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One of the many reasons U.S. schools rank so low in the world in math and science is a dearth of qualified teachers. One solution? Scout abroad. Several districts found that overseas applicants have stronger résumés. And unlike the majority of American teachers, these applicants often hold doctorates in their fields.

 More than just filling a faculty gap, quality teacher candidates from abroad may also introduce new cultures and customs to students who never venture beyond state lines.

 “Parents, teachers, and principals here are willing to learn about us and where we come from,” says Jusmar Rodriguez, who relocated from Venezuela to North Carolina two years ago through Visiting International Faculty’s exchange program. “That’s just so exciting because as we are teaching, we are revealing another side of the world."

Of course, foreign teachers will face the challenges of unfamiliar classroom jargon and unusual student behavior. “I have to push them more,” notes one Filipino teacher assigned to a middle school in San Mateo, California. She finds American students at once more socially outspoken than Filipino students and less willing to participate in class.

 As an administrator, be prepared to give more time and attention to international recruits as they confront logistical challenges such as obtaining housing, a driver’s license, and a social security card. But consider this part of the fun, and learning, of an experience that will broaden your students’ minds and lives beyond compare.

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    How Sweet the Sound

    How Sweet the Sound

    by Floyd Cooper

    From songs of the motherland to the work songs of slaves, from spirituals and gospel to jazz, this volume showcases the richness of expression and culture inherent in the music of African-Americans. Evocative paintings by award-winning artist Floyd Cooper beautifully capture the joys, sorrows, and triumphs of the African-American people.

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    American Community

    American Community

    by Raymond Bial


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      For young researchers of American history, the volumes in author-photographer Raymond Bial's new series would be helpful. Each volume is an overview of life in America, both in a geographic area and time span. Cow Towns covers the period of the great cattle drives from parts of Wyoming and Nebraska, south to the tip of Texas. Frontier Settlements includes movement toward the Mississippi River; Longhouses explains Native American settlements in the northeastern United States; and Missions and Presidios covers the missions of Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and California. Colorful photographs from living history museums give a glimpse of life during that period. Explanations are given for movements within the United States during those periods in history. Building methods are also covered. Not much information is given on the life of children during those periods, but they are included in the photographs. Maps are included in each volume, as well as informative captions for the photos. Glossary. Timeline. Index. Recommended.


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