Saturday, June 25, 2016

Announcing the Stonewall National Monument Announcing the Stonewall National Monument

"I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national parks system. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country – the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one." - President Barack Obama

On June 24, 2016 President Obama designated the site of the Stonewall uprising and birthplace of the modern LGBT civil rights movement the “Stonewall National Monument.” This new monument is a testament to the diversity, inclusiveness, and individual freedom that make America great.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Reactions to the Supreme Court Split Decision on DACA Plus and DAPA

VOANews: Obama Blames Republicans for Status Quo on Immigration

President Barack Obama and some Democrats in Congress have blamed Republicans for Thursday's tied vote in the Supreme Court on Obama's immigration plan. The Republican dominated Senate has refused to vote in a new justice, keeping the country's top court short one member. The eight justices were evenly divided on Obama's executive amnesty for undocumented immigrants. That deadlock leaves in place a lower court ruling that struck down Obama's plan on halting deportations. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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VOANews: What Are DAPA and DACA?
A quick guide to the immigration plans blocked Thursday by the US Supreme Court

VOANews: Supreme Court Deadlock Thwarts Obama Immigration Plan
A deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday thwarted President Barack Obama's plan to defer the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

VOANews: Hopes for Obama Immigration Legacy Dashed as Presidency Wanes
He had vowed to overhaul country’s 'broken' immigration system, but he and Republican-led Congress still remain at bitter odds on the issue

VOANews: Immigrants, Advocates React Tearfully to High Court Split
Opponents of Obama's plan to extend deportation protection to millions of undocumented immigrants 'will see the answer in November,' a woman says outside court Blog: President Obama on the Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration Reform Remarks by the President on the Supreme Court Decision on U.S. Versus Texas President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Supreme Court's Ruling on Immigration (video)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Citizenship Summer 2016: USCIS Top 10 Links PLUS Tip Sheets and Idea Boards

USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (10 quick links)
  1. The Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security
  2. Sitio web oficial del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional
  3. N-400: Application for Naturalization 
  4. Citizenship Resource Center: Educational Tools and Info for Citizenship Prep 
  5. Study Materials for the English Test: the Speaking, Reading, and Writing tests
  6. Study Materials for the Civics Test: The 100 US Civics and History Questions 
  7. USCIS Multilingual Resources: USCIS Resources in languages other than English.
  8. Preparing the OathA joint resource of the Smithsonian National American History Museum and the USCIS.  A collection of mini-videos, activities, and quizzes for each of the 100 question.  BEST! RESOURCE! EVER!
  9. Oath of Allegiance - Constitution Week 2013 (video)The Oath of Allegiance recited by #newUSCitizens at Oath Ceremonies across America. Very inspirational!
  10. Also check out USCIS and USCIS EspaƱol and MyUSCIS on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

USCIS: Tip Sheets and Idea Boards
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Spotlight on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
This tip sheet provides teachers with tips to identify challenging words that applicants may encounter during the naturalization process, as well as strategies for teaching vocabulary.
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Basic Strategies for Teaching Reading Skills for the Naturalization Interview and Test
Most permanent residents must demonstrate an ability to read in English to qualify for naturalization. This tip sheet provides strategies for teaching reading skills in the adult citizenship education classroom.
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Basic Strategies for Teaching Writing Skills for the Naturalization Interview and Test
Most permanent residents must demonstrate an ability to write in English to quality for naturalization. This tip sheet provides strategies for teaching writing skills in the adult citizenship education classroom.
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The educational needs of older students are diverse and vary from person to person. This tip sheet provides ideas on supporting older learners in your classroom.
Many citizenship programs rely on word of mouth to inform prospective students about new classes. Learn about more ways to market your program.
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Think of orientation as a separate event where the goal is retention and consider the ideas found in this document.
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Here are some tips for implementing a managed enrollment system, while at the same time providing your students and potential students with high quality services.
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A course syllabus identifies the parameters of a course in terms of structure, expectations, and content. Learn more about building a course syllabus.
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Learn about strategies for developing courses that can meet the English-language learning needs of students in a multi-level class.
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A textbook sets the scope and sequence needed to build your curriculum to fit the class schedule and number of class hours in each semester, quarter, or session. Check out tips about choosing a textbook at the right level.
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Volunteers can be a great resource to support the administrative and instructional needs of your adult citizenship program. Use this document for ideas.