Zaidee Stavely covers bilingual education, early education and immigration as it relates to schools and hosts EdSource’s Education Beat podcast. She is a bilingual print and radio reporter who has worked in Mexico and the U.S. She has covered education, immigration, environmental justice and traditional arts for KQED, Radio Bilingüe, and Public Radio International’s “The World,” among other outlets. Zaidee has won numerous awards for her journalism, including an Emmy, a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, an Excellence in Journalism Award from SPJ Northern California, and the Rubén Salazar Award from CCCNMA: Latino Journalists of California. She grew up in rural Mendocino County, where both her parents taught in public one-room schoolhouses. She has a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies and Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two children.
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Noncitizen parents can vote in San Francisco school board recall. But will they?
Elected officials and advocates for allowing noncitizen parents to vote in the San Francisco school board recall say it’s important because many of the district’s parents are not citizens.
February 4, 2022
How Congress can help students learning English
Report says Congress should triple federal funding for English learners and increase grants for bilingual teacher training and preschool.
January 24, 2022
More training for teachers to help English learners in Los Angeles
Teachers in Los Angeles Unified will get specialized training to help students learn English at the critical fourth- and fifth-grade level.
December 23, 2021
How TK can help students learning English as a second language
Advocates say the expansion of transitional kindergarten is an opportunity to offer high-quality preschool to more children who speak a language other than English at home.
December 20, 2021
Challenges remain for undocumented students to tap financial aid in California
Colleges interpret the laws differently and have different requirements for undocumented students to receive financial aid.
November 30, 2021
California still lags in helping long-term English learners
A new report says California still has many students who are still learning English after more than six years enrolled in school.
October 28, 2021
Bilingual independent study: How one California district is making it work
Some parents who chose independent study say their children will lose progress in becoming bilingual if immersion programs are not offered.
October 20, 2021
Biden administration takes steps to protect DACA as universities call for path to citizenship
Immigrant rights groups say the administration's move to protect DACA isn’t enough because it does not provide a path to citizenship for recipients.
September 29, 2021
Why phonics instruction is not enough for English learners
While other students already know the words they are sounding out, English learners may be learning to sound out words they don’t understand.
September 24, 2021
How California teachers are welcoming back English learners — with language and community
Some teachers are focused on giving students who are learning English as a second language lots of time to talk and write about their feelings.
August 24, 2021
How immigration policy forced a California family apart and disrupted their education
"My kids put their heart into their studies, and I feel like I'm clipping their wings," said Ruiz Arévalos, who was forced to stay in Mexico two years ago.
August 16, 2021
With DACA hopes dashed, California students look to Congress
Thousands of high school and college students in California have applications that were put on hold after the judge's decision.
July 20, 2021
Why training California bilingual teachers just got harder
A program that prepares bilingual teachers for dual-language classrooms in California is set to end this month, potentially worsening a shortage.
Zaidee Stavely And Betty Márquez Rosales
June 16, 2021
California bilingual programs ready to grow after slowing during pandemic
Some school districts were forced to pause their expansion plans for new dual language immersion programs due to the pandemic.
Zaidee Stavely And Betty Márquez Rosales
June 1, 2021
California accountability data masks English learner progress, report says
California’s school accountability tool makes it too easy for districts to receive high scores for English learners’ progress, advocates say.