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While ‘Diverse’ Books Remain Under Siege, a New Collection for Kids Celebrates Latino Stories

The new Rising Voices series, while differing somewhat depending on grade level, contains books created by Latino authors and illustrators. Maria Armstrong, executive director of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, says that book publisher Scholastic pitched her on the idea for Rising Voices and invited her to be a mentor for the project’s development.

Woodstock kindergarten teacher is ‘just pure joy’

Janet Moritz teaches the sounds of letters, the value of numbers and how to recognize shapes and colors in her dual-language kindergarten class at the Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center in Woodstock School District 200. But it’s the way she runs her classroom that makes her stand out, parents, staff, students and administrators have said.

A Conversation with Meg Medina

In this episode, we speak with Meg Medina, a Newbery Award-winning author  and the current Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Secretary Cardona Shows Off Dual-Language School to International Education Leaders

Escuela Key Elementary School in Arlington, VA had a busy morning recently. As students filed into their classrooms, teachers and school leaders prepared to host a group of important visitors, including Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and education leaders from South Africa, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

Navajo University Offers First PhD in Diné

A tribal university on the largest Native American reservation in the US has become the first of more than 30 accredited tribal colleges across the country, to launch its doctoral program. The newly announced program at Navajo Technical University, predominantly based in Crownpoint, NM, will be focused on conserving Diné culture and language. Diné — a  Navajo word meaning “the people” is commonly what tribal members call themselves.

Scaffolding Literacy Through STEM Instruction for All Learners

STEM-based education is important for all learners, providing rich opportunities for developing 21st-century skills; it is focused on hands-on learning with real-world applications through a cross-curricular lens, meaning that students learn science and math while also developing creativity, collaboration and communication skills, executive functioning, and flexibility—skills that are transferable to every professional context.

Tips for Encouraging English-Learners to Practice Speaking

As someone who has been learning Spanish most of my life, I know it can be challenging and scary to speak in a new language. And I’ve seen my English-language-learner students experience similar feelings. This multipart series will feature practical recommendations from teachers on how to encourage our students to get past that reluctance and develop speaking fluency in English.

Nevis graduate helps refugees learn English

When Amanda Hass graduated from Nevis High School in 2013 she enrolled in a pre-med program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. But eventually Hass changed her major, graduating with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and anthropology. “One of the subfields of anthropology is linguistics,” she said.