NCLB Parents Guide in Spanish - "No Child Left Behind: A
Parents Guide" is now available on the web in Spanish. It summarizes
NCLB, answers questions about the law, & tells what it means for
The U.S. Government's
Official Web Portal (Spanish)
- Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it's on
FirstGov.gov. You'll find a rich treasure of online information,
services and resources.
Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems -
Provides technical assistance and professional
development to close the achievement gap between
students from culturallyand linguistically diverse
backgrounds and their peers, and reduceinappropriatereferrals to special education. Targetsimprovements in culturally responsive practices, earlyintervention,literacy, and positive behavioral
supports. The Web site provides links andresourcesregarding culturally responsive educational systems.
Links4Youth - A
community service project created for the purpose of providing a valuable
service to youth, this website was designed as a pathway for students, and in
some cases parents, to access information that will provide guidance, support
and overall enrichment to youth as they develop from an educational, cultural
and civic dimension.
Behind Burqa, Student Gets an Education in Bigotry - As a white
suburban teen of Italian and Irish descent, Caitlin Dean volunteered
to wear traditional Muslim clothing to school for an entire day in
February after a Middle Eastern Studies teacher announced that she was
looking for students to promote her class by wearing the garb. Caitlin
covered herself with a periwinkle burqa which concealed her face. The
hateful and abusive comments she endured that day horrified teachers,
the teen and many of her classmates.
For Black Students, Single Essay Made Big Difference
- The seventh-graders were asked to write an essay about
their most important value. "My friends give
me companionship and courage," a girl wrote.
"I'm a great athlete," offered a boy. "God
is the answer to everything," wrote another.
Learn English in School? Follow the Yellow Brick Road
- Immigrant students arrived at I.S. 223 in Brooklyn, NY,
talking 24 different languages and not knowing a soul. About the only
thing they shared was a shyness of speaking English aloud. First-year
teacher Diana Senechal figured, what better way to give them
confidence than to have them sing and dance in an hour-and-a-half-long
musical, for three performances at the end of the school year, in the
big auditorium, before a thousand strangers.
Bridging the Widest Gap:
Raising the Achievement of Black Boys - Black boys spend more time in special education, spend less time in
advanced placement or college prep courses, and receive more
disciplinary suspensions and expulsions than any other group in U.S.
schools today. In many cases, a debilitating combination of inadequate
resources and low expectations in schools that serve large numbers of
black boys results in this group being held back, researchers say.
Poor Health Habits Reason For Grade Gap - Obesity, poor
nutrition and lack of physical fitness may partially explain why
Hispanic and American Indian students in New Mexico don’t perform as
well as their Anglo peers. Recently released data from Harvard
University’s School of Public Health found a strong correlation
between poor nutrition and health and low achievement, state Secretary
of Education Veronica García told a group of teachers in Santa Fe.
Black Parents Tackle a Gap - Aisha
Tomlinson is a receptionist living in Harlem, but she parents her two
young daughters like a professional in the suburbs. Tomlinson
acknowledges that she was not always so involved, though, and she
regrets leaving the education of her 18-year-old son entirely in the
hands of the public schools he attended. She thought only prosperous
parents had the time and ability to navigate a school system -- until
last school year, when Harlem educators taught her how to do the same.
Parents Decry Inner-city Schools -
They say educational quality suffers in high-poverty CMS areas
Frustrated black parents complained Saturday that their children are
getting a second-rate education in inner-city schools that are filled
with students from poor families.
Principal Getting Results in a Struggling School - Claudia Cream, in her third year as Parkside's principal, has sought to boost
student achievement by instilling ethnic pride, setting high standards, and
imposing strict discipline. "Children seem to thrive when they realize they come
from greatness," she said. "I give them a sense of who they are." The efforts
are producing improvements at Parkside, once the lowest-performing elementary
school in the nearly 18,000-student Camden system.
No Black-White Test-Score Gap at Age 4, But It Appears After Children
Enter School - African American
children and white children from similar family backgrounds who
entered kindergarten in 1998 began school with approximately the same
test scores. This striking finding is drawn from the national Early
Childhood Longitudinal Study. But by the end of first grade African
American children have lost ground to comparable white children. The
authors find no evidence that slippage occurs over the summertime, an
oft-offered explanation for the test-score gap. Nor are differences in
family background the likely cause. Instead, it appears that the cause
is within the schoolhouse.
Superstars - Give us your tired, your poor...your scientists
and your mathematicians. The children of immigrants are becoming the
top math and science students in the United States, dominating
academic competitions and representing the strongest hope the nation
has of keeping an edge in high-tech and biomedical fields, according
to a study released Monday.
They Won’t Go Hungry Tonight - In her living room, Rosa Maria
Molina looks at her husband, Moises, and his calloused hands. Then she
looks at her ambitious children and cries. She knows that the cycle
shackling her family to poverty is being broken, and she’s thinking
that the world in the framed picture on her wall—that bright world of
dreams—is within her children’s reach. “I’m so happy,” is all she can
say between sobs. "So happy."
Website Opens up Internet to Black Students -
Karnita Dumas and Christopher Emile laughed in delight at
the animation that appeared on the website: black and brown children
reading books, dancing and painting -- the same things they like to
Norfolk, a Blueprint for Narrowing the Gap - In
virtually every grade and subject, Norfolk, Va., schools have markedly narrowed
the gap between black and white student performance on state tests. Norfolk's
numbers are particularly noteworthy given the district's demographics.
Two-thirds of the students are African-American. Sixty percent are low-income.
ASA Launches Spanish
Section on its Website - The Autism Society of America
(ASA) today announces the launch of a Spanish-language section
on its award-winning Web site, responding to the ever-growing
needs of the Hispanic community to deliver bi-lingual
information on autism spectrum disorders.
In This Florida District Diversity Hasn't Reached the Principal's
Office - In Florida's giant Broward
County school district, only 10 school principals are Hispanic. That's
6 percent, compared with nearly one in four students. Even as the
county rapidly grows more diverse, school administrators are still
mostly white non-Hispanics--and their grip on the principal's office
can be damaging, Hispanic parents say.
Brown v. Board
of Education - It was the first item listed on the docket for
the U.S. Supreme Court’s October 1953 term. Ostensibly it was about
the right of a black girl to attend a newer, all-white school only
seven blocks from her home instead of an older, all-black school more
than a mile away. But Brown v. Board of Education, as the case came to
be known, was always about much more than that. At its core was
whether state governments could claim the right to sustain “separate
but equal” schools and other public facilities, segregating black
Americans into a world of far less opportunity and denying them full
participation in American life.
Hip Hop Takes a Hit - Black women are
starting to fight rap's degrading images. You never know in America.
Just when you think something bad is going to go on far longer than it
should, signs of its being brought to a sudden halt appear.
Nelly, a rapper from St. Louis who is notorious for his hedonistic rap
videos and dehumanizing images of black women, has been stopped in his
tracks by a group of concerned young women from Spelman College and
young men from Morehouse College, two historically black schools in
Craving a Taste of Their Heritage -
Black students attending historically white institutions are finding a
sense of belonging through an exchange program at Howard University.
Outlines Strategies to Close Learning Gap - A
high school counselor once told Robert Smith he would have to work much harder
than his white peers to achieve the same things throughout his life. Smith, who
is African American, took those words with him from a low-income, one-parent
home in Dallas, Texas, to college at the University of Iowa. He carried the same
message to the State Board of Education on Friday.
Black Students Disciplined More -
Black students are still more likely than white students to be
disciplined at school--three decades after American education
documented the disparity. Three-fourths of 40 Southwest Ohio school
districts disciplined African-Americans at higher rates than whites
last year, an Enquirer analysis of school discipline data shows. In
more than half of schools, blacks were twice as likely to be suspended
and sent home for at least one day.
U.S.Full Text of U.S. Supreme Court Rulings: U of M Cases - (PDF documents) Links to the full text of the U.S.
Supreme Court rulings in the two University of Michigan affirmative action
Grutter v. Bollinger: Law School policy upheld, 5-4;
Gratz v. Bollinger: Literature, Science and the Arts policy overturned, 6-3
State Board Charges Into
American Indian Mascot/Logo Issue -
In a resolution adopted unanimously, the State Board of Education
today strongly recommended the “elimination of American Indian
mascots, nicknames, logos, fight songs, insignias, antics and team
descriptions by all Michigan schools” and directed that the resolution
be sent to the Governor, all legislators and all school districts.
Community Amid Growing Diversity - In this article in Principal Leadership, two middle grades teachers in
describe their involvement in a system-wideeffort to cope with a rapid influx of Hispanics and Somali Muslims.
Includes sample activities.
in Racial Preference - Ask a fish
what water is and you'll get no answer. Even if fish were capable of
speech, they would likely have no explanation for the element they
swim in every minute of every day of their lives. Water simply is.
Fish take it for granted.
Name Is Michael' - This is a true
story—one that both haunts and inspires me. I wish I could say that
the names have been changed to protect the innocent. The names were
changed, but, sadly, no one was protected.
Tackles Tough Diversity Issues
- Educators and community members in the Walled Lake
Schools area have learned that helping parents navigate cultural
differences can help students as well.
Achievement - "They flocked
to meetings, meet-the-teacher nights, bake sales and
assemblies." The school was far more successful than its
geographical and socioeconomic neighbors.
chief aiming to cut minority gap - Superintendent makes raising black students' achievement a
priority; 'Disparities ... will be eliminated'; Smith's push, programs
earn praise from parents and community leaders.
Task force plan focuses on
education barriers - The Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs report is aimed
atdefining the problems in educating thestate's rapidly growing Hispanic
population and proposing solutions to legislators and Gov. Bob Taft.
Shouldn't Be Good to Have It Bad -
Berkeley, where I teach, we are awaiting the arrival of the first
freshman class selected under a revised admissions policy for the
University of California schools. All applicants are being evaluated
according to whether they have survived "hardships," with those who
have done so netting extra points.
gap tops agenda at Hispanic conference - Hispanics must convince the rest of the nation it is crucial to the
prosperity of the United States that Hispanic children get an
education, a national Hispanic leader said Saturday at a conference
Macho or Sweetness? Why
Immigrant Girls Succeed - This is
no aberration. Immigrant girls consistently outperform boys, according
to the preliminary findings of a just-completed, five-year study of
immigrant children -- the largest of its kind, including Latino,
Chinese and Haitian kids.
Diverse Learners - This Web site is dedicated to enhancing the
capacity of teachers to work effectively and equitably with English
language learners. It includes information on: teaching and learning
strategies on culturally responsive teaching, mainstream classrooms,
bilingual/ESL classrooms, and special education; strategies for
performance and student assessment; organizations that may be useful
to teachers of language minority students; and funding opportunities
and grants for teaching English language learners.
Proyecto Vision: The First National Technical Assistance Center
for Latinos with Disabilities - The World
Institute On Disabilities has launched this program to address the
lack of outreach to Latinos and to also assist Latinos with accessing
critical services that lead to employment. Proyecto Vision is funded
by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education
Rehabilitation Services Administration. Through the program, disabled
Latinos will be able to access employment information through a
toll-free hotline that provides bilingual technical assistance and
also through a bilingual listserv. Additionally, there will be
opportunities to participate in annual employment-based regional
conferences and in leadership development activities. Partners in the
project include the Inter-American Institute on Disability, the Harlam
Independent Living Center, Houston’s Southwestern Regional Disability
Business Technical Assistance Center, The Central Coast Center for
Independent Living in Salinas, California, and Rehabilitation
International.More information is
available at the Center’s website athttp://www.proyectovision.netor via their Bilingual toll-free hotline
BILINGUAL SITE: HELPING HISPANIC
PARENTS PLAN FOR COLLEGE -
- The White House Initiative on
Educational Excellence for Hispanic
Americans recently unveiled a new website to provide parents with aone-stop center of information to increase college
knowledge. Among theresources online
are: "Myths andFacts About College
Costs," "20 Questionsto Ask Your Guidance
Counselor," and "Things You Need to Know
About Payingfor College." In addition,
the new mascot, Pablo the Eagle, encouragesreading andeducational achievement
among the community's youngestmembers.
(Note: The Tomas Rivera PolicyInstitute
found that 96 percentof Hispanic parents
surveyed expected their children to go to college, butfully66 percent of parents failed
to answer four out of eight questions
about what it takes to make college a
Disability & Culturally
or Religious Organization Links
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the
Interior 1849 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20240 202-219-4150
National Alliance of Black School Educators 2816 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
National Association for Bilingual Education 1220 L St. NW, Ste. 605
Washington, DC 20005-4018
National Indian Education Association 121 Oronoco St
Alexandria, VA 22314
MELD: Programs to Strengthen Families (MELD)
MELD provides parenting education models for nine parenting
populations, including African American parents, Latino parents, and
young fathers. MELD's programs serve parents in more than 70
communities and several statewide networks. MELD provides specialized
training curricula, offers training to trainers and community
organizations across the country, and provides parenting education
materials for parents with lower reading levels.
National Indian Child
Welfare Association (NICWA) E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Indian Child Welfare Association is the only Native
American organization focused specifically on issues of child abuse
and neglect and Tribal capacity to prevent and respond effectively to
these problems. NICWA is a membership organization of Tribes,
individuals, and private organizations concerned with Indian child and
family issues. NICWA primarily focuses on fostering information
exchange and community and public policy development for the defense
of the Indian Child Welfare Act. NICWA sponsors a national conference;
provides publications and information packets and technical
assistance; and maintains a library for information on child welfare
and child abuse and neglect that is culturally relevant and useful to
the American Indian population.
JCC of Metropolitan Detroit, a constituent agency of the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, has two locations in suburban
Detroit--Oak Park and West Bloomfield. Each facility provides a place
for people of all ages with a place to socialize, participate in
sports and recreation, receive a quality Jewish education, attend a
variety cultural events and more. Whether you want to work out, attend
a cultural event, spend quality time with your family or celebrate a
holiday, the JCC has programs for all ages and interests. Our two
locations are in the heart of your neighborhood.
English Language Learners/English as a Second Language
Help! They Don't Speak English Starter Kit for Primary Teachers -
A free, downloadable resource guide for educators of limited
English proficient students, grades Pre-K - 6. The first Help! They
Don't Speak English Starter Kit was produced in 1989 by a task force
of Virginia migrant educators who were getting an increasing number of
requests from classroom teachers for information about and assistance
with their limited English proficient (LEP) students. The Help! Kit
has proved to be an excellent resource for teachers who are seeking
ideas for recommended teaching strategies, lesson plans, and
The World of Immigrant Students - Although eight languages --Spanish,
Vietnamese, Hmong, Cantonese, Cambodian, Korean, Laotian, and Navajo -- comprise
85% of linguistic diversity, 350 language groups are actually spoken in U.S.
school districts. Meeting the needs of these students challenges many areas of a
school system. In this article, Judy Smith-Davis outlines a set of best
practices and a wealth of Web resources to help educators meet this challenge
and serve this population of students.
Developing IEPs for English Language Learners Rita Brusca-Vega, Ed.D., Professor of Special Education,
Chicago State University
The purpose of this chapter is to present several sample IEPs, based
on the best practices described in the resource book, for students of
different ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, English language
proficiency levels, and type of disability. Includes sample IEP
The Diversity Kit: An
Introductory Resource for Social Change in Education
This new publication brings together
current research on human development and cultural diversity. It
explores issues of diversity in education that are essential for
schools and teachers who are committed to quality education for all
students.You may wish to download the
entire Diversity Kit, or sections (i.e., Part I, Part II, Part III) or
individual sub-sections of each part. Please scroll down to view the
The Diversity Kit is available for
download as PDF files, which require
Acrobat Reader for viewing.
Part I: Human Development: A
Multidisciplinary Approach — What is intelligence? How is human
development affected by culture? How can our knowledge of human
development inform our responsibilities as educators working with an
increasingly diverse student population? We explore these questions,
along with the social dimension of human development to include
cultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, and sociology.
Part II: Culture — The definitions
of culture and cultural identity provide a basis for understanding the
importance of exploring, valuing, and promoting students' cultures in
the classroom, as an integral part of personal and academic
development. We provide activities and vignettes that educators can
use to illustrate the impact of culture on teaching and learning and
the power of family and community involvement.
Part III: Language — Cultural
differences are evident in communication style and language use and
are factors in the developmental stages of second language
acquisition. We discuss literacy and language assessment,
differentiating between the often misunderstood areas of language
difficulty and language deficiency.