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Education Collaborative

For nearly a decade, the NYIC has been fighting to improve the quality of education for New York’s English Language Learner (ELL) and immigrant student population, through three primary vehicles: the IMPACT Collaborative, the Immigrant and ELL Education Taskforce; and the publication of monitoring and policy reports.

The Immigrant and ELL Education Taskforce consists of more than 20 immigrant, education, research and legal advocacy organizations that meet regularly to coordinate advocacy and exchange information about issues affecting ELL/immigrant students and is open to all organizations, teachers, and administrators regardless of their capacity or the type of organization. The task force has active subcommittees that work on policy development and implementation on issues, such as:

• Funding & Accountability/Implementation of the ELL Success Agenda
• Translation and Interpretation in NYC Schools
• Access to Schools and Quality Programs (Small Schools, Pre-K, Charter Schools & Gifted Programs)
• Services for Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFEs)
• Parent Engagement/Governance (Immigrant Parent Education Initiative)
• Higher Education Opportunities for Undocumented Students
• ELL Teacher Recruitment & Retention
• Mayoral Control
• Appropriate Assessments and Accommodations for ELLs
 
The IMPACT Collaborative, is made up of core groups that play a leadership role in our grassroots advocacy efforts. The EMPIRE Collaborative has a higher threshold for participation and is more tightly coordinated in terms of mutual accountability. The project aims to build the capacity of the participating community groups and develop leadership among parents and community members. EMPIRE groups are selected each year through an RFP process. The current IMPACT Collaborative is composed of:

Asian Americans for Equality
La Union
El Centro de la Hospitalidad
Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project

• Metropolitan Russian-American Parents’ Association
 Minkwon Center
 North Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Coalition for Asian American Families
Chinese Progressive Association
Haitian Americans United for Progress
 
Through a partnership with Advocates For Children and the IMPACT groups, we have also published several monitoring and policy reports that have received wide media coverage and resulted in major sought-for policy reforms and funding increases.

 

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