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April 18, 2023
Watch – Young Dual Language Learners: Strengthening Early Childhood Education Systems and Practices
OELA is excited to share this video on strengthening early childhood education for young dual language learners. OELA hosted this webinar in collaboration with the Institute of Education Sciences’ Regional Educational Laboratory West. The discussion focused on practices and state policies for young dual language learners as well as how they are codified and implemented in a variety of settings. Speakers included:

  • Dr. Pam Spycher, REL West at WestEd 
  • Sarah Neville-Morgan, California Department of Education
  • Steven Hicks, Sacramento County Office of Education
  • Macy Parker, Silver Giving Foundation
  • Guadalupe “Lupe” Villalpando, Lennox Unified School District
Save the Date: National Convening on English Learners’ Civil Rights
Please save the date for a National Convening on English Learners’ Civil Rights, June 22-23, 2023, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition and Office for Civil Rights. The virtual event will begin daily at 12:15 p.m. ET. Registration details and agenda coming soon!
Peer Reviewer Opportunities with the U.S. Department of Education
Become a peer reviewer with the U.S. Department of Education! Peer reviewers help shape the future of education by making recommendations to the Department on which projects to fund. You will serve the education community while networking and learning from other noted colleagues about innovative ideas to expand and enhance education across the country.

The Department is interested in including diverse perspectives in the peer review process, particularly from those who have lived experiences that align with the Department’s programs. If this sounds like you, please consider applying to be a peer reviewer! 
Registration for the 10th Annual Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference is Now Open!
October 13-14, 2023

The conference will be hybrid, held both on site at American University and online.
Explore the conference website, see the full conference schedule, learn about our plenary speakers, and register here! The registration fee for on-site participation covers refreshments, lunch, and a reception. In addition, on-site participants can get together for a meet and greet at a local restaurant on Friday evening. Please share the conference Facebook event widely and invite your colleagues!
Plenary speakers 
  • Shuhan Wang, Ph.D., President, ELE Consulting International; Chinese Language Education, Asia Society, Telling the Stories of Community-Based Language Schools in the United States

  • Felix Kronenberg, Ph.D., National LCTL Resource Center, Supporting Sustainable Less Commonly Taught Community-Based Language Programs

  • Kristin Davin, Ph.D., Professor, University of North Carolina- Charlotte, Motivating Students to Continue Language Development with the Seal of Biliteracy
Upcoming Events
Dual language programs are rapidly expanding across the country, providing opportunities for districts to close disparities between students identified as multilingual learners and their peers. What does it take to effectively implement dual language programs? Join TNTP for this panel discussion, which will delve into the research, policy, and practice to effectively and systemically expand dual language programs, with a focus on Texas.
Join @‌TNTP for a Twitter chat from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET to reflect on and celebrate the power of multilingualism. For more details and to receive the social media toolkit, please complete the participation interest form.
The Center for the Success of English Learners and the National Research and Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners—both funded by the Institute of Education Sciences—invite you to attend “Improving Instruction, Assessment, and Policies for Secondary English Learners across the Content Areas.” The joint conference, held at George Washington University, is intended for teacher educators, teachers, district and state English learner (EL) program administrators, and others playing key roles in the field, including policymakers and researchers.
The 6th Annual National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) DLS offers two full days of professional development for educators and includes a Dual Language Networking Event on June 1. NABE 2023 DLS will include an opening general assembly, a closing plenary, and over 20 professional development breakout sessions, including the following topics: Recruitment of Highly Qualified Dual Language Teachers; Developing Teacher Leaders – Growing Your Own Highly Qualified DL Teachers; Addressing the DLBE Teacher Shortage: Preventing Attrition and Increasing Retention; Improving Equity and Access in DLBE Programs; Enhancing Family Engagement in Dual Language Programs; and Integrating STEM/STEAM in Dual Language Curriculum.
June 7–10
Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) is a multistate conference hosted by the Cambio Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Focused on the integration of Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics and immigrants in new destinations, this conference is a professional development opportunity in which people from various fields who work with Latine and immigrant communities come together to share research and promising practices.
June 26–28
Virtual Conference
Join SIOP® authors and fellow educators from across the country who are seeking to make a positive impact on student learning for the 2023 SIOP® Virtual Conference hosted by Savvas Learning, an authorized source for SIOP® events and professional learning. The conference offers new and seasoned educators an opportunity to reinvigorate and strengthen their teaching practices to successfully support multilingual learners/ELs.
The Coalition of Community-Based Language Schools seeks to connect, collaborate with, and document all the community-based heritage language schools teaching all the languages spoken and taught in the United States. Registration is open for this annual conference, which is held at American University in Washington, DC, and online. Check to see if your school, or those you know about, are documented in their school survey. If not, please complete the school survey, or ask the school leaders to do so. 

In the News
NC State University
A new study found that a professional development program helped teachers in a rural school district in the Southeast to collaborate and identify innovative solutions to serve multilingual learners, or students learning English as a second language. The study suggests that professional development can help prepare teachers in rural districts that have fewer resources and a growing need to support multilingual learners. Researchers found that professional development led to collaboration among the teachers that ultimately benefitted multilingual learners.
As Colorado prepares to roll out universal preschool that will offer preschool hours for free to all 4-year-olds and some younger children, officials have given priority to children who don’t speak English at home. The state will offer those children more hours of tuition-free preschool and is promising that programs will use teaching strategies proven to help multilingual learners. But with the launch just months away, big questions still remain about whether enough is being done to get the word out, what programming will look like, and what help providers will receive to improve their offerings.
AP News
A university on the largest Native American reservation in the United States launched its accredited doctoral program, becoming the first among more than 30 accredited tribal colleges and universities across the country to offer such a high-level degree. The program at Navajo Technical University will be dedicated to sustaining Diné culture and language. The offering marks a milestone for the university, which already has more than 30 degree and certificate programs spanning science, technology, engineering, business, and liberal arts.
Multilingual Learning Toolkit
The Multilingual Learning Toolkit, an online hub of research-based key principles, instructional practices, and accompanying resources, is the result of a collaborative effort between practitioners, experts, and researchers. In time for National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month, Early Edge California and partners have developed exciting new enhancements to the Multilingual Learning Toolkit. Updates include a bilingual program guide; six sample lesson plans and resource walks; four video guides for practitioners; updates to the Building Educators’ Capacity instructional topic area page; and 34 new resources from Sobrato Early Academic Language.
National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month recognizes that bi/multilingual learners continue to be one of the fastest-growing student populations in schools across the U.S. and that these students bring many valuable cultural and linguistic assets to their communities. This article encourages educators to examine their ideologies and beliefs about bi/multilingual learners and reflect on their own experiences and values. The authors remind educators how to communicate with their bi/multilingual students and how to speak about them to others. Using asset-based language ensures that educators are holding students up as capable learners and are not limiting their access to educational opportunities. 
Language Magazine
In the classroom, ELs’ behavior is often described as obedient and agreeable. In addition to many of their cultural characteristics, these students tend to also display common behaviors of students who are learning a foreign language. One stage as described by Stephen Krashen is called the preproduction stage or silent period. In this article, Itzil Welch offers simple strategies to help ELs get beyond the silent stage, which is when they are often misclassified as having a language impairment or learning disability.
Professional Learning
This book and YouTube channel are exciting new resources for preparing teachers of multilingual students. They highlight six core practices for teaching multilingual students: knowing your multilingual students, building a positive learning environment, integrating content and language instruction, supporting language and literacy development, using assessments, and developing positive relationships and engaging in advocacy. The resources were developed through longitudinal research by a collaborative team of teachers and teacher educators.
Would you like to learn how to boost your students’ vocabulary development, academic language, reading comprehension, and writing skills—across all content areas? Have you always wanted to learn the research-based ExC-ELL Model but haven’t been able to find an institute near you? Are you looking for ways to continue to hone your craft as an educator and/or earn professional learning credits? The 2023 ExC-ELL Summer Institute is all virtual and delivered in three modules. Each module will be offered at two different times to fit busy schedules. Attendees of each module can expect a fun and meaningful 2-hour virtual professional learning session, opportunities to interact with colleagues and practice the instructional strategies learned, and a digital toolkit.
Pre-K–8 dual language teachers and coaches will learn about, and practice using, the eight components of the SIOP® Model to effectively teach language and content while addressing the three pillars of dual language programs: bilingualism and biliteracy, high academic achievement, and socio-cultural competence.
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ICYMI: 5 Resources for #MultilingualAdvocacy Month 
This National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month, OELA is highlighting ways and resources to provide students with pathways to multilingualism. Check out our latest post on the NCELA website, Five Resources for Multilingual Advocacy Month 2023.

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