my Voki

Monday, June 16, 2014

We can all read, write and speak English if you will help us to learn!

Cluster 5
Resources for developing literacy - Supporting Emergent Literacy - links below provide access to the database of children’s book that are award winners.

The Children's Literature Web Guide

Children's Book Awards

The most comprehensive guide to English-language children's book awards on the Internet.
International Awards
Canadian Awards
United States Awards
British Awards
Australian Awards
New Zealand Awards
Children's Choice Awards
Best Books of the Year Lists
*Other Internet information about Juvenile & Adult Literary Awards.

NYS did not respond to this information provided on TABLE A:GENERAL STATE INFORMATION
Information was collected from the 2012-2013 State of the States in Gifted Education report.
Empty cells indicate no response to the question
Hatched cells indicate the state did not participate in the survey
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NYS is a state that does not require Gifted Education Policy - programming according to the above legend indicates no gifted funding is available.

All the data supports that my state is not concerned about allocating funds for Gifted Education Programs.  As a state that is leading in so many areas it was shocking to find out that we are not providing funds to this section of education.  There may be many excuses being used, but that is all they are.  NY has a lottery in place that is suppose to be benefit the schools.  That should be enforced so programs such as Gifted Education can be offered to our students.


As a recent immigrant student there will be many challenges that I would face.  As I enter the school system in this country for the first time I will be asked to speak a language that I probably don’t know.  The teachers and the other students may not even know my native language and therefore not even be able to communicate with me using the language that I have only known my entire life.  The first month will hopefully be my hardest.  By that I hope that the program that is offered to me is one that can flip-flop from English to my native language so that I can have a comparison to draw from when things are being explained / taught to me.  I can only hope that will happen otherwise I am sure that the following couple months will be very unproductive and scary.   

  • Plyler v. Doe – This joint guidance letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice describes the obligations of states and school districts under Federal law to provide all children – regardless of immigration status – with equal access to public education at the elementary and secondary level.
  • Letter also available in Spanish. [PDF]
  • Guidance available in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Tagalog, andVietnamese. [PDF]
  • Plyler v Doe Fact Sheet containing information on the rights of all children to enroll in school. [PDF] Also available in Spanish.
  • Question and Answer Document for states, school districts and parents. [PDF] Also available in Spanish.
  • New Immigrant Guide– This resource guide from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides basic information for new immigrants, including information about education, childcare, and schools. The guide is available in 14 languages.
  • English Language Learner Resources – This website contains resources for English language learners. Federal laws prohibit denial of equal access to education because of a student's limited proficiency in English. States and school districts must provide English learner students with language assistance services so that they can meaningfully participate in educational programs. Additionally, states and school districts must ensure that they effectively communicate to limited English proficient parents and caretakers the information that is provided to English speaking parents.
  • Information on equal access to a high-quality education is also available in Spanish.
  • National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) – This website provides an overview of NCELA, including federal grants, data and demographics, professional development, promising practices, and more for English language learners.

Some concerns and fears that an immigrant student must face are if they will be accepted by others and will they learn (not just the material, but the language).  What type of education services will actually be available.  Will the teacher be able to use my language to help me learn?  Will any of the other students be able to talk with me?  Will I face discrimination and biases?  Will I learn the customs fast enough?  I can only imagine the many questions that an immigrant students asks themselves.

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