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September 7, 2022
New Webinar! Effective Literacy Instruction for Multilingual Learners: What It Is and What It Looks Like
Join OELA in collaboration with the National Committee for Effective Literacy and the National Association of English Learner Program Administrators (NAELPA) for a webinar on Wednesday, September 21, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET to share research and resources on literacy development for MLs. Presenters will discuss best practices and leadership actions to promote effective literacy programs that honor the multilingual brain and leverage the linguistic and cultural assets of MLs.
Check out the speaker lineup:
  • Dr. Jasmine Bitnara Park, American Institutes for Research
  • Dr. Kathy Escamilla, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Dr. Laurie Olsen, Californians Together and Sobrato Early Academic Language
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
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PSLF Waiver

PSLF borrowers can take advantage of an opportunity to get credit for prior payments that wouldn’t otherwise count toward PSLF. Submit your waiver before October 31.

Upcoming Events
The Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit is a free day of professional learning and connecting virtually with those dedicated to advancing effective family-school-community partnerships across Ohio and beyond. Hosted by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University, this Summit includes sessions on a variety of topics, including early literacy and family engagement, family-school partnerships to address student mental health, addressing inequity through family voice, family leadership in education, connecting with families to engage at home, and evidence-based family engagement practices.
September 23–24
The Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MIDTESOL) conference is the premier regional event for English language educators from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. This year’s conference will be held in Kansas City, MO, and the theme is “Emerging Stronger: Leading Positive Change in ELT Education.”
September 28–30
Hybrid Conference 
The WIDA Annual Conference is the premier event for educators of K–12 MLs, 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 curated virtual option is still available.
Join NAELPA to unpack and discuss the information provided at the OELA webinar Effective Literacy Instruction for Multilingual Learners: What It Is and What It Looks Like. This event is a participant-driven gathering that allows for meaningful peer-to-peer collaboration.
The full conference schedule for the 9th Annual Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference is now available! This year’s keynote speaker is Ofelia García, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, who will present on Translanguaging Pedagogy in Community-Based Language Schools. Anyone involved with a community-based school teaching languages should participate in the conference. There will be a variety of workshops highly relevant to teachers and administrators. The conference will be held both on site at American University in Washington, D.C., and online. The 2022 conference theme is “The Power and Sustainability of Multilingualism.”
October 18–19
Online Event
Join primary and secondary English language professionals at TESOL Elevate, a highly engaging and interactive online event with in-depth workshops led by top English language teaching (ELT) experts. Explore critical areas of the field, such as student-centered learning, family engagement, and trauma-informed practices. Register by September 15 to save. TESOL International Association members receive discounted pricing.
November 2–5
Hybrid Conference
This November, come together at La Cosecha Dual Language Conference 2022 in Santa Fe, NM, to share current theory, best practices, and resources — and build networks to fuel community efforts for a better future for our children! This national conference brings together the largest gathering of educators, parents, researchers, and practitioners supporting dual language, two-way immersion, one-way developmental bilingual, and one-way heritage language immersion programs from across the United States.

In the News
In Tijuana, Mexico, volunteers and grassroots organizations grapple with a transient population of migrant students and try their best to educate those who find themselves living in shelters while awaiting a better life beyond. There are about 20 shelters across the city, resulting in hundreds of children who suddenly find themselves in Tijuana and cut off from traditional education. This article discusses the efforts and creative approaches of several volunteer organizations to educate migrant children and their family members.
High demand for dual-language immersion programs, which teach all students in English and another language, has helped to reverse declining enrollments in some schools. Research has shown that these programs are beneficial for both English learners and native English speakers. This article shares data from several school districts around the country where schools were able to significantly raise their enrollment by offering dual-immersion programs in the languages spoken by their community members. 
The Seattle Times
Chris Reykdal, Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, has announced a proposal to rapidly expand dual language offerings over the next decade and reshape what language education looks like from elementary through high school. According to the proposal, all of Washington’s elementary school students will have the option of participating in dual language immersion programs by 2040. As of last school year, 110 schools across 42 districts have dual language programs, serving more than 35,000 students. Most are offered in Spanish, but nearly a dozen are offered in Native American tribal languages, Mandarin Chinese, or Vietnamese. 
Language Magazine
The benefits and importance of translanguaging are becoming more widely known and accepted in classrooms around the world. Educational leaders and teachers are determining how to transform research into practice by implementing translanguaging pedagogies that leverage students’ full linguistic repertoires as resources for learning. This article outlines some potential barriers in the domains of policy, practice, and personal belief and calls for a critical self-reflection on the part of advocates of translanguaging.
Social Justice and Education
This article explores ways in which schools and districts can encourage and facilitate home language development for students who speak low-incidence languages. Because there are more resources, such as bilingual programs, for speakers of high-incidence languages, speakers of low-incidence languages may often feel invisible and insignificant. The author offers suggestions, such as seeking support from local communities and family members, implementing for-credit language courses, and enacting the Seal of Biliteracy, to encourage home language development for these groups of students. 
National Association of Educational Translators and Interpreters of Spoken Languages
This new guide and video from the National Association of Educational Translators and Interpreters of Spoken Languages provides school leaders with research-based knowledge and resources related to language access, qualifications of interpreters and translators, and sustainable options to ensure equity in communication.
Community Strategies Group; Migration Policy Institute
For immigrant parents in the United States, lack of English-language proficiency can be a barrier to good jobs, health care, education, and more. Family-school communication challenges, inadequate educational supports, or the lack of quality programs for young, immigrant-background children who are dual language learners may also fuel educational achievement gaps. This brief explores practices that service organizations are using to provide 2Gen services to immigrant and refugee families.
Professional Learning
The Online Professional English Network Program offers free MOOCs, which are open to an unlimited number of participants. Some MOOCs are 5 weeks, some are longer, and each is preceded by an optional orientation module. Courses include English for Media Literacy for Educators (facilitated); Teaching English to Young Learners (self-paced); English for Career Development (self-paced); English for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) (self-paced); English for Journalism (self-paced); English for Business and Entrepreneurship (self-paced); and English for Media Literacy (self-paced).
This comprehensive and interactive institute is designed to help participants develop and deliver Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model professional development as facilitators in their school or district.
NAELPA’s call for proposals is now open to present one of six breakout sessions at its 2023 conference. NAELPA welcomes submissions that address: how diversity, equity, and inclusion work for language learners within the content classroom; how approaches that meet the needs of Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) can be successful; how teachers and administrators can advocate for language learners within school, district, or state-level education structures; and how charter schools are planning for and executing on systems that meet the needs of language learners and their families.
NABE is now accepting submissions for the 2023 Student Essay Competition, Bilingual Teacher of the Year Award, Bilingual Teacher Scholarship, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award. The dissertation competition is open to those who have completed a dissertation in the field of bilingual education between May 1, 2021, and August 31, 2022.
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Infographic: COVID-19’s Impact on MLs and Their Social & Emotional Well-Being
For MLs and their families, the COVID-19 pandemic has had disproportionate and interrelated consequences for their economic stability, educational opportunities and outcomes, and social, emotional, physical, and mental well-being. OELA’s infographic, Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Multilingual Learners and Their Social and Emotional Well-Being, addresses several areas of impact, including school attendance, physical and mental health, supports and resources, and economy, community, and society.
Supportive learning environments and conditions may help students overcome the negative effects of adverse experiences, such as those MLs faced during the pandemic. As in-person instruction continues, schools and districts should continue to take action to support the social and emotional well-being of MLs. Explore the infographic for recommendations for supporting MLs in schools.
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