In his 2018 State of the Union address last year, President Donald Trump called for a pathway to citizenship for "Dreamers," while urging for new restrictions on legal immigration and funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. In the audience was Ivonne Orozco, who is the 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year—and also a Dreamer. (Orozco was recently part of the recent educator demonstration along the U.S.-Mexico border.)
Debut picture book creator Oge Mora hails from Columbus, now lives in Providence, and was kind enough to take the train up for a little talk with Roger. We discuss her book, Thank You, Omu!, which recently won a Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award.
Take a look at some of the upcoming titles for teens from School Library Journal.
African-American picture books have always been successful at capturing the breadth, depth and beauty of the black experience, allowing children to gain much-needed access to the strong legacy and vibrant history of African-American art and storytelling. But how we present this story is always undergoing revision and refinement, as four new books — from a closer view of plantation life to a visually rich depiction of the history of hip-hop — show. In these books, word and art combine to give us fresh insight into the lives, creativity and achievements of a truly resilient and profound people.
Democrats in the U.S. House have introduced legislation that would bar immigration agents from conducting arrests, interviews, searches, or surveillance at schools and school bus stops—except in extreme circumstances.
Jordan Weymer is principal of the Donald McKay K-8 School. In this op-ed, Jordan writes, "Every child deserves a high-quality education that recognizes and respects his or her dignity and humanity, and that relishes in the stories of school and community. That's why teachers and schools like ours across the country are doing their life's work, nurturing the dreams of students in the heart of an immigrant community."
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, one kindergarten teacher is having her students tell her what they love about themselves in the form of a podcast.
The Denver school district and teachers union have reached an agreement in their long-simmering dispute over teacher pay, ending a strike as it entered its fourth day. The tentative deal gives teachers significant raises and a more traditional pay system, while keeping incentives for teachers at high-poverty schools that the district believes are essential.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) just tapped Linda Darling-Hammond, a giant in the world of education, to head the 11-member state Board of Education. During his first State of the State address Tuesday, Newsom announced that Darling-Hammond would work alongside the newly elected state superintendent, Tony Thurmond, to help "confront" problems plaguing California's public schools.
Debbie Reese reviews the new book "Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich", whose testimony led to the passing of the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act, America’s first civil rights legislation. Today, Alaska celebrates Elizabeth Peratrovich Day every February 16, and she will be honored on the gold one-dollar coin in 2020.