Sin Fronteras Boy

Fourth-grade English language learners use wikis to study border issues and gain literacy skills.

Putting a Human Face on the Immigration Debate

For those of us working with immigrant populations, we have in our students living examples that we can use to bring the immigration issue to the forefront and teach all of our students.

Language Lessons

Using native Spanish speakers to instruct their classmates in more than just verbs and pronunciation.

Edwina Left Behind

Edwina did what was asked of her. Did Alaska do everything it could for her?

Welcoming Kalenna

When I was a child, our home was filled with the sounds of Spanish, mariachi music, and boisterous conversations. At home, my Nana cooked enchiladas, menudo, and tamales. During family celebrations we broke piñatas, danced, and […]

Strawberry Fields Forever?

When I was a child, my mother couldn’t help us with our homework. She had gone to work as a maid in a Mexican hacienda at age 11 and hadn’t learned to […]

Testing Lang

Lang was a student of mine last year, an eight-year-old with big brown eyes and a shy, quiet nature. He hated writing; putting pencil to paper was a brutal task […]

Bilingual Education: Stories from the Heart

As always, Rethinking Schools has several new books in process. This issue we feature three articles destined for one of these: Rethinking Bilingual Education, edited by Grace Cornell Gonzales, Elizabeth […]

Cuentos del corazón

Los estudiantes de segundo grado escriben junto con sus familias, desafiando las políticas monolingües, anti-inmigrantes, y de segregación de Arizona.

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“¿Qué es deportar?”

Una maestra de primaria se da cuenta que debe dejar a un lado el guión y la antología de su currículo para encontrar literatura latina en español y abrir un espacio a las vidas de sus estudiantes.

English-Only to the Core

Is the Common Core better than current approaches to English language learners—or the next salvo in more than a decade of attacks on bilingual programs?

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“¿Qué es deportar?”

An early elementary school teacher realizes she needs to dump the scripted curriculum and basal reader, find Latina/o literature in Spanish, and make space for her students’ thoughts and feelings.