May 30, 2011

Article: Elementary ESL Students Get a Jump on College Search


When Terrytown Elementary teacher Tobie Lynn Tranchina was younger, her parents constantly instilled in her the importance of a college education.

Tranchina later realized the same expectation was not a reality for many of her fourth-grade English as a Second Language (ESL) students. So, she endeavored to find a way to show her students that college was an attainable option for them.

Tranchina began emailing dozens of schools in November and asking them to send admissions information for the students. She said she received an overwhelming response, with nearly a dozen colleges agreeing to participate.

Read the article for a fuller description of this teacher’s project at

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