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Sonia Sotomayor: Someone to Talk About With ELLs


President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, is someone with whom English-language learners may be able to identify in classroom discussions about current events.

Sotomayor spoke more Spanish than English while growing up, according to news coverage by WABC-TV New York. CNN says her father, who died when she was 9, worked in a factory and didn't speak English. Her parents moved from Puerto Rico to New York during World War II.

Politics K-12 reported today that Nancy Drew books helped her get hooked on reading and learning. School Law Blog provides information on her educational background and how she has ruled on education-related court cases.

Somewhere, New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent must be having a parade or party to celebrate the nomination. And I expect teachers in classrooms with a lot of Spanish speakers are also talking about the nomination.

President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme court, Sonia Sotomayor, spoke more Spanish than English while growing up.


That's wonderful. She was my preference for SOTUS as they call it now.

The President is an excellent example of how a rising tide helps lift all. His nominations in all branches of the Administration, and now the Supreme Court, help those of us who teach remind our students they can trust their leaders and their elders again.

Diversity does work when it's approached deliberately, thoughtfully and respectfully. After all, we just have to go back a few years to remember when James Watts faked it and how the country was turned against itself the last eight years.

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