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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

Aug 01 Hillsboro Migrant Summer School brings in Mexican teachers for culture lessons “Resources for your Spanish Classroom”

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By Andrea Castillo, The Oregonian

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on July 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM, updated July 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Irene Osorio Pacheco

Irene Osorio Pacheco, 32, is a teacher in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was one of three teachers hired by the Hillsboro School District this year to teach Mexican culture during Migrant Summer School at Lincoln Street Elementary. (Andrea Castillo/Hillsboro Argus)

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The moment elementary teacher Irene Osorio Pacheco played a slideshow of her home state of Morelos, Mexico for her class of kindergartners, their perceptions of the country instantly changed.

"Wow, that's Mexico?" she recalled them saying in reaction to the photos.

Osorio Pacheco was one of three elementary teachers from Mexico brought to the Hillsboro School District in June under a federal migrant education program. The teachers integrated lessons of culture into the Migrant Summer School's regular curriculum focus of reading, writing and math.

The Bi-national Migrant Education Teacher Exchange Program is part of an initiative that started in 1976 to help migrant students in California. The departments of education in Mexico and the United States have since partnered to improve schooling for children who travel frequently between the two countries.

The program works like this: Migrant-heavy school districts are given federal funding each year to improve education for those students. School districts can use part of that money to request Mexican teachers for a limited time to help meet specific needs. For example, a teacher who speaks Mixtec — an indigenous language spoken in the state of Oaxaca — could provide support for students who arrive in the United States knowing little Spanish or English.

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Jul 17 ELLs Need More Attention in Common Assessment Groups, Reports Say

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By Lesli A. Maxwell on July 8, 2013 5:25 PM

The two groups of states working to design new common assessments need to devote more time and attention to English-language learners and students with disabilities, conclude new reviews from the U.S. Department of Education.

In its first-ever technical reviews of the test-development efforts underway by two state consortia—the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and Smarter Balanced—the federal education department is calling for both groups to focus more sharply on developing test items that all students, including those who are still learning English, can fully access regardless of their level of language proficiency.

Ed Week's common core/common assessment guru, Catherine Gewertz, has a fuller explanation of the technical reviews over at Curriculum Matters, and the reviews themselves on Smarter Balanced and PARCC are available on the Education Department's website.

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Maria J. Fierro-Treviño


Hispanic traditions and customs cannot be defined in a paragraph or in a book but in volumes of books.  Hispanics share Spanish as the main language of communication; however, some words vary in meaning in different countries. Indigenous languages are still spoken all over Latin America.  Hispanic traditions, customs, celebrations are similar; yet, some may vary from country to country.  Do all Hispanics in the United States practice these traditions? Some Hispanics have completely assimilated into American life and do not practice their traditions.  For others, traditions, customs, and celebrations are part of their everyday lives. Let's take a glimpse of Hispanic traditions, customs, celebrations, and other areas that are practiced throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Activity:  Students select a topic of interest or review one assigned by the teacher to research and to prepare a presentation.  (See examples) The presentation may be written (PPT), oral, visual, or a combination of all three depending on the topic.

Jul 23 Un día más y otras historias

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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

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