Description: The article covers more details on what we should know about Every Students Succeeds Act, including students’ dual language immersion program, an online portal of state educational agency, and the comment on the use of the foreign language term in webinar series.
The most common sets of research they use is the scholastic aptitude test or SAT data published by the College Board every year showing the graduating seniors, the impact on SAT scores for students who studied three years of language.
When we talk about cognitive development, since you studied language, you have improved mental flexibility, creativity, divergent thinking and higher-order thinking skills, the third dual language immersion programs have closed the achievement gap between native English speakers and English learners.
In general, all students who are in a dual language immersion program perform better on standardized tests, the fifth point learning another language improves an individual’s earning potential in life which has been a topic of several articles recently in the popular press from the business world as well as the military and diplomacy rules.
Finally the sixth point foreign language study improves students openness to other languages, cultures have become more of the issues in our world recently and this is sometimes referred to as cross-cultural competence, so those are some talking points that you can use either with your SCA or le a work on your es si plan.
There are important things to ask for, when you speak to your State Education Agency specifically ask for foreign language learning programs to be encouraged by the SBA in its plan for the student support and academic enrichment grant funds.
When you advocate for foreign language to your SBA, this specifically is a direct benefit, we can look around the country, we see a few different examples of state stakeholder, engagement process has already taken place in Arizona.
There are online surveys and have encouraged outreach through social media, California has stakeholder engagement meetings webinars and surveys in Colorado, there’s a statewide listening tour taking place in both the states of North Carolina and Maine.
The state educational agency has an online portal where stakeholders can submit comments to the state, there are also examples of ways the SBA can look to influence le a plans.
The FDA can explicitly say which programs may be funded, which is less likely than some other options or provide informal encouragement of certain programs to the application format or state provided examples of fund usage.
We’ll see more ways to include foreign language and SCA plans on the next slide, here are some ideas about how to encourage foreign language inclusion in SCA plans.
Let’s start with public options for engagement, you could host or participate in town hall meetings, you could also find out if your state has an ESS a task force and temp to participate, J mentioned a couple of resources that are available with States online and throughout the state, you can build coalitions with other groups.
You can engage the press by writing letters to the editor about foreign language learning by writing an op-ed piece, many of our media outlets now encourage that participation, as there are a lot of opportunities for that, there are also some possible private options for engagement creating a target list of potential champions for foreign language programs.
I’ll pass it to legibly baldwin at the district level, when you advocate for foreign language funding for your le.a, you should be asking for funding through title for a part of the well-rounded education bucket.
If applicable for Dual Immersion program funding through title three, it’s important to find out what is already going on in your district related to this request and with whom you need to talk in order to have a voice at the table, you can also focus on programs or sections of the law that are particularly relevant to your le.a.
There are many ways to engage parents and community groups including community meetings email listservs social media, you can ask leaders to send messages to the decision-makers in the LEA.
We are concluding the contact information for each of the people who spoke today on the webinar, we encourage you to take the action that was suggested by the members of the webinar and stay tuned for other series in webinars.
I’d like to welcome you to the first in a series of webinars informing you about the every student succeeds Act, the new federal legislation for k12 public schools, joining me today and the webinar are representatives of our collaborative organizations in this endeavor actual joint National Committee for languages, National Council for languages and International Studies JNC L necklace nan school, the National Association of district supervisors foreign languages and accessible the National Council of state supervisors for languages and representing.
We will be providing some other materials, so each of our four organizations that are represented on the webinar today will have these materials available on their web sites for people to use and to inform them even further about the different various titles of the legislation.
I want to make comment about the use of the term foreign language in our webinar series as opposed to the more common term, it is the term that the federal government still uses, so we are using it today, you can find the appropriate sections of the legislation that are pertinent to people who work in the language field.
We’ll be looking at a review of ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act and an overview of SS, we’ll be looking specifically at title or the well-rounded bucket and the SSA e-grants student support and academic achievement grants that are also part of the legislation.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965 as part of President Johnson’s war on poverty legislation, then changing to the improving America’s Schools Act during the Clinton administration in 1994, this is where we experienced in the language field, the goals 2000 legislation which we developed our national standards for language learning which has been revised to be the world readiness standards for learning languages.
That was the impetus for our own standards in 1994, under the George W Bush administration 2001 No Child Left Behind was enacted and that plays to focus on developing proficiency in students in English language.
That legislation has been changed effective around December of 2015 to the every student succeeds act or essa, as we’re calling it now, it updates the No Child Left Behind and reauthorizes the ESEA, the reason why the appropriate funding gets to language programs is that it shifts a lot of policy decisions from the federal level to the state and local level.
We’ll be going over that very specifically in the eight titles, we’ll be featuring the ones that involve language learning in terms of a timeline, the US Department of Education is still drafting regulations, but we wanted to get out in front of some of that information that will follow to get people thinking and acting.
We can have an impact on appropriate impact in all of the states and at the local level, so they will be drafting those regulations, they will be finalizing the regulations.
Some of the first state plans will be submitted by March of 2017 and then by July of 2017, they will hopefully be putting finalizing the changes to the formula grant program, then by July of 2017, it will be the second chance that states will have to submit their state plans.
We can talk about what well-rounded education needs and its courses activities and programming’s in subjects such as English reading light or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, math, foreign languages, civics and government economics.
We will cover this more at the end, but I wanted to give a head up and set up what’s going to come later on, it’s important you, this is one heart, the well-rounded education is one of the three funding buckets.
There’s a long list of subjects, so it’s important, AJ, Ann Marie and Leslie are going to talk about this more, it’s going to be important for our local advocates and state advocates to engage with this process.
We can get languages into those plans. I’m going to turn it over to Jay, I will talk about some other relevant, as the provisions essa provides for other titles or sections of the law that provide opportunities to support foreign languages, it’s part of offering a well-rounded education to students.
First, I’ll start by looking at title 1 improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged title, one calls for targeted assistance school program plans which are required to serve participating eligible students by using resources to help them meet state academic standards.
These resources may include programs or activities necessary to provide a well-rounded education given the correlation among foreign language study, improved cognitive development and academic achievement as well as a host of other benefits.
There’s an opportunity to use title 1 funding associated with these plans, for foreign language learning title 1 also calls for school-wide program plans which are plans to document methods and strategies that strengthen the academic program of the school which includes a well-rounded education moving to title to preparing training and recruiting high quality teachers, principals and other school leaders.
Title 2 professional development programs should be made available for foreign language educators, title 3 language instruction for English learners and immigrant students under title 3 dual language immersion programs that serve English learners are permitted to utilize those funds.
We look at New York City, a number of schools have used title three funding to add Dual Immersion programs that serve both English language learners and other families who want their children to be literate in multiple languages.
If your school or le.a falls within this category, there may be an opportunity for funding here, I’ll pass it to Ann Marie Gunter who will speak about some advocacy points.
One of the things we would like to provide you with is some information you can use in advocating for languages as part of the es ese plan, here are some talking points that you can use specifically that have been designed and linked to research within the toolkit, let’s take a look at what we have here.