The US education system has seen a massive increase in the number of multilingual students. In Boston Public School system, more than 40% of students speak a language other than English at home. With an increasing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) attending public schools, it is critical to provide additional learning opportunities to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers. ELLs have scored significantly lower on standardized exams than their native English speaking peers. Consistent underperformance results in low self-esteem, lack of motivation and discipline- problems that follow these students throughout their life.
EDR believes that all students have the ability to succeed if provided the adequate resources and support, and plans to introduce the STEP UP program to ELLs in local communities, which was developed and successfully implemented by TAHS, a partnering private educational institution.
STEP UP recognizes that academic achievement is not simply a function of cognitive ability and language proficiency but the result of a number of complex non-cognitive factors as well. Participants in the program learn to be responsible, disciplined and proactive about their own learning.
The mission of the STEP UP program is to instill low performing ELLs with adequate learning skills and confidence to help them succeed academically and professionally.
EDR successfully organized 2014 Boston Science Seminar for two week from Oct 20th to 30th for 99 young minds of the prestigious Korea Science Academy of KAIST. These 11th grade students divided into three groups and took classes in mathematics, environmental science, green chemistry, biology, biochemistry and biophysics specially designed for them in three tracks on rigorous daily schedule.
The objectives of the program were: 1) understand the original meaning of science, or the search for truth, through a direct experience of an American science education approach and methodology; 2) gain an accurate understanding of American academic culture and tradition rooted in the worlds’ best universities in Boston; 3) develop self-confidence required to foster their global leadership potential and widen their career opportunities related to science; and 4) study better o improve their intellectual power through directly engaging with students of world-renowned universities such as Harvard, MIT, UMass Boston, Tufts, and Boston College.
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