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Indianapolis Public Schools plans new approach to teaching English learners

At Lew Wallace School 107, principal Arthur Hinton sees students come from all over the world. The sounds of Spanish, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, and Arabic can fill the halls of the K-6 school on the west side of Indianapolis, near the “international marketplace” neighborhood. In recent years, the school has attracted more students whose families hail from Haiti, speaking French or Creole.

Los Angeles students get free instruments. An Oscar-nominated film shows who keeps them working.

In the opening scene of "The Last Repair Shop," a young girl with beads in her braids smiles at the camera. "I love the violin. … If I didn't have my violin from school, I would probably, I don't know what I’d do. Don't even jinx me with that." The Oscar-nominated short documentary, directed by Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers, tells the story of the technicians who clean and repair more than 100,000 instruments for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Science of Reading and English Learners: 3 Takeaways for Policy and Classroom Practice

Young English learners face a two-fold challenge in learning to read. They need to learn how to map spoken sounds to written letters, the phonics skills that allow them to decode words on the page, just as native English speakers do. But at the same time, they’re also developing new language skills in English—knowledge that’s essential to their ability to understand written text. How to address these dual priorities was the subject of an Education Week webinar on March 4. Two experts in the field discussed a joint statement, authored by advocates for the science of reading and advocates for English learners, that outlines guiding tenets for classroom practice.

Fasting and Feasting: 6 Picture Books About Ramadan

This selection of picture books features various traditions and ways to celebrate the holy month, showing young readers the diversity within the Muslim community while celebrating the shared principles.

Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Teach Black History

Taking a break from textbooks or novels to read a comic is celebratory for students, even if the content of the book can be weighty. The use of artwork alongside text makes for a compelling reading experience that makes a story come alive. This is true for history and nonfiction, where words and images work together to invite students to participate in the narrative.