Communication to Tamil Schools – March 20, 2020

Vanakkam School Admins:

 As a continuation our previous communications. The primary purpose of ATA is to enable schools to teach Tamil to our next generation. Our team is working with the best interest of your schools and the organization. Here are two important steps we are taking to support ATA schools at this critical situation.

Step #1:

We are sharing you the electronic version of syllabus in easily accessible way by dividing into three trimesters, which can be used for your online or home classes, the same can be accessed from ATA’s website home page. Please do not hesitate to contact us on the WhatsApp group that is created for an instant interaction with schools   You can use the below documents to conduct online classes in the upcoming weekends.

Pre-Mazhalai:

First Trimester:           MunMazhalai_2019-20_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:       MunMazhalai_2019-20_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          MunMazhalai_2019-20_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Mazhalai:

First Trimester:           Mazhalai Text book_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:       Mazhalai Text book_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          Mazhalai Text book_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Nilai #1:

First Trimester:           Level 1 Text Book_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:      Level 1 Text Book_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          Level 1 Text Book_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Nilai #2:

First Trimester:           Level 2 Text Book_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:      Level 2 Text Book_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          Level 2 Text Book_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Nilai #3:

First Trimester:           Level 3 Text Book_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:      Level 3 Text Book_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          Level 3 Text Book_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Nilai #4:

First Trimester:           Nilai 4 Textbook_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:      Nilai 4 Textbook_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          Nilai 4 Textbook_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Nilai #5:

First Trimester:           Nilai5_Text_2019-20_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:      Nilai5_Text_2019-20_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          Nilai5_Text_2019-20_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Nilai #6:

First Trimester:           Nilai_6 TEXT_BOOK2019-20_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:      Nilai_6 TEXT_BOOK2019-20_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          Nilai_6 TEXT_BOOK2019-20_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Nilai #7:

First Trimester:           Nilai-7_Textbook2019-20_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:      Nilai-7_Textbook2019-20_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          Nilai-7_Textbook2019-20_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Nilai #8

First Trimester:           Nilai8_Lesson_Exercise_2019-20_Watermark_First Trimester.pdf

Second Trimester:      Nilai8_Lesson_Exercise_2019-20_Watermark_Second Trimester.pdf

Third Trimester:          Nilai8_Lesson_Exercise_2019-20_Watermark_Third Trimester.pdf

Step #2:

Here is the WhatsApp group created for any instant connection with ATA team. We also could clarify any of your question and concerns.

ATA Schools Admin group:     https://chat.whatsapp.com/FZ7mw0nQHBPH1dDI8gRsai

As always, while we continue to work out these issues, we want to assure you of the continuity of services from ATA. Please continue to reach out to us through the following channels. In the coming days, we will reach out to each of you to clarify and answer questions you may have.

Board of Trustees: contact-bot@amtaac.org
President, ATA: president@amtaac.org
For general support: support@amtaac.org
For question papers: evaluations@amtaac.org
For questions related to the accreditation process: ata-accreditation@amtaac.org
Website: http://www.amtaac.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanTamilAcademy
WhatsApp: https://chat.whatsapp.com/FZ7mw0nQHBPH1dDI8gRsai

Thank you for your support!

STAY SAFE and HEALTHY!  /\

Thanks, and Regards,
ATA Board of Trustees
ATA Governing Council

Communication to Tamil Schools – March 19, 2020

Vanakkam School Admins,

First of all, we would like to thank you for your continued efforts in teaching this great language to our children and your continued support to American Tamil Academy (ATA).

We are right in the midst of unprecedented times because of the pandemic, where majority of schools, including Tamil schools are closed. ATA would like to help in any way that is possible. Please look out for a separate email from ATA on this topic.

Please see below the email communication from the ATA Board of Trustees (BoT) with information about the newly elected Governing Council (GC) for the term 2020-2021. Please note that the Board of Trustees is the entity as defined in the ATA by-laws that can conduct the elections in ATA. ATA by-laws can be found in our website http://www.amtaac.org/bylaws/

In the coming days, we will reach out each of your schools to form committees and sub-committees with the primary focus of the Tamil Language learning. We know that many of you have drifted away from ATA curriculum and devised your own curriculum or supplemental materials, especially in the higher levels. We are also aware that many of you have obtained accreditation and bilingual seals with your own efforts.

We want to combine all of the efforts and make American Tamil Academy as the place to go for Tamil language learning in the U.S. and beyond. We promise that we will involve every willing and capable volunteer from every school for the benefit of Tamil learning. We have many goals to accomplish to bring in a new era of partnership and coordination to make this learning experience a very pleasant and accomplished one. But we need your help. Please look out for more details and email communication.

In the meanwhile, we ask that you continue to reach to us through the currently existing channels:

President, ATA: president@amtaac.org
For general support: support@amtaac.org
For question papers: evaluations@amtaac.org
For questions related to accreditation process: ata-accreditation@amtaac.org
Website: http://www.amtaac.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanTamilAcademy

We also request you to disregard any email communication that is contrary to this email communication.

ATA Board of Trustees
ATA Governing Council

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Clarifications on current status of ATA

Vanakkam School Admins:

We are all in this noble effort of teaching Tamil language and spend countless volunteer hours. We appreciate your efforts and your support to American Tamil Academy (ATA).

From recent emails or from other sources, it might appear that there are two different factions trying to control ATA. When in fact, it is quite contrary to the truth.

Few things that were happening within ATA:

  • There was enormous amount of time spent on meetings, emails and discussions without any substance and was taking time away from the main focus on the basic principles of ATA such as revising the curriculum or adding supplemental materials.
  • The newly developed American Tamil Academy Student Management System (ASMS) system was developed by a company that is owned by the husband of the president of ATA.
  • A board member was getting financial benefits by providing curriculum revision and teacher trainings.
  • President and senior members wanted to host the annual function in the President’s hometown before her term ended.
  • One board member who willingly resigned and did not attend six board meetings in a row and did not involve in any ATA activities for six months was brought back in.

Few members within the board have repeatedly opposed these moves and insisted the need to focus on tasks needed for the schools. Few members also raised concerns about the conflict of interest situation in the above two items and one board member resigned citing the very reason. However, these issues were often overruled by senior members in the Governing Council (GC) stating that everything is done by the by-laws.

When these concerns were not properly addressed within GC and we were unable to resolve within GC, the concerns were brought up to Board of Trustees (BoT). Please note that BoT was formed exactly for the reasons of resolving conflicts and to be the legal authority of ATA. Please refer to ATA by-laws here: http://www.amtaac.org/bylaws/. Please also note that BoT consists of very senior members in the Tamil community for their services and unbiased approach. BoT, upon reviewing, recognized the conflicts of interest and recommended that these two members resign from GC, to avoid any future legal issues.

While refusing to resign, this 7-member group, included the member who has already resigned, and claimed simple majority (8-7) and went ahead and dissolved the BoT and also sent a legal notice. Please note that BoT is the ONLY entity within ATA that can handle legal issues and elections. After the so-called dissolution, this team elected a new set of GC members and has been sending out emails from gmail accounts. We request that you continue your partnership and keep communicating to the below legally elected team.

It is not about control or power or money, but it is more about morality and ethics and doing the right things for the Tamil language learning and doing the right things for the Tamil Schools.

Please note that we continue to work on activities that are required by schools: third trimester questions are being prepared and should be ready by the first week of April; annual course completion and participation certificates are being designed.

While we continue to work out these issues, we want to assure you of the continuity of services from ATA. Please continue to reach out to us through the following channels.

President, ATA: president@amtaac.org
For general support: support@amtaac.org
For question papers: evaluations@amtaac.org
For questions related to accreditation process: ata-accreditation@amtaac.org
Website: http://www.amtaac.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanTamilAcademy

Thank you for your support.
Board of Trustees
Dr. Bala Swaminathan
Dr. Nagaraja Sethuraman
Mr. Porchezhian Ramasamy
Ms. Renuka Kumarasamy
Dr. Selvan Pachamuthu
Dr. Sornam Sankar

ATA Governing Council
Mr. Bopathi Samikannu – President
Mr. Manivannan Periakaruppan – Vice President
Dr. Kabilan Velliya – Secretary
Mr. Mohideen Syed – Join Secretary
Mr. Geetha Mariappan – Treasurer
Mr. Elango Thirupathy – Join Treasurer
Mr. Rajasekar Veluchamy – Director
Dr. Ravi Palaniyappan – Director
Mr. SenthamilSelvan – Director
Mr. Senthil Murugan – Director
Mr. Anand Dhandapani – Director
Mr. Mani Ramasamy – Director

Connecting All Tamil Schools in North America

ATA provides all the educational resources to teach Tamil language irrespective of the school size. The infrastructure include standard curriculum, printed books, School/Learning Management Software with communication tools and plethora of performance tracking tools, interactive learning tools, evaluation materials for trimesters etc. ATA could provide teacher training and offer support in Accreditation process. In other words, if the school management can bring in teacher volunteers and classroom amenities with the complete educational resource and support provided by ATA, the school would be ready to function successfully from day one.

Process and Standardization.

ATA provides structure to teach Tamil language in an organized, methodical manner with proven education standards using modern technologies. Since inception, ATA was committed to continuous improvement. To achieve this, ATA has adopted world class standards mandated by premier educational standards like AdvancED. The syllabus and course materials were structured so that students at various levels undergo set number of basic instructional hours at class and home. To facilitate the self-learning experience, various technical educational tools are used. In addition, online access provided to the students and their parents so that they can track their progress and performance. Various proven school management tools are included, so that the individual schools can spend more time on education than worrying about running the school itself. All these are packaged and readily available, so that by simply following the syllabus and standards set by ATA, an individual school can achieve their goals and rest assured with the support provided by ATA.

Commitment to Continuous Improvement

ATA is committed to continuously improve the quality of Tamil language education by training its teachers periodically, enhance the curriculum and adopt state of the art software. ATA is also committed to provide enhanced learning experience for any individual willing to learn Tamil in North America and to provide the educational support required by teachers and school admin.

Long Term Goals.

Make every school district in the USA accept Tamil as a second language and award suitable language credits. Liaise with US universities teaching Tamil, so any willing student who wishes to pursue with University language credits can be benefited. Systematically develop and build a self-learning interactive curriculum, so a person in the remotest place can learn Tamil.

How can you help?

We request you to join the combined efforts of more than 90+ schools in USA. ATA is volunteer based non-profit organization catering greater and common needs of various Tamil Schools in various states. You can help with the common cause in whatever the simplest way possible, the first help would be, being part of it. You can share your experience and provide expertise to design the great curriculum and syllabus. This will considerably reduce the effort of individual schools. Every student, teacher and parents can benefit, from this combined and unified effort. Ultimately together we can make future generations of the USA embrace, learn and benefit from the great classical language, TAMIL.

Books Set

Exclusive ATA books for all students

Lesson Books & Work Books

Exclusive ATA books for all Pre-K to Grade 8 Students பத்து நிலைகள்: முன் மழலை, மழலை, நிலை 1, நிலை 2, நிலை 3, நிலை 4, நிலை 5, நிலை 6, நிலை 7, நிலை 8

OMS + ASMS

Order Management System for ordering books for students, Student Management System.

Tools for Every School

Order Management System for ordering books for students and Student Management System to manage students’ details.

EVALUATIONS - Trimester and SURWEP

Trimester Evaluations, SURWEP and Teacher training.

Teacher Training

Trimester evaluations, SURWEP and Teacher training.

Accreditation

Helping with Tamil Schools getting Accreditation.

Accreditation

Helping with Tamil Schools getting Accreditation.