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Diverse Books for Our Diverse Students

Katy Knight recently wrote here on Know ELLs about increasing the diversity of books available for her secondary students. She touches on a wide variety of really important issues about what counts as "the canon," who decides what counts, how students of all races/ethnic groups/genders/social classes need books…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on July 10, 2016 at 4:00pm

Stop Summer Regression!

    Anyone who's every mentioned "calendar" to me has heard my rant about how we no longer need this type of school calendar because we are not an agrarian society, and our wealthy city-dwellers no longer have to leave the hoi polloi behind in hot, non-air-conditioned cities. Whether summer break started because of farmers who needed their kids on the farm to work during those months, or because cities were sweltering before air conditioning became a thing and many urbanites made plans to…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on June 30, 2016 at 1:00am

Adding Diversity to the Secondary Curriculum

(in reference to "20 Books Featuring Diverse Characters to Inspire Connection and Empathy.")

Over the course of the past year, I have become startlingly aware of the imbalance of representation in the literature I have chosen for my students. I have no readings from Hispanic writers in my prescribed reading list, yet our school has a population of Spanish-speaking students that nears 80%…

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Posted by Katy Knight on June 29, 2016 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

Bilingual and Biliterate

Hello Brandy,

I also read that same article. It is exciting that we are going back to wanting more bilingual programs in California!!! 

The article also stated that being bilingual slows the onset of demantia. This struck a nerve because my mother, sadly, died from Alzheimer's this year. I wonder if my mother had learned English, would she have died from this horrible disease. It is an interesting topic to me since it hits very close to home.  Clearly, it is an…

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Posted by Elizabeth Leanos on June 29, 2016 at 2:30pm

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Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Diverse Books for Our Diverse Students

Katy Knight recently wrote here on Know ELLs about increasing the diversity of books available for her secondary students. She touches on a wide variety of really important issues about what counts as "the canon," who decides what counts, how students of all races/ethnic groups/genders/social classes need books as…See More
Jul 10
Debra Schneider commented on Debra Schneider's blog post It's NOT "Hands-On Science," It's the Next Generation Science Standards!
"Maria and Brandy, some important learning for teachers is to learn how to provide the structure and focus for students, with the lesson structure we create, the questions we pose, the directions we set up, the way we work with groups to create…"
Jul 10
Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

Stop Summer Regression!

    Anyone who's every mentioned "calendar" to me has heard my rant about how we no longer need this type of school calendar because we are not an agrarian society, and our wealthy city-dwellers no longer have to leave the hoi polloi behind in hot, non-air-conditioned cities. Whether summer break started because of farmers who needed their kids on the farm to work during those months, or because cities were sweltering before air conditioning became a thing and many urbanites made plans to flee…See More
Jun 30
Lorena Sanchez commented on Katy Knight's blog post Adding Diversity to the Secondary Curriculum
"First of all, I want to commend you for seeking to fix the imbalance of representation in literature which you have discovered.  I wish that I had been introduced to books about my culture in my elementary, or even secondary education, instead…"
Jun 29
Mercedes Villalobos commented on Brandy De Alba's blog post Microagressions? Is it contagious?
"Same here! I never knew these type of interactions had a name! They're not as obvious or bold as the ones we can easily identify and label a racist, but they happen too often. "
Jun 29
Katy Knight posted a blog post

Adding Diversity to the Secondary Curriculum

(in reference to "20 Books Featuring Diverse Characters to Inspire Connection and Empathy.")Over the course of the past year, I have become startlingly aware of the imbalance of representation in the literature I have chosen for my students. I have no readings from Hispanic writers in my prescribed reading list, yet our school has a population of Spanish-speaking students that nears 80% of our total student body.My question for the group is what expectations of Spanish-speaking readers aren't…See More
Jun 29
John Tivald commented on Brandy De Alba's blog post Microagressions? Is it contagious?
"I work in a district that is about 90% Mexican American and I teach economics so many times we are examining demographic information. Races are delineated in very simple categories for this reason. I find it a little amusing when I refer to the…"
Jun 29
Elizabeth Leanos posted a blog post

Bilingual and Biliterate

Hello Brandy,I also read that same article. It is exciting that we are going back to wanting more bilingual programs in California!!! The article also stated that being bilingual slows the onset of demantia. This struck a nerve because my mother, sadly, died from Alzheimer's this year. I wonder if my mother had learned English, would she have died from this horrible disease. It is an interesting topic to me since it hits very close to home.  Clearly, it is an advantage to being bilingual. I…See More
Jun 29
Maria Winfrey commented on Debra Schneider's blog post It's NOT "Hands-On Science," It's the Next Generation Science Standards!
"I feel that sometimes we get so excited about a new kit or pintrest idea that we forget to ask ourselves if it is achieving the goal we set out to meet.  I find that they often end up being demonstrations and not explorations.  I know it…"
Jun 29
Jason Herrera commented on Brandy De Alba's blog post Bilingual and Biliterate
"I'm a big fan of the Dual Immersion program. I am looking to send my two kids to DI schools when they get to the proper age. It's neat to see that 32,000 HS students earned the state seal of biliteracy on their diplomas. That will only…"
Jun 29
Profile Iconlumka nqabeni boya, Elizabeth Leanos, Lilia Gonzales and 11 more joined Know ELLs
Jun 29
Patricia Perales commented on Brandy De Alba's blog post Bilingual and Biliterate
"It is nice to see that the students that have been in duel immersion schools are now graduating bi-literate.    I wish that more school districts would see the benefit of this type of bilingual education.  I started teaching when 227…"
Jun 29
Courtney Tadros is now a member of Know ELLs
Jun 26
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Bilingual and Biliterate

Hi KnowElls land! I just finished reading an article in the California Teachers Association's California Educator titled: Bilingual and Biliterate: Dual Immersion is Rewriting the Language of Success. This article shares the rise of Dual Immersion programs in California since the 1998 passing of…See More
Jun 23
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Microagressions? Is it contagious?

After logging on to KnowElls I read Debra Schneider's post that had a ton of reading references for the summer. I started with her link to Kohli and Solorzano's article "Teacher's Please Learn Our Names!" And wanted to learn more about microagressions. I found this article, 4 Ways Teachers Can Address Microagressions in the Classroom. This article confirmed feelings I had about my…See More
Jun 20
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post It's NOT "Hands-On Science," It's the Next Generation Science Standards!
"I am very torn between the pre-made kits and true exploration. My students have gone so long with scripted instruction in all content areas that it is very difficult to get them to realize they now have freedom to explore, inquire, investigate,…"
Jun 20

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