Welcome to the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

Since 1975, the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) has been a non-profit membership organization that works to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society. 

NABE’s priorities include:  Improving instructional practices for linguistically and culturally diverse children; providing bilingual educators with more high-quality professional development opportunities; securing adequate funding for the programs serving limited-English-proficient students; and keeping the rights of language-minority Americans clearly in focus as states and communities move forward with educational reforms.


Summary from Politico: 

ESSA AND ENGLISH-LANGUAGE LEARNERS: The Education Department today is out with new guidelines on how states and school districts can better serve students whose first language isn't English. English-language learners are estimated to be nearly 10 percent of the student population nationwide, the department says. Today's federal guidelines explain how states and districts can spend money through Title III - which provides federal funds for English-language learners and immigrant students - under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Districts have historically had to spend their funds on professional development and providing language instruction educational programs. But ESSA now requires that districts do a little more, like reaching out to families, parents and communities in order to better serve students. Find the guidance here.

The guidelines also address specific populations of English-language learners, like those with disabilities and preschoolers. The Education Department recommends that states start planning this fall or winter to accommodate changes involving English-language learners that take effect under ESSA. For example, the new law moved some things out of Title III and into Title I, and it set new requirements. And states must establish entrance and exit procedures for English-language learners, and include their progress toward achieving English proficiency in new systems for holding schools and districts accountable.

Title III Guidance

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“The significant impact of student debt on communities of color”.  Available in both English and Spanish. 

Click here for English.

Oprima aquí para español.

From President Minh-Anh Hodge:

NABE Board of Directors Elects its Executive Officers for 2016/17

The NABE Board of Directors held its annual planning and reorganization meeting on 2 July at the close of a successful Annual Dual Language Summer Symposium at Ana G. Mendez Universidad del Este in Carolina, PR. The Board acknowledged the contributions and leadership of three outgoing board members, Drs. Yee Wan, Jose Agustin Ruiz-Escalante and Julio Cruz. Following the swearing-in of the new Board Members, Drs. Margarita Pinkos and Maria Guadalupe Arreguin-Anderson, the Executive Board was elected to serve for one year (2016/17):

President, Dr. Minh-Anh Hodge

Vice President, Dr. Margarita Pinkos

Treasurer, Dr. Josefina Tinajero

Secretary, Dr. Rossana Boyd  

The Board appointed Mr. Macario Saldate of Arizona as the Western Regional Representative and Mrs. Myrna Reyna as the Parent Representative.

NABE Trailblazers Recognition 

During the NABE 2016 Annual Conference, NABE took time to recognize and celebrate their Past Presidents and Trailblazers.  Please see the video below.

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H. Res. 690, Recognizing and celebrating April as "National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month." PRESS RELEASE

Recognizing and Celebrating April as "National Bilingual / Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month!"
Please see the United States House of Representatives House Resolution 690 for Recognizing and celebrating April as "National Bilingual /Multilingual Learner Advocacy 

NABE 2017 Proposal Submission is Open!

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"Leadership for Equity and Excellence through Bilingualism and Biliteracy"
Hilton Anatole
2201 North Stemmons Freeway
​Dallas, TX
Feb. 23- 25, 2017

Click here to submit your proposal. The deadline is June 30.

Julio Cruz, Luis Cruz with WIABE President Ivelis Perez at WIABE conference

Victoria Tofoya and Julio Cruz at NMABE













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Dr. Josefina Tinajero — NABE Treasurer, Receives Coveted International "Ohtli" Award from the Mexican Government at NABE 2016 Conference in Chicago

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Muchisimas gracias ... quiero agradecer al Sr. Julian Escutia, Director de Asuntos de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, y al Sr. Carlos Jiménez Macías, Cónsul General de México en Chicago. Tambien mi sincero agradecimiento al Sr. Miguel Basañez Ebergenyi, Embajador de México en los Estados Unidos, Muchisimas gracias.

And to my colleagues, members of the NABE Board of Directors and our Executive Director — my most sincere appreciation to each and every one of you for the nomination. Board President Dr. Yee Wan and Executive Director Dr. Santiago Wood — Thank you.

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My Name, My Identity: A Declaration of Self

The My Name, My Identity: A Declaration of Self initiative was developed by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), San Jose, California. SCCOE is proud to be partnering with the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and McGraw-Hill Education to launch this national campaign intended to foster and promote global awareness of the importance of honoring students’ diverse cultures and languages by pronouncing students’ names correctly. These three organizations share a  common vision for recognizing students’ bilingual/multilingual abilities as assets and for honoring students’ names and identities. Names are a reflection of one’s culture, ethnicity, language and gender, and an expression of who we are and how we prefer to be called.  Thus, we are proud to launch this joint initiative and invite you to be part of it.  

To learn more about this campaign, please visit https://www.mynamemyidentity.org/.

Call to Action: Take the Pledge to show your support for building an inclusive and respectful culture in schools and communities.

We also invite you to share your name story at the Campaign’s Facebook page http://bit.ly/mynmyid or Twitter #mynamemyid.



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An Engaging Choice for Literacy Instruction in Spanish!
Visit Booth #905 at NABE 2016 for your FREE sample of this paired-text, content-rich choice for small-group instruction. Support and scaffold language development with emphasis on high frequency words and key vocabulary for students in grades K-3. READ MORE



Call for applications — Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab

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The Center for Global Studies
The Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is pleased to announce fellowships and development grants to support the internationalization of community colleges nationwide. We invite applications from faculty, librarians, and administrators interested in expanding global studies curricula, instruction in less commonly taught languages, library collections or international education programs at their home institutions. Fellows will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with international and area studies reference librarians and explore the unlimited print and online resources of the University of Illinois Library. To apply, please submit an online application by May 2.  


Innovation in ELL bodes well for K-12 students

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 Education DIVE
Personalized learning is gaining popularity in the U.S., and so is innovation in English Language Learning. The combination of those two trends bodes well for K-12 ELL student population. It's clear that a present need exists. California has a reported 1.4 million ELL students, and number of U.S. students who speak foreign languages at home now totals 4 million. The Institute of Education Statistics found that the District of Columbia, Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas have public school ELL populations of around 10 percent. In California, that percentage is 22.8 percent.  READ MORE

Joint NHLA and HEC position on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act 

On behalf of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 39 leading national Latino nonpartisan civil rights and advocacy organizations, and on behalf of the Hispanic Education Coalition, which unites 14 organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for the more than 54 million Latinos living in the United States and Puerto Rico, we write to urge you to vote against H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. 
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  Gwinnett County Public Schools - Metro Atlanta 

GCPS has launched a Dual Language Immersion Program in 3 of our elementary schools.If you have the ability to demonstrate advanced mid-level language proficiency in French or Spanish on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Apply now!

NABE Research & Evaluation SIG 2016 Proposal Submission 

We are accepting proposals for short papers (15 mins.) to be presented at the NABE 2016 Research & Evaluation Special Interest Group at the annual NABE Conference in Chicago, to be held March 2-6. Our SIG theme this year is "Connecting Oracy and Literacy in Bilingual Education," with Featured Speaker Professor Rosalind Horowitz, University of Texas, San Antonio.

Please send by email attachment an abstract of 150-250 words and a short summary of 50 words (in MS Word) of your proposal, following the guidelines below, to the SIG Chair at: mp64@soas.ac.uk   Be sure to include the language(s) involved in your study or discussion. Send questions or concerns to the attention of Martha C. Pennington at the email address above, or call her at home at (904) 310-3846. 
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Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines released 

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the National Association of Bilingual Education, the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, and TESOL International Association, have officially drafted recommendations for the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award made by a state department of education or local district to recognize a student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript and diploma for these students. 
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NABE 2017 
Scheduled for Hilton Anatole, Dallas on Feb. 23-25 with Pre-Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. 


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