Tag: community

Black History in the Community

There is no doubt that K–12 English learners (ELs) who are being educated in the U.S. should receive instruction about Black American history related to their communities. I felt compelled to teach my students about the contributions made by Black Americans in this country since they did not have prior knowledge about Black history in general and how it...

Sustaining Community

While no one was prepared for the pandemic shuttering of physical school buildings, K–12 teachers of less commonly taught languages were perhaps the most accustomed to having to find community beyond school walls. Unlike with other subjects taught in schools, there may not be an Arabic teacher in the same building, school system, or even the same county. It...

Building a Community of Year-Round Readers

If recent data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is any indication, literacy education is a challenge across the country, with only 35% of fourth graders and 34% of eighth graders reading proficiently or better (https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/). In my district, Covert Public Schools, we face some additional challenges, including a 100% free and reduced lunch rate. Nearly 60%...
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