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High school students need time and space to read for pleasure. Here’s why it matters.

A few years ago, on a visit to our shared campus library, a wonderful high school teacher we know was there with one of his classes. Asked what his students were doing in the library, he replied “Just reading.” Giving kids the time and space to read books of their choosing during the school day shouldn’t be a radical act. But it can feel like one. Teachers wonder: What if students aren’t reading? How do I grade reading? Would this time be better spent preparing them for an upcoming assessment?

17 Brain Breaks Tailored for High Schoolers

As high school students navigate more rigorous academic tasks and denser curricular material, the occasional 3-to-5-minute break delivers a wide range of benefits.

State officials tell N.Y. schools they must enroll all migrant students

Public schools must accept school-aged children as students regardless of their nationality or immigration status, state Attorney General Letitia James asserted in new guidance released Monday reaffirming New Yorkers' right to receive free public school education.

Why millions of students are chronically absent from schools in the U.S.

At the height of the pandemic, school closures disrupted many students’ lives. In 2022, nearly 16 million students across the U.S. were chronically absent, double the pre-pandemic truancy rate, according to a new Stanford University analysis. To learn more, Ali Rogin speaks with Hedy Chang, founder and executive director of Attendance Works, an organization helping schools face this challenge.

The Candy Sellers: The lives and livelihoods of some of the city’s newest migrant children.

Gloria migrated to the U.S. from Ecuador last fall, shortly before giving birth to Yuleidys. By November, she had made it to New York along with her parents, her twin sister, and the father of her child. In Ecuador, the Vega family lived in the province of Cotopaxi, in the country’s central highlands, where they sold legumes and vegetables. Now, they shared a single room in an apartment in Corona, Queens. More aunts, uncles, and cousins have followed them in the months since Gloria arrived. Each day, the men in the family look for work as day laborers and the women and children go to the subway, selling candy on the trains and platforms from ten in the morning until 6:30 in the evening. They arrange their items neatly in variety-pack boxes — yellow M&M’s, blue Orbit gum, Snickers, Oreos, Welch’s Fruit Snacks — priced at $2 apiece.

15 Joy-Filled Latinx Books for Emerging and Independent Readers

When children reach the stage of independent readers, their interests, personalities, and social environments influence their reading choices. Librarians guide and assist them in paving their individual paths through their reading journeys, and we should respect and provide choices tailored to their interests. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all or leveled reading journey that kids should feel pressured to take. The titles featured here, by Latinx and Latin American creators, range in vocabulary and length, genre, format, and language. They reflect the ongoing conversations regarding identities, and how Latinx or Latin American communities in and outside the United States are influenced by social events and natural disasters, circular migrations, and colonial and political interlocking oppressions.

Extreme heat is cutting into recess for kids. Experts say that's a problem

This week, sweltering heat has forced districts around the country – up and down the East coast and across the Midwest – to close schools early or switch to virtual learning. Even more schools canceled outdoor activities and after-school sports. The term "heat recess" has entered teachers' vocabularies recently, overtaking the long-held "rainy day recess" as a sign of a tough day ahead. Both call for the same thing: indoor activities, more supervision and antsy kids.

Three teaching tips from a top pre-K educator

The first few weeks in a classroom can help set the tone for the rest of the school year. Building a sense of safety and belonging for young students early on is critical, said Berol Dewdney, a pre-K teacher and Maryland’s 2023 teacher of the year.

Edith Grossman, eminent translator of Spanish literature, dies at 87

Edith Grossman, who made the marvels of Spanish and Latin American literature available to English readers through the alchemy of translation, an underappreciated craft that she championed as an art form in its own right, died Sept. 4 at her home in Manhattan. She was 87. The first major test of her powers, published by Knopf in 1988, was an English translation of “Love in the Time of Cholera” by the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez.  Perhaps the final judgment on her translation came from García Márquez himself, who turned to Dr. Grossman for translations of his subsequent novels, as well as his memoir “Living to Tell the Tale” before his death in 2014. “You,” the author was said to have told Dr. Grossman, “are my voice in English.”