ETSU Open House: Learn How ETSU Fits Into Your Future

Family budgets are tightening.  College tuition is rising… It’s time to take a closer look at East Tennessee State’s education value.  On Thursday, February 12th, at The Mall at Johnson City, come meet many of our university’s representatives at our ‘ETSU Loves You—Student Fair.’ Talk to Admissions and Financial Aid counselors to learn how to navigate through the paperwork.  Find out more about career majors ETSU offers to help build your future, and get a real feel for campus living, activities, Greek Life, housing and more!  Our ‘ETSU Loves You—Student Fair’ will save you time, save you gas, and save you some sleepless nights.  ETSU equals quality and value!  So come on out and ask the people with the answers.  Learn more about ‘ETSU and You’ on February 12th at The Mall at Johnson City from 11 to 5.

Statement from the Mayor Dean on English-only

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean released this statement today in response to the results from the special election on two amendments to the Metro Charter:

“This is a great night for Nashville. The results of this special election reaffirm Nashville’s identity as a welcoming and friendly city, and our ability to come together as a community – from all walks of life and perspectives – to work together for a common cause for the good of our city. That diversity and that shared desire to see our city succeed and progress is part of what makes Nashville so great and the exact reason why this amendment does not represent the city that we are. I can tell you it a true honor and privilege to serve as mayor of this city.

“We are able to celebrate this evening because so many individuals and organizations have devoted their time and resources over the last several weeks to this effort. Thank you to Tom Negri and Loews for hosting us tonight. Thank you to everyone at Nashville for All of Us. Thank you to the many volunteers that spent hours making calls and knocking on doors – it is the individual people in a campaign that mobilize voters. Thank you to the donors, the businesses and the individuals, for making it possible to get the message of this campaign out to the broader public. Thank you to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for vocally supporting this campaign, and the many other nonprofits and interest groups that rallied their constituents and united behind this cause. Thank you to the coalitions of university presidents and faith-based leaders for speaking out with one voice. Thank you to the Metro Council for overwhelmingly supporting the memorializing resolution on this. Thank you to Governor Bredesen for getting involved when he didn’t have to. His comment to me was “We can’t go back.” And I want to personally thank Jim Hester, a senior advisor in my administration who took a personal leave of absence from his work to ensure this campaign’s success.

“From here, we continue to move forward as a city, and we do so with no barriers in our way.”

Declaración del Alcalde Dean acerca de ‘Solo-Ingles’

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – El alcalde Karl Dean publicó hoy esta declaración en respuesta a los resultados de la elección especial sobre dos enmiendas a la Constitución del gobierno Metropolitano:

“Esta es una gran noche para Nashville. Los resultados de esta elección especial reafirmar la identidad de Nashville como una ciudad acogedora y amigable y nuestra capacidad para unirnos como una comunidad – de todas las ocupaciones, profesiones, clases sociales y perspectivas – de trabajar juntos por una causa común por el bien de nuestra ciudad. Esa diversidad, y ese deseo compartido de que nuestra ciudad tenga éxito y progrese es parte de lo que hace tan grande a Nashville y es exactamente la razón por la que esta enmienda no representa la ciudad que somos. Puedo decirles que es un verdadero honor y un privilegio servir como alcalde de esta ciudad.

“Somos capaces de celebrar esta tarde, porque muchas personas y organizaciones han dedicado su tiempo y recursos  a este esfuerzo a lo largo de las últimas semanas. Gracias a Tom Negri y Loews por ser el anfitrión esta noche. Gracias a todos en ‘Nashville Para Todos Nosotros’. Gracias a los muchos voluntarios que pasaron horas haciendo llamadas y tocando puertas – los los individuos en una campaña los que movilizan a los votantes. Gracias a los donantes,  empresas y personas, por hacer posible que el mensaje de esta campaña llegue a un público más amplio. Gracias a la Cámara de Comercio del Área de Nashville por apoyar esta campaña vocalmente y las muchas otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro y grupos de interés que reunieron a su gente y se unieron a esta causa. Gracias a las coaliciones de presidentes de las universidades y de dirigentes religiosos por hablar con una sola voz. Gracias al Consejo Metropolitano por el apoyo abrumador. Gracias a Gobernador Bredesen por participar, cuando no tenía que hacerlo. Su comentario fue para mí, “No podemos retroceder. “Y quiero agradecer personalmente a Jim Hester, un importante asesor en mi administración que tomó un permiso de ausencia de su trabajo para garantizar el éxito de esta campaña.

“Desde aquí, continuamos avanzando como ciudad, y lo hacemos sin obstáculos en nuestro camino.”

Westwood Elementary breaks barriers reaching Hispanics students and their families

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Jan. 23, 2009 — In 2004, Westwood Elementary in Manchester, Tenn. received a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) grant to support ELL students and their families, and to foster a positive and connected home-school relationship. The CLC offers programs and opportunities for students to achieve academic success, and for their parents to increase their English language skills and promote school readiness for preschoolers.

“We wrote the grant because we knew we needed to find a way to make our school more accessible to members of our Hispanic community,” said Principal Sandra Morris. “Many parents didn’t feel welcome and were reluctant to engage in activities at school. We wanted to bridge that gap. I would say parent involvement has gone up 400 percent in four years.”

The grant provided funds for a CLC director and interpreter, and a van to provide transportation. In a survey at the center, many parents indicated they wanted to learn English so they could help their children. So, the CLC arranged for Fast ForWord, a family of educational software products designed to accelerate learning by training the brain to process more efficiently, and English classes to be provided for parents.

Parents work on the 100-minute Fast ForWord protocol and then attend English classes. The center offers two levels, beginner and advanced; each meets two mornings weekly.

“It’s not uncommon for parents who work the night shift to bring their children to school and then go to the Fast ForWord lab to do their 100-minute program,” said Morris. “They are very dedicated. Plus, students are so pleased with their parents’ efforts to learn English, which benefits the entire family.”

At the end of each school year, the center holds a Parent Celebration, where plaques and certificates are awarded for parents’ achievements, including the completion of levels in the Fast ForWord program.

In addition to the Fast ForWord program and English classes, the CLC offers several other programs to help parents and students. For example, through the “Circle of Friends” program, junior high and high school students volunteer their time to work with K-6 ELL students at the CLC one day a week after school for reading practice, skill review, homework help or paired reading.

Westwood Elementary also has its own one-on-one tutoring program for ELL students. When teachers identify an ELL student who needs extra help, that student is paired with a high school student who provides skill-specific tutoring one afternoon a week during the school day.

Westwood has seen many positive changes among ELL students and parents, including:
* An expanded English vocabulary
* Improved student attendance
* Increased parent involvement in school activities
* A rise in self-esteem
* Increased reading at home

“We are now a successful school academically,” said Morris. “We are a school that makes AYP. We make all ‘A’s’ in our Academic Achievement and Value Added grades.”

“Parents are so much more comfortable and confident coming into the school building,” continued Morris. “Plus, the younger children who regularly attend our Community Learning Center are more prepared for preschool and adjust well to their classes. One of the neatest things I’ve experienced is watching the expressions on the faces of children who come to the Fast ForWord lab with their parents. They are so proud.”

About Westwood Elementary School
Due to its record of achievement, rigorous curriculum and activities offered to students, Westwood has been recognized twice as a National Title I Distinguished School, and twice as a Tennessee Title I Distinguished School.

About Scientific Learning Corporation
Scientific Learning creates educational software that accelerates learning by improving the processing efficiency of the brain. The patented Fast ForWord® family of products provides struggling readers with computer-delivered interventions and intensive exercises that build the cognitive skills required to read and learn effectively. Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, the Fast ForWord products apply patented technology and validated neuroscience principles of brain plasticity to help children, adolescents, and adults improve processing efficiency and achieve enduring gains. The efficacy of the products and the science behind them has been confirmed by more than 425 research studies and publications. For more information, visit and, or call toll-free 888-452-7323.

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Nashville Spoke up on Charter ammends proposal

Thank you Nashville for speaking up!!

The Mayor, city council members, business leaders, labor organizers, faith leaders,  presidents of 9 universities, civil rights activists, immigrant and refugee leaders from every community, all came together to speak up for a friendly and welcoming Nashville. We are proud to be part of the strongest, most diverse coalition in our city’s history.

Nashville for All of Us

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this campaign. TIRRC leaders spent months mobilizing the immigrant and refugee community, knocking on doors, making phone calls, presenting at community meetings, speaking at faith services. Over 15,000 New Americans were contacted during this public education and Get Out the Vote effort, and the immigrant vote made the difference.

“A special thanks to new Americans. Thank you, not only for voting against this amendment, but for being here.”

~Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, last night’s victory speech~

Bredesen Habla sobre el voto en Nashville


“Los votantes de Nashville han expresado su opinión en las urnas y hablaron en voz alta en apoyo a impulsar a Nashville  hacia adelante en áreas importantes como la contratación de nuevos negocios y el desarrollo turístico. Cuando Andrea y yo llegamos a Nashville como una pareja de jóvenes, encontramos una comunidad abierta y hospitalaria que nos hizo sentir como en casa. Nashville ha afirmado que sigue siendo ese tipo de lugar “.




“Nashville voters have voiced their opinion at the polls and spoke loudly in support of moving Nashville forward in important areas like new business recruiting and tourist development. When Andrea and I came to Nashville as a young couple, we found an open and accepting community that made us feel at home. Nashville has affirmed it is still that kind of place.”

Metro Human Relations Commission opposes effort to amend Metro Charter to designate English as the official language of Metropolitan Government

NASHVILLE, TN. ( January 13, 2009 )- The members of the Metro Human Relations Commission  have reiterated their opposition  to ongoing efforts to amend the Metro Charter to designate English as the official language of Metropolitan Government which has the potential to disenfranchise thousands of Nashvillians.   While the proposed charter amendment may appear innocent at first blush, Metro government’s inability to constructively dialogue with its constituents in languages other than English would undermine longstanding efforts to create an inclusive community where all can contribute,” said Kelvin Jones, Executive Director of the Commission. 
The 16 member Commission, all appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the Metropolitan Council  and  representative of a broad cross section of the Nashville Community,  is tasked with the responsibility to provide community-wide education to reduce discrimination in employment, housing, financial services and public accommodations as well as to assist efforts to promote respect for diversity, encourage improved race relations and address issues of community concern.
“ The effort to amend the Metro Charter to designate English as the official language of Metropolitan Government is a wedge issue which has the ability to jeopardize Nashville’s place as one of the country’s most desirable communities in which to live work and play.  This effort is divisive, creating an “us” and a “them”  and creates a mean and intolerant image  which is not reflective of the great city Nashville truly is; we are much better than this,” according to Jones  
 “The Metro Human Relations Commission is committed to working with community leaders and stakeholders who are likewise invested in creating and protecting “One City for All People” .