For a cross-section of America's beginning and its ongoing social activity today, "America Is..." gives a clear picture to beginning readers.
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Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.
Dr. Short's monographs include: Extend Your Students' Reach and Move Them Toward Independence, Base Your ESL Instruction in the Content Areas, Reach for the Common Core, Structural Supports for English Learners, Comprehensive and Responsive Assessment, and Developing Academic Literacy in Adolescents.
Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.
Dr. Tinajero's monograph is titled Teaching the Fundamentals.
Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.
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What is America to you? Is it ¿a flag of stars and stripes,¿ or ¿the pledge we say at school.¿ Maybe it¿s the ¿lakes so huge and deep they seem as big as an ocean¿ or ¿the land where we are free.¿ It may be a couple of these things to you, but it¿s probably these things plus a whole lot more. America is the world we live in, its past, present and future. America is¿ is a great poetic salute to our great country of America. With the poetic text describing many of the aspects about the country of America and the bold pictures, this book depicts many of the things about America that make it so great. Louise Borden was born (in 1949) and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She became very interested in reading while she was in elementary school. It was at Louise¿s elementary school, Lotspeich that ¿the marvelous shelves of books in the library shaped her into a lifelong reader.¿ Before becoming a full time writer and a guest speaker, Louise was a kindergarten and first grade teacher. She was also a co-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati. Today, writing is a part of her life. ¿The first impulse to write a book is always triggered by something that has touched her indelibly.¿ Louise Borden lives in Ohio with her family. Borden, Louise. America Is¿ New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002. RL: Ages 6-9, Grades 1-4