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City to Open 68 New Bilingual Programs, Signaling Support for Immigrants in NYC Public Schools

New York City will add a slate of bilingual programs, officials announced Tuesday, in an effort to support English learners and nurture immigrant families in the city's public schools. The new programs are a combination of 39 dual-language programs, which provide classroom instruction in both English and another language, and 29 transitional bilingual education programs, which gradually switch instruction from a student’s native language to English.

For Arizona ELL Teachers, Lessons Extend Beyond Language Skills

The nine o'clock hour in Samantha Poe’s classroom means one thing to her students. It’s time to write. "Let's find our spots!" she said energetically to her class as they filed into her room. "Can we start writing our letters, please?" Poe teaches English language learners, or ELL students, at Montebello Elementary in west Phoenix and her class is pretty diverse, with kids from nine different language backgrounds.

This New Mexico School Welcomes Families Who Live Across the Border

As anxiety increases within the immigrant community over stepped-up enforcement along the U.S.-Mexican border, one small bi-national community in New Mexico is working hard to keep families connected through education and schooling. Special correspondent Simon Thompson reports from public media's Fronteras Desk and PBS station KRWG.

Boston Public Schools Launches Website to Provide Aid to Immigrants

Boston Public Schools has launched a website to inform its immigrant students and their families of their rights in an "effort to reaffirm support for immigrants and embrace students of all cultural backgrounds." The website offers information in 15 languages on a range of immigration issues. Students and families can learn of their rights and find scholarship information for unauthorized immigrant students, a hate-crime hot line, support for Muslim families, and educational tools for teachers on how to engage in civics conversations in the classroom.

Casting a Wider Net for Giftedness

When Walt Griffin took the helm as superintendent of Seminole County schools in Florida, he took a close look at the data. While the school system’s more affluent elementary schools could boast of dozens of students who were identified as gifted, the gifted enrollment at some of Seminole's poorer schools could be counted on one hand, with fingers left over.  Less than a year later, the school system launched an initiative to scout more broadly and bring more diversity to its gifted student population. To lead the effort, he tapped Jeanette Lukens, a district school psychologist with her own passion for identifying talent in underserved populations.

From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books for Kids to Inspire an Inclusive Society

Bank Street College of Education writes, "At Bank Street, we see in education the opportunity to make great strides in this effort. Learning about identity—including race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more—is key to our curricula. We strongly believe that educators and librarians have a heightened responsibility to create safe and meaningful learning environments that nurture thoughtful, empathetic, and productive citizens of tomorrow.  The following booklists—which include contributions from the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, the Bank Street College Library, and School Library Journal—are intended to be a starting place (not a comprehensive list) to help educators and librarians create a supportive space to explore these issues and help promote an inclusive, democratic, and just society."

Latino Protests Prompt Chicago to Restore Funding for High-Poverty Schools

Nearly all of the Chicago school district's Latino Advisory Committee quit on Wednesday to protest budget cuts they said fall disproportionately on schools with predominantly Latino students, according to media reports. On Friday, the school district announced that in response to concerns from the Latino and African American communities it was returning $15 million in previously frozen discretionary funds to go to high-poverty schools