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What It Really Takes to Help Students Succeed (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

June 09, 2023

Yes, we do know how to help students succeed in school. Too many schools just don’t do it. This post looks more broadly at four important lessons on how schools can help students succeed that are explained in the book “Schools of Opportunity: 10 Research-Based Models of Equity in Action.”

8 Great Dystopian Books For Middle School Students (opens in a new window)

Book Riot

June 08, 2023

Finding dystopian books for middle school readers can be tricky because some of the novels descend into extremely dark territory that some readers can handle, but might be too much for others. It can be a challenge to pull together the right books, but when you do, and you hook a student on a great series, it can be an amazing experience for everyone. Diving into fictional worlds that deal with bleak futures can be a great way to escape our own troubles or makes us feel a little better about the future in general.

Summer Reading: 5 Books That Explore LGBTQ Teen and Young Adult Life (opens in a new window)

The Conversation

June 02, 2023

In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, The Conversation reached out to Professor Jonathan Alexander for recommendations of young adult fiction books that feature LGBTQ characters. What follows is a list that Alexander, who has just stepped down as the children’s and young adult fiction section editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, considers as “must-reads” for this summer.

12 Books That Prove Nothing Is Off Limits for YA (opens in a new window)

Book Riot

May 19, 2023

Young adult fiction has a certain reputation with people who don’t normally read it. Since the books are about teens, the themes must be juvenile, right? What literary adult wants to read about whiny teenagers with their naive problems? Admittedly, some YA books are wall-to-wall with whiny teenagers. That isn’t what defines YA, though. In fact, there are many books that prove nothing is off limits for YA.

How a Little-Known Federal Program Creates Opportunities for Migrant Students (opens in a new window)


May 19, 2023

Migrant education programs support academic intervention for migrant students, as well as referrals and assistance with food, medical, dental and vision services to migrant family members. It is an all-encompassing program that is essential for vulnerable migrant families and students, yet it is rarely known or understood by educational and community institutions in the state.