Latino Desegregation and Its Role in the Brown v. Board of Education Ruling

October 2, 2011

For years, the focus on Brown v. Board of Education and the African American Civil Rights Movement has colored the desegregation discussion entirely in black and white. What few realize is that it was Mexican American children in California who also paved the way for black students in Kansas to defend against inherently contradictory “separate […]

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Parent to Parent: “Multilingualism Fosters Greater Understanding and Acceptance of Other Cultures”

September 26, 2011

Cordelia Newlin de Rojas is a multilingual mama who is raising her child trilingually in English, Spanish and French. She is the author of the blog Multilingual Mama as well as a frequent contributor to Inculture Parent magazine. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family. Are you multilingual? My husband and I […]

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Action Alert: Urge Governor Brown to Support the Seal of Biliteracy

September 25, 2011

Please join us in urging  Governor Brown to support the Seal of Biliteracy! Sign our petition below! In the past we have highlighted the Seal of Biliteracy, an award of distinction that recognizes high levels of proficiency in English and another language. Many school districts in California have adopted and implemented the Seal of Biliteracy […]

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Parent to Parent: “The Brain Changes When Exposed to Another Language”

September 19, 2011

Jenean Flanagan is a mother who is exposing her daughter to Spanish, French and Mandarin. She also owns Peninsula Lango, which teaches Spanish, Mandarin and French to preschool and elementary aged children. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family. Are you monolingual? Multilingual? In which way are you raising bilingual children? My […]

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Hispanic Heritage Student Writing Contest [2011]

September 14, 2011

Every year September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage month, a month of celebration which runs from September 15-October 15 of each year. This year we will be hosting our second annual Hispanic Heritage Student Writing Contest where students in grades 3-12 write about a Latina or Latino who has made a significant impact […]

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Parent to Parent: Raising Bilingual Children is About Much More Than Bilingualism

September 12, 2011

Our first interview to kick off the Parent to Parent interview series is with Deonne Knill, a mother of a second grader who is in a Spanish immersion program. Deonne is also a school board member of Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family. I am a […]

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Multilingual Mania Launches New Interview Series of Parents Raising Bilingual Children

September 7, 2011

On Monday, September 12, 2011 Multilingual Mania will be launching Parent to Parent, a weekly interview series of parents who are raising bilingual children. Every Monday, the Parent to Parent interview series will feature one parent each week who will share their personal experiences, tips, and resources for raising bilingual children. If you are interested […]

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Confession: I Had Low Expectations For My English Language Learners

September 1, 2011

There once was a time when I really underestimated the potential of my English language learners. When I first started teaching, I was placed in a fifth grade bilingual classroom, and my students had previously been transitioned into English-only instruction in the fourth grade. Who would have thought that over thirteen years later I’d be […]

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Hitting a Multilingual Parenting Road Block: Tips and Ideas

August 30, 2011

It’s not uncommon these days to find families with parents speaking different tongues. With advancement in global communication, we see people of different cultures and even countries interacting and coming together. One of the results of this is growing multicultural and multilingual families. This phenomenon has its own pros and cons. All these apart, you […]

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Linguistic Racism in the U.S.

August 24, 2011

A story out of Denver highlights a growing trend in the United States: linguistic racism. The tale, as reported by ABC 7, involved the arrest and detention of a number of legal immigrants by ICE. Their crime: the individuals arrested were all speaking Spanish. The Colorado American Civil Liberties Union called it racial profiling at […]

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