"Every Child Bilingüe!"
From the President's Desk
Dear Bilingual Educators and Colegas,
We are nearly three quarters of the way through the school year and most of you have either just enjoyed or are enjoying a well-deserved spring break. Over this past school year, we have seen incredible leadership from our bilingual administrators, teachers, staff, and parents while working hard to serve our students.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their relentless dedication to create nurturing environments that help meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. Whether your campuses are 100% face-to-face or engaging in remote learning, it has been a year of discovery and growth for everybody as we integrate technology into multiple facets of education at a rate never seen before.
I say this often, but I cannot say it enough – you are all true heroes. I hope that during this spring break you are able to take time to relax, reflect, and be with family and friends.
I also want to share that TABE is deeply saddened by the news of Esther Bernal’s passing. We will be forever grateful for her countless contributions to TABE and for making our TABE Board induction ceremonies so special for over a decade. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones during this time of grief.
Also, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to those in Ukraine who are currently enduring the devastation of war. Seeing the turmoil on the news every night serves as a stark reminder for our need to honor and respect each other. There is no room for hatred as we collaborate with others from all walks of life to forge better and brighter pathways for educating our children.
I wish everyone and their families the very best, especially as we prepare to make the final home stretch to the end of the school year. TABE will be hard at work preparing for the 2023 legislation session and planning for new professional development opportunities for bilingual teachers, principals, and families. We are proud to announce that in June we will be having our very first dual language symposium, and there will be much more to come in the near future.
Gracias por ser parte de la familia de TABE.
Dra. Olivia Hernández, TABE President
Getting to Know Us: Executive Board Stories
Claudia Treviño García, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor of Instruction. She received her Ph. D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2016. Her career spans a combined 28 years in the field of bilingual education. Her experience includes 13 years as a dual language teacher, Title VII Grant Coordinator and Administrator, PK-12 Bilingual Education/ESL Curriculum Specialist, and District Dual Language/ESL/LOTE Coordinator. She is the current lead for the Bilingual Education Teacher Residency Program where she supervises bilingual education clinical teachers. Her research focuses on educator cultural efficacy development, dual language education programs, teacher recruitment and retention, coaching and mentoring, and teacher residency programming . Dr. Garcia currently teaches courses in language arts and biliteracy development, assessment of language proficiency, and language usage in bilingual classrooms, focusing on the different content areas for native language instruction. She has presented in local, state and national conferences.
Legislative Corner: Updates of the 87th Texas Legislature
On behalf of the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE), we would like congratulate Jesse Romero on his retirement. You must be excited in your new endeavors but it is tough seeing you go after 17 great years working with TABE as a lobbyist. Time has flown so fast and although saddened by the news, Jesse has been a vital part of TABE. Under his direction as our TABE lobbyist, his legislative advocacy for our emergent bilingual students made TABE one of the most dynamic organizations in Texas defending and expanding bilingual education, especially dual language programs in the state of Texas.
Jesse Romero was instrumental in accomplishing our policy agenda through our motto, "educate, collaborate, and advocate." Through a carefully crafted strategy, he led the charged and worked closely with TABE to pass legislation, which accomplished the following over the years:
collected data, ultimately showing that dual language was the most effective bilingual program and the way to proceed;
allowed a true collaboration where English speaking teachers could participate and teach the English component in a dual language program;
helped established the Texas Seal of Biliteracy which is a trademark in dual language programs; and
raised the bilingual weight from .1 % to .15% ($500M) for the first time in 35 years.
Jesse worked tirelessly to address the acute bilingual teacher shortage by securing funding for the Bilingual Teacher Scholarship Program administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. One of the biggest successes was convincing conservative politicians that bilingual programs are indeed ‘their’ programs, as many of their children are enrolled or have been enrolled in dual language education and benefit greatly.
Jesse has worked with many past and present presidents, boards of directors, and staff with whom many reading this had the privilege of working with him. We will greatly miss his humor, his constant, continuous support and advocacy, which TABE embraces in support for our emergent bilingual students, Hispanic communities, and bilingual educators.
We cannot thank him enough for all he has done! Jesse embodies the spirit of TABE in all we strive for in providing the best for our emergent bilingual students, our Hispanic communities and bilingual educators. Please know you will be dearly missed and sending nothing but best wishes.
Thank you Jesse Romero!
Amigos PLC: Sharing BEST Practices for English Learners
Administrators, teachers, and students are working arduously towards closing the learning gaps that we are currently facing due to COVID-19. While it may be tempting to speed through content material to ensure all the important topics are taught, it is necessary to remember the effectiveness of reviewing previous learning before tackling more new material.
Are you in need of a fun, new, and exciting way to review content material? Try Blooket! This online trivia tool allows teachers to host games using question sets and a game code. As students answer the questions, they earn points and ultimately win the game! What makes Blooket different from other online gamified learning platforms is that there are so many quizzes that can be re-themed with a variety of game modes such as Fishing Frenzy, Crypto Hack, Tower Defense, and many, many more!
Lack of motivation and interest in the content material is one of the major causes affecting student achievement. Give Blooket a try to establish an engaging way to review content material and ultimately increase student success!
BESO Tips: Sugerencias prácticas para futuros maestros bilingües
As summer approaches, it is always smart to start planning on what professional tasks you’d like to accomplish during that time. Will you take summer classes? Will you be studying for your TExES exams? Will you be interviewing for your first teaching job? Regardless of your plans, one thing that you can consider is taking advantage of free professional development courses available to you. This can give you the opportunity to hone-in on your skills as you prepare for the classroom in a way that is flexible and fits into your summer schedule, regardless of your plans. A few resources that are available to consider are:
The National Education Association (NEA) offers free professional development courses and webinars that focus on teaching and leadership. They even offer webinars conducted in Spanish! ESP Learning Network Webinars | NEA
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development offer free webinars, podcasts, and videos on teaching strategies and tackle topics like curriculum, equity, and leadership. Webinars - ASCD
The Texas Education Agency has also compiled a list of professional development resources for educators within the state. Topics focus on effective teaching, remote learning, digital citizenship, and social-emotional learning. Free-Online-Professional-Development-Resources.pdf (texas.gov)
Take the time to look through the resources and select a free professional development session, webinar, or podcast that may interest you.
Un sendero, dos senderos: Dual Language Highlights
Please mark your calendars for June 17th and 18th 2022! TABE is pleased to announce the 1st DLI Symposium for all DLI leaders will come together to listen to experts in the field enrich participants about the 3 goals of dual language. The keynote speakers and featured speakers will focus on:
- Goal #1: the increase of academic achievement in both the parter language and English,
- Goal 2#: the development of bilingualism and biliteracy in parter language and English, and
- Goal 3#: the development of socio-cultural competence
The symposium will follow all 3 goals to ensure DLI leaders walk away empowered to continue to implement and serve all DLI participants, especially emergent bilingual students and their families.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Texas has more than 130 different languages currently spoken in public and charter schools statewide. This is a reason to celebrate, validate, and appreciate all the richness that all our students bring to all Bilingual/ ESL classrooms in our wonderful state of Texas.
Affiliates' Voices: Stories from the Field
La conferencia anual, una invitación para representar al maestro/a del año y una invitación para los estudiantes a participar en un concurso de arte son entre otros eventos los que componen la agenda de AAABE. Congratulations for being true advocates for our linguistically diverse students in the Austin area.
Shared by the Houston Area Association for Bilingual Education (HAABE)
The Houston Area Association for Bilingual Education (HAABE) had its Installation ceremony for the 2022-2023 Executive Board on February 7th. Special guests to this event included, TABE President, Dra. Olivia Hernández; TABE President Elect, Dra. Xochitl Rocha; and TABE Vice-president, Mr. Hugo Hernández.
On February 26th, HAABE hosted a distinguished group of presenters during its Spring Virtual Professional Development session. Topics included encouraging speaking for emergent bilingual students, translanguaging, strategic interactions in the secondary classroom, and developing biliteracy support for the classroom. Among the distinguished group of presenters were Dr. Emiliano Gonzalez, Dr. Pascual Yacovodonato, Dr. Michael Whitacre, and former HAABE_TABE Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Christina Varughese.
On April 30th, the Houston Areas Association for Bilingual Education (HAABE) will be honoring the finalists for Bilingual Teacher of the Year, ESL Elementary Teacher of the Year, and ESL Teacher of the Year. During the HAABE TOY Banquet the HAABE representatives to the TABE TOY will be revealed, as well as the recipients of several college scholarships for emergent bilingual students in the area. We hope to see all districts represented present supporting their finalists.
On January 14-15, RGV-TABE celebrated their 27th (and first hybrid) conference! The theme for this year's conference was "Multilingualism Unlocks the Future". Arturo Castañeda and Jonathan Medina delivered fantastic keynote presentations! Thank you so much to everyone who attended this year's event! We hope to see you next year in beautiful South Padre Island!
The Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Texas A&M University System and Interim President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville together with the faculty from the EdD in Bilingual Education held an event to recognize the contributions of Distinguished Alumni. The honorees were: Dr. Tadeo Reyna, Dr. Luis Rosado and TABE’s executive board member Dr. Josefina Villamil Tinajero. Congratulations!
En familia: Recursos e ideas prácticas para criar hijos(as) bilingües
Por Blanca Gálvez Pérez, Representante de Padres de Familia de TABE
On the Bilingual Directors' Radar: Latest Updates from TEA, SBEC, and USDE
TEA Bilingual/ESL Instructional Videos from Districts across Texas Available Now
If you would like to submit a video, please fill out the form link (PDF) to find out next steps.
Bilingual/ESL Directors’ and Bilingual/ESL Educators Professional Development and Resources:
Save the Date for the Back-to-School TABE Virtual Bilingual/ESL Directors’ Meeting on Thursday August 25, 2022!!
TEA Bilingual Target Language Proficiency and Bilingual Supplemental Tests Preparation Courses and Materials
Beyond PK-12: News from Higher Ed
Somos B3 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: Bilingual, Biliterate, and Bicultural
Dr. J. Joy Esquierdo, TABE Higher Education Roundtable Chair
Dr. Katherine Chistoffersen, Associate Director for the B3 Institute
The Higher Education Roundtable report for this issue will highlight the work of the B3 Institute at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The B3 Institute facilitates the process through which the university becomes a bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate. It is a central part of what it means to be UTRGV. When UTRGV was founded in 2013, the UT System Board of Regents called on the new university to explore biculturalism, bilingualism, and biliteracy as part of its new fabric. The B3 Institute, led by Dr. Dania Lopez-Garcia as the Interim Executive Director and Dr. Katherine Christoffersen as the Associate Director, was created to respond to this unique vision and mission to develop UTRGV as a bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate institution.
According to the B3 Institute website, its vision is:
Through the enhancement of culturally appropriate university coursework delivered bilingually and/or through Spanish and through community engaged teaching, research, and service, UTRGV emerges as an authentic Hispanic-serving Institution that builds on regional cultural and linguistic assets, as an integral part of how it transforms the Rio Grande Valley.
In pursuit of this vision, the B3 Institute works strategically with the Center for Bilingual Studies (CBS), the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), and the Translation and Interpreting Office (T&iO) to pursue UTRGV’s mission, vision, and core priorities. Establishing UTRGV as a bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate university enhances opportunities for student success, builds upon the cultural and linguistic strategic advantages of the region, and cultivates leadership manifest in culturally and historically respectful ways.
UTRGV faculty are invited to be involved with B3 by:
1) Obtaining a Spanish (S) course designation,
2) Obtaining a Bilingual (X) course designation,
3) Sharing their B3-related research, and/or
4) Sharing their B3-related community engagement projects, programs, and partnerships.
Other highlights include:
This academic year, faculty at UTRGV completed a survey where 40 faculty expressed interest in designating their courses either “Spanish” or “Bilingual.” Additionally, 10 faculty are currently participating in the Faculty Learning Community on B3 in the classroom this semester, in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence at UTRGV. There is also the development of new Online Spanish Immersion for Faculty program that was active this academic year and another one will begin for Summer 2022. For more information on the latest developments of the B3 Institute, visit their website at https://www.utrgv.edu/b3-institute.
DID YOU KNOW?
2nd: Adelante Conference AAABE; BEAM Conference
5th: ESC1 EB Parent, Family, and Community Title III Institute
21st: Spring BESO Institute -TBD
23rd and 24th: ESC1 Cultivating and Reshaping Minds: Cultivando y elevando nuestras identidades bilingües
26th: SAABE 43rd Bilingual Conference
17th and 18th: Dual Language Symposium
28th and 29th: Title III Symposium
Karina Chapa, TABE Newsletter Chair