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Students learn in Native language at immersion school

The Keres Children’s Learning Center lies in the heart of the Pueblo de Cochiti, a 40-minute drive southwest of Santa Fe, serving 14 students of mixed ages in early childhood and elementary classrooms. The oldest – a 12-year-old boy – serves as an informal mentor and example to the younger children. The nonprofit school is funded largely by private charitable foundations, in addition to a federal Esther Martinez language immersion grant, named after the late Tewa language preservationist and linguist from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

Educating English Learners During the Pandemic

There is a growing body of evidence about the disproportionate impact the pandemic had on English learners (ELs). We sought to capture the complexity of learning conditions for this student population during the COVID-19 pandemic by interviewing 20 EL education leaders. These experts’ experiences revealed that while remote learning posed significant challenges to EL education and services, educators improvised, collaborated, and continued to innovate throughout the pandemic. To help EL students moving forward, education leaders on all levels must acknowledge both the struggle and perseverance that shaped their educational experiences during the pandemic.

Bilingual English-Ukrainian schools in Manitoba prepare for refugee students

A number of Manitoba schools offering English-Ukrainian bilingual education are preparing to welcome Ukrainian students fleeing the war. Paulette Monita, president of Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education, told Global News the bilingual program is being offered at 11 schools in six divisions across the province — and that due to Manitoba’s significant Ukrainian population, it’s expected a number of families will settle in the province.

Q & A with Yamile Saied Méndez

Horse country has room for everyone—that’s the animating belief that drives the new Horse Country middle grade series by Yamile Saied Méndez. The central protagonists are two sixth-grade girls who each have a Latinx father and white mother, but come from very different economic backgrounds: Carolina Aguasvivas has grown up on the Idaho ranch that her father manages, and Chelsie Sanchez, whose mother, the ranch’s new owner, has ambitious plans for its future.

Carola Suárez-Orozco Joins Harvard University Faculty

Dean Bridget Long has announced that Carola Suárez-Orozco will join the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a professor in residence. She is currently a distinguished professor of counseling and school psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and co-founder and chair of the board of directors of ReImagining Migration, an independent nonprofit focused on advancing the education and wellbeing of immigrant-origin youth. She will begin her position at HGSE on July 1, 2022.

‘You have to heal as a community’: How a Bronx school is coping with the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Angellyh Yambo

When the leaders of University Prep Charter High School learned that a freshman was shot and killed Friday afternoon a few blocks away from campus, they didn’t wait until school resumed to give students and staff a space to grieve. On Saturday morning, they opened the South Bronx school’s doors to students, staff, or parents who wanted to talk to a counselor or share memories of 16-year-old Angellyh Yambo.

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