Academic Assistance for Webster Students

A variety of services such as online tutoring and writing support are available to Webster University students at the Kansas City campus through the Academic Resource Center. Check out the center’s resource guide for more information.

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Save the Date – April Community and Family Engagement Event

Family and community engagement expert Phyllis Harris will host “The Diversity of Libraries – Enhancing Our Knowledge,” a community and family engagement event, at the Kansas City Public Library’s Main Branch at 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City in the 5th floor Helzberg Room on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6pm. Refreshments will be served, and parking is available in the lot at 10th and Baltimore.

Please mark your calendars and share the flyer for this exciting event with your colleagues and friends.
Posted in Community Resources, Professional Development

Gardens for Refugees

Good earth by Giang Hồ Thị Hoàng is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Jewish Vocational Service’s new program Global Gardens provides land, tools, seeds, and plants to increase healthy eating and exercise and decrease social isolation among refugees served by JVS. Karen and Nepali refugees participating this year have attended gardening workshops at JVS throughout the winter and are now preparing their plots in northeast Kansas City. The program lead Betsy Thomas welcomes volunteers to pitch in during workdays this spring, including this weekend:

We will be in the gardens again this Saturday to continue the work, and to get some seeds and transplants in the ground! We can plant cool-season crops right now – radishes, onions, potatoes, turnips, peas, cilantro, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and carrots, just to name a few!

One project we will be working on Saturday morning is PVC pipe installation, to bring the water access closer to the garden plots. We have an amazing volunteer doing this for us, but we could use an extra pair of hands to help out – you don’t need to have any experience with PVC, just be able to hold things and take directions.

You are welcome to join us for any part of the workday this Saturday, March 28. We will work in one garden from about 9:00 am to Noon. Then we will be at the other garden from about 2:00 until 5:00 pm.

The program is also accepting gardening tools and other supplies.

To learn more about volunteering, contact Betsy Thomas at 816-471-2808 x.1138. For updates, visit the Global Gardens blog and check out the Facebook page for JVS Global Gardens Project.

Karen growers preparing their plots at JVS Global Gardens last weekend.

Karen growers preparing their plots at JVS Global Gardens last weekend.

Posted in Community Resources

Chinese Immersion Program

Kansas City Public School’s Foreign Language Academy is launching a Chinese immersion program for fall 2015. See details below about inquires and enrollment.

Posted in Community Resources, Culture

Parenting in the U.S. Class for ELL Families

On the third Thursday of each month, Jewish Vocational Service now hosts a class for parents and caregivers of ELLs. “Parenting in the U.S.” covers topics such as discipline practices, child health and safety, and developing routines that create stability. Participants observe engaging role plays and receive a copy of Bridging Youth & Children’s Refugee Services’ (BRYCS) handbook on raising children in the U.S.

The classes are held at Don Bosco in St. Anthony’s Parish in historic Northeast Kansas City, a location familiar to many families because of the free adult ESL classes offered there. Participants must be referred so that interpreting services can be arranged. If you know a parent or caregiver who may benefit from attending, please contact JVS’ Areli Ramphal for details.

BRYCS also provides a resource called Growing Up in a New Country: A Positive Youth Development Toolkit for Working with Refugees and Immigrants with promising practices for youth programming.

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Spring Application Deadline

For teachers of English learners who have not yet applied to the Culturally Responsive Instruction for English Learners Project, there are two opportunities left.

We are now accepting applications for the seventh cohort. The application deadline is April 1, 2015. Applicants should plan to submit the signed application, cover letter, essay, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation by 5pm on that date. Those accepted will be notified by June and will begin their ESOL certification courses in August.

There will be one more application deadline in the fall, when participants for cohort eight will be selected.

Contact the grant coordinator for more information.

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Webster’s TESL Program Receives National Recognition

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE) has awarded Webster University’s Teaching English as a Second Language program National Recognition. The program met every standard in CAEP’s accreditation process, which promotes excellence and continuous improvement in educator preparation.
Webster is also accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association, as well as other regional, specialized, and international accrediting bodies.
Thank you to Dr. DJ Kaiser, Dr. Brenda Fyfe, and all TESL faculty and staff for contributing to this success.
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