AAPI Language Education Schools (AAPLES)
The Schools That Teach committee of The Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (GACAPAA) is planning to establish a network of community-organized schools in the Commonwealth. These are grassroots level schools which teach heritage languages, English as a second language, and other school subjects to children from Asian and Asian Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The AAPI Language Education Schools (AAPLES) initiative will bring together teachers and administrators of these schools to:

- Lobby state and local educational institutions for space to hold classes.
- Seek private and federal grants for resources for capacity building.
- Share curriculum, instructional materials, and pedagogical strategies for mutual benefit.
- Hold professional development meetings, with the scholarly input of educational faculty in Penn State and other interested universities.
- Collaborate in undertaking research on home/school connections, student needs, learning strategies, and instructional practices to enhance teaching.

Such schools may include teaching arrangements that are not formally established, and those that meet as part of religious institutions (in churches and temples) or in homes. In areas where no such arrangements exist, local community leaders or parents who intend to start schools can send their information. This network will help provide information and resources to start community-based schools in your area.

As a step towards this goal, GACAPAA's Schools That Teach committee is creating a directory of community leaders and schools that would form the membership of AAPLES. Please fill out the form to provide the requested information so that we can establish communication with you and obtain further information about your schools for this directory. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to follow up with GACAPAA commissioner Dr. Suresh Canagarajah at asc16@psu.edu.

1. Name of School *
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2. Street Address (including city and zip code): *
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3. Name of Principal or Chief Administrator: *
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4. Phone number of Administrator: *
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5. Email address of Administrator: *
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6. Teaching focus of the school: *
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7a. Ethnic Communities Served: *
Please list any known communities that you serve through this institution. For example, Bhutanese, Chinese, Korean, Nepali, etc?
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7b. Characteristic of Communities Served *
Please also list if you serve refugees, 1st Gen children, 1.5 generation children, etc.
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8. Grades served: *
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If you are comfortable sharing this data, please answer the following. If you would rather share this data through in-person conversations, we can arrange that as well.
9. Number of Children:
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10. Number of Teachers:
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11. Frequency / Duration of Class:
Does the school meet on a weekday or weekend? Just one day a week or more? For a couple of hours a week or more?
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12. Year the school was established:
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