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Latino Biographies for Kids Educate and Inspire

September 17, 2015 11:18:10 AM

In the weeks leading up to Hispanic Heritage Month, Latina mom and teacher Frances Evans carefully researches and gathers her materials together to teach her students about the culture. Last year, she threw a Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta to introduce the children to the culture and to famous Latinos. She relied on children's biographies to help her.

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CDC Reveals Just How Much Fast Food American Kids Eat Each Day

September 17, 2015 11:17:55 AM

On any given day, 34.3% of U.S. children and teens between the ages of 2 and 19 eats pizza, fried chicken, tacos or some other dish prepared in a fast-food restaurant, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Capstone to Launch Spanish-language PebbleGo

September 17, 2015 11:17:40 AM

Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, announces its most popular PebbleGo™ database will be available in Spanish in Spring 2016. With Spanish text and read-aloud Spanish-language audio recorded by professional voice-over artists, PebbleGo Animales will feature articles on more than 250 animals and their behaviors for grades PreK-2.

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Schools Deemed 'Discriminatory' Struggle to Erase Disparities

September 16, 2015 10:10:16 AM

In most schools, parents and students dread being called to the principal's office, but at Monoco Elementary, principal Ari Gerzon-Kessler uses a system of "positive referrals," for which he reads detailed praise from a teacher to the student, in English or Spanish, as his or her family looks on.

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Dolores Sosa Green: Don't Discourage Hispanics from Applying to College

September 16, 2015 10:09:52 AM

One day during her senior year in high school, Rosie left her school counselor's office heartbroken, hopeless and discouraged. Rosie, an honor student and volunteer who had taken several advanced placement courses, had her heart set on attending a university she had fallen in love with while on a college tour. But when she told her counselor about submitting an application, she was advised not to apply.

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Three Siblings Teach Bilingual Studies at Milam Elementary School

September 16, 2015 10:09:32 AM

Leslie, Lilian, and Livier Olvera are three smart, funny lively sisters who all teach fourth grade bilingual classes at Milam Elementary School in Bryan, Texas. Livier, the oldest, has been a teacher in the district for 10 years and teaches math and writing. As first year teachers, Leslie and Lilian are quickly learning the joys and challenges young minds.

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Discrimination at School Harms Development of Young ELLs, Study Says

September 15, 2015 11:45:21 AM

A new report from the Migration Policy Institute outlines the types of personal and structural discrimination that young children of immigrants may experience at school. The study from the organization's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy makes the case that the experiences of young children of immigrants, many of whom are English-language learners, from pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade play a significant role in determining their academic future.

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Obama Makes College Aid Application Earlier and Easier

September 15, 2015 11:45:05 AM

There is big news today for prospective college students and their parents. It comes from Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who is in Iowa with President Obama for his annual Back to School Bus Tour. "Today, we're lending a hand to millions of high school students who want to go to college and who've worked hard," Duncan said. "We're announcing an easier, earlier FAFSA."

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NYU and Stanford Receive $3 Million NSF Grant to Develop STEM Curriculum with ELL Focus

September 15, 2015 11:44:47 AM

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $3 million to researchers at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Stanford University Graduate School of Education to create a language-focused science curriculum for fifth graders. The four-year project, which began Sept. 1, will pay particular attention to developing science education that supports English language learners.

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California to Boost Oversight of Services for Students Learning English

September 14, 2015 1:12:58 PM

California officials have agreed to boost oversight of school district efforts to help the state's 1.4 million students learning English under a legal settlement announced this week. The settlement came after a Los Angeles judge ruled last fall that the state Department of Education had failed to compel numerous school districts to provide students learning English with legally required assistance.

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Miami-Dade Schools to Offer Seal of Biliteracy

September 14, 2015 1:12:34 PM

Students in the Miami-Dade schools in Florida who master two or more languages will earn special recognition that will appear on their transcripts. The district's school board voted this week to allow students from all the district's high schools, starting with class of 2016 graduates, to earn the vaunted "seal of biliteracy," a recognition for multilingual graduates that is growing in popularity across the county. Graduates of the class of 2016 will be eligible.

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Latino Students: We Want To Hear About Your Experiences in Public Schools

September 14, 2015 1:12:12 PM

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), The Huffington Post wants to tell the stories of how Latino students, former students and educators are experiencing the American public school system.

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Zooming in: A close look at literacy practices in low-income latino homes

Pam McKeta

September 09, 2015 11:03:57 AM

How do low-income Latino families engage in literacy activities with their young DLLs? How do these interactions affect DLLs' literacy and language development? This post looks at a recently published research paper that asked these questions — and found some interesting answers.

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New program to help non-English-speaking immigrant students get started at JeffCo schools

Pam McKeta

September 09, 2015 7:10:20 AM

There has been an influx of students with no English proficiency – largely immigrants from Central America, but also children from countries like Yemen, China and Greece – at Jefferson County Schools in recent years, so the school system is launching a new dedicated program aimed at helping them quickly attain rudimentary English skills. The school system hopes that the fledgling initiative, dubbed the Newcomer Center, will serve the dual purpose of making English-deficient new immigrant students feel welcome in the school system, while getting them started on the path to English fluency.

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Summer programs use contrasting approaches for educating English learners, migrant students

September 04, 2015 10:58:06 AM

The Fresno County Office of Education and the Clovis Unified School District took drastically different approaches to educating English learners through two summer programs. Instead of primarily teaching better English skills, Fresno County’s summer program revolves around showing the children of migrant farmworkers career paths they may not learn about during the school year. It focuses on fields like art, science, technology and health care. Students, whose language skills range from full fluency in English to none at all, take field trips and receive a lot of practical instruction from real-life professionals during the four-week courses. Clovis Unified takes a more traditional approach to summer school. Its four-week program centers around a rigidly scripted curriculum built to improve the proficiency of its English learners. The goal of this course is to improve the state test scores of students still learning the language.

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Partnering to Boost Student Literacy

September 04, 2015 10:56:55 AM

Through a partnership with Cal State Fullerton's Hazel Miller Croy Reading Center, teachers and students at an Orange elementary school received extra help this summer to improve students' reading, writing and language skills. University reading professors and alumni collaborated with Sycamore Elementary School teachers and the principal to provide professional learning in the areas of literacy and reading intervention to support the individual needs of Sycamore students.

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Parents of ELLs With Disabilities Sue Philadelphia Schools

September 02, 2015 10:27:38 AM

Two Pennsylvania legal advocacy groups and a Philadelphia-based law firm have filed a class action lawsuit against the Philadelphia schools, alleging that thousands of children are denied adequate special education services because their parents don't speak or read English.

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Books Are GEMS bookstore shines a light on literacy

September 02, 2015 10:26:41 AM

A gem lies in El Paso’s lower valley, where children and young adults can pick up a few of their favorite books to read, at no cost. For the last 12 years, Books Are GEMS has aimed to bring literacy to the children of low-income communities and the organization’s impact grows with each new year. The bookstore also carries books for young adults, adult-level reading such as biographies, college textbooks and even offers reading materials for homeschooling parents and teachers through the Educator Support Program.

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Native Math

September 01, 2015 10:49:12 AM

A unique approach to math helps boost achievement for American Indian children — and it shares striking parallels with the Common Core. This teaching approach, called “Strength in Numbers,” was developed a decade before work even started on Common Core. Getting the right answers on test questions isn’t enough, Strength in Numbers teachers require students to explain their work. And although the sample size is small, the program’s results have been striking.

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The Subtle Evolution of Native American Education

September 01, 2015 10:46:55 AM

Compared to their peers, “American Indian” and “Alaska Native” students aren’t seeing the same growth in enrollment or attainment. Indigenous children in America sometimes attend separate schools whose pedagogy and curricula are tailored to indigenous worldviews and learning needs. These institutions can be charter schools, language-immersion schools, Indian-reservation schools, or even private schools. Yet these programs don’t always achieve their mission.

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