A group of students as young as kindergarteners is learning core elementary subjects fully in Spanish. The program has been happening for eight years at Lyseth Elementary School in Portland. Lenore Williams, school principal, said one of the goals of the program is to set students up for success by learning a second language from a very early age.
This summer, the littlest learners will start at Manual High School. What were once administrative offices have been turned into classrooms for infants and toddlers, outfitted with cribs, changing tables, and tiny chairs. A small auditorium has been divided and converted into preschool classrooms filled with new toys. A new Day Early Learning child care center is opening in a wing of the high school, hoping to serve 80 children ages 0-5 on Indianapolis’ south side.
Reeling from the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Tex., literacy specialist Kylene Beers took action from her perspective as an teacher and Texan. She emailed four friends to help process the devastating situation: former Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye, Newbery Medalist Matt de la Peña, novelist and retired therapist Chris Crutcher, and Book Love Foundation president Penny Kittle. They swiftly coordinated a free panel in support of heartbroken teachers, “Words Can Help Heal: Helping You and Students Through Trauma.”
The hardest part of putting together a roundup of graphic novels by AAPI creators is choosing from the wide variety available. Here are 10 recent and upcoming titles across a range of genres and styles.
These suggestions, updated in wake of this week's shooting in Uvalde, TX, for provide guidance on how to talk about school violence or violence in a community, discuss events in the news, and help children feel safe in their environment.
Shellyara Maymi Hinojosa describes her favorite class as a safe space that makes her feel at home, even though the class is often filled with students speaking foreign languages.Hinojosa, a freshman at Sycamore High School, attends an English Language Learner (ELL) class taught by Claribel Robles. Hinojosa, whose mom is Puerto Rican and dad is Mexican, speaks Spanish at home.
Miriam Ling is completing her third year teaching biology at Southport High School. She teaches two classes for students who are English language learners and recent immigrants. Mrs. Ling can relate to them. She was born in the Chin State of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and came to the United States as a girl with her family as refugees. Her father fled to the United States first. He worked eight years before his wife and children could join him.
At MacArthur High School in San Antonio, TX, school librarian Janelle Schnacker has firsthand experience supporting students through the “senioritis” that afflicts many college-bound students this time of year.
New York City is piloting a curriculum on Asian American history this fall, with a wider rollout planned for 2024, officials announced Thursday. The lessons are part of the city’s roughly $200 million investment in Universal Mosaic, a curriculum under development that aims to provide more culturally representative lessons for the nearly 1 million students in the nation’s largest school system.
Being a teenager can be tough enough on its own. Arleht Castro did it coming to a new country without any guardians, her young cousin in tow. Now, she’s getting ready to graduate from Mt. Vernon High School. And she doesn’t plan on letting her accomplishments stop there.