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A Latina Heroine in Book Publishing

This interview features a conversation with Adriana Dominguez, the Executive Editor at Harper Collins Children's Books and Rayo. She specializes in books for children and young adult, particularly for the Latino market. Ms. Dominguez works on titles in Spanish and English, as well as in a bilingual format.

ESL Classes Filling up as Utah District Grows

On the first day of school, seven ninth- through 11th-grade students showed up for Alejandro Lopez' fifth-period English as a Second Language class at Tooele High School. The class was mixed, in terms of nationalities and English language abilities, although fairly homogenous in terms of the students' first language, with six of the seven students being native Spanish speakers. English as a Second Language classes have been growing as Tooele County's Spanish-speaking population has been growing.

Keeping Minds Healthy

Juliana Maximo was a little surprised the first time she walked out of Utah's Oquirrh View Community Health Center with a children's book. Not only had she been given advice about how to keep her child healthy, the doctors wanted to make sure she read to her daughter. Oquirrh View is participating in "Reach Out and Read," a coordinated nationwide effort to promote literacy at medical offices. Doctors and other medical professionals who have joined "Reach Out and Read" are trained to encourage parents to read to their children.

Success, in Any Language

Last year 9-year-old Yasmin Conchas and her classmates spoke English in the morning and Spanish in the afternoon as part of the two-way language immersion program at Oregon's Phoenix Elementary School. For the second year in a row Phoenix Elementary has beefed up English instruction in its two-way language program in response to reports that non-native Spanish speakers who graduated from the program were struggling with English in middle school.

Latino Students Settle in on Campus

The University of the Pacific recently welcomed new Latino students as part of an initiative to reach a growing Latino minority, to prepare students for working with a diverse population, and to expose the university's students to opportunities abroad in Latin American countries, said Margee Ensign, dean of Pacific's School of International Studies.

Superintendent: "Bilingual Education Didn't Work"

In <em>Education Week</em>'s "Learning the Language" blog, Mary Ann Zehr writes, "Roger Prosise, the superintendent of the Diamond Lake School District 76 in Mundelein, Ill., makes a compelling case for why Illinois shouldn't mandate bilingual education in schools." A lively and informative debate from the blog's readers follows the posting.

Cañada College Program to Increase Minorities in the Sciences

Jeremy Morales Madrigal, a student at California's Cañada College, has run into very few Latino engineers — an occupation he's pursuing. "I've only met three or four other Latino students even interested in my area of chemical engineering," he said Friday. Cañada seeks to change that with a three-year, $900,000 grant it has received from the federal Department of Education's Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program.

State Slow to Raise Preschool Access

The state's two-year effort to create universal access to preschool has so far provided more than 100 programs with new classroom materials, computers, or teacher bonuses but has done little to expand access, according to a report being released today. Despite a waiting list of 4,400 children seeking state financial assistance to attend preschool, the state Department of Early Childhood Education and Care has instead chosen to bolster the academic rigor of existing programs before making them affordable to more children.

High Tech High School Pushes Hispanic Students to Become Top Achievers

A San Diego charter high school is aiming to close the education gaps between students of immigrant families and their counterparts by motivating them to acquire business and science skills and pursue college degrees. Paul Solman of the <em>NewsHour</em> offers the latest in a series of reports on this education initiative.

Some California Dropouts Finish High School but Don't Succeed Beyond, Study Finds

For most high school dropouts, reality sets in sooner or later: Without a high school diploma, their prospects in life are limited at best. A study released Thursday confirms that many California dropouts give school another try. But the California Dropout Research Project also reports that even dropouts who go back to school appear to stand little chance of success in college. And in an economy that increasingly prizes academic success, the outlook is bleak for those who don't return to school at all.