Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.
In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.
Information Literacy Projects
Jacquie's ESL 096 IL
Jacquie's ESL 098 IL
Jacquie's ESL 099 IL
IBEST AM Spring 2008
IBEST AM Winter 2008
Pages for Basic & Transitional Studies
Portfolio Assessment in the
Basic & Transitional Studies Division
The Standards Podcast -- Starring Joanna Elizondo, Ann Levine and Denise Vaughn
Here's a link to the official website of ACT Education, the testing company that owns the COMPASS tests. http://www.act.org/compass/tests/esl.html
Here's a link to the official website of CASAS -- Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems https://www.casas.org/home/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.showContent&MapID=197
Here's a link to the Kansas State University ESL Placement Page
Here's a link to the Standards Schmandards Readability Index Calculator -- it's Flesch-Kincaid, which is the same one that's included with Microsoft Word
|Style||Flesch-Reading Ease Score||Average Sentence Length in Words||Average Syllables per 100 Words||Estimated School Grade Completed||Estimate Percent of U.S. Adults|
|Very Easy||90-100||8 or fewer||123 or fewer||4th Grade||93|
|Fairly Easy||70-80||14||139||6th Grade||88|
|Standard||60-70||17||147||7th or 8th Grades||83|
|Fairly Difficult||50-60||21||155||Some High School||54|
|Difficult||30-50||25||167||High School or Some College||33|
|Very Difficult||0-30||29 or more||192 or more||College||4.5|
by Oliver Sacks
Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does--humans are a musical species.
Oliver Sacks's compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people--from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome who are hypermusical from birth; from people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds--for everything but music.
Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson's disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer's or amnesia.
Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why.
Here's a short video where Sacks describes the book.
"Oliver Sacks Observes the Mind through Music"
This discussion of Musicophilia led by Oliver Sacks took place in November 2007 at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington.
Here's a link to a website that is devoted to Musicophilia. There are other links, comments, videos and and an audio file. http://www.musicophilia.com/index.htm
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