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From Afghanistan to Austin, One Refugee Student’s Experience

As of February 2022, Texas led the nation in the number of Afghan refugees it had received, a number that exceeded 10,000 at the time. Here, one Austin middle schooler who arrived from Afghanistan in 2021 and has been enrolled in school for a year, shares his experience.

Why I didn’t want my friends to see where I lived

Ashally De La Cruz is a senior at Central Park East High School in New York City. In this essay about her experiences growing up in poverty, she writes, "It feels good to admit the things I have always been afraid to tell others. Maybe kids whose families struggle — or just don’t have as much as their friends do — will feel less alone. Maybe they will feel proud of the sacrifices their immigrant parents have made."

New program will pay for Indiana teachers to earn license to teach English language learners

A new program wants to help Indiana teachers get licensed to teach the state’s growing population of English language learners. The Indiana Teacher of English Language Learners (I-TELL) program will pay for tuition and fees for current educators to earn the additional licensure they need to become teachers of record for students who are learning English. It’s a partnership between the Indiana Department of Education and University of Indianapolis’ Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning.

Civil rights at stake: Black, Hispanic students blocked from class for missing class

Students all over Arizona are suspended for not showing up to class, whether it’s because they arrive late, leave campus midday or fail to make it at all, an investigation by The Hechinger Report and the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting has found. And, the data shows, Black, Latino and Native American students are frequently overrepresented among those blocked from class for missing class — what some argue is evidence of a potential civil rights violation.

What Prop. 28 funding will mean for arts education in California

On Nov. 8, Californians overwhelmingly passed Proposition 28, which will bring a windfall of arts education funding to California schools. Advocates say the investment is long overdue, as arts education has declined in most districts — particularly those in low-income areas — for decades. While the state requires arts education in grades one to six and a year of arts education in high school, it’s up to districts to decide how to fund and implement it. The result has been an inconsistent patchwork of arts programs that leave many children with little exposure to music, dance, art and other creative forms of expression. 

We Need Diverse Books To Launch “Books Save Lives” Initiative

In response to book banning attempts that are disproportionately impacting diverse books and authors, We Need Diverse Books is launching "Books Save Lives," a new initiative to fight back against censorship and support students and authors.

The Benefits of Student Reflections Early in the Year

Like many teachers, I value student feedback as an essential way to create an engaging environment and ensure that my students are valued. A few years into my career, I had an interesting turn of events. A number of my students interpreted questions on my feedback form in a different way than intended: When they read, “What is something you’d like to see change?” they assumed that I was talking about them. Instead of providing ideas for my class, they provided reflections on what they wanted to do differently. It not only was a good reminder to write clear instructions and questions, but also provided me with important insight into how they saw their work in my class.

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