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This Emotional Letter About 'Coco' Shows The Importance of Inclusion in Hollywood

Coco isn’t only an award-winning, critically acclaimed box office hit. It’s also a heartwarming reminder of why representation in Hollywood is so important.  The Pixar film has resonated with Latino audiences across the country ― particularly those with Mexican or Mexican-American roots ― for its loving portrayal of Mexican culture and family through its young protagonist, Miguel, and his adventure in the Land of the Dead.

The Incredible Story of the Navajo Code Talkers That Got Lost in All the Politics

When Peter MacDonald, Fleming Begaye and Thomas Begay joined the elite fraternity of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II, they had no idea what they were getting into. That was by design. The top-secret program they joined wouldn't even be declassified until more than two decades later — long after the secret Navajo code language had played a vital role in the American war effort.

Celebrating Women in STEM: Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Dr. Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman in space. Born in 1958 and raised in La Mesa, CA, Ochoa learned the value of education from her mother.

Multilingual Students Help Kids Ride the Road to Reading

Thanks to multilingual Cornell students, 500 Ithaca-area children learning English as a second language each have a new book personalized just for them, with the English text translated into their native language. Students translated "The Bus for Us" by Suzanne Bloom into 17 languages, from Arabic to Korean, Russian, Thai and Spanish. Labels with the translated text were laminated onto each page, so the children and their families can read the book in both English and their native language.

What's Behind Rising Graduation Rates for English-Learners and Native-American Students?

While graduation rates for English-language learners and Native American students are on the rise, educators and researchers are still questioning whether the needs of those students are being better served in the nation's K-12 schools. The nation's four-year graduation rate for English-language learners has improved 10 percentage points over the past five years, rising to 65.5 percent.

Michigan's Third-Grade Reading Law Could Hold Back 70% of English Language Learners

Michigan is one of the 15 states plus the District of Columbia to have a Third-Grade Reading Retention Law. Starting in 2020, a third-grader who doesn't meet a certain reading proficiency level will have to repeat that grade. In response, schools are preparing for a potential surge in English Language Learner (ELL) students who may be held back because of the law.

Miami Seeks Graduation-Test Waiver for Hurricane-Displaced Students

The superintendent of the Miami-Dade schools plans to ask Florida officials to let students who fled Hurricane Maria skip the state exams that are required for graduation. Alberto M. Carvalho told board members at a meeting last month that he would request a testing waiver from the state of Florida. If granted, that waiver would allow about 90 11th and 12th grade students to skip the Florida Standards Assessments, which students must pass to earn diplomas.

DACA Student Receives National Honors Award

Omar Salinas Chacón, senior political science and Spanish major and DACA student, was named Student of the Year by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) at its national conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference lasted from Nov. 8 to 12 and was Salinas Chacón's fourth in a row in which he gave a presentation as part of a panel within the diversity thread.

EL Paraprofessionals a First for District

With one-time funding through the emergency levy passed at the start of the school year, district officials hired two English Language paraprofessionals at Teton High School to support close to 50 ESL students. ESL or English as a Second Language students at the high school is a focused need for teachers, said Lisie Smith, head of the teacher's association and these two paraprofessionals were important educational gap to fill this year.

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