Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.
A blended learning curriculum meant to help English Language Learners pick up the academic vocabulary they'll need to succeed has been created through a partnership between Middlebury Interactive Languages and Hartford Public Schools.
Some early childhood educators worry that pushing young learners to read in kindergarten will jeopardize their fluency down the road. Others say setting expectations prevents disadvantaged children from developing a reading gap early.