Tag: help

Less Testing May Help Every Child Achieve

After weeks of negotiations, U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have released draft legislation designed to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).The bipartisan agreement, known as the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015,” promises to fix problems with the NCLB Act while keeping intact the parts...

Toolkit for Schools to Help Undocumented Students

The Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) has released a 65-page National Institutions Coming Out Day Toolkit in preparation for the National Institutions Coming Out Day (NICOD) on April 7, 2015.This toolkit, the first of its kind, equips students and educators with materials and resources to facilitate institutions’ participation. It lists 29 clear and concrete examples of institutional efforts to...

Songs Help Cubans Trace Roots to Sierra Leone

The Ganga-Longoba of Perico, Cuba, have sung the same chants for decades – passing the traditions on from generation to generation.Until now, the singers had little knowledge of their ancestral roots – or how the songs arrived in their community.Yet thanks to the work of University of Sydney historian Dr Emma Christopher, Cuba’s Ganga have been able to trace...

Guide to Help Leaders Improve ELL Instruction

Supporting English Language Learners: A Pocket Guide for State and District Leaders summarizes the ELL-relevant information presented in 34 approved applications for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waivers and suggests promising practices and policies to address these students' needs. The guide, developed by the Center for English Language Learners at the American Institutes for Research, is designed...

$100,000 Grant to Help Improve Chinese Language Instruction in America

Last year, Claudia Ross, immediate past president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), began designing a program to help expand the resources available to Chinese language teachers across America. This summer, after more than a year of planning, Ross and Baozhang He, associate professor of Chinese, in conjunction with CLTA, are ready to launch this initiative.The 10-day residential...