Maximizing the Impact of Parent-Teacher Meetings: Free Downloadable Tip Sheet in English and Spanish30/12/2017
Culturally Responsive Schools: Spanish-language video game aims to teach students about civil rights09/12/2017
Find the information here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/spanish-language-video-game-aims-to-teach-students-about-civil-rights/2017/11/23/72f20870-cfd2-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html?utm_term=.18a90cf4651b&wpisrc=nl_sb_smartbrief.
A civic education nonprofit organization founded by former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor is releasing a Spanish-language version of its popular game that is used to teach students about their civil rights.
Spearheaded by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who joined the board of iCivics in 2015, the new release looks to help English-language learners — the vast majority speak Spanish at home — who often struggle with the academic vocabulary and concepts of civics and social sciences.
“There’s a real need there to make that kind of learning . . . accessible to all learners,” said Louise Dube, executive director of iCivics.
The fast-paced game called Do I Have a Right? — just one of 19 free games offered — casts students as pro bono lawyers, instructing them to assess the cases of clients to decide whether their constitutional rights were violated, and to do so quickly to score points and avoid cases piling up.
For students whose first language is not English, the challenges of learning the complex concepts of civics are complicated by the language being new to them as well, Dube said.
Many Latino children have a difficult start to their school life. Poverty, trauma, and many other issues make it difficult for them to succeed. Read more in the research review packed with important data and information. Excerpt:
Many Latino children are at risk of not getting the proper care, services, and environment they need for healthy formative development.
Traumatic early experiences, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and low participation in preschool programs impair Latino children’s social and emotional development, academic achievement, and overall health and wellbeing.
But there’s reason for hope.
Culturally-sensitive programs and policies can prevent or reduce the effects of traumatic childhood experiences, improve mental health, and boost school readiness.
Early childhood development and education programs, breastfeeding and family support, and Latino family values support all have been shown to promote healthy early development.
Access the entire report at https://salud-america.org/state-latino-early-childhood-development-research-review/
Lot’s of updates and data from the Pew Research Center at http://mailchi.mp/pewresearch/w8zd23u60n-2569901?e=8d17063fc5.
Do you know? More at https://mexika.org/2017/11/01/how-did-all-saints-day-become-dia-de-muertos/
For use in your English lessons. Find the video at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-day-of-the-dead-altar-diagram-spanish-english-20151029-htmlstory.html
A new study finds word gap acceptance among teachers has consequences for low-income Latinx students01/11/2017
Good to know and to consider our own bias. Read more at https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/rethinking-word-gap/