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Alyssa Thornley

Alyssa Thornley has spent her career working to support schools and communities in providing opportunity to all students. In positions as a teacher, professional development coordinator, and as a volunteer, she has focused on the community’s role in education, and in designing efficient programs that work for diverse needs. Alyssa leads TransACT’s customer engagement and market strategy efforts, and works to ensure innovative programs, guidance, and thought leadership from across the country’s districts are being shared and spread.
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WIDA panel on English Learner (EL) programs & ESSA: opportunity, challenges & concerns

By Alyssa Thornley | October 20, 2016

On Thursday, October 13th 2016, TransACT’s Director of Federal Programs, Dr. David Holbrook, joined a WIDA panel discussing the opportunities and challenges of ESSA implementation. The panel was moderated by Jesse Markow, Chief Strategy Officer at WIDA, and included Dr. Gary Cook, Research Scientist at WIDA, and Kenneth Bond, WIDA Executive Committee Member and ESL/Bilingual Program Coordinator at the New Jersey Department of Education. 

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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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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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National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

By Alyssa Thornley | October 7, 2014

In support of the National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, TransACT is making the 2014 TransACT® GenEd Anti-Bullying Kit available to all subscribers across the country free of charge.

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By Alyssa Thornley | September 26, 2014


LYNNWOOD, WA — To meet school’s critical need to provide legally-required “English Learner” parent notices in multiple languages, TransACT announced today the availability of three new compliance collections which align to Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and United States Department of Education (USED) compliance requirements.

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National Meetings – Joint Federal Programs Meeting Washington DC at the Mayflower Hotel July 23-25, 2014

By Alyssa Thornley | August 29, 2014

The first ever Collaborative Federal Programs Meeting was held in Washington, D.C. July 23-25, 2014. The organizing of this meeting started in September of 2013 when the National Title I Association (NASTID) and the National Council of State Title III Directors (NCSTIIID) began planning to meet jointly in the summer of 2014. Those plans expanded to include the Title I 1003(g) SIG Directors/Office of School Turnaround and some members of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)/Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)/Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).

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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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Community Eligibility Provision Election Date for Schools Extended

By Alyssa Thornley | August 29, 2014

The opt-in deadline for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) option for determining eligibility for the National School Lunch Program deadline has been extended. The original deadline of June 30th has been extended to August 31st.

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