChildren #DeafKids #Literacy #SpecialEducation #SPED #Vocabulary
[What’s up with ASL? Image: A rainbow design hot air balloon floats over a green landscape] 11 meanings of UP: ASL fun for all ages! Encourages kids with reading. Read with ASL on YouTube - a project of the nonprofit ASL Access.
[Title: Read with ASL – YouTube. Image: A woman and two children looking at a book.] Specifically designed for Deaf children's English language acquisition. Beneficial for ASL and English learners. Easy to understand with real life scenes. Comprehensible input. To read spoken sign language voice-over text on the screen: Click the 3 dots (...) below the YouTube video, then Open transcript. Producer: Chris Wixtrom, M.S. Education: TESOL, Founder, ASL Access (1997)
Spread the word about free bilingual ASL + ESL video resources! Pick up ASL in a natural way from Deaf presenters as they describe real-life scenes. Encourage ESL learners with contextual reading. Free videos on the English by Eye YouTube channel. Please share!
Specifically designed for Deaf kids to encourage reading! [IMAGE: Title: 10 faces in ASL! A woman is “making a funny face”] 10 different meanings of FACE! Pick up ASL + ESL. Not a lesson. An experience! Trix describes real-life scenes as if chatting with Deaf kids. Sentences are not ASL translations – they are reading opportunities! The bilingual English by Eye YouTube channel is a project of the NPO ASL Access. Timestamps in description.
A free resource for learning English and American Sign Language Enjoy relaxing ASL and English language experiences (not lessons) with Deaf ASL storytellers describing real-life scenes. Pick up two languages with no stress. These free “brain-friendly” bilingual resources are fun for all ages! Watch spoken sentences flow across the screen: click on 3 dots (…) BELOW the video and then Open Transcript. ASL Access, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, supports the bilingual English by Eye YouTube channel. Take a look!
Resources to boost American Sign Language skills and English reading skills with fun videos on the English by Eye YouTube video channel!
HOLD: One word. Many meanings!
Please let us know how these ASL + English videos are helpful! The English by Eye YouTube channel is an ASL Access project encouraging growth in two languages. ASL Access: a volunteer-based nonprofit organization Email: [email protected] ASL Rolls! Meanings of ROLL
7 Reasons Why Using Sign Language Helps Families of Deaf Children You can overcome hesitation to learn sign language!
Unique bilingual ASL + reading videos with Deaf presenters Take off with ASL, Your Turn with ASL, 10 Faces in ASL, ASL lights, ABLE in ASL, Around and Around with ASL, ASL rolls
ABLE with ASL! One word. Many meanings. English by Eye on YouTube Designed to give deaf children and others a better understanding of English. Real-life scenes signed by Deaf ASL presenters. Related sentences on screen for reading fun!