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Brazilian Children's Day Teaches Community Families About Brazilian Culture

The Champaign Public Library recently transformed into a Brazilian paradise for children. Children and their parents headed to the library at 3 p.m. to celebrate "dia de das criancas" or in English, "Children's Day." Activities were designed for children to learn more about the Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language. This included games like "fishing for letters," where kids could "fish" for letters to make a word in English or Portuguese. A crowd favorite was the food table featuring "pão de queijo," or cheese bread, and “brigadeiro,” Brazil’s beloved treat.

Ofrendas Pop Up Around Depaul in Honor of Day of the Dead

In honor of Day of the Dead, Tepeyac, a Latinx cultural and faith-based organization, teamed up with other student organizations to help create ofrendas that are displayed across campus. Tepeyac set up the ofrendas are collections of objects placed on an altar for a Day of the Dead Celebration.

New ELL Director a 'Voice' for Families

Taunton Public Schools will soon have a new director of the English Language Learners program. On Wednesday night, the Taunton School Committee announced that longtime Taunton resident and educator Dalila Mendoza will be taking over the position.

At Overcrowded Williamson Schools, Even Closet Space Matters

Stacks of chairs, filing cabinets and school supplies line the hallways of Page Middle School. Space is a premium at the overcrowded school. Closets have long been converted for teacher office space and small group instruction, including for ESL students.

These Colorado Preschoolers Learn Hands-On Farming to Prevent Childhood Obesity

As childhood obesity soars among low-income communities with limited access to fresh produce, some educators in Colorado are combating the problem by joining the farm-to-preschool movement. Now these preschoolers are learning their ABCs while picking veggies from the school garden and preparing healthy meals. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.

About 2,500 Nicaraguans to Lose Special Permission to Live in U.S.

Thousands of immigrants from Nicaragua who came to the United States illegally, many of them decades ago, will lose special permission allowing them to stay in the country, the Trump administration said on Monday. However, officials from the Department of Homeland Security said the effective date of termination would be delayed one year, until Jan. 5, 2019, to give about 2,500 individuals time to leave the country or adjust their immigration status. The program allowing them to stay, Temporary Protected Status, was enacted by Congress in 1990 to protect foreigners, particularly Central Americans, fleeing war, natural disasters or catastrophes and was extended to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake.

Helping Newcomer English-Language Learners Earn High School Diplomas

For immigrant and refugee English-language learners who arrive in the United States as middle and high school students, the stakes are high. The newcomers — many of whom arrive with gaps in their formal education — are expected to grasp lessons in a new language and complete a high school diploma before they age out of the system, all while they're adjusting to a new culture and country. Drawing examples from school districts with sizable immigrant populations, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute examines the key challenges middle and high schools face in seeking to meet the needs, both instructional and social-emotional, of these youth.

Protected Status No Longer Justified for Central Americans and Haitians in U.S., State Dept. Says

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials this week, a few days ahead of a highly anticipated DHS announcement about whether to renew that protection. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to acting DHS secretary Elaine Duke to inform her that conditions in Central America and Haiti that had been used to justify the protection no longer necessitate a reprieve for the migrants, some of whom have been allowed to live and work in the United States for 20 years under a program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

U.S. Frees 10-year-old Undocumented Immigrant with Cerebral Palsy

Federal officials on Friday released a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was detained in Texas Oct. 25 after undergoing surgery because she was an undocumented immigrant traveling without her parents. Rosa Maria Hernandez was transported from a federally funded shelter in San Antonio, where she had been held for 10 days, to her family’s home 150 miles south in the border city of Laredo. She was born in Mexico, but has lived in Texas since she was three months old.

'Huge Lift' Remains as Puerto Rico Schools Struggle to Reopen

Schools in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico are slowly getting to their feet, but the struggle is particularly difficult in areas outside major urban centers, as Congress and federal officials continue to work out aid packages that could help the island's still mostly shuttered educational system.