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Deadline Approaching: NAM Grant Competition – Applications are due by tomorrow March 3, 2021. Be sure to get your applic...
03/02/2021

Deadline Approaching: NAM Grant Competition – Applications are due by tomorrow March 3, 2021. Be sure to get your application in on time for the FY21 Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) discretionary grant competition. The notice inviting applicants (NIA) published on December 18th, 2020 in the Federal Register. You can find the NIA here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-12-18/pdf/2020-27882.pdf. Visit OELA’s website for additional information regarding the NAM competition and send any questions to [email protected]

The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Announces a Call for Peer Reviewers - The 2021 National Professional D...
03/02/2021

The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Announces a Call for Peer Reviewers - The 2021 National Professional Development (NPD) grant competition program provides grants for eligible entities to implement professional development activities. These activities are intended to assist educators working with English learners (ELs), to meet high professional standards and to improve EL instruction.
For more information on the NPD program and instructions on how to apply to be a peer reviewer, click the link here: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nfdp/applicant.html
Email any questions you may have to: [email protected]

Tips for Educators!! This article offers four teaching hints for vocabulary instruction for ELs, including examples and ...
03/02/2021
MultiBrief: Vocabulary tips and hints for English learners

Tips for Educators!! This article offers four teaching hints for vocabulary instruction for ELs, including examples and suggestions for classroom activities and general approaches for teaching vocabulary to ELs effectively and efficiently. http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/vocabulary-tips-and-hints-for-english-learners/communications

Vocabulary learning is more than copying words and definitions. Students need to be actively involved in the process. Students may have a good vocabulary for getting around town and chatting with friends from the host country, but they may have difficulty with academic and course-specific vocabulary...

NPD Grant Pre-Application Webinar: OELA is hosting a pre-application webinar on March 24th, 2021, from 2:00-3:30pm for t...
02/26/2021

NPD Grant Pre-Application Webinar: OELA is hosting a pre-application webinar on March 24th, 2021, from 2:00-3:30pm for the 2021 NPD program grant competition. This webinar will assist applicants with the process of preparing NPD application packages. The webinar will be recorded, and the slides and recording will be posted to OELA’s website. Register Now: https://cvent.me/n992R3

March is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month! CTE directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. ...
02/26/2021

March is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month! CTE directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. OELA’s fact sheet, English Learners in Career and Technical Education, highlights facts on EL participation in CTE programs. Download now!https://www.ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/Del4.4_ELs%20in%20CTE_20200617_508.pdf
#CTEmonth

Today is Digital Learning Day! ED has released two new digital learning guides that help #teachers and school leaders me...
02/25/2021
U.S. Department of Education Releases Digital Learning Guides for Teachers and School Leaders - ED.gov Blog

Today is Digital Learning Day! ED has released two new digital learning guides that help #teachers and school leaders meet the needs of their students by using thoughtful & creative #digitallearning experiences. Explore now: https://blog.ed.gov/2021/01/u-s-department-education-releases-digital-learning-guides-teachers-school-leaders

The U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce the release of two new resources that help teachers and school leaders meet the needs of their students by using thoughtful and creative digital learning experiences. The Teacher Digital Learning Guide (Teacher Guide) and the School Leader Digi...

The NPD Program provides grants for eligible entities to implement professional development activities intended to impro...
02/24/2021

The NPD Program provides grants for eligible entities to implement professional development activities intended to improve instruction for ELs and assists education personnel working with ELs to meet high professional standards. Institutions of higher education (IHEs) or public or private entities with relevant experience and capacity, in consortia with state educational agencies (SEAs) or local educational agencies (LEAs), may apply. Submit your intent to apply by March 15 and applications are due on April 23. For more information, view the Notice Inviting Applications and visit OELA online.

There is still time to register! Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual roundtable – Celebrating the Diversity of ...
02/23/2021

There is still time to register! Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual roundtable – Celebrating the Diversity of the Black Student: Supporting the Black English Language Learner! Join OELA and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans today, February 23, 2021 from 2-3 PM ET. Discover information, resources, best and promising practices from ED, other federal agencies, and the field at this virtual roundtable. Register now! –> https://web.cvent.com/event/97fce6bf-cc22-4be1-be29-d5c64520d85e/summary

Kick off the week with Teaching While Black: An Open Letter to School Leaders. Sharif El-Mekki, a veteran educator and f...
02/22/2021

Kick off the week with Teaching While Black: An Open Letter to School Leaders. Sharif El-Mekki, a veteran educator and founder of the Center for Black Educator Development, shares realities Black teachers face, from the fact that schools don't always feel safe to them to the responsibility they feel toward Black children. Explore now: [email protected]" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec20/vol78/num04/[email protected]

Take Your Family to School Week is OELA's Newcomer Toolkit, Ch. 5 – Establishing Partnerships with Families! This chapte...
02/19/2021

Take Your Family to School Week is OELA's Newcomer Toolkit, Ch. 5 – Establishing Partnerships with Families! This chapter discusses the variety of characteristics among newcomer families, as well as cultural barriers to school-family partnerships and ways to overcome them. Check it out >https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/newcomers-toolkit/chap5.pdf

Join us today!  Pathways to Safe In-Person Operation of K-12 Schools U.S. Department of Education, the CDC, and the Nati...
02/17/2021

Join us today! Pathways to Safe In-Person Operation of K-12 Schools U.S. Department of Education, the CDC, and the National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments on Feb. 17, 2021 from 3-4 pm ET for a webinar on new science-based resources and tools for safe in-person operation of K-12 schools. Register > https://air-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_62YvL9D3RRq7rjWBMAsQTA

Webinar - Pathways to Safe In-Person Operation of K-12 Schools Wednesday, February 17, 021 Time: 3:00-4:00 pm EST. The O...
02/16/2021

Webinar - Pathways to Safe In-Person Operation of K-12 Schools Wednesday, February 17, 021 Time: 3:00-4:00 pm EST. The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to please join a presentation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ED on new science-based resources and tools for safe in-person operation of K-12 schools. Register here: https://air-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_62YvL9D3RRq7rjWBMAsQTA

02/15/2021
NEW FACT SHEET: ELs in Gifted and Talented Programs. Despite the growing numbers of English Learners in the U.S., their ...
02/12/2021

NEW FACT SHEET: ELs in Gifted and Talented Programs. Despite the growing numbers of English Learners in the U.S., their representation in gifted and talented programming continues to lag traditional learner populations. Download OELA's new fact sheet to discover more:https://www.ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/Del4-4GiftedTalented-20210208-508.pdf

Did you know that over 7.5 million Black students were enrolled in K–12 public schools in the 50 states and the District...
02/11/2021

Did you know that over 7.5 million Black students were enrolled in K–12 public schools in the 50 states and the District of Columbia in school year 2016–17? In that same year, Black ELs represented the fourth largest (3.9%) race/ethnicity category of ELs in U.S. public schools. Download OELA’s Fact Sheet, ELs Who Are Black, to learn more >https://www.ncela.ed.gov/files/fast_facts/FactSheet_ELsWhoAreBlack_032620_508.pdf

There is still time to register! Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual roundtable – Celebrating the Diversity of ...
02/10/2021

There is still time to register! Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual roundtable – Celebrating the Diversity of the Black Student: Supporting the Black English Language Learner! Join OELA and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans on February 23, 2021 from 2-3 PM ET. Discover information, resources, best and promising practices from ED, other federal agencies, and the field at this virtual roundtable. Register now! –> https://web.cvent.com/event/97fce6bf-cc22-4be1-be29-d5c64520d85e/summary

NEW RESOURCE: Author Interview: “Reading & Writing with English Learners” –  Valentina Gonzalez and Melinda Miller discu...
02/09/2021
Author Interview: 'Reading & Writing With English Learners' (Opinion)

NEW RESOURCE: Author Interview: “Reading & Writing with English Learners” – Valentina Gonzalez and Melinda Miller discuss some of the instructional strategies and approaches to supporting English learners that are described in their book. Read the interview > https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-author-interview-reading-writing-with-english-learners/2020/12

Authors Valentina Gonzalez & Melinda Miller answer questions about their book Reading & Writing with English Learners: A Framework for K-5.

Check them out! See how West Valley Schools are successfully helping English Learners forge ahead despite pandemic chall...
02/08/2021
West valley schools: English learners forging ahead despite pandemic challenges

Check them out! See how West Valley Schools are successfully helping English Learners forge ahead despite pandemic challenges! https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/neighbors/2021/01/17/west-valley-schools-english-learners-forging-ahead-despite-pandemic-challenges/4200478001/

English Learners in the Palm Springs Unified School District are moving ahead despite the added challenges of no in-person instruction for almost a year.

Save the date! Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual roundtable on Feb. 23 – Celebrating the Diversity of the Bla...
02/05/2021

Save the date! Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual roundtable on Feb. 23 – Celebrating the Diversity of the Black Student: Supporting the Black English Language Learner! Discover information, resources, best and promising practices from ED, other federal agencies, and the field at this virtual roundtable. Register now! –> https://cvent.me/klkgEK

Webinar Event – Successful Native Education Projects: Stories from NAM Project Directors on February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ...
02/03/2021

Webinar Event – Successful Native Education Projects: Stories from NAM Project Directors on February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET- OELA has partnered with three Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) grant recipients to highlight successful Native language and English learner projects. In this webinar, NAM Project Directors will share their 5-year journey in cultivating successful NAM projects. As prospective FY21 NAM competition applicants prepare to submit grant applications, this webinar will provide concrete examples of successful grant applications. Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zCJluELhSVSQrhOhhoINNg

NAM Grant Competition Announcement - OELA is pleased to announce the FY21 Native American and Alaska Native Children in ...
02/01/2021

NAM Grant Competition Announcement - OELA is pleased to announce the FY21 Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) discretionary grant competition. The notice inviting applicants (NIA) published on December 18th 2020 in the Federal Register. You can find the NIA here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-12-18/pdf/2020-27882.pdf. If interested, please email [email protected] with your Notice of Intent to Apply by February 15, 2021. Applications are due by March 3, 2021. Visit OELA’s website for additional information regarding the NAM competition and send any questions to [email protected].

Webinar Event – Successful Native Education Projects: Stories from NAM Project Directors on February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ...
01/31/2021

Webinar Event – Successful Native Education Projects: Stories from NAM Project Directors on February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET- OELA has partnered with three Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) grant recipients to highlight successful Native language and English learner projects. In this webinar, NAM Project Directors will share their 5-year journey in cultivating successful NAM projects. As prospective FY21 NAM competition applicants prepare to submit grant applications, this webinar will provide concrete examples of successful grant applications. Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zCJluELhSVSQrhOhhoINNg

Save the date! Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual roundtable on Feb. 23 – Celebrating the Diversity of the Bla...
01/28/2021

Save the date! Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual roundtable on Feb. 23 – Celebrating the Diversity of the Black Student: Supporting the Black English Language Learner! Discover information, resources, best and promising practices from ED, other federal agencies, and the field at this virtual roundtable. Register now: https://cvent.me/klkgEK

Webinar Event – Successful Native Education Projects: Stories from NAM Project Directors on February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ...
01/27/2021

Webinar Event – Successful Native Education Projects: Stories from NAM Project Directors on February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET- OELA has partnered with three Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) grant recipients to highlight successful Native language and English learner projects. In this webinar, NAM Project Directors will share their 5-year journey in cultivating successful NAM projects. As prospective FY21 NAM competition applicants prepare to submit grant applications, this webinar will provide concrete examples of successful grant applications. Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zCJluELhSVSQrhOhhoINNg

Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) PRE-APPLICATION WEBINAR January 28th at 2:00pm – 3:30pm: The ...
01/26/2021

Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) PRE-APPLICATION WEBINAR January 28th at 2:00pm – 3:30pm: The Office of English Language of Acquisition is hosting a pre-application webinar for the 2021 grant competition for the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) program. This webinar seeks to assist applicants with the process of preparing NAM application packages. The webinar will be recorded and the slides and recording will be posted to our website. Click on the link to register for the NAM webinar: https://cvent.me/0lmNdq
You can find the NIA here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-12-18/pdf/2020-27882.pdf.

01/25/2021

Looking for effective strategies and activities to increase your newcomer students’ inclusion and learning in the classroom? Join the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) on Feb. 4 & Feb. 11 for an interactive two-day virtual institute! Sign up for Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies > http://bit.ly/NewcomersInstitute

Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) PRE-APPLICATION WEBINAR January 28th at 2:00pm – 3:30pm: The ...
01/24/2021

Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) PRE-APPLICATION WEBINAR January 28th at 2:00pm – 3:30pm: The Office of English Language of Acquisition is hosting a pre-application webinar for the 2021 grant competition for the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) program. This webinar seeks to assist applicants with the process of preparing NAM application packages. The webinar will be recorded and the slides and recording will be posted to our website. Click on the link to register for the NAM webinar: https://cvent.me/0lmNdq
You can find the NIA here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-12-18/pdf/2020-27882.pdf.

Webinar Event – Successful Native Education Projects: Stories from NAM Project Directors on February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ...
01/23/2021

Webinar Event – Successful Native Education Projects: Stories from NAM Project Directors on February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET- OELA has partnered with three Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) grant recipients to highlight successful Native language and English learner projects. In this webinar, NAM Project Directors will share their 5-year journey in cultivating successful NAM projects. As prospective FY21 NAM competition applicants prepare to submit grant applications, this webinar will provide concrete examples of successful grant applications. Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zCJluELhSVSQrhOhhoINNg

Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) PRE-APPLICATION WEBINAR January 28th at 2:00pm – 3:30pm: The ...
01/22/2021

Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) PRE-APPLICATION WEBINAR January 28th at 2:00pm – 3:30pm: The Office of English Language of Acquisition is hosting a pre-application webinar for the 2021 grant competition for the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) program. This webinar seeks to assist applicants with the process of preparing NAM application packages. The webinar will be recorded and the slides and recording will be posted to our website. Click on the link to register for the NAM webinar: https://cvent.me/0lmNdq
You can find the NIA here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-12-18/pdf/2020-27882.pdf.

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Deaf persons and others appreciate opportunities to learn American Sign Language as well as the English language 5 ways ASL and English are different Informational content authored by Chris Wixtrom © 2021 Many thanks to Trix Bruce (Deaf) for the ASL translation! American Sign Language and English are equally complex, with different origins and modes. More ASL + English videos on the English by Eye YouTube channel, a project of the volunteer-based nonprofit organization, ASL Access. PM through Facebook to help with 20-second ASL videos or voice-overs!
TESOL in Deaf Education: Bringing a refreshed perspective to Special Education (Chris Wixtrom, M.S. Education: TESOL 2013) I am advocating a refreshed perspective and the addition of four types of professionals to Special Education programs: TESOL instructors, ASL instructors, Reading Specialists, and Literacy Coaches. (TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) I wrote this article in 2013.
Dual Language Immersion Two-Way Programs are the quickest and most inclusive path to academic English Language Acquisition for ELs, and as an added bonus, ALL students - including English monolinguals - learn a second language in an inclusive, student-centered, family-engaged environment. It is our hope that OELA and Cardona lead the DOE in educating the nation's school districts about this enriching and "astounding" (Thomas and Collier descriptor) instructional model! In the meantime, we are leading in Florida. Opening this year in August, Dreamers Academy provides the most innovative and effective instructional model public school has to offer, the proven Dual Language Two-Way Immersion program (DLI-TWI). Two-way because monolingual English-speaking students and children already with two languages in the brain learn all academic content together as young as Kindergarten and 1st grade, using their entire linguistic potential and repertoires, becoming bilingual and biliterate by 5th grade, and often surpassing grade-level academic expectations by 7 months or more. Now you know - so why wouldn't you advocate school district board members and administrators to implement DLI-TWI and give all students the opportunity to acquire the life-long competitive advantage of being able to communicate in more than one language, able problem solve with their compare & contrast superpowers, and empowered to navigate diverse situations in any setting? Email, call or text Geri at 941-867-0779 if you wish to learn more. Como dicen aquí - es un "No Brainer"!
In my article, Deaf Education: Replace a “Special Education” Perspective with an “ESOL Education” View ( © 2014, Chris Wixtrom), I am not suggesting a replacement of the existing “Special Education” structure and personnel. I am suggesting a refreshed mindset and an additive perspective which would bring in professionals and principles from the fields of Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and American Sign Language (ASL) instruction, as well as ASL-fluent reading specialists and literacy coaches who would together design and implement accessible research-based reading education. A tremendous amount of research is available in our times which can facilitate reading education with persons of various hearing levels. A recommended article: Visual Skills and Cross-Modal Plasticity in Deaf Readers: Possible Implications for Acquiring Meaning from Print (Matthew W.G. Dye, a Peter C. Hauser, b and Daphne Baveliera)
Tips to encourage bilingual American Sign Language (ASL) and English acquisition and reading development in Deaf education and family settings. Deaf Education: Replace a “Special Education” perspective with an “ESOL Education” view © 2014 Chris Wixtrom
Bilingual language acquisition: American Sign Language + English! English by Eye on YouTube: Fun for all ages and all language levels • Deaf ASL presenters, CC, transcripts, real-life photos & clips • Playlist: “1 word with different meanings” (contextual reading) • Playlist: “ASL can explain English!” (ASL in everyday life)
Can American Sign Language (ASL) be helpful with a deaf student who has autism and no communication skills? A special education teacher asked me this question. My response: Yes. Communication begins with receiving and expressing meaning. Like all languages, ASL establishes communication. However, be aware that American Sign Language and English are completely different languages. While using “sim-com” (talking and signing together) can help with communication, remember that sim-com is not American Sign Language. For learning ASL, I recommend Lifeprint. For improving reading comprehension, I recommend English by Eye videos. In videos from the playlist “1 word with different meanings!” Deaf ASL presenters describe real-world scenes, encouraging readers to figure out the meaning of each on-screen sentence. In “10 faces in ASL!” American Sign Language helps with reading! ASL and English are not the same. Learn both! Find more fun videos on the English by Eye YouTube channel, supported by ASL Access, a 100% volunteer NPO.
Upside down: Many meanings! • English vocabulary, grammar, idioms, reading • American Sign language You can make a difference! • Deaf ASL signers needed (5 minutes of volunteering) • Voice-over volunteers needed (5 minutes of volunteering) Chris Wixtrom: [email protected] YouTube: “English by Eye” Playlist: “1 word with different meanings”
Around & Around with ASL! AROUND: One word. Many meanings! Have fun with ASL and ESL!
Hi! I’m Chris Wixtrom. I produce research-supported videos that build American Sign Language and English literacy. These completely free videos are presented by Deaf adults and are unlike anything else that can be found on the internet. Click PLAYLISTS on the English by Eye YouTube channel! Take off with ASL! 15 meanings of the word TAKE
Stories Signed in American Sign Language (ASL)! • American Society for Deaf Children: ASL Stories Directory • Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind: Video Storytelling for Families • Rocky Mountain Deaf School: ASL Video Storytelling • Rochester School for the Deaf: Video Storytimes • Washington School for the Deaf: ASL Storytime • Washington Reading Corps: Books in ASL • Rocky Mountain Deaf School: ASL Video Storytelling for Toddlers • Foundations for Literacy: ASL Stories • Foundations for Literacy: ASL Songs • ASL Stories Directory Hundreds of free videos of ASL retellings of favorite children's books. • #OperationASLStorytime on Youtube, Instagram and Twitter is a collection of children's stories translated into American Sign Language (ASL).
10 meanings of FACE! ESL and ASL learners enjoy this! English sentences, American Sign Language (ASL) and voiceovers https://youtu.be/_KrYhsYFcYI Let us know if you can volunteer to help make these videos, even for one minute!