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New Gallery Will Be First in a Smithsonian Museum to Focus on U.S. Latino Experience

The Smithsonian announced Thursday that it will open its first gallery focused on the U.S. Latino experience, in the National Museum of American History. Opening in 2021 on the museum’s first floor, the Molina Family Latino Gallery will feature bilingual exhibits exploring the history and contributions of American Latinos.

Top Colleges Seeking Diversity From a New Source: Transfer Students

When applying to many of the nation's top universities, if you aren't accepted in that first, extremely competitive, round of admissions, you're not likely to get in. But some institutions are trying to change that. This fall semester, Princeton University offered admission to 13 transfer students, the first transfer admissions in nearly three decades. In reinstating the school's transfer program, they wanted to encourage applicants from low-income families, the military and from community colleges.

Breaking Down Barriers to Reading East of the Anacostia

When Derrick Young and his wife Ramunda opened MahoganyBooks on Good Hope Road Southeast last year, it was the first bookstore to open in the neighborhood in decades. The bookstore, which focuses on African American literature, is one of several attempts to increase reading and literacy east of the Anacostia River.

Education, Unsettled: Inside the Struggle to Keep Migrant Students in School and Out of the Fields

In North Carolina, migrant workers pick blueberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and tobacco, work on Christmas-tree farms, or have other jobs that require them to move from county to county and state to state. North Carolina is a stop on a typical migrant-worker route. Workers might start on the East Coast in Florida, picking tomatoes, oranges, or any number of other crops; pass through to North Carolina, where they may work with tobacco or blueberries; and end up in Michigan, harvesting everything from arugula to zucchini before starting over again. Inevitably, some of these workers bring their families, which means migrant students are going in and out of school districts around the country as their parents move for work.

Students as Citizen Archivists and Scientists: The New Community Service?

It may not be the typical white glove or laboratory experience, but students of history and science can find multiple opportunities to volunteer as citizen archivists or citizen scientists in a few important crowdsourcing efforts. The Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Smithsonian offer parts of their collections to be organized and made accessible by employing the services of citizen volunteers.

Buffalo Schools Try to Keep Pace with Kids Speaking 83 Languages

Over the last decade, the number of students in the Buffalo Public Schools learning English as a new language has more than doubled, and now account for nearly 1 in every 5 kids enrolled in the city school system. But immigrant and refugee leaders are concerned there are too few bilingual teachers to address the poor academic results seen among so many of these students.

In These Bilingual Classrooms, Diversity Is No Longer Lost in Translation

With immigration debate at such a fever pitch in the United States, you might think bilingual education would be stalled. The usual routine, experts say, is like a pendulum: When support for immigration drops, so do funding and policies that bolster multilingual classrooms. And vice versa. But despite some prominent anti-immigrant sentiment in the US, one form of bilingual education is actually gaining steam. Two-way dual immersion, which combines fluent English speakers with English language learners (ELLs) is taking off.

Dual Language Sign Unveiling Monday at Okanagan Nordic Centre in British Columbia

A celebration of Nickel Plate Nordic Centre's unveiling of new dual language, English and nsyilxcn (the Okanagan language) ski trail signs, took plan on Monday. The signage is a collaborative effort between the Sylix/Okanagan Nation, Spirit North and Nickel Plate involving the translation of 30 ski trail names. Nickel Plate plays host to Spirit North community programming where Indigenous youth from the Syilx/Okanagan Nation enjoy ski lessons throughout the winter months to help them stay active and healthy through sport. (You can see videos of the new signs from Global News Canada.)

War and the Aftermath: Book Recommendations

From picture books to novels, the offerings in this week’s column explore war and its impact on everyday lives. Some of the books deal with events and people in past wars or present-day conflicts around the world, while others consider war and its aftermath in general terms. The books approach the experiences and effects of war from various perspectives and are rich resources for encouraging discussion in classrooms.