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Weingarten: Four Solutions to Public School Problems

Education Week

October 23, 2014

In this commentary for Education Week, Randi Weingarten writes, "A high-quality public education should include art and music, nurses and guidance counselors, sports and extracurricular activities. Yet, too often, kids are getting the bare minimum — this, when many public school children are living in poverty."

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We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal Announce Collaboration

School Library Journal

October 23, 2014

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) has announced its collaboration with School Library Journal on a variety of initiatives concerning diversity in children's literature. The partnership will include sponsorship and collaborative programming of a diversity-focused event to be held in association with the 2016 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston; content sharing and support for the We Need Diverse Books Diversity Festival to be held in summer 2016 in the Washington, DC, area; and joint development of an Education Kit to introduce teachers, librarians, and booksellers to select diverse books and provide them with tools to present these titles to their patrons and students.

Study: Half of California's Children Are Latino, 94% of Whom Are U.S. Citizens

California Healthline

October 23, 2014

A study released Tuesday on Latino children's health in California found that 94% of Latino children in the state were born in the U.S., which may have policy implications in the next legislative session when the issue of health coverage for the undocumented will be debated.

Requirements Keep Young Immigrants Out of Long Island Classrooms

The New York Times

October 22, 2014

Before dawn breaks and the morning light spills onto his bedroom floor, Carlos Garcia Lobo bounces out of bed, his eyes alight with anticipation, and asks his mother if he can go to school. Each time, she replies to her 8-year-old son: Not yet. Four months after fleeing Honduras with a 15-year-old cousin, Carlos has reached what his family said seemed like an impassable frontier. Like dozens of the roughly 2,500 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to relatives or other sponsors on Long Island so far this year, Carlos has been unable to register for school.

Georgia's Preschool Providers to Learn How to Better Support English-Learners

Education Week

October 22, 2014

Helping Georgia preschool and early-care providers support children who are learning English is the aim of a new training initiative by the state agency that oversees early-childhood education. The effort seeks to help early-childhood practitioners develop the skills and knowledge necessary to identify young English-language learners and support their English-language development in order to boost school readiness. Supporting children's home-language development will also be a major focus of the new training for practitioners and school district personnel.

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Diversity Group Announces Walter Dean Myers Award and Grants

Publishers Weekly

October 22, 2014

We Need Diverse Books, the grassroots group of authors and others that coalesced around the lack of diversity in BookCon's initial children's author lineup this past spring, continues to advocate for more diversity in contemporary children's literature by introducing new initiatives. The organization announced exclusively to PW this week that it is launching an award and grants program in 2015. Also, Walter Dean Myers's literary estate has granted WNDB the rights to name the award and grants in memory of the late children's book writer, who was outspoken in his lifelong advocacy for multicultural children's books.

School District on Long Island Is Told It Must Teach Immigrants

The New York Times

October 21, 2014

Responding to complaints from dozens of Hispanic children who said they had been barred from public school classes on Long Island, the state on Friday issued new legal guidance regarding enrollment procedures, exhorting school districts to comply with federal law by allowing undocumented immigrant children to begin classes.

N.Y.C. Chancellor Forges a New Schooling Era for Nation's Largest District

Education Week

October 21, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's victory last November was a clear indication that many voters sought a clean break from former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's signature school policies. In Mr. de Blasio's first 10 months in office, his handpicked chancellor — veteran educator Carmen Fariña — has been chipping away at the hallmarks of Mr. Bloomberg's education agenda as she has gone about launching the K-12 policies and practices that will define Mayor de Blasio's years.

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UTSA Study Says Hispanic Students Can Leverage Cultural Strengths

San Antonio Business Journal

October 21, 2014

A pair of researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio have released a report on how Latino students can leverage their shared cultural strengths to be more successful in college. The report says that students who come from Latino backgrounds can use their cultural wealth and experiences to transcend socioeconomic circumstances that might otherwise hold them back.

Florida's First Formal Move Against the U.S. Dept. of Ed on ELL Testing

Education Week

October 20, 2014

As promised, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, has taken its first formal legal step against the U.S. Department of Education over the issue of testing of English-language learners. Scott hasn't filed a lawsuit, but, on Friday, he sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, requesting a hearing on the issue before the Office of the Administrative Law Judges, which deals with government agencies.

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#Weneeddiversebooks: Realistic Fiction with Diverse Protagonists

School Library Journal

October 20, 2014

With the recent call for diverse books for kids of all ages, we're happy to see new titles by debut and celebrated authors with protagonists who haven't always been in the spotlight. From a grieving African American teen working at a funeral home to a teen in war-torn Zimbabwe, these characters defy stereotypes and will ring true for all young adult readers.

Navajo Presidential Race Shaken By Language Gap

NPR

October 20, 2014

According to Navajo law, Navajo Nation presidents must speak the Navajo language to hold office. Chris Deschene is a strong contender for the position, but there's a problem: He's not fluent in the language. The challenge to Deschene's candidacy has become a window into how the Navajo Nation views itself and its cultural future, as well as how Native people continue to define themselves in the face of cultural change.

Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?

The New York Times

October 17, 2014

For years, child development experts have advised parents to read to their children early and often, citing studies showing its linguistic, verbal and social benefits. In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised doctors to remind parents at every visit that they should read to their children from birth, prescribing books as enthusiastically as vaccines and vegetables. On the other hand, the academy strongly recommends no screen time for children under 2, and less than two hours a day for older children. At a time when reading increasingly means swiping pages on a device, and app stores are bursting with reading programs and learning games aimed at infants and preschoolers, which bit of guidance should parents heed?

One Scholar's Path from Homeless Shelter to Halls of Georgetown

PBS NewsHour

October 17, 2014

More than 1.2 million homeless students were enrolled in public schools last year. On top of homework, they face challenges like getting enough to eat and finding shelter that meets basic living standards. The NewsHour's April Brown introduces one student who tackled all of that to become high school valedictorian and a freshman at one of the nation's top universities.

A Focus on Diversity and Savvy Blogging Drive KidLitCon 2014

School Library Journal

October 17, 2014

Diversity was front and center at the 2014 Kidlitosphere Conference (KidLitCon) held in Sacramento, CA, on October 10–11. For the first time, the conference had a theme: "Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Children's Lit: What's Next?" Inspired by the "We Need Diverse Books" campaign, the event raised a number of issues, including "looking at yourself to make changes." This made for lively and impassioned discussion among the authors, bloggers, and publishers at the conference, now in its eighth year.

Daniel Tiger: Won't You Be His Neighbor?

NPR

October 17, 2014

It's been 13 years since Mister Rogers' Neighborhood went off the air and more than a decade since the passing of its host. But the world Fred Rogers created for preschool children — one that's safe, nurturing and accepting — lives on in a PBS program called Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

Philadelphia Teachers Hit by Latest Cuts

The New York Times

October 16, 2014

Money is so short at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, a public middle school here, that a nurse works only three afternoons a week, leaving the principal to oversee the daily medication of 10 children, including a diabetic who needs insulin shots. On the third floor filled with 200 seventh and eighth graders, one of two restrooms remains locked because there are not enough hall monitors. And in a sixth-grade math class of 33 students with only 11 textbooks to go around, the teacher rations paper used to print out homework equations.

Opinion: When Racing to the Top Slows Us Down

School Library Journal

October 16, 2014

Dr. Mary Ann Cappiello is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In this column for School Library Journal, she writes, "The instructional potential of the standards, the fluidity with which educators can meet the standards and engage students in thoughtful and meaningful reading, writing, listening, and speaking experiences, are a mere footnote. In Race to the Top schools, the test scores matter too much."

What Will Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Mean For Girls' Education?

NPR

October 16, 2014

When Malala Yousafzai found out last Friday that she'd won the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl didn't celebrate immediately. Instead she returned to a chemistry class at her high school in Birmingham, England. It was a fitting reaction by someone who's risked her life for the right to be educated.

School Successes Inspire N.C. Push for Dual Language

Education Week

October 15, 2014

At Collinswood Language Academy, a K-8 dual-language school in a working-class neighborhood in this Southern city, students produced some of the highest math achievement scores in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district. And that's the case even though they learn all their math in Spanish, and take North Carolina's annual end-of-grade math exams in English.

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