[EDEQUITY] Weekly Resource List

From: Hilandia.Rendon, EdEquity.Moderator, (edequity-admin@phoenix.edc.org)
Date: Thu Oct 17 2002 - 16:18:00 EDT

Dear EdEquity members:

I hope you all have settle into your regular routines after your relaxing
vacations and school opening in September. Once again, I am happy to send
you all the weekly resources.

Our information for EdEquity Weekly resource list comes from various
e-sources, including external list serves and web sites, EDC, and our own
 Arabs and the Arab World: The following links are educational materials:

Facts About Arabs and the Arab World

Arab Contributions to Civilization

ADC Lesson Plan: Anti-Arab Stereotypes, Discrimination, and Hate Crimes

For more information please visit www.adc.org

National Priorities Project Database
Socio-economic needs and federal expenditures which can be customized into
tables, graphs and reports.
<A HREF="http://database.nationalpriorities.org/

The National Priorities Project
Analyzes the federal budget and its impact on providing the resources and
information they need to help meet the needs of most Americans, promote
welfare, and provide justice.

The Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at the University of
Massachusetts Boston is pleased to announce that we are launching a new
series of Fact Sheets on information of concern to women in Massachusetts.
The first-in-the-series is attached:Retirement Benefit Options for
Massachusetts State Employees: Unfair Choice for Couples--Problem for Women
by Ellen A. Bruce

These fact sheets will be issued quarterly. We hope you will find them
Please feel free to distribute to your electronic lists. For additional
copies, please visit our website at www.mccormack.umb.edu/cwppp and Click
on Research and Publications

Gender and Ethnicity Information:
BEST COMPANIES FOR MINORITIES FORTUNE's fifth annual Best Companies for
Minorities list

Hispanic Book Bonanza Celebrates Heritage
washingtonpost.com, September 13, 2002Families may want to celebrate
Hispanic Heritage Month by cozying up with any of a slew of books featuring
Hispanic kids living in Latin America.
Latina Women of NASA http://oeop.larc.nasa.gov/hep/lwon/
Hispanic Astronauts http://oeop.larc.nasa.gov/hep/hep-astronauts.html

An Invitation to visit: Literacy Matters
A Professional Development Website focusing on Literacy Development in the
Middel Grades
    Just in time for the new academic year, the Literacy Matters Website is
    launching a new teacher website focusing on what matters most in
    adolescent literacy development. Our first "matter" is how to integrate
    adolescent literature into the middle grades curriculum.

    Not only have we gathered information, found links to great websites,
    and sought out other resources, but we have also organized all of this
    in a meaningful way, especially for middle school teachers. If you want
    to find out more about how to select adolescent literature, ways to use
    questioning, classroom practices for helping students respond to
    literature, and how to assess strategies, then come investigate

    But that's not all.

    Want to try out a fun and friendly e-Learning event, offered at NO
    CHARGE? From September 23 to October 6, you are invited to participate
    in "A Taste of Junior Great Books: Rules of the Game." Co-developed by
    the Junior Great Books Foundation and Education Development Center,
    this e-Learning event (called a Happening) provides wonderful resources
    (and more) for introducing "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan into your
    classroom. In this Happening, you will be able to:

     Read a summary of the story
     Access the story online (with key vocabulary highlighted and defined)
     Print out the story to distribute to your students
     Print out a lesson plan
     Follow links to websites on China Town in San Francisco and chess for
     Find other information about teaching literature
     Engage in conversation about what works and what doesn't work in the

    It's all there. It's all free. Hope to see you at Literacy Matters!

Online course: Embracing diversity, respecting others
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) announces
Embracing Diversity, Respecting Others, a professional development online
course designed to give teachers the tools they need to create environments
of acceptance and harmony in our schools. "Teachers are in a wonderful
position to help young people understand that our nation is strong because
of our diversity." ASCD Professional Development Online

1)How Girls Hurt:The American School Boards Journal takes an interesting
look at bullying
and covert aggression among school-age girls this month. See

2)"High Schools"Long-standing state education policies keep high schools
mired in old ways
of conducting business, and even many of the newer policies have had
"little impact" on improving high schools, concludes a report by the
Alliance on the American High School.

The report addresses a range of policies, including differentiated
diplomas,student retention and promotion, alternative and charter schools,
school exit test, and performance rewards and penalties.

3)"All Over the Map: State Policies to Improve the American High School" is
available online at www.hsalliance.org (Look under "Policy Paper")

 Helping Your Child Series (available in English and Spanish)
The U.S. Department of Education is reissuing Helping Your Child, a
publication series for
families and caregivers. The booklets have been updated with new
information, including the latest
research-based practices for helping children learn. These booklets offer
practical activities to
stimulate children's learning and a list of resources such as books,
computer programs and Web
sites that adults and children can enjoy together. Select titles of the
12-booklet series available
this school year include:
* Helping Your Child Become a Reader
* Helping Your Preschool Child
* Helping Your Child With Homework
* Helping Your Child Through Early Adolescence
(a new manuscript)
* Helping Your Child Succeed in School
The first three may be ordered through the
Department's publication center at 1-877-4ED-PUBS,
while supplies last.
For future availability of the full series, visit:

A new Carnegie Challenge Paper, "Teaching as a Clinical Profession: A New
Challenge for Education," summarizes the challenges facing the teaching
profession and offers a conceptual answer -- treat teaching as a modern
clinical profession. Too often, according to the paper, school reformers
have put the cart before the horse by launching school reforms without
teaching reforms, as if reducing class sizes or raising student standards
were self-fulfilling improvements. They are not. Studies confirm that the
quality of teaching is the single most important factor influencing
student achievement. (PDF)

Latinos in Higher Education: Many Enroll, Too Few Graduate
Ten percent of all U.S. Latino high school graduates enrolled in
institutions of higher education during the late 1990s, enrolling at a
higher rate than their white peers and at a rate second only to their Asian
peers, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center. Yet despite
finishing secondary school and enrolling in college in large numbers,
Latinos lag every other population group in attaining college degrees.

The following tables show annual college enrollment levels and
characteristics, from 1997 to 2000, in

New York

6)The "Access to Information Technologies" study extends the work of "La
Familia Empowerment Initiative," a family education program funded by the
U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition,
Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient
Students (OELA). Information about "La Familia Empowerment Initiative" is
online at: http://www.arcassociates.org/lafamilialearning
From National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education list-serv

Recent test results confirm once again what many already know: The
communities with the lowest test scores are the communities with the
highest percentage of poor children -- especially poor immigrant children.
Those involved in the implementation of new standards and assessments have
always known the strong correlation between poverty and poor academic
performance. The unanswered question, however, remains: Given all the talk
about school reform, why haven't we done something about it? According to
Pedro Noguera and Eileen Moran Brown, the key factor in the success of
America's ''new majority'' will be our public schools. The challenge will
be to give teachers the tools, skills, and credentials they need to be
effective in reaching this new population and meeting the demands of a
rapidly changing, high-stakes educational environment. Reformers have
initiated school reforms without thinking about teaching reforms.
Reformers too often incorrectly assume that reducing class sizes, raising
student standards, or creating small schools could be accomplished in a
vacuum without teachers. However, studies confirm that the quality of
teaching is the single most important factor in closing the student
achievement gap.

The "NetDay Cyber Security Kit for Schools" features tools and resources
to raise awareness about online safety and computer security. NetDay
encourages education leaders to distribute these resources in schools
across the country, to ensure that schools and homes -- the places where
children are most likely to access computers -- are "cyber secure."
Resources -- some in both English and Spanish --are included for K-12
educators, school district administrators, parents, and families.

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education
Statistics NCES) has released a report on Internet access in U.S. public
from 1994 to 2001. The report presents analysis on the progress of Internet
connectivity in public schools and classrooms, and on the ratio of
students to instructional computers with Internet access.
[SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of

Fellowship and Scholarships Opportunities

1)The Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs, Princeton University is seeking applicants for its
2003 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program.

The Junior Summer Institute is designed to prepare students of color for
graduate study in public and international affairs.

The program will be held at Princeton University from June 12, 2003 through
August 1, 2003. Applicants must be in their junior year of undergraduate
study and demonstrate a strong interest in public service and a career in
domestic public policy or international affairs. The curriculum is
to improve students' analytic and communication skills through three areas
of study - economics, statistics, and policy analysis/writing.

The program is fully funded and will cover the entire cost of tuition,
housing, meals, and transportation. In addition, students receive a $1,000
stipend.The application deadline is November 1, 2002.For more information,
go to http://www.wws.princeton.edu/jsi

2) Miss Black USA has 50 Scholarships available immediately
The Miss Black USA Organization and has 50 scholarships available for women
who are single mothers. The women need to be single parents wanting to go
college and able to go out of state for the upcoming term. Scholarship
includes Tuition to Texas College Housing for student and child(ren) Child
care Application Fee
Requirements Age: 17 + Degree: High School Graduate GPA: Negotiable
Children: No more than 2 children High School transcript Application due
ASAP Applicant must be willing to relocate to Texas. Transportation
provided for
Missouri residents and transportation assistance for all others.For an
application, or more information, contact Ingrid Owens at 314-469-9673

Please pass this information on if it is not applicable to you, as we do
want these scholarships to be expire.

Always a beautiful day... Ingrid Owens Executive Director Miss Black USA
917 Locust 9th Floor St. Louis, MO 63101
314-469-9673 Direct Line 314-438-8200 Toll Free 877-682-4816 Fax:

3)"2003 Toyota International Teacher Program"
The 2003 Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully funded 2-week
study tour of Japan sponsored by the Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Toyota sponsors 50 full-time secondary teachers, grades 9-12, from
Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and West
Virginia to learn first-hand about education, culture, environment and
technology and how these affect industry and society. Apply online or
call (877) TEACH-JP or e-mail toyotateach@iie.org for more information.
Application deadline: January 13, 2003.

4)"2003 New Leaders Academy"
The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) is currently seeking
applicants for the 2003 New Leaders Academy, a competitive year-long
professional management and training program specifically designed to
equip mid-level youth service professionals with the skills and
comprehension necessary to successfully manage and lead youth programs.
The New Leaders Academy provides training to mid-level professional youth
service staff in current information and best practices on what works in
youth employment and the use of available data and successful models of
youth employment and youth development. The Academy also helps staff
improve management skills and encourages networking with other senior
professionals in the field. Application deadline: November 1, 2002.

5)"National Endowment for the Humanities"
The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to schools,
colleges, universities, libraries, museums, and other cultural
institutions to improve formal humanities education in the United States
from kindergarten through college. The program supports projects that
promise national significance by virtue of their content, approach, or
reach. The size of a grant depends on the scope of the project, its
duration (up to three years) and the number of participants. Application
deadline: October 15, 2002.

6)"The Coca-Cola Foundation"
The Coca-Cola Foundation encourages new solutions to countless problems
that impede educational systems today, and it supports existing programs
that work. Because the challenges for education are so broad, the
Foundation's commitment is multifaceted. It offers support to public and
private colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools,
teacher-training programs, educational programs for minority students, and
global educational programs. Next application deadline: December 1, 2002.

Cabrini Connections is an after-school program that supports students in
the inner-city and public housing to stay in school and pursue their
education and a career track. Technology is one area of focus for Cabrini
Connections and 50% of the students pursuing it are female. Students assist
in Web site maintenance and development, tech support, and video
production. Dan Bassill, president of Cabrini Connections, points out that
the many female technology volunteers serve as role models for the students
and spark their interest. "Our Web master and tech support team leader are
both female, as is the founder of the technology club." Interested in
recreating the success of Cabrini Connections and learning more about
Tutor/Mentors? Visit www.tutormentorexchange.net

Websites to check out:

    World Health Organization
    Violence and Injuries Prevention:

    United Nations Division for the Advancement
    of Women State Parties to CEDAW:

    International Center for Research on Women:

Final note: Information on these resources is provided as a service to
listserv subscribers. EdEquity does not review or necessarily endorse
these publications or events.

Hilandia Rendon
EdEquity Moderator

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