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Today in History: Columbus Reaches the New World 

Did you know that on October 12th, 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reached the New World? He was sponsored by Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isbabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, who wanted him to find Asia in search of gold and spices. Columbus  sighted an island in the Bahamas, possibly Watling, where he went ashore with his men …

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Today in History: Hull House Opens 

With the recent government decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and other acts impacting immigration, it is important to look at historical efforts in our nation, the melting pot, that sought to ease the transition of immigrants. As we acknowledge the good work of pioneers in the field of education and social …

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Today in History: Obama Publishes Dreams from My Father 

Did you know that Barack Obama, son of a black African father, and white American mother -- and 44th president of the United States -- originally published Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance on July 18, 1995? A memoir that became a number one bestseller when it was reissued in 2004, …

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Today in History: Great Emigration Departs for Oregon 

Do you recall when you were first introduced to the Oregon Trail as a unit of study? Maybe you were in fourth grade and tasked with creating a diorama or model wagon? Or had to assume the character of a pioneer, write a letter, or visit the historic site? The Oregon Trail has long been an …

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Saint Patrick’s Day 

St. Patrick's Day is typically marked with shamrocks, Irish music, Guinness, and lots and lots of green (like this photo of the Chicago River). Many people, regardless of ancestral heritage, celebrate this Irish cultural festivity around the world. But what does (and did) it mean to be Irish, particularly in the United States? In the …

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Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide 

Title: Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide Author: Tatyana Kleyn Publisher: Scarecrow Press (February 24, 2011) Call Number: JV6465 .K54 2011 From the Publisher: As the future of our democratic society, youth from U.S.-born and immigrant backgrounds alike will need to make informed decisions on our diverse nation’s behalf. To do so, young adults need to …

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Never Fade Away: A Novel 

Title: Never Fade Away: A Novel Author: William Hart Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Fithian Press, 2002 Check it out! PS3558.A6844 N48 2002 From the publisher: In William Hart’s Never Fade Away an English Department offers writing courses that jettison from school immigrant and minority students who can’t meet the department’s narrow standards of competency. …

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Balancing change and tradition in global education reform 

Title: Balancing change and tradition in global education reform Editor: Iris C. Rotberg Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education Check it out: LB43 .G56 2010 From the Publisher: In Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform, Rotberg brings together examples of current education reforms in sixteen countries, written by "insiders". This book goes beyond myths and …

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True American 

True American : Language, Identity, and the Education of Immigrant Children Author: Rosemary C. Salomone Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010 Check it Out:  LC3731 .S24 2010 From the Publisher: How can schools meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of newcomers? Do bilingual programs help children transition into American life, …

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