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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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USDOE-DOJ Issue Joint Guidance on Serving English Learners

By Alyssa Thornley | March 2, 2015

On January 7, 2015 the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued joint guidance related to serving English Learners (ELs). This guidance pulls together information related to requirements to serve ELs from many sources, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related court cases, the Equal Education Opportunities Act, and Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

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EL News: Focus on New York

By Alyssa Thornley | August 29, 2014

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Studies has published their “Blueprint for English Language Learners (ELLs) Success.” This document contains 8 key principles that were “developed as a statewide framework aimed to clarify expectations for administrators, policymakers, and practitioners to prepare ELLs for success”. These principles include some excellent foundational ideas to be implemented, including “All teachers are teachers of English Language Learners, and need to plan accordingly”; “All school boards and district/school leaders are responsible for ensuring that the academic, linguistic, social, and emotional needs of ELLs are addressed”; and “Districts and schools recognize that bilingualism and biliteracy are assets, and provide opportunities for all students to earn a Seal of Biliteracy upon obtaining a high school diploma.”

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Title III: Supplement Not Supplant Monitoring Issues

By Alyssa Thornley | August 29, 2014

The Title I Monitor from March 2014 (Vol. 19, No.3), a publication of LRP, carried an article related to recent Title III monitoring findings. The LRP article looked at the five most recent Title III Monitoring reports posted on the USED’s site. Many of the issues cited in this article are the same issues that I saw over the two and a half years I contracted with the US Department of Education (USED) to help monitor state’s Title III programs (visiting five states). In particular, the supplement not supplant issues related teacher salaries and translation/interpretation, were some of the most common findings by Title III at USED.

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