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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"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
Thousands of high school and college students in California have applications that were put on hold after the judge's decision.
July 20, 2021
A program that prepares bilingual teachers for dual-language classrooms in California is set to end this month, potentially worsening a shortage.
June 16, 2021
Some school districts were forced to pause their expansion plans for new dual language immersion programs due to the pandemic.
June 1, 2021
California’s school accountability tool makes it too easy for districts to receive high scores for English learners’ progress, advocates say.
February 19, 2021
The spread of the coronavirus and the digital divide are obstacles for testing students' English skills.
February 10, 2021
Many students could benefit from meeting with attorneys before they turn 18 to help them identify options for legal residency, advocates say.
January 21, 2021
Immigration reform proposed by Biden could alleviate anxiety, fear for thousands of California children
About 750,000 K-12 students in California schools — about 1 in 8 — are estimated to have an undocumented parent.
January 20, 2021
Some attorneys are concerned that the agency could again stop accepting new applications.
December 21, 2020
The plan for the first time calls for requiring preschool programs to identify and report the languages spoken by children enrolled.
December 7, 2020
With most instruction now remote and with less class time, students don’t spend as much time exposed to their new language.
November 6, 2020
Researchers say students learning English need more small groups and live instruction, so they can practice speaking and listening.
October 7, 2020
Some parents are also opting for preschool because a more familiar environment offers comfort during the pandemic.
September 15, 2020
Parent leaders can be crucial for helping low-income families and those who do not speak English navigate distance learning.
August 28, 2020
Some California students may find themselves in child care in the very classrooms they are barred from entering for in-person instruction.