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25 Kid and YA Books That Lift Up Immigrant Voices

These titles shine a spotlight on immigrant experiences and present autobiographical or fictional stories based on childhood memories or drawn from work with immigrant children. A wordless graphic novel, a detailed foldout codex, a few bilingual books, and an easy-to-read photo-illustrated informational text augment this selection of picture books, novels, and memoirs, loosely divided into grade level categories. The websites provided complement these books with information on immigrants and refugees in the U.S., and are useful for educators and older students alike.

UTSA Explores Latino Children's Literature at March 23-25 Conference

Authors, scholars, librarians, educators and artists are among the many who are converging upon San Antonio this week to discuss the latest and best in Latino children's and young adult literature. The eighth National Latino Children's Literature Conference, "Connecting Cultures & Celebrating Cuentos," is scheduled on Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25 at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Downtown Campus.

Inclusive Wellness Center Is an Oasis for a Neighborhood Left Behind

In the heart of one of Denver's poorest neighborhoods, parents hoped for a new preschool. Instead they got much more. The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being is a preschool, urban farm, dental office and mental health care center, all in one. William Brangham visits to see how it’s supporting the community.

New York City Will Not Allow Immigration Agents in Schools Without Warrants

New York City, home to the nation's largest public school system, announced several measures this week aimed at protecting immigrant students and families. Among them: the city will not allow federal immigration agents into schools without signed warrants, and it will host 100 forums across the city on immigrant rights, fraud prevention, and city services available to immigrant families. The department of education, which does not collect information on students' immigration status, also will not divulge student information to immigration agents unless required by law, the city said. 

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The Rise of Bilingualism

To quote a famous movie line..."They're baaack!" This can be aptly referred to bilingual educators in California. In October, California residents voted in California Proposition 58, Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education (2016).…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on March 2, 2017 at 6:03am

How do we open our classrooms, or give access, to our language learners?

I know the California Department of Education, and other state agencies, mean well by posting curriculum for ELD instruction. However, ELD is based on theory without a lot of research to support instruction. In the article, English Language Development: Guidelines for Instruction, the authors point out, "There are two primary tenets of…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on October 16, 2016 at 11:30am

ELD Curriculum and Instructional Materials

A Know ELLs member has asked about instructional materials (IMs) for ELD.

In California, the Department of Education's website has a list of IMs that have been vetted by the Instructional Quality Commission and approved by the State Board of Education. You can find that list here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/rl/im/progmssubmittedforelaeld.asp

How do you know what ELD IMs work in your county or state?

Posted by Debra Schneider on October 3, 2016 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

Down the Rabbit Hole of the Internet

Wondering why I can't get much work done today.

I open an email from a colleague about an Latinx author and her new book.

This led me to look at the bookseller' site.

Which led me to …

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Posted by Debra Schneider on October 3, 2016 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

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The Rise of Bilingualism

To quote a famous movie line..."They're baaack!" This can be aptly referred to bilingual educators in California. In October, California residents voted in California Proposition 58, Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education (2016). No longer must we hold informational meetings, sign waivers, or adhere to strict guidelines to implement bilingual programs. This is a huge plus for my…See More
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Project GLAD: Guided Language Acquisition Design

A place to share your questions, issues, and successes teaching with GLAD techniques. See More
Oct 20, 2016
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Down the Rabbit Hole of the Internet
"This is awesome! Wait, now what was I doing????"
Oct 16, 2016
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

How do we open our classrooms, or give access, to our language learners?

I know the California Department of Education, and other state agencies, mean well by posting curriculum for ELD instruction. However, ELD is based on theory without a lot of research to support instruction. In the article, English Language Development: Guidelines for Instruction, the authors point out, "There are two primary tenets of communicative language teaching: (1) The…See More
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Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post ELD Curriculum and Instructional Materials
"I know the California Department of Education, and there state agencies, mean well by posting curriculum for ELD instruction. However, ELD is based on theory without a lot of research to support instruction. In the article, English Language…"
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Debra Schneider commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Do You Read, Part 2
"One more thing: research that shows teaching grammar as rules and w/o context is useless: https://writerswhocare.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/does-bad-grammar-instruction-make-writing-worse/"
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Carol Costa Minner commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Do You Read, Part 2
"At our Writing Project's fall conference--Meeting the Demands of Next-Generation Academic Standards, we will ask student teachers and new teachers what professional reading they are doing or plan to do. Our GVWP teacher leaders will be sharing…"
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Do You Read, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I described a conversation my writing project peers were having: that teachers do not read--or follow--educational research. At the time, I indicted much of ed research (and researchers) for being out of touch or writing in ways that did not consider the K-12 audience. Here are some more perspectives.In a meeting with science grant peers this week, Rocio Garcia, a GVWP TC, remarked on a disturbing finding. She had taught kindergarten last year and this year, was teaching first…See More
Aug 25, 2016
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Implementing the Common Core with ELLs

Achieve the Core has a series of 4 posts addressing the needs of ELLs in implementing the Common Core. My district has started the pilot process of our ELA adoption and plans to do systematic analysis of these instructional materials for their ability to support the instruction of ELLs.The…See More
Aug 15, 2016
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Do You Read?

Do you read professional journals? Books about teaching practice? My writing project is discussing these questions after reading this piece by Brian Kelley, "Be Unruly. Read Professionally." Kelley finds that the…See More
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