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'Sesame Street' Is Launching a Show in Arabic to Help Refugee Kids Learn

In today's world, there are more people living as refugees than at any time in history since WWII. Around half of those refugees are children. And in the political climate we have in the world today, the average length of time a refugee spends away from their home country is nearly 20 years. That means millions of children around the world are spending their entire childhood as refugees, often in camps that have few, if any luxuries, and lack the educational opportunities kids need. Sesame Street wants to address that.

Wealthy cities can afford to expand pre-K: What about everyone else?

East St. Louis, one of the country's poorest cities, has been labeled the worst-performing school district in the nation. The lead poisoning and asthma rates here are some of the nation's highest, and 43 percent of East St. Louis residents live below the poverty line. In a place where some neighborhoods have been labeled child care deserts because there are no child care centers, community leaders hope that improving early childhood education will reverse the city's fortunes.

HarperCollins To Launch Native-Focused Imprint

HarperCollins Children's Books will launch a Native-focused imprint, Heartdrum, in 2021. The imprint, which will be led by author Cynthia Leitich Smith and HarperCollins Children's Books vice president and editorial director Rosemary Brosnan, plans to bring "a wide range of innovative, unexpected, and heartfelt stories by Native creators, informed and inspired by lived experience, with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes" to young readers, according to the publisher's announcement.

What happens when college students discuss lab work in Spanish, philosophy in Chinese or opera in Italian?

Danilo Moreta, a Cornell University graduate student studying corn breeding, stood wearing jeans and a black button-down shirt as undergraduate students entered Room 336 in the Plant Science Building for a Tuesday night section of "PLSCI 4300, Applications in Molecular Diagnostics." Moreta teaches the science section in Spanish. Partly, that's because students in January will do fieldwork in Chilean vineyards, gathering leaf samples to test for viruses. But the Spanish section also reflects a move at Cornell and more than two dozen other campuses to combat the notion that language-learning belongs only in language classes.

What happened when Brooklyn tried to integrate its middle schools

On the first day of sixth grade, at his new school in a new neighborhood, Angel Angon Quiroz, 11, sat by himself in the corner of the cafeteria, wondering if he had made a mistake. Students at Angel's old elementary school overwhelmingly come from poor and Hispanic families. Now, a new integration plan in Brooklyn had placed him at a middle school called the Math & Science Exploratory School. It was popular with affluent families, but would he fit in? Sophie Rivas, who comes from one of those affluent white families, badly wanted to attend Math & Science or one of her other top choices. Like Angel, she ranked Math & Science first on her school lottery application, but because Angel's family is low-income, he had priority. Sophie did not. Instead, Sophie traveled to Sunset Park, where Angel lives, to a school she had not heard of until she found out she was placed there. She arrived to find she was one of the only non-Hispanic children in her class.

Educators Face Challenges Teaching Media Literacy to Immigrant Students

There are few media literacy projects designed with immigrant students in mind. Combine that with the growing research that much "fake news" is about new immigrants, generating consternation in those communities, and you begin to appreciate the complexity of the problem.

Open Doors English ESL program opens new school in Ithaca

Staff, students and local officials gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the culmination of more than a year of struggle, and to remember a friend and colleague, with a ribbon-cutting for the Open Doors English: Julie Rudd Coulombe Language Program.

Equity Program at LTCC helps Latinx students, other minorities, succeed

Lake Tahoe Community College prides itself on being a beacon in the community, especially for latinx and other minority students, through the Equity Program. The Equity Program helps students who are minorities, homeless, low-income, a former or current foster youth or first generation college students navigate college life and thrive.