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How Graphic Organizers Can Support New English-Learners (Video)

Kateryna Haggerty, a high school English teacher in Queens, N.Y., uses graphic organizers to help her English-language learners compare and contrast characters in literature. This model, designed to allow a gradual release of responsibility, helps students with limited or interrupted formal education develop fluency and independence in the classroom.

As Florence Arrives, Carolina School Officials Anxious But Hope for the Best

With rain and wind from Hurricane Florence already lashing the Carolina coasts, school officials are worried about the massive amounts of rain the storm is expected to dump in the region. Whatever relief they felt when Hurricane Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 2 storm was quickly replaced with anxiety over the widespread flooding could result from the storm's effects lingering into next week.

One Solution for Boosting Latino Graduation Rates

More Latinos are graduating from college than in years past, but they still lag far behind their white peers: about 32 percent graduate from college in four years compared with 45 percent of white students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Latino student advocacy group Excelencia in Education have joined forces to introduce an initiative this academic year to shrink this gap by helping working, adult students.

In Some Cities, Closing Achievement Gaps Is Not for Schools to Fix Alone

Salem — and a handful of other small- to mid-size cities — is blurring the lines between the role the school district and the city play in children's lives. It's main vehicle for that work is City Connects, a student-support system that city and school officials rolled out in pre-K-8 schools last year. The idea is that focusing on student's individual needs in four areas — academics, health, family, and social-emotional well-being — and matching them with the right kinds of assistance and enrichment programs, will lead to more successful citizens in the long run.

Column: Why Educators Still Need to Talk About 9/11 — and Islamophobia

Rusul Alrubail is the executive director of The Writing Project. In this column, she writes, "I was in 10th grade living in Toronto when 9/11 happened. We were in art class and an office announcement came on that the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. Students around me were shocked and some concerned for their families in New York. Later that day on the bus going home, a student looked at my friend, my sister and me, who all wear a hijab (a head cover that some Muslim women wear), and said, 'Do you guys know what happened? I heard your people did it.'"

The Key to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Successful Journey? It's Books, She Says

She has one of the most influential positions in the country, but as a girl who did not grow up privileged, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor credits her incredible journey to one thing. "The key to success in my life, it's the secret that I want to share with kids and how I became successful. I'm here as a Supreme Court Justice only because of books," said Sotomayor. An avid reader growing up, Sotomayor's new book for young readers, "Turning Pages: My Life Story," is a richly illustrated book featuring illustrations by Lulu Delacre that chronicles her life growing up in New York City. "Reading books opened the world to me. Especially for children growing up in modest means as I did, books give you the chance to explore the wider world."