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Addressing Dyslexia in Arizona, Part 2

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Assessment, Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Literacy, Parent Involvment

This is Part 2 of a three part blog series on addressing dyslexia in Arizona. Part 1 can be found here. The subtitle for this post should be “Call It What It Is.” Where are we today in Arizona policies,

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Dream On: Stressed Students at the End of DACA

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Current Affairs, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership

Policies, local and national, shape our classroom practices, our instructional decisions and our interactions with students and colleagues.   Sometimes, that connection is hard to see, especially when policies create a culture of silence which makes it difficult to track

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Techstructional Techsanity: Health Questions and Tech Integration

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Uncategorized

I am up for breath after the first few weeks of school, and amazed at what we have accomplished in my classes in terms of implementing technology. During the past two years, I have been lucky enough to have a set

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FridaKahlo by Olivia

Addressing Dyslexia in Arizona, Part 1

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Assessment, Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Literacy, Parent Involvment, Professional Development

Frida Kahlo is known for her vibrancy in art and life, and her courage. Although I have always loved the surreal, direct qualities of her portraits, I had forgotten that she experienced injury and illness that led to multiple physical

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When Executive Orders Get Personal

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Current Affairs, Life in the Classroom, Social Issues

Yesterday as I drove home from work. NPR reported on the new executive orders expanding the groups prioritized for immigration enforcement– in effect, increasing the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants. But I didn’t hear much of the story. After

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Reality Check for English Language Learners

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Assessment, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Uncategorized

  Snippets of surreptitious conversational Spanish dart around the classroom amid scattered outbursts of giggles. I review the color-coded highlighting of sentence parts in our newest sentence formula involving superlative adjectives, pointing to the laminated neon cards magneted to the

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