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Schools Expand ELL Programs, But Lack Funding

When Yunior De La Rosa first arrived in Peekskill, NY two years ago at age 14, he was shy, scared and didn't speak English. Two years later, with the help of a new language acquisition program, De La Rosa is translating Spanish to English for his peers, he's on the honor roll for his sophomore classes, and is set to graduate in two years. His success is in large part because of the Newcomer Program developed in Peekskill at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year for a growing population of students who are high school aged and have just come to the United States, don't know English, and have fewer years to get on track to graduate.

With More Exposure to Science, English-Learners' Achievement Soared

Integrating innovative science courses and English-language instruction can dramatically boost student achievement and test scores in the sciences, along with reading, and writing, according to a new study from the Oakland, Calif.-based Education Trust West. The report, "Unlocking Learning: Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity," explored how six districts, ranging from rural to urban and all with sizable English-learner populations, taught science to the students.

Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

"Engle highlights 18 Latinxs from a range of ethnic backgrounds and countries of origin, all of whom lived in what is now the United States or its territories. Each person made a positive impact on U.S. history, and although some are not well-known, their contributions warrant an important place in the U.S. collective cultural knowledge… The pairing of these biographical poems with Rafael López’s distinctive artwork leaves a lasting visual impression, as the subjects, surrounded by images representing their vocations, look readers straight in the eye or are totally absorbed in their work."

The Legacy of Michelle Obama and the Let Girls Learn Initiative

Mulberry School for Girls serves a population that is 94 % Bangladeshi and 98% Muslim, girls who are growing up in one of the poorest areas of England. A core tenet of the school is "women as leaders"—this focus helped turn the school around and make it one of the leading schools for girls in the country. First Lady Michelle Obama was so impressed with the school that she invited a delegation of the girls to Washington, DC, to get their input on the formation of the Let Girls Learn campaign, an effort to support education for girls around the world. Instead of just going to DC, they established a civil rights club at the school and extended the visit to a weeklong tour of the southern United States to learn about the American civil rights movement.

"Universidad para padres" Empowers Latino Parents

Latino parents in the DeKalb and Sycamore school districts are preparing for the spring session of Universidad para Padres (Parent University), a free program that empowers mothers, fathers and grandparents to take active roles in their personal growth along with their children's academic success. During program sessions, local experts cover everything from bilingual education in the local K-12 education system to the ins and outs the college exploration and application process.

SF Public Library's Quest to Put Diversity on Shelves

A new San Francisco Public Library program, We Love Diverse Books includes 50 events during January to broaden the scope of what patrons read, including author discussions, cooking lessons and manga art workshops. The program emphasizes the importance of "literary mirrors," where readers see themselves and their identities reflected in the books they read.

Education Week Coverage of Betsy Devos Confirmation Hearing

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education, sought to use her confirmation hearing to beat back the notion that she would undermine public education as head of the department, as Democrats pressed her on everything from her views on the civil rights of gay and lesbian students, to states' responsibilities for students in special education, and guns in schools.