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San Dieguito school district to hire new bilingual liaisons

The San Dieguito Union High School District announced plans to hire three bilingual community liaisons in the coming school year after creating the position to better support English-language learners and their families.

It took 20 years for this author to reunite with the teacher who changed his life

Talk about a storybook ending. Author Jamil Jan Kochai searched for more than a decade for Susan Lung — the second-grade teacher who had changed his life over 20 years earlier. And on Saturday night, in one of those "life is better than fiction" twists, the two were finally reunited at one of his book-reading events.

Opinion: Summer School Reminded Me Why I Love Teaching

Violet T. Adams is a 28-year veteran public school educator in Georgia, where she has taught in traditional and alternative schools in grades 6-12. She now teaches in a rural public high school in Gwinnett County.

Brain Acts the Same Whatever the Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology neuroscientists have now performed brain-imaging studies of speakers of 45 different languages. The results show that the speakers’ language networks appear to be essentially the same as those of native English speakers.

A Message to My Younger Self, a guest post by Erin Entrada Kelly

In this post, award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly reflects on her childhood. "I was doubtful when my editor suggested I pull from my personal emotional experience to write my own early middle grade collection, with seven-year-old Marisol Rainey — a half-Filipino, half-white girl in pigtails growing up in south Louisiana — as its centerpiece. No one wants to read about a girl who’s afraid of everything, I mused. That’s not interesting. But then I thought about that little girl, little Erin, who wouldn’t even climb a tree, and I thought of all the other kids out there just like her, who think they aren’t brave or interesting. And I realized something: They deserve stories, too. The quietest personality in the room is just as interesting as the loudest."

How the student loan payment pause affected Latinx millennials

Since March 2020, federal student loan repayments have been on pause. How has the pause affected millennials’ lives? For the past 14 years, I’ve tracked a cohort of 60 Latinx millennials, most children of immigrants and childhood arrivals, who were college students in 2008. Most took out student loans. Most recently, I interviewed many of them in 2018-2019, before the student loan repayment pause, and again this April through July, as the pause has been set to expire. I found that for those carrying debt, the pause didn’t just help them to make ends meet during the pandemic — it also enabled them to provide for parents and other kin, pay off consumer debts, have weddings, plan families and start saving toward homeownership.

UC Riverside program aims to boost Latino leadership in environmental research

As Daniel Gonzalez grew up in the high desert, the idea of making a career out of studying the environment wasn’t on his radar. After a brief stint at Cal State Fullerton, he headed to community college with no declared major, unsure of what he wanted to do with his life. Then, a couple years ago, Gonzalez took a biology class at Victor Valley College where he learned about how marine organisms are impacted by changing tides. He told his counselor, Manika Record, he’d finally found something that sparked his interest. She immediately recommended him for a summer research program studying environmental science at UC Riverside.

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