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Using Data to Decode English-Learner Education

A Washington-based think tank wants to provide a road map to help parents, policymakers, and the public better understand the ins-and-outs of English-language-learner education. The Migration Policy Institute's "A Guide to Finding and Understanding English Learner Data" explores what type of data that school systems, states, and the federal government collect on English-learners and how the information is used—and how it shouldn't be used.

114 Workers in Immigration Raid at Ohio Gardening Company

A swarm of immigration agents arrested more than 100 workers at an Ohio gardening and landscaping company Tuesday morning, one of the largest of several recent workplace raids carried out as part of the Trump administration's crackdown on immigration enforcement. Dozens of the workers' children were left stranded at day-care centers and with babysitters, local activists wrote on social media.

From DACA Students to Rhodes Scholars to Foster-Care Youth, A Look at Some Unusual College-Goers

The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year. The June issue's theme was "Challenges in Higher Education." Highlights from Bulletin Board follow.

Local Immigrant Inclusion Group Offering Training for English as a Second Language Teachers

A local immigrant inclusion initiative, All for All, is recruiting English as A Second Language teachers to participate in a year-long professional development program. ESL teachers have reported feeling isolated and overwhelmed as Pittsburgh’s immigrant and refugee population grows and diversifies. Organizers said ESL teachers in the region have limited access to training and opportunities to share best practices with other teachers at a time when the ELL population in the area is growing.

What's Happening in the Brain of a Multi-Lingual Child?

Have you ever considered what might be going in the mind of someone who happens to be multilingual? Modern research continues to point to the fact that individuals who speak more than one language have a tremendous advantage. The brain becomes permanently shaped and influenced by the addition of an extra language, but is that where it stops?

How Puppetry Class Helps District 54 English Language Learners

An unusual partnership played out last week when students in the Playful Puppeteers Club from Churchill School in Schaumburg set up their stage and puppets in front of Opera in Focus, a professional puppet theater in Rolling Meadows. The young puppeteers from Schaumburg are all English Learner students, whose participation in the club strengthens their language and reading skills, as well as their self-confidence and teamwork, their teachers said.

A Fifth Grader's Mission to Save His School’s Librarian

When Jakari Singleton heard his school might lose its librarian, he went right to the source to confirm the news. "He said, 'Is this true?'" says Mindy Burns, who has been the teacher-librarian at Fryelands Elementary School in Monroe, WA, since it opened 13 years ago. When Burns informed Jakari that, yes, the district was in fact considering eliminating her position and others, the 11-year-old told her, "I'm going to save your job.'"

Spanish-English and Urdu-English Programs Coming to Schools in Guilford County

Students at Allen Jay Elementary learn all the time in English, even though many are native speakers of Spanish, or Urdu, the main language of Pakistan. Next year, though, Guilford County Schools will debut new dual-language programs at Allen Jay and Hunter Elementary in Greensboro. All rising kindergartners have the option to get half their lessons next year in a different language: Spanish at both schools and Urdu at Allen Jay. They plan to add first-grade the year after, and so on, so that children can progress through.

Too Hot to Learn? New Research Links Hot Temps to Academic Struggles

It's nearly 90 degrees outside. You have 30-plus kids in a classroom. And you have no air conditioning. Is it too hot to learn? The answer, according to newly released research, is yes. It's a timely study. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District were released three hours early because of the heat. They also were expected to be sent home three hours early Thursday. The same thing happened in a few other charter schools and school districts this week.