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Indianapolis’ newest child care center opens inside Manual High School

This summer, the littlest learners will start at Manual High School. What were once administrative offices have been turned into classrooms for infants and toddlers, outfitted with cribs, changing tables, and tiny chairs. A small auditorium has been divided and converted into preschool classrooms filled with new toys. A new Day Early Learning child care center is opening in a wing of the high school, hoping to serve 80 children ages 0-5 on Indianapolis’ south side.

Amid Uvalde’s Heartbreak, Authors Gather to Support Teachers

Reeling from the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Tex., literacy specialist Kylene Beers took action from her perspective as an teacher and Texan. She emailed four friends to help process the devastating situation: former Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye, Newbery Medalist Matt de la Peña, novelist and retired therapist Chris Crutcher, and Book Love Foundation president Penny Kittle. They swiftly coordinated a free panel in support of heartbroken teachers, “Words Can Help Heal: Helping You and Students Through Trauma.”

10 Standout Graphic Novels by AAPI Creators

The hardest part of putting together a roundup of graphic novels by AAPI creators is choosing from the wide variety available. Here are 10 recent and upcoming titles across a range of genres and styles.

Updated: 15 Tips for Talking with Children About Violence

These suggestions, updated in wake of this week's shooting in Uvalde, TX, for provide guidance on how to talk about school violence or violence in a community, discuss events in the news, and help children feel safe in their environment.

English Language Learner class at Sycamore High School makes students feel like they belong

Shellyara Maymi Hinojosa describes her favorite class as a safe space that makes her feel at home, even though the class is often filled with students speaking foreign languages.Hinojosa, a freshman at Sycamore High School, attends an English Language Learner (ELL) class taught by Claribel Robles. Hinojosa, whose mom is Puerto Rican and dad is Mexican, speaks Spanish at home.

Former Burmese refugee now teaching immigrant students at Southport High School

Miriam Ling is completing her third year teaching biology at Southport High School. She teaches two classes for students who are English language learners and recent immigrants. Mrs. Ling can relate to them. She was born in the Chin State of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and came to the United States as a girl with her family as refugees. Her father fled to the United States first. He worked eight years before his wife and children could join him.