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Finding new ways to engage with language in New Mexico

The landmark Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico lawsuit ordered the state to direct more resources to public schools. Part of that mandate calls for culturally relevant curriculum and more support for students learning English as a second language. Teachers and administrators at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe say the school's dual-language curriculum accomplishes both.

STUDENT VOICE: Don’t call me ‘Indian’ — A line of strong Ojibwe women inspired my journey to college

Meghanlata Gupta, an undergraduate at Yale University, is the founder of Indigenizing the News, a newsletter focused on Native issues. She writes, "My mother’s side of the family never immigrated to North America — they’ve always been here. While many people can trace their family history back to a great-great-great-great grandfather who traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in search of the famed “American Dream,” my ancestors inhabited the lands and waters in the Great Lakes region since the beginning of time itself. We are Anishinaabe peoples, also known as Ojibwe or Chippewa. My tribal nation, commonly known as the Soo Tribe, holds a sovereign-to-sovereign relationship with the United States government."

Want to Motivate Students? Make Their Work Visible

In this column, award-winning ESOL teacher Justin Minkel writes, "The first thing I notice when I walk into an elementary school classroom is how much student work is posted on the walls. Are there plenty of imaginative stories, detailed drawings, and vibrant paintings made by the hands of children? Or is the majority of wall space dedicated to anchor charts and inspirational posters made by adults?"

As new students pour in, Central Falls seeks funds

Rhode Island's smallest city has experienced such an influx of new students that the district is asking for $1 million in emergency funds to keep the schools afloat. Four hundred new students, many of them from Guatemala, have arrived here since last spring, when the Rhode Island Department of Education established the district's fiscal 2020 school budget. In fact, a new student arrives in Central Falls approximately every other day, according to Interim Supt. Stephanie Downey Toledo.

School network takes turbocharged approach to education for refugee students

The students in Sharon George's class are all refugees. Mariam came to the United States from Sudan. Her classmates are from Somalia, Syria, Burundi and Nepal. They have chosen this school, Fugees Academy, for its explicit focus on serving young refugee students and helping them through high school and into college.

The Book Truck Brings Free Books to Thousands of L.A. Students

In the courtyard of David Starr Jordan Senior High School, a Title 1 school in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, teens arranged some 600 new books on folding tables, library book carts, and wooden bookshelves inside a parked bookmobile. The teenagers were volunteering with the Book Truck, a peer-to-peer literacy nonprofit. The traveling bookmobile gives away high-demand YA titles to teens who are in foster care, experiencing homelessness, or come from low-income families. The volunteers wore name tags and were ready to help classmates choose two free books.