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Senate Braced for Lengthy Debate on ESEA

Education Week

July 06, 2015

After weeks of letting it languish in the legislative queue, the U.S. Senate this week is slated to begin debating a proposed bipartisan overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — the first such Senate debate since 2001, when Congress last updated the law in its current iteration, the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Young Adult News: 2015 Int'l Latino Book Awards Announced

School Library Journal

July 06, 2015

The International Latino Book Awards (ILBA) took place on June 27 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis as part of the American Library Association Annual Meeting. The largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the United States, ILBA honored 246 artists and book creators, including the author of 2015 Pura Belpré winner I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Marjorie Agosín.

What We Can Learn from the Katrina Children Who Thrived After Disaster

The Hechinger Report

July 06, 2015

Talitha Halley, 22, is "determined for greatness," according to her sister, Regina Halley, 33. That, she says, is why her little sister not only survived Hurricane Katrina, but went on to graduate from a prestigious university with a 3.2 grade point average. Now, new research promises to explore how children and adults, including young people like Talitha Halley — Katrina's success stories — made it.

Ronald Thorpe, National Board President and Education Advocate, Dies at 63

Education Week

July 02, 2015

Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, died today after a battle with lung cancer. He was 63 years old. Thorpe had led the National Board since 2011, ushering in significant changes designed to increase the profile of the organization's flagship advanced certification program and bolster teachers' professional status nationally.

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Theater Helps English Learners Master Common Core

The Hechinger Report

July 02, 2015

For years, teachers have used "Readers' Theater" to supplement the traditional teaching of required texts, principal Ivan Tolentino said. But, Common Core has pushed ELA educators that use theater to adapt. Given the tougher requirement of Common Core-aligned tests, Tolentino hopes new theater instruction will improve their proficiency in written and spoken English.

Lucky and Focused: A Lottery Winner Uses His Millions to Boost Hispanic Students

Inside Philanthropy

July 02, 2015

When Gilbert Cisneros struck it rich in 2010, thanks to a winning ticket in the California Mega Millions Lottery, he and his wife, Jacki, turned their efforts toward philanthropy, especially on behalf of higher education opportunities for Hispanic students.

International Baccalaureate Changes Outlook for Seattle School

PBS NewsHour

July 01, 2015

The International Baccalaureate program, once thought of as a college preparatory curriculum exclusively for the rich, may also help students at struggling schools. The NewsHour's April Brown explores how the program has transformed one high school in Seattle.

A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets and Childhood Obesity

NPR

July 01, 2015

First rule of Brinton Elementary School run club: Keep those legs moving. Second rule of run club: Have fun. Brinton Elementary's phys ed teacher, Mindy Przeor, founded this after-school and summer running club in Mesa, Ariz., because there were no after-school physical programs at the elementary level. Arizona has the nation's 7th highest obesity rate for children between 10 and 17 years of age. Przeor wants to help change that by promoting the link between exercise and learning.

Theater Project Highlights Latino Contributions to New Orleans

The New Orleans Advocate

July 01, 2015

Jose Torres-Tama, a New Orleans resident since the mid-1980s whose family emigrated to the United States from Ecuador in 1968, is seeking to change perceptions about the recent wave of Latino immigrants to the New Orleans area.

Urban Districts Embrace Social-Emotional Learning

Education Week

June 30, 2015

In a kindergarten classroom at Wade Park Elementary School this spring, students huddled around their teacher in a tight circle while she held up cards that said "proud" and "ashamed" and explained to them what it's like to feel those emotions. The simple morning classroom exercises are a small part of a data-driven, districtwide social-emotional learning plan in Cleveland that aims to boost students' ability to make responsible decisions, regulate their own emotions and behavior, and build healthy relationships with their peers. As a growing body of research links such competencies to higher academic achievement, school systems such as the 40,000-student Cleveland district have started to take notice.

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Esty, White House Seek to Improve Educational Opportunity for Hispanics

My Record Journal (CT)

June 30, 2015

About 12 education and Hispanic leaders shared their education challenges Monday with U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th at the New Britain Senior Center. Esty hosted a conference call last week with the White House and the U.S. Department of Education about their Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Monday's discussion was aimed to provide input to the initiative. "I was not encouraged to take the SAT," said Emamuela Leaf, president of the Citizen Council to the Brazilian consulate general in Hartford. "It's almost like 'this is what we expect for you.'"

Commentary: We Can't Afford to Let Latino Students Fall Behind

The Huffington Post

June 30, 2015

Paul J. Luna is the President and CEO of the Helios Education Foundation and a board member of America's Promise Alliance. In this commentary, he writes, "We know that minority students continue to face barriers to their academic success that push them off track for graduation. Some students face language barriers and lack of access to rigorous coursework that will enable them to be successful in college and career."

Head Start Proposals Draw Cheers, Cautions

Education Week

June 29, 2015

Early-childhood advocates are praising a proposed top-to-bottom revision of the rules governing Head Start, the federally-funded program that serves a million children from low-income families and pregnant women and children nationwide, even as they raise questions about whether the budget resources would be available to bring those plans to fruition.

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First Class Graduates from Queens Library's Pre-Kindergarten

School Library Journal

June 29, 2015

Families applauded, took pictures, and cried during the June 25 graduation ceremony for their children who completed Queens Library's pre-K program at the Woodhaven branch, the first library-run pre-Kindergarten in the nation.

Latino Educators Stress Making Early Childhood Education a Priority

NBC News

June 29, 2015

Recently a group of leaders, researchers and activists arrived at Chicago's Erikson Institute to attend an Early Learning Symposium, with the aim of boosting Latino educational outcomes. Organized by The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH), "Fulfilling America's Future: Research, Practice & Policy Advancing Early Childhood Education for Hispanics" continued the ongoing national conversation about Latinos and education, including the importance of family engagement and increasing STEM.

San Francisco Seeks Federal OK for Plan to Upgrade ELL Services

Education Week

June 26, 2015

San Francisco school leaders, parents, and the federal government want a U.S. District Court judge to approve a plan designed to upgrade English-language instruction for more than 16,000 district students in the district.

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Theater Helps English Learners Master Common Core: But Can It Close The Achievement Gap?

Hechinger Report

June 26, 2015

Inside Kelly Budde's language arts class at Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, 11-year-old Carlos Vazquez was starring in the lead role of the Hairy Frog in the original production, "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow." In this riotous classroom filled with budding thespians and English language learners, the goal of this lively theater exercise was to teach literacy, boost vocabulary and help students master the new Common Core language arts curriculum.

STEM-Themed Library Backpacks Encourage Outdoor Exploration

School Library Journal

June 26, 2015

Getting kids to spend time outside isn't usually a challenge that libraries embrace. But at three systems across southeastern Massachusetts, librarians have launched the My Own BackYard (MOBY) program, designed to encourage children and their parents to discover the world around them by checking out kid-friendly backpacks full of STEM-themed goodies for them to take along on their exploring.

Beyond Access: How Texas and California Are Accommodating Increased Hispanic College Enrollment

Ed Central

June 25, 2015

Adapting campuses, classes, and processes to better serve Hispanic students will be a crucial step toward meeting national attainment goals, a new report from New America's Education Policy Program finds. Since fall 2000, the number of Hispanic students in public colleges has effectively doubled. However, due to a Congressional ban on a student-level data system, the federal government is flying blind when it comes to knowing how millions of Hispanic college students are faring.

A School Community Grows Stronger

Chalkbeat (NY)

June 25, 2015

This is the third story in a three-part series about Brooklyn Generation School and New York City's new school-turnaround program. As the year winds down, the school has found new ways to help students deal with trauma but little has changed in the classroom, raising questions about how the program will deliver on its long-term promises.