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Teacher training program for dual certification in ELL instruction and special education gets boost

Many school districts have long struggled to hire teachers prepared to work with students with disabilities and with those who don’t speak English as their first language. It’s even harder to find a teacher qualified to do both. The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education, at the University of Colorado Boulder, has secured a federal grant to expand its ongoing work to get more teachers earning those dual certifications.

She fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Now this Philly high schooler won MLB recognition and a trip to the World Series.

Maritza Lopez-Gonzalez moved to Philadelphia when she was 13, after Hurricane Maria ravaged her native Puerto Rico. She knew no English. That Lopez-Gonzalez, now 18, won a prestigious award from Major League Baseball last week — and is about to board a plane for Houston to watch the Phillies take on the Astros in the World Series as a guest of the league — is a little bit about luck. But it’s mostly about the kind of person Lopez-Gonzalez is: brave, kind, hardworking, smart, strong.

Answering a District’s Call for Bilingual Teachers, a Mother and Daughter Leave Puerto Rico for Virginia

It’s not uncommon for teachers to remain in the same school their entire careers. Even when they do switch schools, they often stay within the same district. Venturing across state lines for a new teaching job, let alone leaving one’s homeland, was once exceedingly rare. But as school districts seek to address stubborn teacher vacancies and hire educators who reflect the diversity of their student bodies, some are extending their recruiting efforts beyond the United States mainland.

In a Struggling School District, Partnerships Bring Progress

In the Cuba, N.M., school district, where one-third of the 741 students are homeless, the creation of a community school district was a response to vast needs. The three-school district — elementary, middle and high school — is 79 percent Native American and 20 percent Latino. In 2018, 62 percent of the students graduated high school. But the state of New Mexico, which has long struggled with chronic absenteeism and poor academic achievement, has embraced community schools. The concept, which more districts are adopting since the pandemic highlighted the central role of neighborhood schools, involves, among other things, integrating nonprofits, businesses and colleges on the school site to offer services to students and their families.

Families Are Students’ First SEL Teachers. Here’s How to Engage Them

We know students need support from schools and their families to cope with academic and mental health challenges. We’ve seen over and over that children’s academic learning can’t be separated from their social and emotional lives. In the wake of pandemic disruptions to schooling, it’s more important than ever for families and educators to come together and form meaningful partnerships that nurture children’s social, emotional, and academic development.

Real-world problems are no match for this new crop of Latina superheroes

In the multiverse of superheroes, some comic book and graphic novel creators are using Latina characters to challenge real-life issues. New Yorker Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez created La Borinqueña, a Puerto Rican superhero who crusades for issues affecting the Caribbean island – including climate change, economic displacement, renewable energy and Black Lives Matter.