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In case you have forgotten the National Academies are:  National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, National Research Council.

Here’s some books free to read:


Hilton, M. (2010). Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and 21st Century Skills: A Workshop Summary: http://t.co/KmKOx2m via @NASciences

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Tienda, M. & Mitchell, F. (ed.) (2006). Hispanics and the Future of America. NRC http://t.co/bdQftEc via @NASciences

Given the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States, most
notably in the past decade (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001a), and the increasing importance of a college degree even for entry-level jobs (Carnoy, 2000), the barriers Hispanics face in realizing their educational ambitions is a major policy concern (see Chapter 4). This chapter presents the current state of educational opportunities available to the majority of Hispanic students in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. Similar to other chapters in this volume, this chapter moves beyond the descriptive and explores some of the institutional and student-level factors that appear to be hindering Hispanic educational success. The goal is to identify some of the barriers to educational advancement experienced by Hispanic students in the United States, including entering school at a disadvantage because of a lack of exposure to literacy activities at home and in early formalized school settings, teacher assessments of students’ language proficiency unduly  influencing instructional practices, how the relationship between Hispanic students and their predominantly non-Hispanic teachers encourages disengagement from academic work, and how the lack of academic guidance pertaining to course selections and college choice impedes Hispanics from attending four-year colleges. (p. 181)

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