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10 Remarkable Recent Picture Books
One of my most favorite formats in the world of children’s literature is the picture book. Picture books are wonderful for many reasons, including their beautiful illustrations, succinct and powerful storytelling, and overall versatility in the classroom.
Powerful winter storms delay return to school for thousands of California students
A succession of significant storms downed trees and overflowed waterways, causing the closure of hundreds of California schools Monday, postponing the return to school from winter break for many students and sending others home midday.
Most homeless students are doubled-up. What does that mean?
Public schools across the U.S. have found that around one million children are experiencing homelessness, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Not all those students, however, live in homeless shelters or are on the streets — most of them are “doubled-up,” a term used to describe children and youth ages 21 and under living in shared housing, such as with another family or friends, due to various crises.
Meet the Helpers: How a bilingual school counselor in Adams 14 helps students and families
As more schools see a need to focus on student mental health, districts are hiring new mental health professionals to help. But what do these various positions involve, how do they work together, and how can they help students?
Lancaster County educators release book designed to help teach English language learners
Students could see increased academic growth in reading and language skills if parents, teachers and community members pick up the strategies detailed in a newly published book by two Lancaster County educators. “Bolstering Vocabulary with Teacher Talk in the Classroom,” published Dec. 30, 2022, by Routledge, offers strategies for building vocabulary in elementary English language learners.
New grant enables Indiana Wesleyan University to fund ELL licensure for teachers
Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global is excited to partner with the Indiana Teachers of English Language Learners (I-TELL) Project to provide a pathway for English Language Learners Licensure in the state of Indiana. Through a grant from I-Tell, current teachers can use I-TELL scholarships to English Language Learners Licensure at IWU for free. This partnership will eliminate the financial burden of ELL Licensure for Indiana teachers and help respond to the high demand for ELL teachers across the state.
New language program to benefit older immigrants at Jones Library
Older immigrants to the region, including those without English skills and a formal education, will benefit from development of a new curriculum for a program that will be housed in the long-running English as a Second Language Center at the Jones Library.
A new exhibit in Chicago features artwork by children in Ukraine
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Yustyna Pavliuk and Adrienne Kochman about "Children of War," an exhibit at Chicago's Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art that features artwork by children in Ukraine.
Best of 2022: After harrowing childhood departure from Honduras, Mt. Vernon senior set to graduate
Being a teenager can be tough enough on its own. Arleht Castro did it coming to a new country without any guardians, her young cousin in tow. Now, she’s getting ready to graduate from Mt. Vernon High School. And she doesn’t plan on letting her accomplishments stop there.
Best of 2022: Want to Support English-Learners? Prioritize SEL, New Study Finds
When students test out of an English-learner program, or are reclassified as proficient in English, they report a higher sense of self and a greater belief in their ability to complete challenging academic tasks, a new study finds.