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4 Ways to Support Student Success Initiatives by Bridging the Gap between School and Home

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 29, 2016

The gold standard of a successful educational environment is one in which parents and teachers work towards aligned goals, the students have the latest technology at their fingertips both at school and at home, and communication between parties is welcomed and encouraged.

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Recent changes to the Parent Notices product menu

By Alyssa Thornley | September 29, 2016

Current customers now have access to a small but important change to their Parent Notices document navigation menu. The “All Documents” menu is located at the top left-hand side of your screen after you login, and is where subscribers go to navigate from one document collection to the next.

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Preparing for ESSA Compliance: What districts can do now to support communicating in multiple languages

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 19, 2016

As an education professional, you have no doubt heard about the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA — the reauthorization to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was signed into law in December of 2015.

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Top 5 Most Important Parent Notices for the Beginning of the School Year

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 18, 2016

There is a lot to organize at the beginning of the school year, but the 2017-2018 brings an additional level of chaos with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Here is a list of the most important forms to have updated in line with ESSA requirements, and available in a language that families can understand:

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Come see us at WIDA 2016 “Drawing on Life’s Experiences: Designing Bright Futures”

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 16, 2016

Dr. David Holbrook, Executive Director of Federal Programs is presenting alongside Gary Cook from WIDA and Delia Pompa from the Migrant Policy Institute at WIDA 2016. The theme this year, Drawing on Life’s Experiences: Designing Bright Futures, brings together educators from a variety of backgrounds to give professional development on academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse. This year’s conference will be held October 12-15, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.

Join Dr. Holbrook, Gary Cook, Delia Pompa for an engaging question and answer time. The panel is set to meet on Thursday, October 13th from 10:45am to 11:45am.

Additionally, TransACT is proud to be a sponsor of WIDA’s 2016 conference. Stop by and see us at booth #412!

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What Do We Know About ESSA Compliance Now?  The facts, question marks, and agenda of what is to come.

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 12, 2016

Since 2002, the federal education law that focuses on providing all children with a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education has been a heated topic, both for education professionals and the lay-person alike. While NCLB’s original shelf life was seven years, it’s been on the books for twice that long — and it was so controversial that many are happy to see it go.

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District Obligations to ESL Students

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 6, 2016

Immigration is changing education in the United States.  Public school districts are seeing increased enrollments of English Second Language (ESL) students, and the upward trend is expected to continue. As these trends have shifted, so too has the federal government’s role, with mandates that make school districts responsible for providing the best educational services possible to one and all.

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Hidden Translation Risks: Limitations of school notification translators

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 1, 2016

As an education professional, we understand that you are committed to communicating effectively with your students and their families to support student success. Not only that, you’re aware of the legal obligations of presenting information in a language that all parents understand, including those of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. After all, your goal is to build trust, share information, and show that you care about all students in your district  — regardless of which language they speak.

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Proposed reauthorization of ESEA moving more EL responsibilities to Title I

By Alyssa Thornley | June 11, 2015

In February, the House Education and the Workforce Committee took up the long overdue task of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

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