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Live From Woodburn High

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

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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?

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Could a new vision help Lafayette High School's immigrant students succeed?

The Buffalo News

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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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Colonialism Nearly Wiped Out the Hawaiian Language. These Public Schools Are Bringing It Back.

Slate

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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 native Hawaiian language until about fifth grade and then English is introduced....

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Most School Districts Struggle to Help Refugees Adapt. How Did Anchorage Figure It Out?

Slate

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Anchorage schools employ a hybrid approach to integrating refugees—neither cordoning them off fully from the school at large, nor dropping them fully into the general student population. The city's Newcomers' Center plays an integral role in giving refugees a sense of community.

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The American Dream Isn't Dead. This Is How Immigrant Families Are Achieving It

NationSwell

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Instituto del Progreso Latino, a vocational school in Chicago, is comprehensively helping Latino immigrants living in the U.S. educate themselves, find professional work, and rise above poverty.

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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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In a global economy, Mass. lags in teaching foreign languages

The Boston Globe

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In a global economy, helping students succeed means offering them the opportunity to become multilingual. States such as Utah, Indiana, and Delaware have stepped up their efforts with immersion programs for elementary students.

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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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Battling Booze in Alice Springs

BBC

Radio / Over 15 Minutes

The Aboriginal community in Australia is 31 times more likely than other Australians to die of alcohol-related causes. Could a "tough love" approach stressing accountability and making rehab mandatory work? Or is further restricting access to alcohol for everyone a better approach?

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