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Beyond Damage Control: Equipping Parents With Real Tools to Support Their Children in Mexico

Posted January 25, 2012 | 01/25/12 10:32 AM ET

I remember parent-teacher conferences at the school in East Harlem, New York where I worked as a sixth and seventh grade teacher for two years. In fact, they weren't "parent-teacher" conferences in the traditional sense. They were "student led" conferences, meaning, the onus was on the students to walk their...

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How to Help Our Immigrant Students? Observe How Mexico Is Educating Its Returners

4 Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 12/16/11 10:52 AM ET

When I was a teacher in East Harlem, New York, every so often students would disappear from my 6th grade Spanish language arts classroom. I remember meeting Keysi, a smaller than average, jolly boy on the first day of school. He wanted to write his autobiographical essay about a comical...

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Where Do Independent Learners Come From? In Mexico, Teachers Experience Them to Foster Them

Posted November 1, 2011 | 11/01/11 01:40 PM ET

I was attending an event with students, teachers, and educational officials at a hotel in the city of Querétaro in México earlier this month, when I noticed something curious. The point of the event was to bring people from Querétaro and the state of Zacatecas together to engage in relaciones...

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Schools Should Not Be Islands: Building Bridges in Mexico Through Academic Encounters

Posted September 28, 2011 | 09/28/11 05:37 PM ET

The town of Turuachi is six hours south of Chihuahua, Mexico. As you speed through the desert, you'll pass Parral, which has the last Walmart for miles. From there the trees get taller and greener as you ascend into the Sierra Madre Occidental on the winding highway 24. About 800...

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How to Fix a Failing School? In Mexico, Work at an Ant's Pace for Big Change

Posted September 14, 2011 | 09/14/11 06:30 PM ET

When we arrived at the school in Calimaya, Estado de México, the boys were already waiting for me in the library. As they reached to pull out their chairs to begin work, I told them we needed to fetch something first. "For our work today," I said, "we're going to...

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Replacing Chalk-and-Talk with One-on-One for Better Results in Mexico

Posted August 19, 2011 | 08/19/11 01:59 PM ET

"Do not erase!"

I looked up guiltily at Juan Pedro. He had given me this rebuke 2 or 3 times already as I attempted to solve a math problem designed to challenge a fifth grader. "You are constructing the mathematical concepts as you look for the answer," he said....

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