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D.C. Will Offer Up to $725 Per Person to Help Residents Seeking U.S. Citizenship

The District will offer up to $725 to city employees and residents who are trying to become U.S. citizens, the mayor’s office said Monday. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said in a statement Monday the District awarded the National Immigration Forum, a nonprofit advocate for immigrants, a $100,000 grant to provide financial support to residents, employees and their families, the statement said.

Study: Researchers Weigh Benefits of Repeating 3rd Grade for Struggling English-Learners

Learning to read is widely considered the bridge to later academic success. In hopes of ensuring that success, more than a dozen states, including Florida, require students to pass a reading test to advance to the 4th grade. While studies have questioned the effectiveness of retaining students to reach that goal, a pair of researchers has found that immigrant English-language learners in the Sunshine State benefitted from the extra year of school and exposure to the language. The researchers argue that the potential risks of stigmatization and extra cost to the school district are worth it if schools boost the graduation prospects of more English-learners and spend less on remedial education classes down the line.

Superintendents Sang Their Snow Day Announcements. Who Did It Best?

As life-endangering winter weather held a large swath of the United States in its grip, schools were shut down in many communities. Making the decision to close schools for weather can be one of the most thankless parts of a superintendent's job (someone is always unhappy and second-guessing), but some Midwestern schools chiefs who had to shut down this week decided to have a little fun.

Ed Dept. Toolkit Offers Guidance for English-Learner, Immigrant Parents

The U.S. Department of Education's office of English-language acquisition has released the first portion of a guide designed to answer questions that families with English-learner students may have about public schools in the United States. Colorín Colorado, a site for educators and families of English-learners, has also published a guide on how schools and early childhood centers can support immigrant students and families.

ALA Responds to YMA Ceremony Criticism

When the American Library Association (ALA) announced that it was going to include some affiliate awards in the annual Youth Media Awards ceremony to better recognize diverse children’s literature, it was cause for celebration. The affiliates chosen — the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association , American Indian Library Association (AILA) , and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) — were excited to share the spotlight with the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King awards. But when the moment came on Monday, it was not all they had hoped. While the YMAs ceremony opened with the announcements of the APALA and Sydney Taylor Book Award (chosen by AJL) winners, no honor books were mentioned. (AILA did not have 2019 awards to announce.)

New Governors Aim to Funnel Money Into Early Education

After campaigning on the expansion of preschool and other early-childhood programs, many of the nation’s newly elected governors are following through with budget proposals that include money to support children from cradle to school entry.

Salvadore is 2019 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Maria B. Salvadore is the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC. Salvadore is the former coordinator of children's services at the DC Public Library System, and a long-time literacy consultant and advisory board member for various educational non-profits. (She also serves as an advisor for Colorín Colorado's sister project Reading Rockets and has worked on a number of special projects for Colorín Colorado.)

Meg Medina on the Meaning of 'Merci' and the Newbery Medal

Like so many others who have come before her, author Meg Medina doesn’t remember what she said to the members of the Newbery committee when they called early on January 28 to say her book was selected as the Newbery Medal winner. She only knows that she made them wait on the other end of the phone as she pull herself through the 'tsunami of feelings' washing over her at home in Richmond, VA. "My knees sort of gave out, and I had to sit down on the floor and have myself a big ugly cry while all these lovely people waited patiently for me to compose myself," Medina said Monday after winning the 2019 Newbery Medal for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. "It's a hard year to be Latino in this country, so to have a book affirmed about an immigrant experience and an immigrant family felt really poignant to me."