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From community to biodiversity, urban gardens produce more than just produce

For David Walker, entering his community garden in East Vancouver is an escape from the worries of day-to-day life. He's been gardening at Cottonwood Community Gardens for 10 years. Walker is one of the many passionate gardeners in Vancouver who utilize community space to relax, grow food and connect with others — some of the myriad benefits of gardening in urban spaces. 

Secret schools enable Afghanistan's teen girls to skirt Taliban's education ban

Inside a small room in a house on Kabul's outskirts, about ten teenage girls are defying their Taliban rulers who have banned them from attending secondary school. "Let's learn," one student slowly reads to another as they review English lessons from a textbook. "Learn the words: Yellow, blue, red, green." The girls attend a secret school run by a young woman barely older than her students, 21-year-old Nazanin, whose lavender headscarf matched her nail polish on the day we visited.

How Topeka USD 501 schools are gearing up to teach Ukrainian refugee students

On one poster, a stick figure family stands tall on green shaggy grass under a vast paper sky, with a big blue-and-yellow striped flag centered prominently. On another, a river of red roses flows next to big blue-and-yellow heart. One shows a family split apart by a scribbled mess of orange, captioned with the word "BOOM!" This was the Ukrainian children's understanding of the past six months with their families, scribbled away by an even more incomprehensible war.

From bilingual student to researcher: Dr. Alvarez tells her story

Dr. Adriana Alvarez grew up in the border community of El Paso, Texas. As a bilingual student going through the education system, she can recall many moments where her language was punished and her identity not accepted — in fact, “devalued,” she said, recounting memories of a teacher who charged 25 cents every time she was caught speaking Spanish and a high school counselor who tried to discourage her from attending college. 

A ‘summer camp’ for teachers fills a gap in environmental education

In early June, a group of Louisiana educators spent a week in floating cabins on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the sweltering heat. "Teacher summer camp," Aimee Hollander, an assistant professor and director of Nicholls State University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, jokingly called it. "Because that’s what it felt like," Hollander said. "Every day we went on a new field trip and we got to meet all these cool scientists and do and see the scientific phenomena in real life."

Nina Otero-Warren – Latina champion of women’s voting rights and education in New Mexico – will soon grace US quarters

Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren was an activist who fought for women’s voting rights during the 20th century. She was the first Latina to run for Congress and the first Latina superintendent of the Santa Fe public schools. She is one of several women whose images are being featured on the U.S. quarter in 2022. The quarter in her honor is set to be released on Aug. 15, 2022.

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