October 2011 Archives

Schools in Las Vegas and Mobile, Ala. overcome odds--including high numbers of English language learners and multigenerational tradition of dropping out --to close achievement gaps.

While the political, legal and socioeconomic fallout from Alabama's tough immigration law continues to play out, people in Dayton, Ohio are taking about as opposite a tack on immigration as you can imagine. Leaders in Dayton, a legacy industrial town hard hit by the recession, are actively recruiting immigrants to their city as a tactic to help reverse its economic fortunes. In an initiative called "Welcome Dayton" that municipal leaders adopted earlier this month, immigrants are being encouraged to settle in the city by offering incentives such as making information about public services and language education readily available and grants ...

Achievement for the nation's largest state population of English-language learners is a very mixed picture.

One group of researchers issues their verdict.

UC Berkeley researchers find reasons to doubt that only 12 percent of young children who were tested in 2009-2010 were deemed to be proficient in English.

We continue our interview with Brooke Hauser, whose new book The New Kids describes a year at the International High School in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

The book traces a year in the life of five teenage immigrants as their language abilities and identities develop at a New York school.

The provision requiring schools to collect and report on students' immigration status was among those blocked.

Student filmmaker Emileigh Potter talks about The DREAMERS, which was voted "most inspiring" at PBS's Project VoiceScape awards.

Colombian pop star Shakira is one of four new appointees to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

A new study from the University of Missouri suggests that Mexican-Americans in U.S. schools fare better when they maintain a connection to their heritage. "Culture Predicts Mexican Americans' College Self-Efficacy and College Performance," published in the journal Culture and College Outcomes, shows that Mexican-Americans who continued to speak Spanish and remained attached to their cultural heritage had higher GPAs and were more successful in college. David Aguayo, a doctoral student, surveyed more than 400 Mexican-American students for the survey. He attributes some of that success to the reduced stress felt by students who were able to maintain traditions or ...

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