#tellEWA Member Stories (March 10-16)

Here’s what we’re reading by EWA members this week.

“I still remember that moment with anger.” A childhood memory still haunts an Arizona teacher, and it inspired her to be the change she didn’t see: She became a teacher and an advocate for bilingual education and programs that better train those who educate and care for many Latino and Spanish-speaking students. A new teacher-preparation program may bring her vision to reality. Arizona Luminaria’s Beatriz Limón profiles this educator and shares her experiences teaching in a “racist and discriminatory” education system.

“Why isn’t it reaching them?” A survey from Chalkbeat and The Associated Press shows that a small number of students have received school tutoring, yet school districts got their share of billions in federal COVID relief.  Patrick Wall, Amelia Pak-Harvey and Collin Binkley (an EWA Reporting Fellow) found that less than 10% of students received any type of tutoring this fall. They explain the roadblocks schools have hit as they tried to ramp up tutoring and highlight the learning gaps students are still experiencing.

For years, Rhode Island parents have been requesting classroom instruction for multilingual learners who now represent some 45% of a Central Falls school system. Because of pandemic stimulus funding, school leaders have finally gotten the opportunity to reimagine educational programming. They hope to close achievement gaps between students learning English and those who are proficient in English, reports Asher Lehrer-Small for The 74.

“It was really nice for him to [mention] public school teachers since we’re under such assault now.” After receiving another Oscar for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the Alabama-raised Daniel Scheinert thanked the public-school teachers who educated and inspired him. AL.com’s Rebecca Griesbach shares the reactions she got from some of the teachers. The educators also discuss what they think of their former student, then and now.

Trib Live’s Bill Schackner recounts a college board member’s historic baseball memory that took place on the roof of the Cathedral of Learning, the 42-story tower at the University of Pittsburgh. The memory was preserved by a Life magazine photographer whose famous picture showed the trustee – then an undergraduate student – and a few others watching the 1960 World Series, which included a “miraculous” homerun from a Pittsburgh Pirates player.

Democratic senators in Colorado introduced a bill that would mandate dyslexia screening for certain student groups. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, and the No.1 reason kids fail to learn to read. Suzie Glassman of NewsBreak Denver gives background on the bill and previous efforts to address dyslexia and explains why the bill faces an uphill battle.