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Latino Ed Beat

A blog about issues affecting Latino students in P-12 and post-secondary education.

A blog about issues affecting Latino students in P-12 and post-secondary education.

Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Ban of an Ethnic Studies Program in Arizona Sparks Debate

One of the challenges presented by the growing diversification of the country’s student population is how best to incorporate culturally relevant material into the standard curriculum. Educational research and classroom evidence show that students are more engaged and learn better when they can personally relate to the subject matter. For example, if students in a class are predominantly Latino, stories about Sally and Bob probably won’t grab their attention as well as stories about Marisol and Joaquin.

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Programs Signal Progress for English Language Learners

Just in time for the new year, there’s some encouraging news on the bilingual front.

First, there’s this piece from the Naples Daily News about a promising English Language Learner program in Florida’s Collier County Public School system.  The Sheltered Model pilot program, developed by the National Center for Research on Education, started in 2008 with 14 elementary schools and now includes 24 classrooms in 16 elementary schools.

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Are Teaching Methods Keeping Up with Diverse Classrooms?

Classrooms across the country are growing more diverse, and teachers across the country are facing the challenge of meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

And each of these classrooms contains the seeds of stories examining the effects of changing student demographics.

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Washington Post Series Tracks a Class of Dreamers

Take some time to read this series in the Washington Post, which tracks the lives of the “Seat Pleasant 59,” who were fifth-graders in 1988 when they received a gift from two wealthy businessmen. The men promised to pay for the students’ college educations.

The series  looks at the paths taken by the students, some of whom went on to success and some of whom did not. As the first story notes: