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Cultural Insights from Canada’s Centre for Intercultural Learning

Canada’s Centre for Intercultural Learning provides insights to a variety of countries and cultures including common conversation topics, tips on building relationships, stereotypes, class, ethnicity, gender, and recommended books, films, and foods. Their vignettes are unique in that they include a short bio

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Cultural Competence for Educators

National Education Association’s Diversity Toolkit addresses facets of diversity such as class and income, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, race and ethnicity, and social justice. Each section presents basic information on main issues in each subtopic, strategies, and links

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Tech Tools for Data and Learning

Recently, an applicant to our grant-funded ESOL certification program asked about the role of technology in the program – specifically the purpose of providing an iPad to each participant. While educators increasingly use mobile devices to boost student engagement and learning, the visionaries

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Free Webinar this Friday

Education Week, the national publication focusing on K-12 education policy, will host a free webinar for math educators this Friday, January 16, from 11am to 12pm CST.  The Language of Math: the Common Core and English Learners will feature guests Mark Driscoll, managing project director

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Human Rights Day

According to, “The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for

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Garden to Table with Thea

At the KCPS school where she teaches, Thea Samson brings a lot to the table for her English learners and other students. After being placed in a position teaching English as a Second Language through Teach for America, Ms. Samson began taking

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Home Visits with Interpreters

Of all the resources available to teachers planning home visits, none is more valuable than the assistance of interpreters who can help them communicate with parents and learn about their culture, values, and literacy practices. Teachers within Kansas City Public School District interested in requesting the assistance of

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