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Education in Indian Country: Obstacles and Opportunity

Education Week

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Native American student graduation rates are much lower than that of any other demographic. The Red Cloud school teaches students on a reservation in South Dakota, about the Lakota history to empower the kids and encourage resilience.

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Even Odds Day 2: Manhood 101

San Francisco Chronicle

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In Oakland, black males are almost as likely to be killed as they are to graduate high school. One school is giving them special classes with black mentors to better address their emotional needs and keep them in school.

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Even Odds: A Place Apart

San Francisco Chronicle

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Young black males in Oakland are suspended more frequently and graduate high school at a much lower rate than their peers. A charter school specifically designed for African American boys focuses on providing them with role models to create a supportive environment, combat the effects of trauma, ...

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Wanted: Bilingual teachers. And here's how one school is filling the gap

Public Radio International (PRI)

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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 teachers for their students as the non-English speaker becomes a more common student ...

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Language is the great equalizer at this school in Louisiana

Public Radio International (PRI)

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

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.

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How One School Bucks City's Racially Segregated Gifted and Talented System

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A school in Brooklyn uses a lottery-based acceptance system to ensure a diverse class. And instead of sorting the struggling kids from the gifted, they embedded an honors program which kids can opt into without changing classrooms.

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Lessons from under the coconut tree

The Boston Globe

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Boston professors visit countries and homes of foreign students to better understand their culture and gain insights about how to better teach them. The goal is to reach across cultural divides to help a big part of the student population — emigres from faraway lands — that is plagued with low st...

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Houston's Learning Curve

Politico Magazine

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When immigrant children come to America, they are faced with culture shock, language barriers, and a system of education different from where their original country. Houston’s Las Americas Newcomer School is designed to ease the adjustment of immigrant and refugee children as they enter the Amer...

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Meet the School That Speaks 23 Languages

Bright Magazine

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Colorado has one of the largest achievement gaps in the country, and only half of students in the Denver Public School system are reading at grade level. Schools like Rocky Mountain Prep are working to change that - the school uses a unique, individualized program to help students achieve.

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Program removes barriers to learning English

Orange County Register

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The Twilight Education Club is a non-profit working to break down the barriers – transportation, child care and cost – that typically prevent the economically disadvantaged from accessing social services such as language classes. While the Twilight program is specifically geared toward the needs ...

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