In November 2013, NCELA staff began the process of refreshing the look of the website, checking links, and increasing accessibility and readability of resources. We discovered that this requires more time than originally anticipated. Therefore, in the coming months you will see various changes to the site. For example, in the next six months, you will see that each state will have a newly designed page with state-specific information and an upgraded resource library navigation system that will allow users to find information easier and quicker. For each major change, we will send a message to those on the NCELA listserv, which is also undergoing a major revision to its format. If you have not already signed up for the NCELA listserv, we encourage you to do so at http://ncela.ed.gov/listserv/. In the meantime, please feel free to report any problems you identify by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, thank you for your help and patience while we refurbish the NCELA website.
Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Notice of Intent to Apply
On March 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education published a document in the Federal Register: Notice Inviting Applications for the 2014 Development Competition. In its fifth round of competition, the i3 program continues its aim to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers.
This year’s competition includes Absolute Priority 4--Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners (ELs):
(a) Increasing the number and proportion of ELs successfully completing courses in core academic subjects by developing, implementing, and evaluating new instructional approaches and tools that are sensitive to the language demands necessary to access challenging content, including technology-based tools.
(b) Preparing ELs to be on track to be college- and career-ready when they graduate from high school by developing comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, early learning programs (birth-grade 3) that are aligned with the State’s high-quality early learning standards, designed to improve readiness for kindergarten, and support development of literacy and academic skills in English or in English and another language.
To learn more about the i3 grant program and the pre-application process, please visit the i3 site :
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: April 3, 2014
Deadline for Transmittal of Pre-Applications: April 14, 2014
Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan on the release of the 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan announces the release of the 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The CRDC study collected system-wide data on school discipline, access to preschool, teacher equity, and access to college- and career-ready coursework, and identifies patterns in educational inequality for certain subgroups of student and gaping disparities in educational supports and access from state-to-state. The CRDC study spotlights serious civil rights concerns as a starting point for further inquiry. View Secretary Duncan’s remarks here.
Op-Ed by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan and Assistant Deputy Secretary Libia S. Gil
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director Libia S. Gil recently authored an opinion piece in the L.A. Daily News about English Learners as an asset for our global, multilingual future. View the full article here.
NEW: NCELA Nexus
NCELA Nexus, a bimonthly email newsletter, will connect NCELA listserv members with up-to-date changes to the NCELA website, share new resources, upcoming events and other announcements, and provide links to opportunities for jobs, education, and funding related to the education of ELs and the EL community.
Subscribe to the NCELA listserv by emailing us at email@example.com.
You can also view editions of NCELA Nexus here.
Press Release-January 2, 2014
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a press release to the Spanish language media as well as Latino interest media with links to the Spanish versions of OCR’s June 2013 Dear Colleague Letter, Pamphlet, and “Know Your Rights” sheet. The materials focus on “Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.” The Spanish version of the press release emphasizes that of the young people who drop out of school for reasons including pregnancy and parenting issues, 44 percent are Latino, compared to 27 percent white non-Latino students.
Press Release-November 25, 2013
Welcome to the NCELA website. Leed Management Consulting, Inc. (LMCi) and partners Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and Synergy Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) assumed management of the site on November 22, 2013. In the coming months the NCELA staff will work with OELA, OESE, and the U.S. Department of Education to redesign the website to offer enhanced functionality, accurate and updated data, practical and useful resources for the EL community, and additional features that ensure an efficient and productive user experience.