Internationals Network for Public Schools’ policy work focuses on promoting education reform and supporting quality education for English language learners and immigrants.
We’re part of a national Deeper Learning movement to ensure students are growing academically while acquiring critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills, and knowledge about how they can continually learn. Our partners in this Deeper Learning Community of Practice initiated and facilitated by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, are a “network of ten school networks” committed to learning from each other and promoting a common view of what rigorous education looks like in schools and classrooms.
We partner with immigrant organizations and organizations focused on improving education for English language learners. In New York State, we work very closely with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), as well as professional organizations of educators, such as New York Association of Bilingual Education (NYSABE) and New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYSTESOL).
In New York State, we have worked with other advocates to win important victories such as translation services for parents in all New York City public schools and the New York State Seal of Bi literacy for graduation diplomas. We’ve proposed enhancements of New York State regulations that govern how English language learners are taught and we’re active supporters of the New York State Dream Act, to provide undocumented students access to financial support and savings programs for college.
Internationals believes implementation of the Common Core provides equity and excellence in instruction for English language learners. We also believe that improved teacher evaluation and school accountability systems are needed. We advocate that these systems need to incorporate multiple measures that fairly assess English Language learners as well as provide opportunities for peer observations and feedback for teachers.