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December 22, 2020
Grant Announcement: NAM Grant Competition 
OELA is pleased to announce the upcoming FY21 Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) discretionary grant competition. The notice inviting applicants (NIA) published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2020. 

If interested, please email with your Notice of Intent to Apply by January 4, 2021. Applications are due by March 3, 2021.  Visit OELA’s website for additional information regarding the NAM competition and send any questions to
New Fact Sheet Highlights Data on ELs With Disabilities 
In commemoration of 45 years of the IDEA Act, OELA has published English Learners With Disabilities, a new fact sheet providing data on ELs served under IDEA Part B during school years (SY) 2017–18 and 2018–19.

During SY 2018–19, 714,400 ELs and 5,600,742 non-ELs were identified with one or more of the 13 disability categories listed in IDEA. In three of the seven categories listed, ELs were more likely than non-ELs to be served for specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairments, or intellectual disabilities.
Listen Now: Language Assets for Career Preparedness Podcast
Speaking more than one language opens doors to enhanced professional opportunities. In our latest podcast, OELA Director Lorena McElwain and GlobalMindED Founder Carol Carter talk multilingualism with a group of business leaders and students and how language skills have influenced their careers.

“17.6% of Latinos have been unemployed through the COVID crisis. [Our guests] are all first generation and demonstrate how they have overcome adverse experiences to be successful,” said Carter.

Listen to Language Assets for Career Preparedness now for career insights that you can share with your students.
Upcoming Events
Drawing upon recent recommendations regarding evidence-based instructional practices, this webinar will explore concepts and activities for developing ELs’ oral language by interacting with peers and engaging in the learning and doing of science.
Language Advocacy Day brings together language educators, professionals, and students from across the country who are concerned about the state of language learning and interested in promoting a multilingual workforce. Registration deadline is January 1, 2021.
Join the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) for a two-day virtual institute providing proven strategies and practical resources that attendees can immediately use to create a welcoming environment for newcomer students and facilitate their learning.
Through an engaging online platform, join a global community of English language professionals to build your professional English language teaching (ELT) network; learn from and interact with thought-provoking keynote speakers; gather research, strategies, and best practices from experts in the field; and visit the Virtual Expo for information on the newest ELT products and services.​
April 27-29, 2021
Hybrid Conference
The NABE conference will be structured as a two-day hybrid conference with a Pre-Conference on April 27 and the Conference on April 28-29. The theme is “Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, and Shaping the Future.” 

In the News
Metro Nashville Public Schools serve almost 90,000 students, of which 20% are ELs. When instruction switched to a remote format in spring 2020, the district noticed that ELs and their families needed additional support with language and technology. When the new school year began, the district opened six in-person help sites where ELs and their families could receive help registering for school, and then increased the centers to 10 full-time hubs for language and technical support. These efforts proved successful with more than 99% of students in the district logging in for virtual instruction. 
New America
This article examines the classification of the speakers of various indigenous languages as ELs. It brings up some of the challenges that Native American and other indigenous populations of ELs experience in the acquisition of academic English and retention of their native languages. The article also discusses the history of indigenous language and culture suppression and outlines the current language revitalization efforts. 
Institute of Education Sciences
This prerecorded webinar from What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) presents an overview of WWC resources that can support educators in various instructional settings, including distance learning. In addition to practice guides, tips for educators and parents/caregivers, and other resources, the webinar includes a discussion of these resources and their uses.  
Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs)
In response to COVID-19, the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) have collaborated to produce a series of evidence-based resources and information about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations brought by the pandemic. 
American Institutes for Research
This brief presents survey results from 753 school districts around the country about supports and resources utilized to serve ELs during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. The survey results indicate that urban districts and districts with large populations of ELs were more likely to provide ample resources and supports for ELs than urban districts and districts with small EL populations.
Professional Learning
The School Ambassador Fellowship is a one-year professional learning community designed to improve educational outcomes for students by leveraging the expertise of school-based practitioners in the creation, evaluation, and dissemination of information around national education initiatives. The program enables outstanding teachers, administrators, and other school leaders, such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, and librarians to bring their school and classroom expertise to the Department of Education and expand their knowledge of the national dialogue about education.
MWALLT is seeking proposals for sessions related to the teaching of languages and cultures through the integration of technology for its 2021 online lightning conference to be held on February 13, 2021. Instructors, graduate students, and academic staff are invited to participate in this new format consisting of two session types: a lightning talk (a 10-minute presentation to share your favorite online activity or tech tip) or a mini-workshop (a 60-minute exploration of a topic introduced in a lightning talk).
Take part in an engaging online professional learning community and earn a certificate for 12 hours of professional development upon successful course completion. All SupportEd online courses are go-at-your-own-pace with intermediary deadlines, and most courses are based on books by Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder. Optional graduate credit is available. Courses include: Strategies for Making Content Accessible to ELs; Strategies for Building ELs’ Academic Language; Effectively Reaching Your Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE); Creating a Culturally Responsive School Climate; and Effectively Advocating for ELs.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is currently accepting proposals for grants up to $35,000 to support innovative research conferences in the field of education research. Applications must be submitted through the AERA online application portal. If you have questions about the Education Research Conferences Program, email
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