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Learning in Dos Idiomas

When it comes to bilingual education, many people feel it is all one and the same. That is, as long as there are students, a teacher and two languages in the same classroom, then it must be a bilingual program, right? Wrong.

How Your Brain Becomes Bilingual

Young children learn languages with ease. Finding out how could make the process easier for the rest of us. New research is showing just how children's brains can become bilingual so easily, findings that scientists hope eventually could help the rest of us learn a new language a bit easier.

The Challenge of Keeping Latino Kids in High School

In her Learning the Language blog, Mary Ann Zehr writes, "My colleague Catherine Gewertz, over at High School Connections, has looked more into what's happening at Valley High School in Las Vegas, which I mentioned in a blog entry earlier this week has been named a high-achieving, turnaround high school. It turns out, according to Catherine's reporting, that the school has a graduation rate of only 55 percent. With that grad rate, the school still met the graduation rate goal set by Nevada for accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act."

Court Says English-Only Tests OK in Schools

California is entitled to administer school achievement tests and high school exit exams in English to all students, including the nearly 1.6 million who speak limited English, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

At School, Lower Expectations of Dominican Kids

Carmen Merced has had two sons in the Boston Public Schools. Fernando, an eighth grader, and Wildo, her oldest, just finished high school. They were born in Boston and grew up speaking English. In school, though, both were tagged learning disabled. Merced is convinced that it's because they're Latino.

Arne Duncan: 'We Need More Parents Like Sonia Sotomayor's Mother'

In her Learning the Language blog, Mary Ann Zehr writes, "U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged Latino parents to help create more of a college-going culture among Latino students in a speech he gave recently at a conference of the National Council of La Raza in Chicago."

During School Recess, New Focus on Playing Nice

Recess can be a chaotic, even violent, period during the course of a normal school day. Spencer Michels reports on how one non-profit is showing educators the health, and classroom benefits of teaching students how to play nice.

Chinese Immigrants' Kids Play Balancing Role

Students whose parents come from China often excel in school, but their educational performance can be affected by cultural tensions at home between their Chinese and American identities.

Search for Missing Bear Brings ESL Students to City Hall

"Miss Honeybear is missing!" chorused 30 elementary school students crowded into the mayor's office one recent morning. Mayor Scott W. Lang looked concerned. The beloved stuffed mascot for Lincoln Elementary School has been missing since the end of the school year, prompting students in the Project Soar summer literacy program, many of whom are English language learners, to go on weekly field trips to find her.

Rhode Island to Offer Its First Public Pre-K Program

For the first time, the Rhode Island Department of Education is venturing into early childhood education by launching a small, high-quality pre-kindergarten program designed to level the playing field for low-income children who now start school at a significant disadvantage compared with middle- and upper-income students. In September, the state will open four to six pilot pre-kindergarten classrooms that will serve between 72 and 108 four-year-olds in urban communities.

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