September 15th | Week in Review

2017-09-15-WWW-01-01¡Hola a todos! I am very excited to start sharing resources again with you all.

Latinos in Kid Lit has just launched a new series called “Spotlight on Middle Grade Authors.” They’re kicking it off with a feature on Margarita Engle, the Young People’s Poet Laureate. Check it out to hear her describe the birth of her passion for writing.

Rethinking Education shares why Spanish Fluency in the U.S. decreases with each generation. “About 88 percent of Latinos ages 5 to 17 in 2014 said they either speak only English at home or speak English ‘very well,’ compared with 73 percent in 2000.”

–Rethinking Education also posted 9 Bilingual Children’s Books That Make Learning a New Language Easy, a list catered specifically to Spanish teachers.

–For those of you teaching middle or high school history, Rethinking Schools shared Justice for Dreamers- Punish the Authors of Forced Migration, an article that explains how foreign policies creates forced migration.“The perpetrators of the “crime” are those who wrote the trade treaties and the economic reforms that made forced migration the only means for families to survive

— Lastly, Remezcla featured Google latest initiative, which involved the launch of  One of the Largest Digital Collections of Latino Art and History. “The collection features more than 2,500 pieces of art through 90 exhibits.”

Alin Badillo


¡Mira, Look!: What Can’t Wait

what_cant_waitHopefully, the school year is still full steam ahead. I would like to turn your attention to a book that not only discusses what it means to face challenges in school, but it also refers to what happens when someone’s ambition juxtaposes them to what society expects from them. Ashley Perez’s What Can’t Wait is a coming of age tale that explores what it means to be caught between two worlds.

What Can’t Wait is a book that is most appropriate for young adults. There is some coarse language, which is not atypical for a book geared towards this age group, but it actually gives credence to the book by making the voice of the main character, Marisa, sound more realistic. Perez vividly portrays Marisa realistically as a young woman who is stuck at a crossroad. One appeal to this book is that it is written in first person, and the audience has insight into Marisa’s thoughts. This is very valuable as her thoughts come across as both emotional and intelligent; they set the stage for the conflict in this book. Also, it is worth mentioning that Perez, who is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University (my alma mater!) has taught K-12 classes in Houston, including bilingual kindergarten. Plus, I know we teach our students not to judge a book by its cover, but the cover is very enticing and sharp; it’s very modern.  Continue reading

¡Mira, Look!: Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx

soniaAs the fall gets underway, we hope that all of the little ones are off to a good start.  Most students (and teachers) tend to start out with a great vision for how the year will unfold. Thus, it is a great time to explore what the word vision means. To most of us, vision signifies a goal or a dream. To our students, it means much the same; however, many, especially the younger ones, have yet to develop a voice for what exactly it means to have a vision, or goals. Since Hispanic Heritage month is also underway, we thought it would be appropriate to share with our students the inspirational story of one young Latina and what it means to follow one’s dreams.

Jonah Winter’s Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/ La juez que creció en el Bronx exemplifies what can happen if someone follows his or her dreams. Continue reading