Spring 2013 news from Internationals Network, our schools and students.

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Student News - Tenzin Chotsok, ZhiQiang Ke, Yangzom Lhamo and Ziao Zhang of Brooklyn International High School, and Valentina Bedoya, Jie Lin and Jun Zhang of The Flushing International High School are semifinalists in the prestigious New York Times College Scholarship Program. The program provides students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, strong community engagement, and success in the face of adversity with a college scholarship for a maximum of $7,500 annually. The winners will be announced in March.

Alumni News - Maria Taveras, a 2010 alumna of The Flushing International High School, was awarded New York Hall of Science's first annual "Top of the Ladder Award," given to the person who has made the most outstanding contribution to the museum. Maria, who did not speak English when she immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2005, signed up to become part of the museum’s Explainer program in 2012, although she was shy speaking around others. The Explainer program, part of the museum's "Science Career Ladder," teaches young people science and prepares them for careers in science fields by making them the teachers – a unique and successful hands on approach. Explainers interact with museum visitors by showing the exhibits, explaining scientific concepts and performing live demonstrations. Maria will soon graduate from City College of New York with a degree in science education. Upon graduation, she plans to work as an Explainer for one more year and then has her sights on becoming a teacher, hopefully at Flushing International. Impressively, she will be the first person in her family to earn a college degree.       

Board of Directors
OIiver Frankel, Chairman
Claire E. Sylvan, President
Tammy Battaglino
Ja Kao
Alvin Loshak
Ramon Morales
Deborah North
Gitte Peng
Norma Vega

Internationals Network is awarded US DOE
in Innovation Grant

Internationals Network is a 2012 Investing in Innovation grantee - receiving $2,990,770 from the United States Department of Education for Project RISE - Realizing Internationals Supports for English Language Learners. One of 20 organizations out of 727 applicants to receive this prestigious grant in 2012, we are the only 2012 i3 grantee in the State of New York. Matching funds of $479,000 come from partners including The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stuart Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York and W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation.
Over the next five years, Internationals Network’s program team will collaborate with two school districts with significant 
populations of English language learner students - San Francisco Unified School District and NYC Department of Education - to implement and test the impact of four key instructional and structural components of our school model and pedagogy in one high school in each district. Our goal is to evaluate, refine and share knowledge of the key components of our model necessary for bringing our practices - designed to increase academic achievement and better prepare English language learner students for college and career - to assist districts, schools and educators external to our network.


We are excited to announce the launch of our new website - a showcase of 28 years of school and student results and organizational accomplishments in English language learner education.  While giving a comprehensive overview of our school models and pedagogy, network schools, educators and students, the site also provides information about Internationals Network’s Professional Development and School Development consulting services and our policy and advocacy efforts.  In addition, we’ve created easy access points to learning about and applying to I-START, our Urban Teacher Residency Program, as well as I-SHARE, Internationals Network’s online resource center for Network educators and faculty who participate in our professional development conferences and institutes.
Our goal - to create a dynamic platform to clearly illustrate Internationals’ Network’s innovation in English language learner education. We welcome your feedback. Follow us on Twitter, sign up for our newsletters and learn about our organization, students and faculty in print and on YouTube. And friend us on Facebook - our recent postings have reached over 1000 friends, supporters and students.
Enjoy our new site!


This year, Internationals Network and the United Federation for Teachers (UFT) are co-sponsoring four Foundational Practices Institutes focused on deepening knowledge of the Internationals Approach to building teaching effectiveness for improving English language learner outcomes. The first Foundational Practices Institute, titled Let's Give' Em Something to Talk About: Strategies for Integrating Language & Content, was held on February 12, 2013. The second Institute, Great Minds Think Differently: Leveraging the benefits and Addressing the Challenges of a Heterogeneous ELL Classroom, was on Monday, March 11, 2013. Upcoming Institutes:

No More Parallel Play: Encouraging Meaningful Student Collaboration
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 I 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Assessing Assessment: Rethinking How We Evaluate Learning
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 I 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Advanced registration is required. You may register here up to one week before the workshops will be held. For more information, email - kamal.bryan@internationalsnetwork.org.

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