Blog: Latino Ed Beat

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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

Looking for Stories Outside the Classroom

For education reporters, it can be all too easy to limit our coverage to school board meetings, education policy and inside-the-classroom activities. After all, those areas alone can keep a beat reporter busy seven days a week.

But it’s important to remember that much of what affects student performance happens outside the school property. (As a teacher, I was made acutely aware of this whenever one of my students shared a piece of their home life with me. Many were grappling with divorce, death, illness, abuse–as well as regular teenage angst.)

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Bullying Takes Academic Toll on Latinos

Do Latino and black students suffer more from bullying than white students?

According to a report presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, the answer is yes. A study, which examined the effect of bullying on 9,590 students from 580 schools, found that the grade point averages of Latino and black students who had been bullied dropped by a larger margin than the GPAs of bullied white students.

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Back-to-School Brainstorming

In Houston, the temperature is the 100′s, the leaves are turning brown and auburn (from a stubborn drought), and kids are stocking up on pencils, notebooks and backpacks.

That can only mean one thing: The school year is starting again. In the next few weeks, classes will kick off in districts around the country. So where are good story ideas lurking for education writers and others covering Latino communities?

Here are some thoughts and possible resources:

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Where are the Spanish-Language Toddler Books?

I’m on a quest. My son’s second birthday is coming up this weekend, and I want to find the books for two-year-olds that children read with their parents in Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world. So far, the best one I have is a book my in-laws brought up from Mexico when they visited last summer, La Guardaría (The Nursery). I’m ashamed to confess our home library of Spanish and bilingual titles is pretty small and mostly consists of translations from books first published in English.

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Stanford Will Help ELLs Prepare for Common Core Standards

The announcement this week that Stanford University is launching an initiative to help English Language Learners meet Common Core State Standards in math and language arts brought up some story nuggets that have been simmering in the back of my mind.

The initiative itself provides a good opportunity to look at what states and individual school districts are doing to prepare ELLs to succeed under the new curriculum standards that 46 states have adopted.

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Two Ways to Be Bilingual: Dual Language vs. English Immersion

The growth in the Latino school-age population contains the seed for countless education stories, about issues ranging from funding to curriculum to overcrowding.

One topic particularly worth examining is the effectiveness of dual language vs. English immersion programs–an ongoing debate among educators and academics for decades. The real story, of course, is in the people who are affected: the students, their families and the communities.

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NCLR Convention Examines Latino Education Issues

Latino education issues were one of the big topics at the National Council of La Raza’s annual convention. Among the topics addressed were ways to stem the high dropout rate among Latinos, parent and community involvement, and education reform.