Friday, July 25, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 5: Classroom Naturalization Celebrations



USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices 5: Classroom Naturalization Celebrations

Learn how to hold a celebration for students who recently passed their naturalization test. Other students gained confidence by hearing a first-hand account of the test and seeing their classmates succeed.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 4: Classroom Constitution

USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices: Classroom Constitution

Established a “class constitution” to teach students about the U.S. Constitution, laws, and voting. The students vote to enact laws and amendments to their class constitution, such as “arrive to class on time” and “no cell phone use during class.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 3: Enhanced Integration Tasks


USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices: Enhanced Integration Tasks
  • Learn about implementing a civic integration component as part of a citizenship class curriculum. Examples include having students apply for a library card and then presenting on their experiences in class or visiting a historical landmark and describing their visit and what they learned. This encourages students to practice their English skills and to be an active member of their community.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 2: Expand Citizenship Instruction with MP3 Technology


USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices 2: Expand Citizenship Instruction with MP3 Technology

  • Learn about a programs that loaned students MP3 players that allow them to listen to the 100 Civics Questions and Answers and watch The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test video during their free time. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 1: Telephone Conversation Partners Program

USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices: Telephone Conversation Partners Program
  • Learn how to develop a “Telephone Conversation Partners” program with a telephone-based curriculum to provide structured citizenship learning and interview practice outside the classroom.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Undocumented Immigrants Face Perilous Journey to US, No Guarantees



VOAVideo: Undocumented Immigrants Face Perilous Journey to US, No Guarantees

Every day, hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Central America attempt the arduous journey through Mexico and turn themselves over to U.S. border patrol -- with the hope that they will not be turned away. But the dangers they face along the way are many, and as Ramon Taylor reports from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, their fate rests on more than just the reception they get at the US border.

Friday, July 18, 2014

West Wing Week 07/18/14 or, "Where Are You Going to Go Build Your Widgets?"



wh.gov: West Wing Week 07/18/14 or, "Where Are You Going to Go Build Your Widgets?"

Welcome to Infrastructure & Transportation Week here at West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening infrastructurally and transportationally here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Immigrant Children Live in Numerous US Communities



VOAVideo: Immigrant Children Live in Numerous US Communities

Immigration has been a hot topic in American politics for years. But the recent surge of attention is different. While historically, the debate has been about migrant workers threatening the American job market, now, it's about children coming to the U.S. all alone. And they're being housed around the United States while their legal status is resolved. VOA's Arash Arabasadi has more from Virginia's Prince William County, outside of Washington.