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Marine Biologist Hopes to Inspire Latino Kids

As a boy growing up in Miami, the water was a second home to Danny Munoz. He loved watching the fish from behind the glass of the man aquariums he owned as a kid. Now a marine biologist at Long Beach's Aquarium of the Pacific, he spends his days in the water taking care of the fish and coral. One of the few Latinos in the industry, the Cuban American is now inspiring others to jump right in.

SLJ Chats with Teen Author and Bullying Survivor Aija Mayrock

As we enter National Bullying Prevention month, the recent statistics on cyberbullying and teens published by the global YouGov survey of more than 4,700 teenagers from across the world shows how pervasive and destructive bullying can be. According to the new study, it is a worse problem among teenagers than drug abuse. Once a victim herself, bullying awareness advocate, speaker, and now published teen author Aija Mayrock shares how she was able to overcome bullying and what inspired her to write The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen (Scholastic, 2015).

5 Latin Children's Music Artists You Should Know

"Through music, children learn the songs and games that their parents knew as children. It’s good for their self esteem and it’s good for the mother tongue," says Jose-Luis Orozco, who at 67, is the grandfather of Spanish children's music in the United States. From Orozco's latest album of songs about good food to Lucky Diaz's family-friendly party music to Chino & Nacho's lullaby versions of their chart-topping songs, here are five Spanish-singing kids artists you should know.

Dismayed by Struggling Aurora Public Schools, A New Coalition Demands Change

The 40,000 students in Aurora Public Schools score among the worst in Colorado on state tests. About half don't graduate from high school, and fewer than one in 10 make it all the way through college. Compounding the challenges: Seventy percent are low-income, more than a third are English language learners and there are more than 1,200 refugees from over 130 countries. Yesterday, a coalition of concerned parents, students, and community members held a press conference to address that, calling for significant changes in the district.

The Surreal Reasons Girls Are Disappearing In El Salvador

In a new series, #15Girls, NPR explores the lives of 15-year-old girls around the world who are seeking to take control and change their fate. The series begins in El Salvador, where teenage girls face difficult and dangerous choices. Warning: Some of the depictions and images in this story are graphic.

More States and Districts Embrace Biliteracy

A growing number of states and school districts are promoting bilingualism by offering special recognition for high school graduates who demonstrate fluency in languages other than English. Thirteen states now offer a "seal of biliteracy," and at least 10 more are working toward implementing a similar award.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Get a Makeover

Two years ago, back-to-school night at Ruth Hill Elementary School looked like most open houses. That was before the Newnan, Ga., school was tapped in 2014-15 as one of 10 schools in the state to pilot academic parent-teacher teams, a model developed by WestEd researcher Maria C. Paredes five years ago to build more goal-focused, academically oriented relationships among teachers and parents, and among the parents themselves.