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August 22, 2023
Watch: National Convening on ELs’ Civil Rights
Did you miss the National Convening on ELs’ Civil Rights? You can now watch a replay of select sessions. The convening focused on statutes, regulations, and case law relevant to the civil rights of ELs and highlighted guidance and resources to ensure that state and local education agencies are equipped with tools to meet their obligations to EL students and families.
Visit NCELA to watch the convening and download all resources shared during the event.
New on the NCELA Blog: Q&A with Montserrat Garibay
OELA’s latest blog post delves into the inspiring journey of OELA’s Montserrat Garibay. From her experiences as a bilingual prekindergarten teacher to her current roles in education and immigrant family advocacy, Montserrat’s personal and professional journey has shaped her perspective on empowering students and promoting equitable opportunities. Get to know Montserrat as we explore her career path and the power of multilingualism.
Career-Connected High Schools – Notice Inviting Applicants
The U. S. Department of Education’s (Department’s) Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) announced the posting of a notice inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2023 for the Perkins Innovation and Modernization (PIM) Grant Program for Career-Connected High Schools.
Through this competition, the Department seeks to award just over $24 million in grant funds for projects that will build capacity among secondary education, postsecondary education, and workforce development systems to expand access to career-connected high school programs for more students. This grant program is the first funding opportunity of Unlocking Career Success, OCTAE’s initiative connected to Secretary Cardona’s Raise the Bar: Lead the World campaign. 

The link to the Federal Register notice is available here. The application deadline is October 13, 2023.

Please stay tuned to the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network for more information on the pre-application webinar, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the competition process. If you have questions regarding the competition process, please email
Upcoming Events
Research shows that dual-language schools are the best way to support ELs' long-term linguistic and academic development. But a pathbreaking study by The Century Foundation and Children’s Equity Project shows that the equitable promise of dual-language immersion programs is not certain. Join The Century Foundation and UnidosUS on Tuesday, August 29, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET to review important findings from their recent report and discuss the policy guardrails that leaders must actively construct to protect ELs’ access to programs that support their emerging bilingual skills.
September 20–21
The ED Games Expo is designed to provide an engaging and meaningful experience for children, students, parents and caregivers, educators, and all stakeholders interested in learning about emerging forms of education-related technologies and the government programs that support EdTech innovation and research. There is no cost to attend the ED Games Expo. The expo will occur in Washington, DC, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts REACH.
This workshop series includes four sessions: Experiencing Instruction Through the Eyes of a Multilingual Learner; Building Schema for MLLs; Amplifying Instruction for MLLs; and Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction for MLLs.
The Coalition of Community-Based Heritage 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. Explore the conference website, see the full conference schedule, learn about the plenary speakers, and register here. Also, 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.
October 17–20
The WIDA Annual Conference is the premier event for educators of pre-K–12 multilingual learners, giving educators from around the globe the opportunity to share best practices and discover innovative classroom strategies. The in-person conference is sold out, but registration for the virtual track is still available.
October 23–25
Join peers from around the country at the 2023 Families Learning Conference to be held in Omaha, NE. This conference is for passionate people looking for innovative learning strategies and resources to support families in reaching their academic and economic goals. Attendees will gain practices and ideas to create equitable and relevant family learning experiences; exposure to a national network of family-facing professionals, researchers, policymakers, and funders; and inspiration and renewed energy for their work. 
In the News
The Hill
From retail to advanced manufacturing, employers are feeling the pressure of an ongoing labor shortage. Immigrants, refugees, and native speakers of other languages can bring a host of valuable and critical skills to bear on the most in-demand roles. Yet they often struggle to achieve their potential in the workplace due to a lack of opportunities to develop English proficiency. To help meet employer demand and boost economic mobility for foreign-born workers, a growing number of states are doubling down on tech-based, highly scalable upskilling initiatives that include English language learning. Their experience offers a blueprint for other state leaders to follow as they work to unlock vital new sources of talent.
Inside Higher Ed
Students from immigrant families now make up nearly a third of all students enrolled at American colleges and universities. They represented 31% of all college students in 2021, up from 20% in 2000. Researchers note that it’s important for campus leaders to not only pay attention to who’s coming to their campuses but also who isn’t and should be. An estimated two million college-educated immigrant adults are unemployed or have jobs that only require a high school degree. This population could benefit from earning credentials at colleges and universities. Colleges and employers can also recruit from this population to shore up enrollments and fill workforce gaps.
About 44% of Fort Lewis College students are Native American. In recent years, more and more students have arrived at the southwest Colorado college without the ability to speak their native language but wanting to connect with their family, culture, and traditions. To assist, Fort Lewis College and Janine Fitzgerald created the All Our Kin Collective to help address the loss of indigenous languages and help students understand a crucial part of their identities. Fitzgerald was awarded a $1.5 million grant through the Mellon Foundation, as well as support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to start the collective. Fort Lewis College leaders have now pushed to become a place for Native students to further their schooling while also embracing who they are as Indigenous people. 
Project-based learning (PBL) is an engaging way to explore a topic that all students should be able to partake in, but some multilingual students don’t get a chance to experience it. When multilingual students don’t get opportunities to participate in PBL, they miss out on authentic, content-based engagements to apply and refine their English skills. Creating successful PBL units for MLs requires intentional planning and careful teaching. This article offers suggestions for effectively structuring and scaffolding PBL for multilingual learners.
Language Magazine
The General Accounting Office’s (GAO’s) nationwide survey of public K–12 teachers showed that teachers with certain vulnerable student populations, including ELs, were more likely to have students who faced significant obstacles to learning and an increased risk of falling behind academically. Teachers with a high percentage of ELs reported that small-group work in person and one-on-one check-ins between teachers and students mitigated learning loss for at least half of their students.
Professional Learning
NABE 2024 is accepting applications for the Student Essay Competition, Bilingual Teacher of the Year Award, Bilingual Teacher Scholarship, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award.
In this information-packed, fast-paced seminar, distinguished EL teacher and national presenter Rasheeda Hardy will share a wealth of practical strategies designed to accelerate success and help ELs exit from ELL programs. You will learn ways to facilitate rapid gains in the English language development of the students with whom you work, unlocking greater success across grade-level content areas. You will also receive an extensive digital resource handbook to support your success long after the seminar.
Job Opportunities
Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA
Connect With NCELA
Back to School Resource: Newcomer Toolkit
Have you seen OELA’s newly updated Newcomer Toolkit? As state, local, and school leaders prepare for a new school year, the toolkit is a resource to support multilingual learners and general educators who directly serve immigrant and refugee students.
The toolkit consists of five chapters:
  • Chapter 1: Who Are Newcomers?
  • Chapter 2: Welcoming Newcomers to a Safe, Inclusive, and Thriving School Environment
  • Chapter 3: Supporting Newcomers’ Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Needs
  • Chapter 4: Providing High-Quality Instruction for Newcomers
  • Chapter 5: Establishing Partnerships With Families 
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