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May 28, 2019
How a wrongly accused moose inspired a third-grade teacher’s social studies lesson
A story about a moose wrongly accused of stealing a pie gave Yesenia Perez-Mercado the idea for a unique third-grade social studies unit on the judicial system.
April 3, 2018
Colorado’s Spanish spelling bee is growing as more students, from different backgrounds, take on the challenge
Three top spellers from Colorado will get sent to the National Spanish Spelling Bee this July.
How I Teach
January 17, 2018
From bikes to blue hair: how one Denver kindergarten teacher shares his passion with students
A Denver kindergarten teacher, originally from Venezuela, talks about the teachers who inspired him, why he uses secret codes, and how he gets to know students.
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July 14, 2017
Why this Memphis Spanish teacher loves to teach about the evolution of the piñata
Kylie Cucalon is known as Señorita Cucalon to her students at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, a charter school operated by Memphis Scholars.
Teaching & Classroom
June 1, 2015
20 years of Spanish immersion make Lawrence Township a model for Indiana
A just-passed bill encouraging more dual-language study could mean more students learning in both English and a new language.
September 22, 2014
Bilingual programs get the royal treatment
The visit, complete with balloons and a song-and-dance performance, added bit of royal flair to Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s continued focus on dual language programs and English language learners.
March 4, 2014
After Facebook post goes viral, a high school's limited course offerings take the spotlight
A Brooklyn mother says she spent months trying to call attention to problems at her son's school, and succeeded by accident when she vented to a stranger on the subway. The stranger, Brandon Stanton, posted Annette Renaud's concerns about Brooklyn's Secondary School for Journalism on his popular photography blog, Humans of New York.
March 4, 2013
Parents work to provide support they didn't receive as students
Dreysser Cano reads a letter he wrote to his daughter aloud to participants in a literacy workshop. (Photo by Scholastic) For many parents who graduated from Scholastic’s “Rise and Read” program this month, the experience was bittersweet: They had learned new ways to support their children’s education, but they had also been reminded about how their own education had fallen short. “I want to prepare my children so they don’t have to go through what we went through,” said Rafael Encarnacion, who participated in the program with his wife Nikiesha. “So they have a basic foundation. We want to show them the basics of doing well in school, keeping up and staying focused.” Scholastic’s six-session Rise and Read workshop series aims to give parents tools to practice reading with their children — by handing out new books, but also by talking about everyday ways to introduce reading, whether through sounding out signs or reading along to lyrics of a favorite song.
February 10, 2012
DPS launches Spanish-language health workshops
Spanish-speaking families in Denver, Colo., are the focus of a new school initiative: free health workshops. Read more about this initiative and get dates and times here.
March 10, 2011
New PTA parent guide explains Common Core Standards
The National Parent Teacher Association recently released guides for parents explaining the Common Core State Standards. The guides are available in English and Spanish online.
February 18, 2011
Charter group launches campaign to draw Spanish-speakers
For the first time, the city's main charter school advocacy organization is making a push for parents of Spanish-speaking students to apply to charter schools. The New York City Charter Center is starting an ad campaign in buses and bus shelters in the South Bronx and East Harlem in hopes of reaching Spanish-speaking families who are unfamiliar with charter schools. The ads, which are in Spanish, say that charter schools — "escuelas charters" — are free, public schools that offer their students individualized attention. They include a number for a Spanish-language hotline parents can call to get applications or ask questions. The ads will run in 300 city buses and on 10 bus shelters. Last May, when New York State's legislature more than doubled the number of charter schools that can open, it also approved a teachers union-backed proposal to could force some charters to enroll more non-English speaking and special education students. The law set a vague requirement that charter schools serve similar percentages of non-English speaking and special education students as the other public schools in their district. Currently, city charter schools enroll smaller percentages of these students than do traditional public schools.
January 14, 2011
Week of 1/10/11: Teaching & learning tidbits
Special ed fair in Aurora, Race to Nowhere screenings near you, Denver School of Science and Technology touts 100 percent of grad class accepted to four-year college, decline in computer science education, schools prep for national standards, NY teacher rankings rankle, enrollment growth in Colo., DPS Educa radio show lauded.
January 13, 2011
Denver parents: Need a tutor for your child? Deadline Friday.
Free tutoring is offered to qualified students in Denver Public Schools. The deadline to apply for the tutoring is Friday. Read more in this post.
April 20, 2009
New public school ads hit the subways, some in Spanish
A Spanish-language Keep it Going NYC subway ad. <em>GothamSchools</em> Spanish has been making more and more appearances at the highest levels of city government as Mayor Bloomberg hits the campaign trail, so I wasn't surprised last night when I boarded a subway car and saw one of the by-now-familiar Keep it Going NYC ads boasting about the city's escuelas. When translated, the ad, which is pictured above, reads, "Because we think that the opinion of each person counts, the New York City Department of Education asked all parents, students, and teachers what they think about their schools — 800,000 of them responded." (Our resident Spanish expert offers one correction: The first words after Ciudad de Nueva York should be les preguntó, she notes, lest native speakers think the ad copy is in the first-person.) The ad is part of an ongoing campaign by the Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit fundraising organization associated with the Department of Education, to promote developments in the city schools since Bloomberg became mayor. The organization purchased subway ads for the first time last fall, and the colorful ads are also at bus stops and on taxi marquees. Below the jump is a (bad) picture I took of the ad atop the taxi that brought Elizabeth and me home from the airport on Friday night.
November 7, 2008
Students learn history, culture, poetry through "Guantanamera"
Spanish Native Language Arts Class at High School for Arts and Business from Diana Scalera on Vimeo. Here’s a rare…
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