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June 22, 2021
Summer Webinars on NCELA Teaching Practice Briefs
Join presenters from OELA and WestEd this June and July for two webinars based on the NCELA math, science, and early childhood teaching practice briefs. A certificate of completion will be available to registered attendees who participate in at least 90% of the webinar.
Webinar: Supporting English Learners in Math and Science

Join Drs. Martha Castellón and Haiwen Chu, both Senior Program Associates at WestEd, on June 30 at 1:30 pm ET for Supporting English Learners in Math and Science: Effective Instructional Practices and Examples from NCELA’s Teaching Briefs. Learn about five educator practices that can be enacted to enhance the teaching of math and science to ELs and how these practices can be implemented in remote learning environments.   
Webinar: Enhancing Language Instruction in Early Childhood Education
The NCELA Teaching Practice Brief: Integrating Language into Early Childhood Education highlights current research findings and evidence-based instructional practices for teaching dual language learners (DLLs) in early childhood settings. Join OELA’s Dr. Supreet Anand and WestEd’s Dr. Pamela Spycher on July 8 at 2:30 pm ET to learn more about four practices from the brief educators can enact to enhance the teaching of DLLs. 
Child Trends Research: Math & Science Resources
Positive Parenting provides actionable research-based news from IES to parents and teachers across the country. Check out these resources to help engage students in math and science.

A national survey finds that nine out of 10 parents do educational activities at home, but only about half say they do activities that involve science. There are simple ways parents can support their kids before they even get to school. A new study finds that the earlier parents expose their children to science, the better they do in science by the eighth grade. Paul Morgan, Ph.D., from the Penn State Center for Educational Disparities Research, says that parents can look for everyday ways to engage kids starting at home.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, students are losing two to four months’ worth of learning in math on average. Learning during a pandemic can be even more difficult for students with intellectual disabilities. A University of North Carolina study finds that the key to math success for some children may be through their peers. Through peer-mediated instruction, honor students support students with intellectual disabilities in solving math problems. They found that using visual checklists, pictures with mathematical word problems, and reading the problems aloud were effective tutoring techniques.
Upcoming Events
Internationals Network invites you to join them for two events that will explore the needs of multilingual learners and immigrant youth and discuss the findings from research across their national network as schools return to in-person learning. On June 23, join an interactive webinar that will review findings from their report, Re-Engaging Multilingual Learners (MLL) Post-Pandemic: Lessons from Internationals Network for Public Schools, that shares perspectives on the pandemic’s impact and highlights innovations from network schools.

On July 14, join a National Panel with District MLL Leaders to address considerations and recommendations specific to the needs of MLLs during school reopening. 
Join a community of Indigenous educators and researchers to share proven strategies and practical resources that participants can immediately use to welcome students to their classrooms and to promote student success in 2021. The theme is “Culturally Sustaining Practices for Teaching Indigenous Students.”
June 28–30
Virtual Conference
ATDLE will be offering over 45 workshops, four powerful keynote speakers, and three specialty general sessions at this year’s conference.
July 14–16
Virtual Conference
Attend keynotes and sessions led by SIOP® authors, guest keynote speaker Dr. Ayanna Cooper, and phenomenal K–12 educators from across the U.S. Learn best practices to foster academic language development and make learning relevant and comprehensible for language learners.
July 26–29
Virtual Conference
This Summit is a virtual statewide Washington Association of Educational Service Districts Opportunity and is for ALL school staff regardless of job role. The event will discuss preparing for the 2021–22 school year with a focus on equitable practices and meeting the needs of diverse populations through creating, connecting, collaborating, and orchestrating change together.
October 14
Hybrid Conference
Registration is now open for this one-day virtual event that is open to members of the WIDA Consortium, international educators, and higher education faculty and staff. Registration includes access to live sessions, presentation handouts and materials, interactive breakout group opportunities, and all recorded content through the end of 2021. The keynote speaker will be Viet Thanh Nguyen, a professor at the University of Southern California.
November 10–13
Hybrid Conference
La Cosecha 2021 will be a hybrid event, comprising both a virtual and an in-person conference. Virtual registration is open now, and in-person registration is expected to open in July. La Cosecha Conference offers you the unique opportunity to share best practices and resources, current theory and practice, build networks, and fuel community efforts to build a better future for our children as we “harvest” the best of our multilingual and multicultural communities.

In the News
Young immigrant students often need to work while attending school in order to earn money to support their families. During the pandemic, when school was virtual, these students benefited from the flexibility of online classes and not having a long commute to attend school. Now that schools are returning to in-person classes, these students are concerned about being able to continue attending school and helping to contribute financially to their families. This article discusses ways some school districts are providing greater flexibility to these immigrant students so that they can continue to work and go to school.   
Reflector (NC)
In 2015, Belvoir Elementary School inaugurated a dual language program by enrolling kindergartners knowing either Spanish or English. Six years later, nearly 30 bilingual and biliterate fifth-grade graduates became the first students to complete the program. The Belvoir School is among a growing number of schools in North Carolina that have implemented a dual language program. Across the state, dual language programs in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, or Greek are popping up, all with the goal of children becoming bilingual and biliterate. 
California school districts’ plans to expand current bilingual immersion programs and implement new ones slowed down during the pandemic. Now that schools are returning to in-person classes, several school districts are moving forward with their plans and enrolling new students for bilingual immersion classes starting this fall. This development furthers the state’s Global California 2030 Initiative and its goal to have half of all K-12 students in “programs that lead to proficiency in two or more languages” by 2030.
Teaching writing to ELs or any student for that matter can be a daunting task, but there is help. This article introduces teachers to a model of writing instruction called the Teaching and Learning Cycle, which comes from Australia. It’s part of the Teaching ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom. This four-part writing process helps make “writing visible to students.” It consists of context setting, deconstruction of a mentor text, joint construction with the entire class, and independent construction. The author provides an informative summary of the process and adds examples of how she has implemented the model with her fifth graders.
You for Youth (Y4Y)
This two-part online professional learning webinar series was designed by ED’s Y4Y Technical Assistance Team for professionals working in 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The first webinar provides information for participants to understand ELs’ linguistic experiences, strengths, and needs. The second webinar focuses on how to apply this knowledge to develop appropriate activities for ELs in the 21st Century Centers. 
Institute of Education Sciences
In this guest blog, researchers from the Center for the Success of English Learners provide an overview of a recently released brief providing recommendations and resources for educating ELs during the pandemic.
Professional Learning
The White House Initiative on Hispanic Prosperity is accepting nominations for Latino educators. #LatinosTeach recognizes Hispanic teachers who have dedicated themselves to serving their community through teaching. 
Take part in an engaging facilitated online professional learning community and earn a certificate for 12 hours of professional development upon successful course completion. All SupportEd online courses are asynchronous, go-at-your-own pace with intermediary deadlines. Most courses are based on books by Drs. Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder. Courses include:
CABE 2022 will be held in San Francisco, California, March 20-April 2. CABE is seeking presentations that engage participants in topics related to quality education for DLLs. All workshop sessions are one hour and 15 minutes in length. 
NABE invites all education experts, researchers, authors, and successful practitioners with information of interest to submit a proposal, including multilingual proposals, for its 2022 conference. NABE is seeking proposals that engage participants in topics related to quality education for ELs and DLLs such as: achieving educational equity; ensuring social justice through strong linguistic and academic attainment; and providing equal educational opportunities.
The NABE NJRP is an edited volume of scholarly publications that serves as an archival record and is a peer-reviewed publication that seeks articles that examine research, pedagogy, policies, theory, and cultural issues that impact bilingual education, teaching, and learning. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies that can contribute to the growing knowledge base on bilingual/dual language education models and best practices are especially welcome. Position papers and articles focused on applied educational research and research-infused classroom practices are also welcome. The NJRP publishes articles written in either English or Spanish.
NCFL is seeking school- or community-based teachers who are passionate about engaging families and who demonstrate exemplary practices as candidates for the 2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. Strong candidates will be family teachers who engage parents and children using a multigenerational approach to help them learn together in innovative ways. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of success and serve communities and families with high literacy and socioeconomic needs.
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