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Duluth woman teaches ‘Bilingual Yoga’ during Hispanic Heritage Month

During a time of uncertainty, a Duluth woman is hoping to offer some sense of relief and relaxation with a cultural twist. Pelayo is a proud Latina from Mexico who has been teaching yoga for 13 years. This month she is offering 'Bilingual Yoga' classes for the remainder of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Bilingual special educator named Nevada Teacher of the Year

Booker Innovative Elementary School learning strategist Juliana Urtubey was named Wednesday as the 2021 Nevada Teacher of the Year. Gov. Steve Sisolak and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert made the announcement during a virtual ceremony, with members of the Booker school community in attendance. Urtubey, who was born in Bogota, Colombia, is a member of Ebert's Teacher Advisory Cabinet. She's passionate about "closing cultural and linguistic gaps that can exist between educators, students, and families" and works with students who face learning, mental, emotional or physical challenges, according to the release.

Homework helpline matches struggling preK-12 students with teachers-in-training

Students studying to become teachers at Texas A&M University are helping preK-12 students with their online classes and homework through a new homework helpline launched last week. The Aggie Homework Helpline not only gives university students the opportunity to gain experience teaching and understanding curriculum, but also helps younger students who are struggling with school, especially in the new online format widely adopted during the pandemic. Lessons available to students include read-alouds, mini lessons, guides to skill development, and resources will also support English language learners and students with special needs, university leaders said.

As Schools Go Remote, Finding ‘Lost’ Students Gets Harder

Around the country, teachers and school administrators are hoping that a patchwork of plans cobbled together over the summer will help address one of the most pressing challenges they face as millions of students start a new school year online: How to make sure they come to virtual class, and what balance to strike between punitive and forgiving policies if they don't. Data on why students disappear from virtual school is hard to come by, but there are some obvious explanations. Many lack a computer or stable internet; others have to work or care for younger children; some families were evicted and had to move.

« Movies That Can Teach the Teachers | Main Strategies for Promoting Student Collaboration in a Distance Learning Environment

What are specific strategies, lessons, and tools that you have used to encourage students to work collaboratively in a socially distanced physical classroom, hybrid, or remote learning environment? Learn some ideas from Jenifer Hitchcock, who teaches 12th grade AP Government at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. She has been a member of the iCivics Educator Network since 2017:

OPINION: What I wish all educators understood about the Supreme Court’s DACA decision

Darwin Velasquez is the National Dreamer Coordinator for College Track, a comprehensive college completion program that equips students facing systemic barriers to earn a bachelor's degree in pursuit of a life of opportunity, choice and power. He came to the United States from El Salvador at age 12 and is the first in his family to earn a college degree. In this editorial, he writes, "In the absence of a permanent solution, let’s focus on what we can do for Dreamers today, especially when they are trying to complete their studies, stay safe and support themselves during a global pandemic."

Denver students push the district to include Black, Latino, Indigenous history in curriculum

On a school lawn in Denver Friday, four young Black women told the story of how they pushed an institution to make its curriculum more inclusive of Black, Latino, and Indigenous history. It started last October, when a group of students from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit the national African American history museum.

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