Margaret Ramirez

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English one day, Español the next: Dual-language learning expands with a South Bronx school as a model

At Public School 73 in the Bronx, third-grade dual-language teacher Frances Marte helps student Arlette Espallat sound out words in English. Photo: Margaret Ramirez At Public…

Edison Elementary School language development teacher Kelly Budde created a new theater class to help English language learners improve language and literacy and master the more rigorous requirements of Common Core.

Theater helps English learners master Common Core: But can it close the achievement gap?

Edison Elementary School language development teacher Kelly Budde created a new theater class to help English language learners improve language and literacy and master the more rigorous requirements…

Fourth-grade bilingual teacher Kristin Pascuzzi has embedded more science and informational texts into her language arts and literacy instruction.

For teachers of English learners, Common Core means double the work

Fourth-grade bilingual teacher Kristin Pascuzzi worries about how the pressure of more rigorous standards will impact her students’ self-confidence. Photo: Margaret Ramirez PORT CHESTER, N.Y. —…

Can the Common Core raise graduation rate for English learners?

Angelica Infante-Green hopes so. The new associate commissioner for bilingual education lays out her plan

Erie Neighborhood House psychologist Elizabeth Yelen works at a sandbox with 5-year-old Anjel. The sandbox is used in play therapy sessions with young children to help them express thoughts and feelings. (Photo: Julienne Schaer)

Violent beginnings

How to help preschoolers who witness violence and trauma

Susan Pryor teaches in a bilingual kindergarten classroom at Erie Elementary Charter School and uses handmade wall displays to help her Spanish-speaking students. But she avoids commercial decorations sold in education supply stories. (Photo: Julienne Schaer)

Do classroom decorations disrupt kindergartners’ learning?

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What it actually takes for schools to ‘go digital’

Statesville, N.C. – As a hazy morning sun rises over the rural farm community surrounding North Iredell Middle School, the students take their seats and lift their MacBooks to start…

Parents work with children under the guidance of a home visitor in Gads Hill's Early Head Start Home Visiting program.

Q&A with Azucena Gonzalez: Home visitors are a proven solution in early education, so why aren’t there more of them?

As the nation’s youngest learners from birth to 3-years-old show literacy gains from Early Head Start and home visiting programs, many childcare providers are reporting increased demand and a troubling…

Deborah Vandell (Photo: Nicole Del Castillo/ UC Irvine Communications) Reproduction not permitted.

Q&A with Deborah Lowe Vandell: A million elementary students are on their own after school when they should be learning

Nationwide, more than 15 million children are on their own after school is dismissed. Among them are more than 1 million students in grades K through five who are not…

Photo: Roy Sinai

Q&A with Elizabeth Yelen: Traumatized children have trouble learning. Here’s how to help

An Obama administration push to improve outcomes for infants and young children hasn’t done enough to help children who have experienced trauma, advocates say. Three years ago, U.S. Secretary of…

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