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Undocumented Teachers Shielded by DACA in Legal and Emotional Limbo

Nearly 100 undocumented Teach For America members who have work permits through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, are currently teaching nearly 6,000 students across 11 states. Amid the uncertainty about DACA’s future, TFA is offering free legal assistance to its members and its 46 alums who are also DACA protected.  In the meantime, TFA has already accepted close to 40 undocumented corps members for next school year. But if DACA is repealed without a replacement, the organization will have to put off assigning them to work in a school. Corps members need valid work permits and the ability to work at least two full school years, spokeswoman Kathryn Phillips said.

Relationships Matter in Recruiting Latino Students

Many community colleges across the country have seen growing populations of Latino and Hispanic residents in their regions. But that growth often hasn’t translated to increases in Hispanic enrollment on their campuses, especially as overall enrollments decline in a largely recovered economy. Like Southcentral Kentucky, some colleges are learning that the key to reaching out to Latino students, in particular, requires more personal effort than just college fairs or new advertising.

Sesame Street Plans Social-Emotional Learning Program for Refugee Children

The Sesame Workshop hopes the friendly faces of Sesame Street characters will help refugee children navigate the complex social and emotional effects of trauma and displacement. The organization is teaming with the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian organization, to "deliver transformative early learning and social-emotional support to millions of refugee children in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria," it said in a news release Thursday.

Supporting English-Language Learners in Science (Video)

Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, introduces academic language to prepare English-language learners for their science investigations. Students work in pairs and make claims about variations in plants and animals.

Scientists Take on New Roles in K-12 Classrooms

As schools work to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, practicing scientists are also rethinking how they work with schools to advance understanding of their field. The National Board on Science Education, part of the National Academies of Science, brought together science educators and members of professional science groups like the American Chemical Society last month to discuss guidance for developing partnerships between scientists and teachers.

'Juntos' Program Preparing Latino Students for High School and Beyond

It's Sunday afternoon and a half dozen middle school students are gathered with their parents for a class in the basement at Olivet Presbyterian Church and Mission in Cedar Rapids. This is "Juntos" — or "Together" — a class offered by Iowa State University Extension that aims to teach Latino families how to navigate Iowa's school system and students how to be successful in high school and beyond.

AFT President Urges Big-City Mayors to Shield Immigrant Students, Families

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, is calling on the nation's big-city mayors to set up safe havens for immigrants after federal agents arrested nearly 700 undocumented residents in a series of raids conducted over the past week. Child advocates say the recent immigration sweeps and future actions on immigration policy by the Trump administration could disrupt home lives, separate families, and have a "chilling effect" on children and communities.

City Leaves Spanish-Speaking Parents in Dark About Lead Levels for a Week

The Department of Education waited more than a week to send home a letter to Spanish-speaking parents at a dual-language Inwood school about their water's lead levels found during a recent test — blaming the principal for not asking for a translated version. On Feb. 6, parents at the P.S./I.S. 176 campus, which houses Muscota New School and Amistad Dual Language School at 4862 Broadway, got a letter in their children's backpacks that the school had shown elevated levels of lead in a dozen water samples taken from classrooms, bathrooms, kitchen faucets and water fountains — including some as high as 450 times the federal threshold. The letter was written in English — despite the fact that Amistad is a dual-language school and that many parents and students at Muscota speak Spanish.