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High Country News

Leah Todd

24 October 2017

Luna County, New Mexico, United States

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Historically there has been stigma and pushback to bilingual and immigrant programs, but some counties are starting to embrace diversity as key to economic development. Greater diversity spurs innovation, entrepreneur...

The Economist

The Economist

16 September 2017

Berlin, Germany

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In the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis, Germany has managed to integrate more than 1.2 million men, women, and children into schools and workplaces around the country. Although the learning curve is steep, refugees...

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Mandy McLaren

28 August 2017

San Diego, California, United States

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San Diego County public schools have a large number of refugee students and changes such as lowering noise levels (such as school bells) that triggered post-traumatic stress, reducing class sizes, providing daily teac...

The Atlantic

Alia Wong

2 August 2017

Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, United States

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After generations of waiting, the Oglala Sioux prophecy of an economic, spiritual, and social renaissance is coming true. "Now the Seventh Generation is here," and they are creating dynamic change in one the least dev...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

12 June 2017

Connecticut, United States

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Dual language programs that split the school day into half English instruction and half in a different language have been shown to be effective for students learning English as well as native English speakers to learn...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

22 May 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Dual language programs create a bifurcated school day with one half taught in English and the other half in a different language. Research has overwhelmingly shown that these programs, starting as early as kindergarte...

The New York Times

Kyle Spencer

12 December 2016

Morristown, New Jersey, United States

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The Morris district in Northern New Jersey has long championed diversity, even as its student body has changed and nearby schools remain deeply segregated. Each elementary school in the district draws from multiple ne...

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Lucy Purdy

25 October 2016

Shropshire, United Kingdom

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The world is expecting to lose half its languages by the end of the century. People are preserving the ancestral languages by collecting and utilizing the vocabulary within their families and using apps and technol...

High Country News

Lyndsey Gilpin

9 October 2016

Center, Colorado, United States

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The Migrant Education Program, which offers educational and social services to migrant worker families in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, is growing in popularity among the valley’s migrant worker population, and has rece...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jia H. Jung

28 September 2016

Springdale, Arkansas, United States

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In Springdale, students who speak Marshallese have a hard time performing at school due to their lack of English language comprehension. “Community liaisons” between the children, their parents, and the school became ...

Slate

Alexandria Neason

8 June 2016

Hilo, Hawaii, United States

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With the emphasis on teaching English in American public schools, many non-English speaking students can lose the language of their family’s heritage. Hawaii has “language-immersion schools” that teaches children the ...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

9 March 2016

Woodburn, Oregon, United States

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The four academies that make up Woodburn High have exceeded the Oregon state average by double digits for two years in a row, despite high poverty rates. What's driving the school's success?

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

9 January 2016

Union City, New Jersey, United States

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Newark, N.J., had major politicians and investments try to "flip" its school system; the much smaller Union City had teachers and parents. The solution was no silver bullet—just the slow and steady approach of gradual...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Kate McGee

20 July 2015

Giddings, Texas, United States

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Laws make it mandatory for schools with more than twenty English Language Learners (ELLs) in a single grade to have bilingual teachers to support them. One Texas school takes an initiative to find more bilingual teach...

Politico

Debra Bruno

16 July 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The ecosystem of D.C. charter schools that has evolved over the last two decades represents a cornucopia of creative and nontraditional approaches to education, in addition to fairly traditional college-prep schools, ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Nina Porzucki

30 June 2015

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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A program at a public school in Baton Rouge is using bilingual education to attract middle class families back into the public school system to increase diversity among the student population.

NPR

Amy Martin

2 May 2015

Missoula, Montana, United States

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Montana, home to nine Native American languages, becomes the second state to fund indigenous language immersion programs in public schools. The same languages were once forbidden, but now they are helping to preserve ...

The Atlantic

Matt Vasilogambros

Mauro Whiteman

8 October 2014

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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In the state of Iowa, refugees come from all over the world and send their children into the public school system. The Des Moines public schools serve many disadvantaged, poverty-stricken children who do not have Engl...

The Buffalo News

Sandra Tan

14 July 2014

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Better teacher training and strategic programming for non-English speakers could turn things around in high schools with large immigrant populations.

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