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Special Project: Can New Orleans deliver a high-quality education for all its children?

Education Week

August 27, 2015

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina — and all the upheaval and change that it wrought on every facet of life — parts of New Orleans are flourishing again. No American city in recent years has had to climb back from near ruin. And no American city has had to rebuild its entire public school system.

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Small Study Shows High School Music Classes Improve Language Skills

The Hechinger Report

August 27, 2015

A tiny study of 40 high school students in Chicago perked up some ears recently. It found that a small amount of musical instrument instruction — only two to three hours of band class a week — improved how the teenage brain processed sound.

Video: Daniel José Older Talks to Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s ‘Maria,’ About Her Memoir

School Library Journal

August 27, 2015

School Library Journal had the unique opportunity of pairing two Latino authors — Daniel José Older, author of Shadowshaper (2015), and Sonia Manzano, the Pura Belpré Honor award-winning author for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (2012) and acclaimed actress who originated the iconic role of "Maria" on Sesame Street — in a videotaped conversation about Manzano's first memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx (2015, all Scholastic). Check out the video and the transcript of the entire conversation.

Chicago to Conduct Citywide Audit of Services for English-Language Learners

Education Week

August 27, 2015

The Chicago school district will audit all the city's schools, including charters, to ensure they are providing federally mandated services to English-language learners and properly spending funds intended to help them, online and print newsmagazine Catalyst Chicago reports.

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Opening the Doors to More Low-Income Students Reshapes a University

PBS NewsHour

August 27, 2015

Under its current president, Arizona State University has increased its student population to 84,000, making it the largest university in America. In particular, the focus has been on boosting the number of low-income students. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how ASU transformed itself, and why some are questioning the outcomes of its rapid expansion.

Retiring Mexican-American Studies Director Helped Cultivate Cultural Conversations

The Daily Cougar

August 27, 2015

Empty bookshelves frame the small office while boxes, filled with old videocassette tapes, lie on the floor next to a desk, covered with scattered newspapers on top. This is it, the last moments Tatcho Mindiola sits in his office as the Director of Mexican-American Studies at the University of Houston. As the director of the CMAS for 43 years, his determination overcame obstacles in order to make the center successful for future students.

Will Hiring More Native American Teachers Improve Tribal Schools?

Education Week

August 26, 2015

Some districts in Montana that serve Native American students are attempting to increase the percentage of Native teachers in the hopes that those teachers will have a positive impact on achievement, according to a story by Slate.

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Are English Language Learners Punished For Their Frustration With School?

New American Media

August 26, 2015

Do you understand? A question, I pondered after reading through a report released by the National Center for Education Statistics. The report, Suspension, Expulsion, and Achievement of English Learner Students in Six Oregon Districts, presents a snapshot of data gathered in 2011-2012. The report releases disparate statistics regarding academic and behavioral outcomes of English Language Learners (ELL) students.

Refugee Family Welcomes Its Youngest Member, Ayush

Concord Monitor

August 26, 2015

Meet Ayush Rai. He's 10 days old on Sunday, the newest member of the family whose lives we've chronicled since they landed in Manchester last February. Ayush's mother and father, Devi and Bom, as well as his 12-year-old brother, Manoj, and 6-year-old sister, Isniya, have been busy making Concord their home after arriving from a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal. Ayush, though, is different from those four: he's a United States citizen, born at Concord Hospital.

Entering College? Latino Professors Share Some Great Advice

NBC News

August 25, 2015

First-generation college students — whose parents have not had a college experience — are particularly disadvantaged by the lack of information systems that other students have built into their lives since childhood. In this feature from NBC News, Latino professors from universities across the country share tips for first-generation students.

Schools in Baltimore Suburbs Address Growth in Minority Enrollment

The Baltimore Sun

August 25, 2015

With Maryland poised to welcome a record number of students as the new school year begins, many districts will be educating more minorities than they have in decades — if not ever. Across Baltimore's suburbs, school districts are hiring more translators, updating policies and taking other steps to address the demographic shift that includes an influx of Hispanic and Asian students.

Critics Protest Opening of Houston Arabic Immersion Elementary School

Education Week

August 25, 2015

Protesters showed up to voice their displeasure with Houston's new Arabic-language immersion elementary school on Monday, the first day of classes.

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Breaking Language Barriers: An Effective ELL Approach

Education Week

August 24, 2015

In one of the most ethnically diverse regions in California, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) serves thousands of students, many of whom do not speak English as their first language. The educators at one of OUSD's campuses, Manzanita Community School, have worked tirelessly to ensure they are able to reach, engage and excite English Language Learners (ELLs), like never before.

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Federal Judge Orders Immigrant Children and Mothers Released Rapidly From Detention

U.S. News & World Report

August 24, 2015

A federal judge in California has ordered the government to release immigrant children from family detention centers "without unnecessary delay," and with their mothers when possible, according to court papers.

California Pushing Through Emergency High School Graduation Legislation for Class of 2015

Los Angeles Times

August 24, 2015

State lawmakers are pushing through emergency legislation that would allow students from the class of 2015 to receive diplomas immediately without passing the state's high school exit exam. If it clears the Legislature, the bill would benefit about 5,000 students who have not passed the test but have completed other graduation requirements.

Book Review: Mixed Me by Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans

School Library Journal

August 24, 2015

A little boy with wildly curly hair navigates the social terrain of being a biracial child. Diggs's short, choppy, rhyming verses convey the busyness of a kid who likes "to go FAST!" All through his day he encounters people staring and asking questions.

Immigrants and the Library: The Digital Divide

News Tribune

August 21, 2015

The "no talking" rule at La Salle Public Library was suspended twice during Cristy Stupegia's 14 months as library director — both times so the staff could throw a couple of raucous parties. With Stupegia's blessing, the staff hosted a pair of Mexican celebrations: One for the Day of the Dead and the other for Cinco de Mayo. Both events packed the house and nearly took the roof off with music, singing and cheering. But there was another, more important outcome for Stupegia and her staff: They used both occasions to issue library cards to Mexican immigrants and make them understand what resources were there for them to use.

Integrating Mindfulness Into Education

Education Week

August 21, 2015

Fifteen years ago, the word 'mindfulness' was almost completely absent from the education world. Only a small group of educators and researchers envisioned the role mindfulness practice might play in supporting the well-being of teachers and their students. Fast forward to 2015, and we've witnessed an incredible surge of interest in integrating mindfulness into education supported by numerous organizations. What accounts for this rapid expansion of interest in integrating mindfulness into education?

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Californians Increasingly Can't Get Into State's Public Colleges

The Hechinger Report

August 21, 2015

They were once the envy of the world for the access they offered to high-quality education for all students at a low price. But between 2007 and 2012, California trimmed $2 billion from the Cal State and UC budgets, essentially cutting per-student funding in half. At the same time, it gave more spots to out-of-state and international students who pay the full cost of their educations while turning down thousands of other qualified Californians.

Poll Finds Most Back Healthy School Meals

The New York Times

August 20, 2015

A majority of Americans support providing schoolchildren with healthy meals that consist of more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods high in calories and sodium, according to a national poll released on Tuesday by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Legislation signed in 2010 by President Obama required schools to update their nutritional standards for the first time in 15 years. The law was championed by Michelle Obama, the first lady, as part of her "Let's Move" campaign.