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Campaign Stokes Fears for Latino Students
By Corey Mitchell
It started out as a civics lesson. It quickly became a lesson in
The anti-immigration signs lining the hall at Erwin High
School in this mountain city carried messages like
"America Is for Americans," "Illegals Go Home,"
and "If We Don't Take Out the Trash, Who Will?"
Posted to Facebook by a student angry about
the signs, the images went viral in September
2015, sending shockwaves through Erwin High,
where Hispanic enrollment has more than doubled
in the past decade.
For Keyla Estrada, the signs were a jarring and frightening
welcome to the United States; it marked the first week of high
school in this country for the Mexican immigrant.
Educators and child advocates worry what happened at the
1,300-student high school is confirmation of what some have
dubbed the "Trump effect," a spike in anxiety and fear among
nonwhite students sparked by Republican presidential nominee
Donald Trump's rhetoric.
Trump's statements on race, religion, and immigration-that
many Mexican immigrants are drug dealers, rapists, and other
types of criminals, that Muslims are a danger to America, and
his vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border-have reverberated through the nation's K-12 schools, with students
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Josue, 18, is a junior
at Erwin High School
in Asheville, N.C.
An immigrant from
El Salvador, Josue
faces an uncertain
future in the United
he says is heightened
by the Trump
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In high schools across Denver,
chemistry teachers are working
from a new set of lessons. The topic:
"Should the United States say yes or
no to nuclear power?"
On their way to answering that
question, students are asked to learn
new scientific vocabulary and concepts, including the difference between
nuclear fusion and nuclear fission.
They're also offered Spanish/English
cognates, root words, and a strategy for
decoding unfamiliar words alongside
worksheets on scientific content.
It may not sound like a traditional
chemistry unit. But this is just one
example of how schools, districts, and
states are increasingly shaping what
happens in science and social studies classes around the Common Core
State Standards for literacy in history, social studies, science, and technical subjects. These lesser-known
standards, tucked in the back of the
English/language arts section of the
common core, aim to teach students
to read, write, and analyze text like
a historian, a scientist, or some other
"We're asking all teachers to be
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Teaching Literacy Outside of English Class
By Jaclyn Zubrzycki
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teachers of reading and writing in
their disciplines," said Bridgett Bird,
the senior manager of content literacy
for the 90,000-student Denver public
school system and the head of the
group that developed the chemistry
lessons and other discipline-based literacy lessons. "Literacy is the key to
equity. If we're only focused on literacy in [English/language arts], we're
leaving out seven-eighths of the day."
Bird leads a 2-year-old department
focused on content-area literacy whose
reach is spreading quickly: While some
15,000 of the district's students were
A coalition of groups focused on children and media launched
a new campaign last week to encourage state lawmakers to promote digital citizenship in schools.
The aim is to spur adoption of new legislation requiring the formation of state-level advisory committees charged with finding
ways to help ensure students use classroom technology safely and
ethically, while becoming savvy consumers and creators of online
media and information.
"Our kids are now living in a digital world, and we need to
By Benjamin Herold