Rosita’s Reads March 2

This week’s read is an American Educator article by Nora S. Newcombe that examines spatial thinking. Check it out to read about techniques educators already use that develop spatial thinking and how building these techniques into curricula can lead to increased math and science learning.

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Rosita’s Reads February 23

The week’s read is an article by Kelly Niccolls and Rebecca Midles that examines the distinctions between viewing the pandemic as a time of schooling and peer interaction loss instead of a time of learning loss. While the challenges of COVID have been great, looking forward, the authors offer some possible next-steps for renewing learning communities and learning outcomes with families and community partners, using the pandemic as an opportunity and not a setback.

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Rosita’s Reads February 16

The week’s reads provide two different lessons for students to learn about (or more about) National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and her 2021 presidential inauguration poem “The Hill We Climb.” In Ms. Gorman’s powerful words:

“We are striving to forge a union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man. And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.”

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Rosita’s Reads February 9

The recommendation this week is about the strengths of children with dyslexia and comes from a recent collaborative study by UC San Francisco neuroscientists along with the UCSF Dyslexia Center and UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

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Rosita’s Reads February 2

There is a strong relationship between the success of bilingual and multilingual learners and the attitudes of educators and school systems toward bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism. This week’s recommendation challenges us to reflect on our practice and take on the language-as-the-problem orientation when it comes to bilingual and multilingual learners.

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Rosita’s Reads January 26

This week’s read is an article by Linda Darling Hammond that outlines 10 policy moves that can be made right now to begin addressing the significant inequities embedded in our education system. The challenges of COVID while further highlighting the stark inequities have also created conditions for positive and revolutionary change. Check it out and see how your school’s efforts align.

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Rosita’s Reads January 19

This week’s reads are a combination of article and book. In conjunction, they offer insight into racism and white privilege. The first, an article, highlights why racism should be declared a public health issue and how doing so forces systemic disparities to the surface. The second recommendation, a book, explores white privilege within and beyond the classroom and challenges readers to consider their roles and responsibilities in taken on racial injustice and inequity.

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Rosita’s Reads January 12

This week, Rosita’s Reads recommends an article about a New Zealand primary school. The project focused on using peer feedback and information and communication technologies to enhance the writing achievement of primary school boys.

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Rosita’s Reads January 5

This week’s Rosita’s Read comes from the field of cognitive science. It offers findings related to the development of critical thinking that are strong and clear enough to merit classroom application.

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Rosita’s Reads December 15

The Rosita’s Reads for this week explore student voice and agency. Across the two recommended texts, voice and agency are looked at in relationship to motivation and engagement, learner-centered classrooms, and formative assessment.

We hope you enjoy the recommendations from the last Rosita’s Reads of 2020. Stay tuned; we will be back on January 5, 2021.

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Rosita’s Reads December 8

This week Rosita offers a few recommendations for children’s books that are great for readers of all ages. The recommendations celebrate culture, identity, and standing up for what is right. Stories are important because they have the ability to open eyes to ideas and perspectives, to shift minds and hearts, and to establish a new normal.

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Rosita’s Reads November 24

This week’s recommendation, much like last week’s, encourages you to look at the link between the learning that occurs with families and communities and the learning that occurs in schools. Now, maybe even more than any other time, educators and educational organizations need to understand, honor, and build upon the learning that happens in the homes and communities of students from diverse cultures.

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Rosita’s Reads November 17

This week’s recommendation centers on the idea that common sense outweighs school learning for getting along in the world. Though the article comes from decades ago, the sentiment holds true today and reinforces the need to balance education by recognizing and honoring out-of-school learning with the learning that is being called for within schools.

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Rosita’s Reads November 10

This week’s recommendations focus on the lasting footprint that COVID 19 will leave on education. These articles celebrate the ingenuity of educators and educational organizations, the realities facing schools at the beginning of the pandemic, and now, the amazing challenge of learning from this globalized situation to be and do better for educators and students.

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Rosita’s Reads November 3

This week’s recommendations offer a break from what might typically come across your Twitter or Facebook newsfeed. One of the articles shares new research on the relationship between choice, choice-confirmation bias, and learning. The other article shares information about NASA’s new treaty for maintaining peace on the moon.

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Rosita’s Reads October 27

The recommendations from this week explore the idea of working together. One article offers suggestions for engaging youth in what could (and should) be collective work at the local and state level. The other shares insights about the link between understanding differences and the role of collaborative work with those who are thought to be “different” to achieve a goal.

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Rosita’s Reads October 20

This week Rosita recommends two articles about the influence of Latino and Indigenous peoples on United States history and its future and a podcast that explains a “why” to Zoom fatigue.

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Rosita’s Reads October 13

The articles this week offer insights into the importance of different perspectives on creativity, the impact of retaking the SATs, and the ways in which COVID-19 has changed the work of those in child care centers.

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Rosita’s Reads October 6

A weekly list of articles recommended by Rosita Apodaca, IFL Executive Director, that are relevant to you and responsive to our shared responsibility to do better for those we serve.

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