How stories are told around the world: Examples of Several Cultures



This is a very interesting cultural insight!

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It’s said there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love, once you’ve heard their story. Dave Isay knows that. The ability to honor every human by listening to what they have to say about themselves is central to StoryCorps, the nonprofit he founded in 2003.

The premise of StoryCorps is simple: One person interviews another and their conversation is recorded for posterity. It’s a strikingly straightforward proposition. But then, storytelling has always been less about glitz or gadgetry and more about connection and communication. No matter the tech, humans have invariably figured out a compelling way to tell each other stories.

That’s not to say we all tell stories the same way. Far from it. As Kay Turner, a folklorist and independent scholar who’s on the board of the New York Folklore Society, notes, “Even if a story is the same, each culture will tell it differently, because…

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Important: How are ELL Programs Funded Across States?



Some 34 states fund ELL programs through their state’s primary funding formula

English language learners (ELLs) perform better academically and achieve greater language proficiency when they have high-quality English language instruction, according to a 2014 study in the American Educational Research Journal.

These extra programs requireadditional funding above the average per-student amount.

The federal government provides grant funding to states through Title III to help ELLs with language acquisition and with meeting content standards.

However, a 2012 survey found that Title III officials and district administrators said the funds were helpful, but were inefficient for ELL services.

To meet the needs of these students, 46 states provide additional funding dedicated to ELL education, says a March report from the Education Commission of the States.

Some 34 states fund ELL programs through their state’s primary funding formula. Of the states that use student weights in their formula, weights range from 9.6 percent (in Kentucky) to 99 percent (in Maryland).

Nine states fund ELL programs through a line in the budget that exists outside of the state’s primary funding formula, and three states reimburse districts upon submission of the costs of educating ELL students. Four states do not provide any funding for ELL services, the report found.

States with the largest share of ELL students:

  • Nevada: 31%
  • California: 24%
  • New Mexico: 19%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

4 states do not provide any funding for ELL services.

  • Delaware
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Rhode Island

Source: Education Commission of the States

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Translanguaging Literacies and Community Ethnographies: A Kentucky Connection


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