Global Updates From World View

August 2004


Resources for Helping Latino Students Succeed in School

In this issue:

Advocacy Groups

ESL and More

Resources from NC Department of Public Instruction

Community College Information

Maps and Flags

Programs for Teachers of Latin American Studies and Culture

Hispanic Heritage Month (Spetember 15 -- October 15) Activities

2004 Fall Festivals Celebrating Hispanic Culture


Advocacy Groups
Acercamiento Hispano de Carolina del Sur/SC Hispanic Outreach
Acercamiento Hispano de Carolina del Sur promotes the well-being of Hispanic communities living in South Carolina by offering programs supporting education, health, social services, referrals and legal assistance. One program is the Juventud Latina Program (Latin Youth), which promotes the empowerment of young adults by offering scholarships, educational support, and access to information and resources.

The ASPIRA Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization devoted to the education and leadership development of Latino youth. The goal of ASPIRA is to reduce the drop out rate of Hispanic students across the nation and to promote economic development, by sponsoring leadership clubs, technology centers, health career programs, a math and science academy, and many more initiatives. The site provides links for scholarships, awards, internship, fellowships, as well links for college admission test preparation.

The Ayúdate website is a good starting place for a recently arrived Spanish-speaking immigrant. It provides information in English and Spanish in regards to North Carolina 's systems of education, housing, and health, as well as information for obtaining a driver's license, what to do incase of emergency, and lists of organizations that assist the Latino/Hispanic population. The site also lists demographic data. The “education” section explains a student's right to an education in North Carolina , irregardless of their immigration status. It also explains how to register a child for school the age/grade level system, transportation, meals, ESL services and the PTA. Through the “organizations” link educators can assist families with finding local agencies in each county to assist Latino families, as well as churches with Spanish services.

Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, University of South Carolina
This program out of USC coordinates research, teaching and service projects related to Latinos in South Carolina . The group sponsors conferences, symposia, and workshops to improve the quality of life for Latinos in South Carolina . Users can access national and South Carolina (state and county) demographics and maps.

El Pueblo , Inc
El Pueblo is an advocacy and policy non-profit organization serving Latinos in the state of North Carolina . Areas of focus include policy and legislation, cultural programs, health, education, public safety, and leadership development. The site provides links and resources for scholarships for Latino students, an interesting article on using the term “Hispanic” versus “Latino”, and provides legislative updates on policy changes effecting Latinos. Visit the “Speaker Request” link and El Pueblo may be able to provide a speaker for your school's next event. In addition, El Pueblo also organizes several annual events including El Foro Latino, La Fiesta del Pueblo, Youth Foro and Book Day/El Día de los Libros.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is a leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Their vision is to strengthen our country by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans, by doubling the rate of Hispanics earning a college degree. To do this the organization provides the Latino community with more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. The website defines why a college education is necessary and then outlines the necessary steps for applying to college. The website also has information relevant to community college transfer students. A tip sheet is available at: Scholarships are available for transfer students.  

Latinos en Accion (LEA) 743 Hemlock Avenue , Myrtle Beach , South Carolina (843) 839-9090
LEA is a small community-based organization providing information and referral services, Spanish/English translation services and social services to the Latino population in South Carolina.

The North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals
The NCSHP is working to develop and secure educational opportunities and financial support to improve Hispanic youth's success and school performance. One means for doing this is by producing the Hispanic Educational Summit initiative for students, the Hispanic Achievement Conference for educators, and by organizing the “Stay In School” Campaign and by establishing the NC Hispanic College Fund.

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
Established in 2001, the Initiative serves as a resource for information relating to the closing of the educational achievement gap of Hispanic Americans. This website provides “tool kits” for educators and parents filled with resources and tips for promoting a student's success in school. The site also posts current news stories or press releases from the US government that may affect how schools and universities provide programs and services to Hispanic students.  

ESL and More
Dave's ESL Café
A popular online meeting place for teachers and students of ESL and EFL. The teacher sections features a complete “Idea Cookbook” and several national and international job forums, while the student section, in addition to a forum, provides tips on the meaning and usage of idioms, phrasal verbs, and slang.

The Educator's Reference Desk
By simply putting the word “Latino” or “Hispanic” in the search button you will be given a list of Internet sites, lesson plans, and organizations. Also included are links to articles from the ERIC Digest.  

ESL Magazine
ESL Magazine is a bi-monthly print magazine for ESL and EFL teachers. The website provides archived articles free of charge. The site also lists employment opportunities as well as upcoming conferences.

Lingua Center, University of Illinois , Urbana -Champaign
The Lingua Center offers a gateway to internet links for reading, listening, test preparation, and other general resources for ESL students and teachers as well as practice games and journal assignments.  

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc (TESOL)
TESOL provides resources for any ESL/TESOL teachers. Resource section is divided by level (primary, secondary, higher education, adult, teacher learners, or researchers). Site also provides information on upcoming conferences and professional development opportunities and resources. The archived articles of the organization's publication, Essential Teacher , are also available.

Resources from the NC Department of Public Instruction
School Improvement Division
Movement in the Village: Survival Tips of ESL Classroom Instruction
This site provides a useful article for teachers entering the field of teaching English as a Second Language. Strategies are provided to help with native language transfer and inference, different writing systems and English, problems with pre-literate students, helping students in content areas, and modifying assignments.

Movement in the Village: Effective ESL Classroom Practices
This short article gives suggestions for effective ESL Classroom Practices and ways of promoting cultural sensitivity in schools.

Movement in the Village: Twenty Things an ESL Parent Must Do to Help Their Children
Practical tips in English and Spanish for parents of children learning English.

Instructional Services Division
Writing Across the Curriculum and English as a Second Language
A short publication from NC DPI that has strategies for pre-writing, drafting, editing/revising of English Language Learners at the novice, intermediate, and advanced levels. 

Instructional Services Division and Learn NC -- English as a Second Language ttp://
This site provides a wealth of information for any teacher or administrator of ESL programs. Categories of information included: Accountability and Testing, Announcements, Events and What's new?, Annual LEP Report, DPI publications and videos, English Language Development Standard Course of Study, ESL acronyms, ESL employment, ESL Handbook, ESL licensure/university programs, ESL staff at DPI, ESL teaching Standards, Spanish translations of DPI documents, ESL websites/internet resources, and more.

Community College Information
Hispanic Students and Community Colleges: A Critical Point for Intervention By Victor B. Saenz
ERIC Digest
“This digest explores the status of Hispanic students at community colleges, including a summary of recent enrollment and transfer trends, a focus on factors that shape Hispanic student enrollment at community colleges, and an overview of an exemplary program that facilitates the successful matriculation of Hispanic college students from two-year institutions to baccalaureate completion.“

Improving the Performance of the Hispanic Community College Student By Juan Avalos and D. Michael Pavel
ERIC Digest
This article highlights the challenges of retention of Hispanic students enrolled in community colleges. The article lays out a ten-point action plan for which community colleges can make the experience more success fro Hispanic students. The article also discusses two successful programs that characterize multi-action efforts. Both the Puente Project and the Enlace program provide students with individualized nontraditional counseling, academic instruction, and personal contact with Hispanic professionals as mentors.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
The organization's goals are to promote the development of member colleges and universities; to improve access to and the quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and to meet the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise. The website provides membership information, conference and event details, and resources for students, including information on scholarships.

National Community College Hispanic Council
The mission of the National Community College Hispanic Council is to prepare Hispanic leaders for America 's community and technical colleges. Through its annual symposium NCCHC is committed to delivering a quality leadership development experience that provides Hispanics in community colleges with an opportunity to continue their personal and professional growth.

Pew Hispanic Center
Established in 2001 the Pew Hispanic Center is working toward improving the level of understanding of the diverse Hispanic population in the United States and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. The Center strives to inform debate on critical issues through dissemination of its research to policymakers, business leaders, academic institutions and the media. To meet this goal the Center regularly conducts surveys and produces reports on education and labor issues in the US . The “Reports” link will take you to several reports on Latinos in higher education.

Maps and Flags
Maps of the Americas
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection includes both contemporary and historical maps of North America , South America , Central America , and the Caribbean in a variety of sizes.

Maps of Mexico
This site offers 31 interactive Mexico state and D.F. maps. Below each map you will find the state flag and the names of cities and towns.

Enchanted Learning
On this web site you will find printable maps and flags as well as facts, crafts, activities, and games suitable for elementary students. A special highlight is an English-speaker's introduction to Spanish.

Latin America
This University of Texas site offers a large four-color map of Mexico, the countries of Central America and the Caribbean, and South America.

World Maps
Here you will find small maps of most countries, a perspective-changing Pacific centered world map, a large world map showing time zones, and coloring maps suitable for younger students.

El Mundo
Offers world, continent, regional, and national maps labeled in Spanish.

Flags of All Countries
Displays flags from every country in full color, and includes flag studies by pattern. Click for text in Spanish.

Programs for Teachers of Latin American Studies and Culture
Consortium in Latin American Studies, University of North Carolina
The outreach component of the Consortium includes activities regarding public schools, post-secondary education, Annual Latin American Film Festival, business and media, lending library, Day of the Dead Exhibit, and the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) Activities

Education World
Education World
Fact Monster
The History Channel
Marco Polo

2004 Fall Festivals Celebrating Hispanic Culture
Festival Hispano
September 11
Wannamaker County Park , North Charleston , South Carolina

La Fiesta del Pueblo
September 11-12
NC State Fair Grounds, Raleigh , North Carolina

La Fiesta del Pueblo
September 24-26
Tifton , Georgia

Hispanic Festival
October 9
Augusta Common, Augusta , Georgia