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District staff reach out to Hispanic families through Spanish-language parent nights

For nearly five years, teachers and staff at Lake Elmo Elementary have been working with the Hispanic families that attend the elementary school to create lasting partnerships. Brandon Auge, a English Language teacher at Lake Elmo Elementary, said opportunities for staff to meet with parents are very important. "It provides an opportunity for us to learn how we can be more responsive to the families that we're serving," Auge said. "If we learn more about the lived experience of our families, the better we can all be. It’s about is getting to know and understand the successes and the challenges that all of our families are having, and providing a really intentional opportunity to learn about that, so we can respond to it."

Partnering to Support English Learners

More than 12 percent of students in Clover Park School District are English Language Learners (ELL). Traditionally, ELL students in Clover Park were pulled out of their regular class for up to 45 minutes at a time to work directly with ELL teachers. It was a balancing act that meant less time with peers in favor of more time learning language skills. However, in recent years, the district focused on keeping students in the classroom as much as possible.

Despite Warnings, Trump Moves to Expand Migrant Family Detention

Amid a wide-ranging campaign to discourage migration to the United States, President Donald Trump has vowed repeatedly to end the practice he calls "catch and release," under which migrants are allowed to live freely in the United States while their lengthy immigration cases are in process. The administration wants to expand the system of secure facilities where migrant families can be incarcerated for months or longer. In late November, Justice Department lawyers appealed a federal judge's decision that blocked the government’s attempt to eliminate a 20-day time limit on most family detentions.

Southwestern ESL students translate guides for Charleston Marine Life Center

Southwestern Oregon Community College's Fall 2019 English as a Second Language class has partnered with the Charleston Marine Life Center to produce four foreign language translations of the CMLC Visitors Guide. After touring the center with Director Trish Mace, the students were inspired to apply their English skills to translating the original brochures into their first languages of Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

Caroll Spinney, puppeteer who gave life to Big Bird of 'Sesame Street,' dies at 85

Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who gave life to Big Bird, the towering yellow avian of TV's "Sesame Street" who accompanied generations of youngsters in the arduous, yet wondrous, work of growing up, died Dec. 8 at his home in Connecticut. He was 85 and died hours before "Sesame Street" received Kennedy Center Honors for achievement in the arts.

A group of black scuba divers has a message for Dunbar students: 'We need you'

Jaquan Greene buckled the scuba vest, adjusted his goggles and stuck the regulator — the device that delivered air from the gas tank strapped to his back — into his mouth. The 16-year-old swam through the shallow end of Dunbar High School’s indoor pool — like a fish, a couple of teachers said. Jaquan's lesson came through Diving With a Purpose, an organization that catalogues artifacts from the sites of slave shipwrecks and has sent hundreds of divers into the ocean to document the centuries-old wreckage. On a recent Friday, Walker and filmmaker Shirikiana Gerima were at the majority-black school in Northwest Washington with a message for its students: "We need you."

How Sesame Street's Muppets Became Revolutionaries

It all started with a big, controversial bet that young kids could actually learn from television. In its inaugural seasons, episodes dedicated to the letter n or the number 5 reflected the zeal of its educational mission and its laser-like focus on pedagogy. But from the moment it was first conceived in a 1967 report presented by its founder, Joan Ganz Cooney, Sesame Street quietly harbored larger ambitions.