Gaby Barahona is manager of regional communications at Teach For America.
Five links that made us think this week:
Two million: That’s the historic number of 18-to-24-year-old Hispanics in the U.S. who enrolled in college in 2011. The Pew Research Center’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data notes that in public schools nationwide, 1 in 4 elementary students are Hispanic. I wonder what the milestone will be in 2019.
In case you missed it, here’s an interesting dialogue on education and the upcoming election with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, education historian and policy analyst Diane Ravitch, teacher and education historian Camika Royal, teacher Maryanna Stufflebeem, and Success Academy Charter Schools founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz.
Can schools be cool? Scholastic issued its assessment of the 25 coolest schools in the U.S. (shout out to my home state for having two on the list!). What ideas should we be bringing back to our communities?
Are techbooks the way of the future?
OK maybe this wasn’t popular this week, but I can’t stop thinking about it. Beasts of the Southern Wild sheds a whimsical light on a forgotten part of the Bayou, but does it mean more? Check out this interesting take of its portrayal of poverty.
With that, I bring you the weekend.
A Florida native, Gaby Barahona prides herself in being the ultimate accidental nomad. After graduating from Princeton University, where she studied religion and Spanish, Gaby joined Teach For America’s staff in New York City. She later joined the charter Teach For America-Massachusetts corps, teaching third grade and fifth/sixth grade sheltered English to some amazing nuggets in Cambridge. In 2011, she rejoined staff on the Communications team and is now based in Los Angeles. She enjoys Instagramming photos of the beach to her East Coast friends in the winter and cooking the two [Cuban] dishes she knows, and credits her yoga obsession to her Boston days.