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Isabel Mendoza nació en Cali (Colombia) una ciudad famosa por la alegría y el ambiente festivo de sus ciudadanos. Los colombianos llaman a Cali “la sucursal del cielo” y una de las mayores atracciones turísticas de...
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Anne Smieszny Silva is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was a synchronized swimmer for eight years. She began learning Spanish in middle school. She earned Bachelor’s degrees with Honors from the Ohio State...
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Patricia Acosta is from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where at age 8 she began to show her passion for education by teaching math to her (often unwilling) friends, classmates, neighbors and pets with the help...
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Mario A. Nuñez loves Madrid… and when in Madrid, he does what the Madrileños do…eat tapas “con locura”! Somehow he also finds time to go to the museums and cultural sites…
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Evelyn Silva nació en la pequeña y hermosa ciudad de Cienfuegos, situada en el centro-sur de la isla de Cuba. Amante del olor del mar y del sonido de las olas al chocar con los muros, Evelyn emigró a...

April is National Poetry Month! During this time, booksellers, librarians, parents, teachers, and students read, write and analyze poems while recognizing the literary accomplishments of many poets, both past and present.

Dec 01 What teachers really want to tell parents – Resources for your Spanish Classroom.

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An article title "What teachers really want to tell parents" ranked #2 on the list of  Most Shared Articles on Facebook in 2011

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By Ron Clark, Special to CNN

Updated 9:12 AM EST, Tue September 6, 2011

(CNN) -- This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.

I screamed, "You can't leave us," and she quite bluntly replied, "Look, if I get an offer to lead a school system of orphans, I will be all over it, but I just can't deal with parents anymore; they are killing us."

Unfortunately, this sentiment seems to be becoming more and more prevalent. Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list "issues with parents" as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel. Word is spreading, and the more negativity teachers receive from parents, the harder it becomes to recruit the best and the brightest out of colleges.

So, what can we do to stem the tide? What do teachers really need parents to understand?

For starters, we are educators, not nannies. We are educated professionals who work with kids every day and often see your child in a different light than you do. If we give you advice, don't fight it. Take it, and digest it in the same way you would consider advice from a doctor or lawyer. I have become used to some parents who just don't want to hear anything negative about their child, but sometimes if you're willing to take early warning advice to heart, it can help you head off an issue that could become much greater in the future.

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Oct 01 Shout out from a Spanish Teacher in Maryland!

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We love to receive feedback from teachers, check out what Daniela Zeppos from The Barnesville School had to say about our NEW elementary school Spanish program, Descubre el español con Santillana:

The Barnesville School has recently implemented Descubre el español con Santillana. We are using it for our 2-8 students and they love it. They are particularly interested in the characters and how they travel throughout the Spanish-speaking world. As a teacher I feel like I'm not only teaching my students Spanish I am also teaching them culture, and exposing them to different foods, animals, and places. Before implementing Descubre el español con Santillana, we conducted extensive research on a variety of different textbooks and found that Descubre was the only one that was written specifically for students in the United States, and the only one that had such a strong emphasis on culture.

 Thank you Daniela! To find out more about Descubre el español con Santillana click here.

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April is National Poetry Month! During this time, booksellers, librarians, parents, teachers, and students read, write and analyze poems while recognizing the literary accomplishments of many poets, both past and present.

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