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Tucson Unified School District dual language program revamped, expanded to east side

More students in the Tucson Unified School District will get the chance to learn a second language this school year. For the first time, the district’s dual language program is expanding to the east side. The program at TUSD was audited earlier this year, and one of the things that was found was that the district could do a better job at implementing the program. The district has since created a master plan. Their new pilot program will start at Bloom Elementary. With this new model, 90 percent of instruction will be in Spanish, and students will only get about 30 minutes of English each day. As students go through elementary to middle school, instruction in English and Spanish will even out.

GW Hosts High-Achieving Latino Students for Caminos al Futuro

Last Thursday, Luis Sanchez Aguilar stood before the inaugural Caminos al Futuro cohort of Latino high school students and their families in the Lehman Auditorium of GW’s Science and Engineering Hall and prepared to deliver his final presentation. Mr. Aguilar was among 15 high-achieving students selected for the three-week residential, pre-college leadership program funded by the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. The institute encompasses Caminos al Futuro for rising high school seniors, as well as scholarship and mentoring support for selected Cisneros Scholars, GW students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership and community service, particularly within the Hispanic community.

Fresno migrant students learn while competing

About two dozen migrant education students from the Fresno metro area competed in robotics at an event sponsored by the Fresno County Office of Education’s Migrant Education Program. FCOE said the competition is the culmination of a migrant summer program where students have been introduced to the NXT graphic programming language. STEM concepts and teamwork were combined in the summer program to teach students real-life skills while having fun.

Language Unleashed: The Powerful Poetry of Multilingual Students

For one educator, poetry was a transformative outlet for immigrant kids who are struggling with issues of language, identity and trauma. In an article for The Guardian, Kate Clanchy chronicles her experience teaching poetry to students who have recently immigrated to England from all over the world. Some of her students’ families fled poverty, others war zones, and many still struggled with English. But through poetry her students were able to express themselves in English on deeply personal themes like the scents of home and the struggles of arriving in a new place.

Former English-Language Learner to Lead Texas' Largest School District

The Houston school board on Wednesday announced San Francisco Unified Superintendent Richard Carranza as their pick to lead the 215,000-student district. Carranza has led the 53,000-student San Francisco Unified since 2012. He was among Education Week's 2015 class of Leaders to Learn From for his work with English-language learners. Houston has the sixth-largest enrollment of ELLs in the nation, according to a 2015 Migration Policy Institute report. According to the report, Texas has the second highest ELL K-12 enrollment in the nation, trailing only California.

Titles for a Tune-Filled Bilingual Storytime

Hablar/Talk. Cantar/Sing. Leer/Read. Escribir/Write. Jugar/Playing. These are the basic tenets of Every Child Ready To Read 2 (ECRR2). Yet one of these, singing, can be challenging to meet, as it can be difficult to find songs in Spanish to incorporate into library programs or to have in our collections for families to borrow. As with children’s books for, by, or about Latinos, the market for children’s music in Spanish has been mostly overlooked. Here are a few new and not-so-new wonderful titles.

As Latino population grows, school districts search for new ways to help student succeed

There's one common thread among the immigrant parents that math teacher Christa Wolak has met with during her five years at Allentown's Newcomer Academy: They care — a lot. The vast majority of students at the special Allentown School District facility, a school dedicated to preparing non-English speaking students for public education, are Latino. And Wolak said the school's staff has learned that engaging the entire family is an essential part of helping each student succeed.

Dual Language Education for Equity & Economic Development

After years of a "test-prep" curriculum and failed attempts at educating English Language Learners (ELLs) with a transitional bilingual education model, the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) has shifted to an Active Learning framework: technology enhanced project-based learning that aims to engage and inspire every student every day.