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English-Learner Advocate Appointed to California Board of Education

Education Week

April 21, 2015

A coalition of civil rights, social justice, and English-language-learner advocacy groups is celebrating the appointment of longtime language-learner advocate Feliza Ortiz-Licon to Califonia's state board of education. Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Ortiz-Licon, the senior director of K-12 education for the National Council of La Raza, to the panel this month.

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'One-Way Street' for Immigrant Integration in Schools

Indianapolis Star

April 21, 2015

Schools pour resources into programs for English language learners. They hand out backpacks filled with school supplies. They train teachers to better instruct non-native speakers. They hire interpreters. But experts say something else — something that might ease the transition of immigrant students in America, something that might help tamp down prejudices and bridge hateful divides — is too often overlooked. That missing piece, they say, is teaching their U.S.-born and -bred classmates to understand, empathize and welcome their immigrant classmates, to develop what is called "cultural competency."

Europe Grapples with Deadly Mediterranean Migration Crisis

Los Angeles Times

April 21, 2015

European leaders are struggling to find a solution to a desperate surge of Mediterranean migration that appears to have claimed more than 1,500 lives so far this year, as poverty and war drive people to risk everything on rickety, overloaded boats. Any answer, however, will likely be a patchwork response that does little to alleviate the root problems that are pushing multitudes to leave their home countries.

Commentary: Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core

Education Week

April 20, 2015

Harold G. Levine is the dean of the school of education at the University of California, Davis. Michael W. Kirst is the president of the California state board of education and a professor emeritus of education at Stanford University. They write, "Our observations and conversations with colleagues nationally indicate that, in general, higher education has only recently begun to appreciate the breadth of the potential impacts of the common core on their own practices, from admissions to instruction to student outcomes."

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As Immigration Reshapes Indianapolis, Schools Struggle To Keep Up

Chalkbeat Indiana

April 20, 2015

When Mariam Khan, born in Pakistan, was studying to teach English as a new language, she imagined herself working overseas, teaching English to children in other countries. Just more than a month into her first job, Khan does, indeed, instruct kids from all over the world, but she does it from right here in Indianapolis at School 79 on the city's West side.

"I wish my teacher knew": Poignant Notes from Students

The Washington Post

April 20, 2015

A third-grade teacher at a Denver elementary school decided to try to get to know her students better — most of whom come from low-income families — and gave them a writing assignment in which she hoped they would reveal something about themselves. Kyle Schwartz called the activity "I wish my teacher knew," and she wound up learning more than she thought.

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

School Library Journal

April 17, 2015

Teacher Dawn K. Wright developed curricula that enabled students to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives. Teaching graphic novels with ELLs requires specific planning and scaffolding of activities. Here are some of her best practices for using graphic novels in the ESL classroom.

Matt de la Peña: How We Talk (or Don't Talk) About Diversity When We Read with Our Kids

Read Brightly

April 17, 2015

In this blog post, Matt de la Peña writes, "Maybe kids look to us (parents, teachers, librarians) before deciding how to frame a new book they've just encountered. If we make a big deal about the differences between the young reader and the characters in the story, isn't the story more likely to be viewed as 'other' in the child's mind? If we focus on the narrative instead, and on the journey of the characters, maybe a young reader's attention will remain here, too."

CBC and WNDB Team Up for Publishing Internships

Publishers Weekly

April 17, 2015

After an influx of donations, the nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books announced that part of the money would be put to use organizing publishing internships for "job-seekers from diverse backgrounds." The organization announced on April 14 that it will partner with the Children's Book Council in order to offer educational programming to assist job-seekers in entering the publishing industry.

After-School Programs Feel Heat From Congress, Critics

Education Week

April 16, 2015

More than 11,000 other schools and community centers across the country are in limbo because of a congressional tussle over federal funding for after-school programs. The budget talks have reopened a decade-old debate on whether research shows any academic benefits for students enrolled in the programs. At issue is the $1.15 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or CCLC, grant program, the largest source of federal after-school funding.

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Coalition Pushes for New Approach to Help Montgomery's Latino Students

Maryland Gazette

April 15, 2015

A new advocacy group is calling for a dramatic shift in how Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools serves roughly 45,000 Latino students. Members of the recently formed Montgomery County Latino Advocacy Coalition said at a press conference Monday that the school system needs a new approach for the student group that continues to grow.

What Undocumented Students Bring to the Classroom

The Atlantic

April 15, 2015

Andrew Simmons is a writer, teacher, and musician based in California. He has written for The New York Times, Slate, and The Believer. In writing about his undocumented students, he says, "In fact, I view these students as assets to the classroom and school community. I want them there. Perhaps U.S. citizens who wish that undocumented students would disappear from public schools fail to recognize how much they have to offer to America's education system."

In Dayton, A Dual Language Program Helps Students With Limited English

WYSO Public Radio

April 15, 2015

About a quarter of the students who attend Ruskin Elementary School on the east side of Dayton don't speak English as their first language. Of the 11 different languages spoken at the school, Spanish is the most prevalent — and it was the Latino students who inspired the staff at Ruskin to take a different approach to teaching. The school is in its third year of a successful dual language program.

Teen Suicides on South Dakota Reservation Spark Federal Response

Education Week

April 15, 2015

Schools, community leaders, and mental health professionals are rushing to respond to a cluster of suicides on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota, where seven teenagers have killed themselves in recent months.

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Professor's Immigrant Journey, Bilingual Education Key to Success

The Orion

April 15, 2015

While living in Torreón, Coahuila, a northern state in Mexico, a 16-year-old student began a life dedicated to education — until her mother made a decision that would forever change her life. In the move from Coahuila to California, Maria Gonzalez, an international languages professor at Chico State, experienced firsthand the difficulties of adjusting to a new culture and becoming bilingual. However, with the help of a local family and reliable education, she broke the barrier of cultural confinement and racial discrimination.

U.S. Refugee Program Ignores Dangers Children Face, Critics Say

NPR

April 14, 2015

The White House has been trying to stem the flow of unaccompanied children into the U.S. from Mexico. Steve Inskeep talks to Human Rights Watch's Bill Felick and the State Department's Simon Henshaw.

Local Groups Work Toward Kindergarten Readiness for Latino Students

WYSO

April 14, 2015

It's pretty much accepted by education researchers that preschool attendance has positive long term effects — people who go to preschool are more likely to be successful in K-12 education and to adapt socially to being around other kids. Yet, preschool numbers for Latino kids nationally and in Ohio are lower than other ethnic groups.

School Districts Looking to Support Popular Dual-Language Programs

The Denver Post

April 14, 2015

Successful dual-language schools in Colorado often start as grassroots efforts, operating on their own paths, working with consultants to get advice on running the programs. But as the number and popularity of the bilingual schools grow, some districts are re-evaluating how to support them and make more of the schools successful.

District Extends Wi-Fi to Students in Public Housing

Education Week

April 13, 2015

Near the Ping-Pong and foosball tables, just steps from the gymnasium, where the sounds of bouncing basketballs echo down the hall, a strange contraption sits against the west wall of the Birch Creek Youth Center. It looks like a cross between an old-school video-arcade console and a modern-day ATM — but it's actually a kiosk placed in the recreation hub by the Kent school district. The kiosk emits free Wi-Fi in a 75-foot radius and features a 42-inch LED screen up top to display the latest district news. For many students who live in nearby public housing and go to school in the surrounding 27,400-student school system, the kiosk acts as a bridge between the digital connectivity they have through laptops and other devices at school and the lack of Internet access they cope with at home.

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Silver Spring Dual-Language Program 'An Underground Success Story'

Gazette.Net

April 13, 2015

At Kemp Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring, a group of kindergartners recently watched a fellow student lift a small weight with one hand and a heavier weight with the other. Speaking animatedly, their two teachers delivered a lesson with a bilingual twist.