Volume 30, No.1

Fall 2015

The theme for the fall issue is “Stories from the Heart,” and it focuses on bilingual education. You’ll love the cover story, which describes an after-school bilingual writing group for families in an elementary school in Tucson in the midst of anti-immigrant attacks. “English-Only to the Core” explores the impact of the Common Core on emergent bilingual youth. Among our featured stories, you won’t want to miss “Midsummer Night’s Gender Diversity,” about middle schoolers using Shakespeare to explore gender issues. And much, much more!

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  • Cuentos del corazón/Stories from the Heart

    An after-school writing project for bilingual students and their families

    By Jessica Singer Early, Tracey Flores

    Second graders and their families write together, countering Arizona’s English-only, segregated, and anti-immigrant school policies.

  • Cuentos del corazón

    Un proyecto de escritura después de clases para los estudiantes bilingües y sus familias

    By Jessica Singer Early, Tracey Flores

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

  • English-Only to the Core

    What the Common Core means for emergent bilingual youth

    By Jeff Bale

    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?”

    Teaching from students’ lives

    By Sandra Osorio

    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.

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    “¿Qué es deportar?”

    Enseñar a partir de las vidas de los estudiantes

    By Sandra Osorio

    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.

  • Who Made the New Deal?

    Part I: What Caused the Great Depression?

    By Adam Sanchez

    High school students play the Widget Boom Game to understand how overproduction and underconsumption helped cause the Great Depression.

  • Baby Mamas in Literature and Life

    By Abby Kindelsperger

    Inspired by students’ responses to her own pregnancy, a high school English teacher develops a unit based on teen pregnancy and motherhood—rejecting the usual deficit-based narrative of teen parenting.

  • A Midsummer Night’s Gender Diversity

    By Lauren Porosoff

    Middle schoolers explore how Shakespeare plays with gender expression and expectations in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • The Hidden Agenda of High School Assemblies

    By Jessica Richter-Furman

    A high school teacher realizes that, despite her school’s diverse student body, the students on the stage at assemblies are virtually all white and male. She sets out to understand why and to change the pattern.

  • Bilingual Education: Stories from the Heart

    By The Editors of Rethinking Schools

    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 […]

  • Anti-Privatization Movement Goes International // Arabic Language Pathway Attacked in San Francisco

    Anti-Privatization Movement Goes International By Bob Peterson Teacher union leaders from around the world pledged to build an international movement against school privatization and commercialization at the 7th World Congress […]

  • Mirrors and Windows: Conversations with Jacqueline Woodson

    By Renée Watson

    It is March 2015. America is reeling from the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, and Ezell Ford. As the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is trending, images of unarmed Black […]

  • Our picks for books and other resources for social justice teachingResources 30.1

    By the editors of Rethinking Schools

    Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources.

  • Beyond Magenta

    By Melissa Bollow Tempel

    “You have got to come out here and see this!” That’s how a transgender student was introduced to her homeroom teacher at a high school in my district. When I […]