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High-Quality Teaching Materials for ELLs Is Goal of New Initiative

The Council of the Great City Schools and Los Angeles Unified School District have launched the first phase of a nationwide initiative to improve the quality of instructional materials for English-language learners — and the training for teachers who work with them.

What the Nation's Best Teachers Are Saying About U.S. Child Detention Policies

Education Week was in El Paso to cover a teach-in organized by "Teachers Against Child Detention." It's a group started by Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, who said she was "appalled" by the Trump administration's practice of separating and detaining children for months away from their parents. She organized this event in west Texas, and hundreds of teachers from all over the country showed up in support, including a contingent that traveled from Alaska 3,000 miles away. John King, former U.S. secretary of education, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, spoke out in support. So did several state teachers of the year. Here's what 10 of these award-winning teachers had to say.

Research offers support of young dual-language learners

Spanish remains the most commonly spoken language in the United States after English. Research finds that children benefit from growing up bilingual, but how can schools and parents help kids dominate both languages?

Why Oakland teachers are on strike

Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike Thursday, part of a national wave of discontent by educators over classroom conditions, pay and other issues. Recent walkouts have taken place in West Virginia, Los Angeles and Denver. The city's 3,000 teachers want a 12 percent retroactive raise covering 2017 to 2020 to compensate for what they say are the among the lowest salaries for public school teachers in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. They also want the district to hire more counselors to support students and more full-time nurses.

How grassroots efforts are trying to solve the teacher shortage crisis

Cleveland native Toni McWilliams didn’t feel like she was putting her bachelor's and master’s degrees in business administration to good use working as an administrative secretary for a middle school in her hometown. The job, which paid around $19,000, barely brought in enough money to support her two young daughters. So McWilliams decided to try teaching. "My mom had always encouraged me to teach," she said. But there was one big obstacle standing in the way: the Praxis exams.

2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners Announced

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced today the winners of the 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award. Each year an outstanding writer and illustrator are recognized early in their careers for having created an extraordinary children’s book that reflects the diverse nature of our culture. The 2019 award ceremony will be held on April 4th, during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, said, "It is a joy and a privilege each year to recognize and support new writers and illustrators who create beautiful and entertaining books that reflect the childhood experiences of our diverse population."

Amid immigration debate, top teachers gather to protest child detention

Some of the nation's top teachers recently gathered in El Paso, Texas, to speak out against the government’s practice of detaining children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Dismissing the notion that they shouldn't get involved in political advocacy, teachers said they see some U.S. policy and procedures as "abusive." Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week reports.

Hundreds of Educators Hold 'Teach-In' to Protest Detention of Immigrant Children

Hundreds of educators protested the United States' treatment of immigrant children in a "teach-in" on Sunday, saying that as mandatory reporters, they are obliged to speak out against detainment and family separations. The teach-in, held in El Paso, Texas, was organized by Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, who teaches newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in Washington state.

The Fate of the 2016 Teachers of the Year

Three years after four National Teacher of the Year finalists gathered at the White House, only two of the four are still teaching. Only one of is still at the same school and two have gone on strike. According to finalist Nate Bowling, the paths their careers have taken since that day speak volumes about the state of teaching in the United States.