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    Educating Latino Immigrant Students in the Twenty-First Century

    Principles for the Obama Administration

    Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
    In this essay, Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco address one of the most critical challenges facing President Obama’s administration: meeting the educational needs of Latino and other immigrant children in the United States. The authors first provide a brief overview of past policies and agendas that have created a situation in which the educational and economic needs of immigrant children and their families remain grossly unmet. They then present three overarching principles to guide the Obama administration toward a more humane and effective policy agenda for immigrant children, and outline specific policy recommendations that reflect these principles to better serve this rapidly growing population and secure the future wellbeing of our nation.

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    Carola Suárez-Orozco publishes widely in the areas of immigrant families and youth, immigrant-identity formation, immigrant-family separations, and gendered experiences of immigrant youth. Her books include Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society (2008), Children of Immigration (2001), and Transformations: Immigration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents (1995).

    Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco researches conceptual and empirical problems in cultural psychology and psychological anthropology, with a focus on immigration, globalization and education. He is the author of numerous scholarly essays, books, and edited volumes. His recent books include Latinos: Remaking America (2009) and Learning in the Global Era: International Perspectives on Globalization and Education (2007).

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    Summer 2009 Issue


    Editors’ Introduction
    Note to Educators
    Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete
    Jeffrey M. R. Duncan-Andrade
    A Dialogue
    Our Selves, Our Students, and Obama
    Jennifer McLaughlin and Kim Kelly
    President Obama and Education
    The Possibility for Dramatic Improvements in Teaching and Learning
    Linda Darling-Hammond
    Promise and Peril
    Charter Schools, Urban School Reform, and the Obama Administration
    Charles Payne and Tim Knowles
    Reclaiming Our Freedom to Teach
    Education Reform in the Obama Era
    Megan Behrent
    Obama’s Dilemma
    Postpartisan Politics and the Crisis of American Education
    Henry A. Giroux
    Second-Class Integration
    A Historical Perspective for a Contemporary Agenda
    Vanessa Siddle Walker
    Equity and Empathy
    Toward Racial and Educational Achievement in the Obama Era
    Prudence L. Carter
    It Wasn’t Easy to Get Here
    Kathleen Mayse
    Obama, Where Art Thou?
    Hoping for Change in U.S. Education Policy
    Wayne Au
    Praise Song for Teachers
    A Call to Action
    Ariane White
    Educating Latino Immigrant Students in the Twenty-First Century
    Principles for the Obama Administration
    Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
    Education for Everyday People
    Obstacles and Opportunities Facing the Obama Administration
    Gloria Ladson-Billings
    An Insurrectionary Generation
    Young People, Poverty, Education, and Obama
    Jay Gillen
    An Earned Insurgency
    Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
    Robert P. Moses
    Barack Obama and the Fight for Public Education
    William Ayers
    Coda: The Slow Fuse of Change
    Obama, the Schools, Imagination, and Convergence
    Maxine Greene
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