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Surges in COVID cases are upending school reopening plans across the U.S.

Rising COVID cases are derailing plans by school districts across the country to reopen their buildings and pushing some schools that had opened to close once again. Just this week, the Detroit school district suspended all in-person learning until January. Health officials ordered schools in Indianapolis to do the same. Philadelphia put its plans to bring young students back at the end of this month on hold indefinitely. And some of Colorado’s largest districts are reverting to remote learning after quarantine requirements made staffing buildings too challenging. They join schools in Newark, Boston, San Diego, and many smaller districts in scaling back or scrapping their school reopenings — an illustration of how the country’s failure to contain the coronavirus has continued to disrupt the education of millions of students. Some of the school districts now closing buildings completely had already been open only for students with disabilities, English learners, and young students, for whom virtual learning is a particular strain.

In Michigan, Undocumented Immigrants Form Learning Pod So They Won't Lose Their Jobs

For the past six weeks, 24 students from undocumented families have been doing their virtual classwork on computers provided by the public school district at Ann Arbor Community Learning Center, with the support of the center's volunteers and teachers. The center is hosted by the Church of the Good Shepherd, which has a long history of being an ally to local undocumented families. Back in 2017, it declared itself a sanctuary church to house undocumented immigrants facing a threat of deportation.

Don't Make Assumptions About Your ELL Students

The new question-of-the-week is: "What are some of the most common mistakes teachers make when working with ELLs, and what should they do, instead?" In this post, Joe Santiago-Silvestri, Michelle Shory, Irina McGrath, Glenda Cohen, Berta Rosa Berriz, Amanda Claudia Wager, Ph.D., and Vivian Maria Poey offer their reflections.

Raising 'the Bar' for ELL Instruction

The new question-of-the-week is: "What are some of the most common mistakes teachers make when working with ELLs, and what should they do, instead?" In this post, Dr. Sandra Calderon, Kevin Jepson, Carrie Cobb,  Melissa Wilhemi, Ricardo Robles, Teresa Amodeo, and Donna DeTommaso-Kleinert Ed.D. answer the question.

Nine Mistakes Educators Make When Teaching English-Language Learners

Many of us who teach English-language learners make lots of mistakes in our classroom practice.  This six-part series will explore what the most common mistakes teachers make with this vulnerable population and what should be done in their place. Today's column features responses from Marina Rodriguez, Altagracia (Grace) H. Delgado, Dr. Denita Harris, and Sarah Said. 

Native candidates score in legislative, other bids

While 14 Native candidates were running for U.S. House and Senate in Tuesday’s elections, dozens more were looking to make their mark at the state and local level. They included notable candidates for statewide office, legislatures and courts.

On Immigration, Biden's Biggest Promises Likely Hinge On Who Controls The Senate

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to reverse many controversial Trump administration actions related to immigration in the first days of his administration. But other recent changes to the U.S. immigration system may take months, if not years, to unwind. And experts say Biden's ability to reshape the country's immigration system will depend on control of the Senate.