Using technology to improve the public education system

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Hi everyone! I wanted to introduce our entry into the 2010 FACT Social Justice Challenge for immigrant youth to use technology to improve their public education system in Washington, D.C. I hope that you will consider voting for our project, and good luck to the other 89 contestants! S.M.A.R.T. is the D.C. Language Access Coalition(DCLAC)’s initiative on education and aims to educate, train and empower limited and non-English proficient (LEP/NEP) and ELL (English Language Learner) youth in advocacy, community organizing...

... public speaking, new media platforms, the D.C. Public School and public charter school systems, and their rights to language access and public education. Youth will use blogging and video diaries to bring attention to issues of language access barriers in the District of Columbia. These stories will be used to advocate for resources that would enable LEP/NEP youth to graduate from high school on time, as they will be shared with key decision-makers in the D.C. Public School System and D.C. government. The S.M.A.R.T. students will also launch a text messaging program to send out multi-lingual action alerts and motivational reminders about students’ rights to language access in school. SMART partners with other DC education groups through the Collaborative for Education Organizing(CEO).

For more info, see: http://netsquared.org/projects/smart-voice

Please vote for S.M.A.R.T. Voice! Thank you for reading.