Malala Yousafzai News Broadcast

Below you will find three wonderful video clips from Japan’s NHK Television Broadcast about Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the United Nations in July. It was interesting to watch and re-watch these clips in Japanese. Although I do not speak any Japanese, the images alone served to tell Malala’s story and how it has affected children in Pakistan and around the world.

 I am so pleased that my student Quddus Rodrigues and his fabulous “super mama” Filomena are featured in this compelling program. Quddus is a model of how reading and writing can inspire us and empower us to advocate for others. I love that he is a young man that stands for education. As Malala says: “Let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge…Education is the only solution.”
Quddus’ Clip in the Broadcast
Malala Broadcast, Part I
Malala Broadcast, Part II

The Roslindale Language and Literacy Center: Powered by Donation

Beginning in the summer of 2013, the Roslindale Language and Literacy Center will be open for business. We offer the following services: Evaluation, Consultation, and Reading and Writing Intervention. We service children and adolescents ages 5 – 18, and we specialize in meeting the needs of  pre-adolescent and adolescent students who struggle with reading and writing. Our services are available at no cost. However, we do accept donations. These donations are used to fund the costs of running the clinic.

Our Process

Initial Interview

The intial interview serves to inform parents and children about our practice and services. This interview allows us to gather information about the child’s academic history and parental concerns. It also provides the child with a chance to experience the evaluation environment prior to the actual evaluation experience.

Evaluation

We provide a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s oral and written language abilities: speaking and listening skills, reading skills, and writing skills. We do not offer psychological testing at this time.

Consultation

The purpose of the consultation is to review the evaluation results with parents, and when appropriate, with the child. We will explain how these results can be used to inform IEP services as well as appropriate strategies and tools for teaching at home and for services at our center. Together, we will examine your child’s areas of strength as well as areas of language learning need.

Reading and Writing Intervention

Based on the results of assessments, we will provide 1:1 or small group reading and writing intervention services to build your child’s skills in reading and writing. Intervention services are based first and foremost on a child’s individual needs, and we utilize  multi-sensory methods to support your child’s learning. Parents are encouraged to attend intervention sessions with children to learn about the intervention process and strategies to assist their child in the home.

Community Access

Our services are free. This allows for all members of the community to access reading services.However, we do accept donations. All proceeds from donations are used to fund the cost of the clinic.

Location

We are located in the Metropolitan Hill section of Roslindale, near the Pleasant Cafe. Street parking is readily available.

Contact

For more information, please contact Jennifer Dines (jenniferdines@gmail.com) or call 617-331-8829.

From English Language Learners to Cross-Cultural Scholars: Perception, Practice, and Policy

Please click to download my latest presentation: From English Language Learners to Cross-Cultural Scholars: Perception, Practice, and Policy. I will be presenting this tonight as a guest lecturer in a course for graduate students in reading and speech/language pathology at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.It contains an outline of practices for teachers of English Language Learners based on the National Board Standards, and it also provides a very brief overview of the SIOP model.

Presentation

The front page of my latest presentation.

Boston Public Schools Student of the Week: Clayton Rodrigues

I am so proud of my 7th grade student, Clayton Rodrigues. Clayton came to the United States from Cape Verde only a few years ago, and now he is not only an excellent student, but he is also captain of the school wrestling team as well as a talented actor who has performed in two school plays.

I nominated Clayton for Boston Public Schools Student of the Week, and he was chosen from more than 56,000 students in our school system.

Clayton was interviewed by Boston Arts Academy alumni Zakiyyah Sutton, a talented broadcaster who also works in City Councilor Tito Jackson‘s office.

Clayton is interviewed by Ms. Sutton in my classroom.

Clayton is interviewed by Ms. Sutton in my classroom.

The interview was broadcast on Monday Morning as part of the Councilor’s Corner radio program on TOUCH 106.1.

What an honor for Clayton to be selected! I am so proud! Note: Clayton’s writing is also featured in our recent publication: Being Bostonian.

Clayon and Ms. Sutton pose in front of the Lilla G. Frederick’s “Celebrating Diversity” mural.