ELL News Headlines

Throughout the week, Colorín Colorado gathers news headlines related to English language learners from around the country. The ELL Headlines are posted Monday through Friday and are available for free!

Get these headlines sent to you weekly!

To receive our free weekly newsletter of the week's stories, sign up on our Newsletters page. You can also embed our ELL News Widget.

Note: These links may expire after a week or so, and some websites require you to register first before seeing an article. Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

College credit courses available for Quincy high schoolers

Students at Quincy High and North Quincy High schools can take college credit courses this school year through an arrangement with Quincy College. The Early College High School program, which is overseen by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, focuses on "high need" students — those from low-income families, with disabilities, or English language learners — who may not otherwise consider college an option, according to Quincy College Associate Vice President Meghan Cassidy.

Fairfax schools lean on experience to prepare for Afghan refugees

Nooria Luddin and her younger brother, Samiullah, fled Afghanistan in March 2020 to live with their father in Annandale. Their father, Tahir, brought his five oldest children to the United States – leaving behind his wife and eight younger siblings –  to ensure their safety. He was worried the Taliban might target him and his family because he had previously worked for several western European and American journalism outlets. But Tahir noted it was also important to him that his children receive an education in the United States because they could not get it in Afghanistan. Tahir is awaiting the arrival of his wife and other children, who were among thousands of Afghans who fled after the Taliban takeover earlier this month. They are currently in Qatar.

Teachers reflect on the first days back and year ahead

Teachers are returning to the classroom with mixed feelings of excitement and anxiety as they ease students back into classrooms after 17 months of distance learning, according to a panel of educators during an EdSource Roundtable Discussion, the second in a new series.

Newark school district failed to properly educate English learners, feds say

The Newark school district has failed to properly educate many students who are still learning English, according to a nearly four-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice that found “wide-ranging failures” in the district’s English language program, officials said.

Rural areas have been slow to connect to broadband. More public funding could speed things up

An enrolled tribal member, Sadie Perry lives in the southeast corner of the Navajo Nation on a property with three buildings, two horses and 11 family members, including her six grandsons and one of her daughters, who is ailing. When the coronavirus began sweeping across the world last year, Perry quickly loaded up on pandemic supplies, including food to feed her family, diesel to power her generator and water to fill her tank. But there is one essential that has always been scarce in this part of the country and that she couldn’t stock up on: Broadband access.

After a rise in hate crimes, some Asian New Yorkers are nervous about returning to school

It’s not just the delta variant that makes Zhenghao Lin, a Chinese immigrant, nervous about returning to school next month. Zhenghao, a rising senior at Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn, said he has been subjected to racist comments at school since he arrived in New York City as a fourth grader. His anxiousness about interacting with non-Asian peers only grew over the course of the pandemic.

8 Picture Books to Help Students Come Back to School

The start of a new school year can be scary for all students, but especially younger ones. Share these stories to help them laugh, find someone who understands what they’re feeling, and give them tools to help navigate the new year.