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Congratulations to The International High School at Lafayette - the school's newspaper 'International Minds' won 2nd place for Best New Newspaper at this year's Newsies competition. Newsies is the only high school newspaper competition for New York City student journalists. Their Editor-in-Chief Inna Kim was also a finalist in the Best School News category. The Newsies! competition was sponsored by Harnisch Foundation & the Dow Jones News Fund.     

Students from Flushing International High School published their original prose, poetry and photography in a new book titled UP Rooted: Expressions of Home, Identity, Belonging and Adapting Through Words and Photographs. This project was made possible through the New York City Writing Project and a Student Press Initiative grant from the Dimon Foundation.


Flushing International High School science teacher Anthony Finney was recently presented with the NYC Teaching Fellows Award for Classroom Excellence - an award presented to NYC Teaching Fellows who significantly increase student achievement and consistently strive for excellence in their classroom. Anthony left a lucrative career in aeronautics in 2005 to enroll in the Fellows program and was soon after recruited by Flushing International. Anthony’s professional background, passion for science, and desire to make a difference in the lives of underserved students proved the perfect fit for the school. His unique, innovative and highly relevent project-based classroom instruction, aligned with Internationals' pedagogical approach for developing content and language acquisition, have enabled him to consistently foster academic excellence in his classroom. The results? Last year, two of his students won a 2011 Network Science prize – impressively coming in first before teams from both Harvard and MIT in the process. These two students flew to Budapest to present their findings to a panel of renowned researchers.

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It's back to school for thousands of English language learners in our growing national network of International High Schools and Academies. The new school year got off to a great start with the opening of two new Internationals schools  - Claremont International High School in the Bronx and the Internationals Network Academy at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Our Annual PD Conference was a great success, welcoming 400 participants from across the country, despite the challenges posed by Tropical Storm Sandy. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this catastrophic event and, as we rebuild from the devastation, we send best wishes to you all for a holiday season filled with the warmth of family, friends and community.



At the 2012 Grantmakers for Education Conference in New York City this past October, Claire Sylvan, Executive Director of Internationals Network, and Chung Wha-Hung, Executive Director of NYIC, presented PARENTS, PRACTITIONERS, AND PHILANTHROPY: POLICY PARTNERSHIPS FOR ELLS. The session, organized by Shawn Morehead of The New York Community Trust and moderated by Fred Frelow of The Ford Foundation, highlighted how parents and practitioners can work together to improve educational policy and practice, as demonstrated by the Donors' Education Collaborative-supported partnership of the two presenting organizations. Internationals Network, an organization of practitioners working with newcomer immigrant high school students, and NYIC, an umbrella organization of immigrant groups, have built a solid collaboration to advocate for changes that better prepare English language learners for college and careers. Photo caption from left to right: Susan Cahn, Consultant to DEC; Fred Frelow, The Ford Foundation; Claire Sylvan, Internationals Network for Public Schools and Chung Wha-Hung, New York Immigration Coalition.


Internationals’ Professional Development Conference is a national event held annually to engage practitioners and school administrators in hands on workshops that further develop their ability to educate English language learners. Our 2012 Conference, Innovative and Effective Practices for Educating English Language Learners, was held at The Manhattan International High School on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, with more than 400 school leaders and faculty from around the country participating. Several workshop sessions were designed specifically to provide attendees with strategies for implementing Internationals’ innovative pedagogy, while others addressed topics such as Common Core curriculum development, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, holding high expectations for all students and evaluating student learning.


One hundred new teachers, school leaders, and guidance counselors attended Internationals' 2012 Summer Institute on August 23 and 24. This annual regional event is our initial professional development support structure, specifically created for educators new to International High Schools but open to all practioners. In day-long workshops and specially designed sessions, participants learn to integrate the core principles of Internationals’ successful school model into their classroom instruction. The Institute supports our newest educators to build teaching effectiveness and better serve the unique needs of our English language learner students. A new component of the Institute this year, our program team trained International High School faculty leaders to facilitate professional development in their own schools throughout the school year. 


Held August 2 and 3, in New York City, this year’s Leadership Retreat was titled Developing High Functioning Teachers and Teacher Teams. Principals, assistant principals, faculty leaders and principal mentors from International High Schools in New York City, California’s Bay Area met to share, discuss and reflect upon best practices for sustaining and growing a collaborative culture of educator responsibility and faculty leadership. As we open new Network schools and experience an increased demand for highly qualified new principals, this retreat was designed to help school leaders understand how to motivate and support their teachers to become future International High School leaders.



Art teacher Thi Bui won a prestigious ING Unsung Heroes award and a $7,000 check from ING last September for her classroom program titled “A Nation of Immigrants: An Oral History” – an interdisciplinary unit and multimedia project that she hopes “will enable youth to connect their own stories to a larger understanding of the world in which they live.”  Ms. Bui, who is one of three teachers in the nation to receive this award, will use the funds to create an online interactive world map with links to web pages where students will post stories, photos, drawings, audio and video about their own personal experiences immigrating to the US. The students will use the data to predict future immigration trends and identify ways they can effectively advocate for such an important issue.



San Francisco International High School students Edith Menlendez, Marlyn Martinez, and Rodrigo Mendez received The San Francisco Foundation’s prestigious Koshland Young Leader Award on October 2, 2012. This Award celebrates high school seniors from across San Francisco who demonstrate academic and leadership success in the face of economic and familial hardships. Our exceptional students were recognized for achieving academic excellence while overcoming multiple challenges and exhibiting the motivation to achieve their goals. The award comes with a $7,000 check from the Foundation.

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