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Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love

The New York Times

April 18, 2014

The Magus of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous in his fiction: plagues of insomnia and forgetfulness, a cluster of magical grapes containing the secret of death, an all-night rain of yellow blossoms, a swamp of lilies oozing blood, a Spanish galleon marooned in a Latin American jungle, cattle born bearing the brand of their owner.

Children's Fantasy Fiction Needs More Characters of Color

The Root

April 18, 2014

Author C.J. Farley writes, "In his 1976 essay The Devil Finds Work, James Baldwin wrote, 'No one, I read somewhere, a long time ago, makes his escape personality black.' Baldwin was talking about the movies, but he might as well have been talking about children's books. When I was a kid, I loved reading works like J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. But virtually all fantasy novels aimed at younger readers featured a complete absence of heroes of color. There were no black knights or wizards who looked like me, fighting dragons or outwitting minotaurs."

Slide Show: American Public Libraries Great and Small

The New Yorker

April 18, 2014

In the course of eighteen years, beginning in 1994, the California-based photographer Robert Dawson took pictures of hundreds of public libraries across the United States. The results are collected in his new book, "The Public Library: A Photographic Essay." Dawson’s project makes a powerful case for how public libraries serve communities in every corner of the country. In the introduction, he writes, "Public libraries are worth fighting for, and this book is my way of fighting."

Tests Balance Common Core Demands for Students with Cognitive Issues

Education Week

April 17, 2014

While the attention of most educators is focused on the millions of students trying out the general assessments based on the Common Core State Standards, a smaller, but no less momentous, set of field tests is underway for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

Proposed California Bill Seeks to Remove Prohibitions for Language Immersion Programs

San Francisco Examiner

April 17, 2014

On Wednesday, Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, announced the California Education for a Global Economy initiative at a news conference outside West Portal Elementary, which in 1984 became the first elementary school in California to offer a two-way Chinese immersion program. State Bill 1174 would give voters in 2016 the option to amend Prop. 227 and allow multilingual education in state schools without requiring parents to go through a waiver process.

What's Behind Teen Pregnancy Rates for Latinas?

Tell Me More (NPR)

April 17, 2014

U.S. teen pregnancies have declined for years, but Latinas still have the highest rate. Health expert Jane Delgado explains, along with teacher and former teen mother Christina Martinez.

Denver Public Schools Hires Immigrant Teachers Under New Policy

The Denver Post

April 16, 2014

Colorado's largest school district sees teaching potential among immigrants who came to the U.S. without documentation when they were children. Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg said his district began reaching out to what he saw as a talent pool soon after President Barack Obama took steps last year to allow undocumented young people to stay and work under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Boasberg said more will be hired this coming year.

As Non-Native English Speaking Population Grows, Teachers Find New Ways to Instruct Students

Soapbox Cincinnati

April 16, 2014

When Erin Sucher began at Sharonville Elementary 14 years ago, teaching English vocabulary to speakers of Spanish, French and Uzbek wasn't part of her lesson plans. Over the past five years, however, southwest Ohio has seen a 250 percent increase in its English Language Learner (ELL) population. Cincinnati Public Schools has close to 2,000 students identified as ELL.

The Latino Experience in Appalachia

Tell Me More (NPR)

April 16, 2014

Appalachia boasts a thriving Latino population, and the University of Kentucky is documenting their often untold stories. Pedro Santiago Martinez and Ann Kingsolver discuss their project.

N.H. District Must Increase Access to High-Level Classes, Civil Rights Office Says

Education Week

April 15, 2014

A New Hampshire district will have to make changes to combat discriminatory practices that exclude English Language Learners and minority students from higher-level courses, after a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights. The office investigated the Manchester School District in New Hampshire to determine if the 14,700-student district's policies and procedures effectively excluded black, Hispanic, and English Language Learner students from courses and programs that would better prepare them for college and career.

Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth the Effort

NPR

April 15, 2014

Preschool is getting a lot of attention these days. President Obama and mayors across the country are touting preschool as an important investment in the economy. As policymakers weigh the costs and benefits of "preschool for all," they're trying to figure out what actually works in the classroom. One of the places they're looking is Boston.

Students in Nebraska's Two Dual Language Programs Outperforming Peers

NET Nebraska Public Media

April 15, 2014

Castellar Elementary in Omaha is a unique school. One of 10 Dual Language schools in the district, students enrolled in the dual-language program are taught in both English and Spanish. Based on a recent evaluation of district's dual language program, students in the program are outperforming their district peers 77 percent of the time.

Pa. District Agrees to Improve Services for English-Learners

Education Week

April 14, 2014

Another district, this time in Pennsylvania, has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights to provide more equitable educational opportunities for its English-language learner student population, after an investigation found that the district was failing to meet these students' needs. The 11,000-student Hazleton district experienced a boom in its ELL student population in recent years, which grew from around 100 students in 2000 to 1,280 in 2013.

National Hispanic University Shutting Its Doors

Tell Me More (NPR)

April 14, 2014

The National Hispanic University in California will shut down in the summer of 2015. Tell Me More learns about the history of the university, and what led its current crisis.

Victims of Bus Crash Part of Effort to Recruit Latino Students at Humboldt State

Sacramento Bee

April 14, 2014

One victim of last week's horrific crash between a bus and FedEx truck in California was a 26-year-old recruiter for Humboldt State University, an energetic leader who was devoted to helping ensure more Latino students made it through high school and got a chance at college. The Los Angeles-area high-schoolers were headed to a preview weekend for admitted students on the Humboldt State campus near Arcata. They rode on a bus chartered by Humboldt State as part of the school's effort to reach out to Latino students from low-income families.

Museums Step Up as Resource for New Science Standards

Education Week

April 11, 2014

As a small but growing number of states adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, science museums and centers are positioning themselves as a key resource for helping teachers adapt to the vision for instruction reflected in the new guidelines. Some educators say that professional-development sessions held at museums — unlike those at conference centers, universities, or districts — give teachers immediate access to the kinds of hands-on activities that the common science standards call for.

'Where's the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?'

CNN

April 11, 2014

Matt de la Peña wasn't a reader until the words finally spoke directly to him. Finding himself on the page — and characters he could relate to — made him who he is today. "Where's the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?" de la Peña asked. "That would change the game."

Washington Park Multicultural Event Highlights Immigrant Cultures

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

April 11, 2014

Sahara Aden swayed and pirouetted in her bright red traditional dress, enacting a spiritual dance of her Somali Bantu people. Having traveled thousands of miles from a Kenyan refugee camp to build a new life in Milwaukee, Sahara was one of several presenters representing their culture and building community networks at a recent Multicultural Exploration Night at the Our Next Generation (ONG) center.

Texas Board Ducks Mexican-American Studies Vote

Education Week

April 10, 2014

The Texas Board of Education bypassed voting Wednesday on a hotly debated proposal to create a statewide Mexican-American studies course as a high school elective, instead simply asking publishers to submit textbooks for such a class and several other ethnic studies topics by the 2016-2017 school year.

Latino College Night Designed to Educate Students, Parents About Education

The Huntsville Item (TX)

April 10, 2014

Demographics in the state of Texas are changing. As time moves forward those changes will begin to manifest themselves to a greater degree in Huntsville and Walker County. For the purpose of keeping up with those changes, Walker County Unidos (United) in association with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will be conducting Latino College Night 2014.