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CASA Volunteer Helps Overcome Language and Cultural Barriers in Foster System

For more than four years, Anna Flores has been a community member that not only has a huge heart for children, but is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for children in Bexar County. She is a trained volunteer who speaks up for abused and neglected children in the family court system. She dedicates herself to ensure these children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Young Latino with Perfect AP Computer Science Score Wants to Inspire Others

A Latino high school senior from Texas has achieved what very few people have done, and he's really proud to be an example to his community.  Miguel Padilla is one of 10 people in the world who earned a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam. Padilla's parents immigrated from Mexico; his dad works for the city and his mom owns a cleaning service. "It shows others within the community that people are capable of something more and should aspire to do more," said Padilla, who attends the Harmony School of Innovation in Fort Worth, Texas, a public charter school.

Refugee Students Languish in Red Tape as They Seek to Resume Their Educations

Deep beneath the surface of a massive refugee crisis that’s the worst since World War II is the less well understood reality that tens of thousands of university students leaving Syria and other countries have had their educations interrupted — educations needed for those nations to rebuild if and when the conflicts in them end.

Born in the U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have a Hard Time Coming Home

Chun Zheng has lived through a house fire, a flood and an earthquake. None of that, she says, compares to sending her infant daughter and son abroad to live with her extended family. Both of her children — 7-year-old Joyce and 5-year-old Jay — were born in Boston. But for the first years of their lives, they stayed with relatives in Fujian, a southeastern province of China. Joyce spent more than four years with her aunt, whom she still calls "ma." (She calls Chun Zheng "mommy.")

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin

"The Japanese American internment during World War II is the subject of National Book Award finalist Marrin's latest historical nonfiction for adolescents. He ties together chronological events with thematic elements (how racism operated during World War II) to tell the story of this dark time in U.S. history."

How We Teach English Learners: 3 Basic Approaches

There are 5 million students like Rosario — English Language Learners or ELLs — living in the U.S., and we're going to spend much of the next year reporting on them. They raise one of the biggest questions facing educators: What's the best way to teach English without losing time on the content students need to learn?

A Once Nearly All-White School District Has a New Largest Group: Hispanic Students

Hispanic students for the first time outnumber their peers in other racial and ethnic groups in Montgomery County's public schools, a milestone for diversity in a suburb long regarded as largely white and affluent. Long in the making, the demographic shift in the Maryland suburb reflects broader changes­­ nationally and brings new attention to whether the high-performing school system is doing enough for its surging number of Hispanic students.

How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden

"One hundred years ago, the National Memorial Association was formed to establish a monument honoring African American veterans of the Civil War. It took years to get Congressional support, but finally, in the late 1920s, a bill was passed to create a committee to establish a museum dedicated to African American contributions to our nation. While the committee was abolished during the Depression, the dream was not. However, it took another 70 years of urging by activists and politicians to renew interest in the project. Bolden investigates this history and the search for a museum director and artifacts, including the national call for 'treasures' and the related national tour by curators in search of items for the collection. In addition, she discusses the museum’s location on the National Mall, a place once bordered by 'holding pens for enslaved people bound for the Deep South.'"

American Academy of Pediatrics Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule

The American Academy of Pediatrics has extensively updated and revised its media and screen time guidelines for children and adolescents to reflect new research and new habits. The new guidelines, especially for very young children, shift the focus from WHAT is on the screen to WHO else is in the room. And in doing so, they raise some intriguing points about the future of learning from media.