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COVID Stories to Remember: A Kids' Multilingual Comic for Coping With The Pandemic (And A Printable Zine)

This COVID-19 comic is based on interviews conducted by NPR's Cory Turner with Tara Powell at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, Joy Osofsky at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Krystal Lewis at the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown's School of Public Health and Rosemarie Truglio, senior vice president of curriculum and content at Sesame Workshop.

COVID Stories to Remember: In 'achingly beautiful' letters to Biden, students who are learning English, working full time and taking care of siblings share their hopes

The 17-year-old, in her letter, did not reveal her situation. She did not mention how every day, when it's time for her English class to begin, she slips out of the place where she works, steps into an alley and uses her phone to virtually dial into her classroom. Her English teacher, John Stewart, only knows that because he noticed the teenager's surroundings on his screen each afternoon, and he asked why she was working during the school day. "She told me that she took on a 40-hour-a-week job to help support her family, because her dad can't work," he says on a recent afternoon before pausing for a noticeable moment. Despite the heavy responsibilities his students are carrying, Stewart says, when he gives his students an assignment, they usually find a way to get it done. So he had no doubt they would turn in something when he asked them about a week ago to write a letter to President Biden or Vice President Harris. What he didn’t expect, though, was how their words would hit him as he read through them.

COVID Stories to Remember: Meet the Latino High School students giving back by tutoring English to elementary school students in Florida

Latino high school students in Wellington, Fla. are taking the initiative to address educational challenges posted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a helping hand to elementary students struggling to read in English. It is part of a partnership between Wellington High School and Latinos in Action, a nonprofit program that encourages young Latinos to make a change in their communities.

COVID Stories to Remember: From Tagalog to Korean, these Asian Americans are using quarantine to learn their families' languages

Danielle Colayco starts every day talking to her 5-year-old daughter, Audrey, in Tagalog. She greets her good morning, asks her some simple questions and tells her that she loves her. The second-generation Filipina American grew up in Southern California, not knowing a word of her family’s language. But during quarantine, she started taking weekly online Tagalog classes through the program Tagalog With Kirby, while her daughter participates virtually through TagalogKids.com.

Project Aims To Help Black, Latino Students Make Most Of Remote School

So-called "learning pods" cropped up across the country in primarily white, wealthy neighborhoods last year as the pandemic first brought schools to a close. In more recent months, several organizations in low-income Black and Latino neighborhoods in Boston have pulled together to offer similar options to their local students. Amanda Fernández, co-founder of Latinos for Education, and Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, executive director of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, joined Jim Braude to talk about one such effort in Boston.

FEMA would help with border surge in Texas under new Biden proposal

The Biden administration wants to use the Federal Emergency Management Agency in South Texas to help cope with the growing number of migrant adults and children crossing from Mexico, according to two people familiar with the proposal. FEMA support in Texas would be primarily aimed at testing and potentially quarantining family groups and adults before their release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The number of apprehensions made along the Mexico border has pushed even higher over the past week, with agents taking more than 4,000 people into custody every day — a level of enforcement activity that nears the 2019 crisis.

Six Myths about Emergent Bilinguals

There are enough myths about emergent bilinguals to drive English learner (EL) educators crazy trying to correct them all. We’ve gathered six of the most common myths and looked to see if, by dispelling them, we might uncover truths about teaching and learning that extend beyond the EL classroom to offer insights for teachers of any subject.