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DREAMers, DACA Recipients Not First Focus for Deportation, White House Says

The White House says President Donald Trump will not take immediate action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama administration policy that grants deportation reprieves for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday said Trump will focus on immigrants who have overstayed their visas and those with criminal records, not DACA participants. Spicer did not directly address a question on whether President Trump will sign an executive order to shut down DACA. Spicer also declined to offer details on several questions related to DACA, including whether DACA-eligible students should apply or re-apply for the status.

"March: Book Three" Makes History at the YMAs | ALA Midwinter 2017

Congressman John Lewis made history at the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards (YMA) on Monday, January 23, when March: Book Three (Top Shelf), the third installment of his graphic autobiography, written with Andrew Aydin, took four YMA wins, including the Michael L. Printz Award. Previously, March earned the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature as well as the 2017 Walter Award.

Schools Expand ELL Programs, But Lack Funding

When Yunior De La Rosa first arrived in Peekskill, NY two years ago at age 14, he was shy, scared and didn't speak English. Two years later, with the help of a new language acquisition program, De La Rosa is translating Spanish to English for his peers, he's on the honor roll for his sophomore classes, and is set to graduate in two years. His success is in large part because of the Newcomer Program developed in Peekskill at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year for a growing population of students who are high school aged and have just come to the United States, don't know English, and have fewer years to get on track to graduate.

With More Exposure to Science, English-Learners' Achievement Soared

Integrating innovative science courses and English-language instruction can dramatically boost student achievement and test scores in the sciences, along with reading, and writing, according to a new study from the Oakland, Calif.-based Education Trust West. The report, "Unlocking Learning: Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity," explored how six districts, ranging from rural to urban and all with sizable English-learner populations, taught science to the students.

Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

"Engle highlights 18 Latinxs from a range of ethnic backgrounds and countries of origin, all of whom lived in what is now the United States or its territories. Each person made a positive impact on U.S. history, and although some are not well-known, their contributions warrant an important place in the U.S. collective cultural knowledge… The pairing of these biographical poems with Rafael López’s distinctive artwork leaves a lasting visual impression, as the subjects, surrounded by images representing their vocations, look readers straight in the eye or are totally absorbed in their work."

The Legacy of Michelle Obama and the Let Girls Learn Initiative

Mulberry School for Girls serves a population that is 94 % Bangladeshi and 98% Muslim, girls who are growing up in one of the poorest areas of England. A core tenet of the school is "women as leaders"—this focus helped turn the school around and make it one of the leading schools for girls in the country. First Lady Michelle Obama was so impressed with the school that she invited a delegation of the girls to Washington, DC, to get their input on the formation of the Let Girls Learn campaign, an effort to support education for girls around the world. Instead of just going to DC, they established a civil rights club at the school and extended the visit to a weeklong tour of the southern United States to learn about the American civil rights movement.

"Universidad para padres" Empowers Latino Parents

Latino parents in the DeKalb and Sycamore school districts are preparing for the spring session of Universidad para Padres (Parent University), a free program that empowers mothers, fathers and grandparents to take active roles in their personal growth along with their children's academic success. During program sessions, local experts cover everything from bilingual education in the local K-12 education system to the ins and outs the college exploration and application process.