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High School Librarian Raises $10K for Flint Schools

Lena Darnay is the full-time librarian and career academy coordinator at Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, whose population is predominantly African American and Hispanic with a high percentage at or below the poverty line. In this essay, she describes a campaign organized by the school library to raise money for kids in Flint, Michigan, which engaged teachers, students, clubs, community organizations, and eventually other schools in the district – raising more than $10,000 to assist with the needs associated with childhood long-term lead exposure.

Through InterPlay, Refugee Teens Practice English and Experiment with Identity

In the high-beamed auditorium at the Clarkston Community Center near Atlanta, a dozen teenagers sit in a circle on metal chairs. Each one sings out his or her name, making the sound musical and adding a dramatic gesture at the request of instructor Ruth Schowalter. Shy participants screw up their courage to become dramatic. It's the Creative Communication workshop offered once per week to the teens in the community center's after-school program, which serves resettled refugees. The teens in this program are from various countries including Nepal, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Bettye Caldwell, Educator Who Helped Pave Way for Head Start, Dies at 91

Bettye Caldwell, an apostle of a prekindergarten program that prepared poor children for elementary school and became a catalyst for Head Start, died on Sunday in St. Louis. She was 91. Throughout her career, Dr. Caldwell campaigned for what she called educare — early-childhood programs that begin in infancy and are integrated into the school experience, rather than being relegated to separate custodial day care.

Program Highlights Library Services for English Language Learners

Participants in the English Language Learners program at Deerfield Public School District 109 and their families recently got a taste of what the Deerfield Public Library has to offer as part of the district's second annual ELL Family Night. Last year's event focused on letting families know the resources available at the library and helping them become card carrying members. This year organizers focused on the library's programs, Simon said.

How Mentorship Is Helping More Latino Men Earn College Degrees

As Hispanic students make up a growing portion of the nation's students, colleges and advocacy organizations are grappling with how to serve a student body with needs that look nothing like those of a generation ago. It's a crucial task, as the Latino-focused nonprofit Excelencia in Education pointed out during a recent webinar, because their ability to succeed in college will be crucial for the United States' future economic success.

Recruiting Students Overseas to Fill Seats, Not to Meet Standards

As colleges increasingly rely on international recruiters, educators worry that students may be victimized by high-pressure sales tactics, and that universities are trading away academic standards by recruiting less qualified students who pay higher tuition.

Teachers Recommend ELL Instruction Changes

A group of UFT members who worked together to review the recent state changes to English language learner instruction presented their preliminary recommendations on March 30 to key state and city officials including new Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. "We're here because this is all about the kids and how to make these regulations better," said Miriam Quiles, an English as a new language (ENL) teacher at PS 160 in Borough Park.

New Technology Education Program Aims to Recruit Minority Middle School Boys

A new technology education program at the University of the District of Columbia will help 100 minority middle school boys learn 3-D modeling and app development and will expose them to future career opportunities in the tech sector. The Verizon Minority Male Makers Program will bring a free, four-week summer boot camp to Washington, aiming to give rising sixth- through eighth-graders in the District's schools a chance to get a boost in areas in which they are widely underrepresented.

Can More Money Fix America's Schools?

This winter, Jameria Miller would often run to her high school Spanish class, though not to get a good seat. She wanted a good blanket. "The cold is definitely a distraction," Jameria says of her classroom's uninsulated, metal walls. Her teacher provided the blankets. First come, first served. Such is life in the William Penn School District in an inner-ring suburb of Philadelphia. The hardest part for Jameria, though, isn't the cold. It's knowing that other schools aren't like this. (NPR Ed's School Money series)