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Refugee Internship Program Brings Skilled Workers to Local Companies

Interns are generally stereotyped as students seeking to explore a new field and build their resumes. But what if they were trained professionals already armed with bona fide experience in the relevant industry who just need a break? Thanks to a new internship program created by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), employers in the metro Atlanta area can fill gaps in their workforce by tapping into adult refugees’ professional talents.

Western Dubuque schools look to further grow English Language Learners program

The Western Dubuque School district is currently conducting studies to improve the school experience for non-English speakers through growing its English Language Learners program, (ELL). Dan Wendler, the principal of Cascade Elementary and the ELL Coordinator for the district, explained the program.

2021 Youth Media Awards Winners

The biggest day in children's literature has arrived, and while there will be no in-person audience cheering the Youth Media Awards winners today, it doesn't take away from the excitement and achievement during this difficult year. Following is the list of winners announced at this morning's virtual ceremony.  Please check back at SLJ.com throughout the day for more coverage, including and interviews with winning authors and selection committee members.

Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade -- Two Tribally Enrolled Women -- Make History for WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS

Two tribally enrolled women made history when the American Library Association awarded the Caldecott Medal to their book, We Are Water Protectors. Carole Lindstrom, the author of We Are Water Protectors, is tribally enrolled at Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and Michaela Goade, the illustrator, is Tlingit, a member of the Kiks.ådi Clan.

Ask the Expert: How Can Teachers Help Bilingual Students Become Proficient Readers?

English language learners’ development of second language literacy skills is often quite unique, says NC State College of Education Assistant Professor Jackie Relyea, Ph.D., because it often takes longer to develop than their day-to-day oral communication skills. Relyea, who researches literacy development of linguistically diverse children as well as reading interventions to improve English learners’ academic vocabulary, reading comprehension and knowledge building, says that non-native speakers tend to develop basic, interpersonal communication skills very quickly, usually in about one to two years. However, when it comes to academic language and literacy skills, including cognitive academic language proficiency, it tends to take English language learners between five and seven years to develop advanced levels of reading and writing skills.

Here Are the Four Finalists for 2021 National Teacher of the Year

As the coronavirus pandemic exposes and deepens educational inequities, the four finalists for the 2021 National Teacher of the Year were named in part for their work challenging injustices both in their school communities and on a national level. The Council of Chief State Schools Officers announced on Wednesday the finalists for the national award, which recognizes teachers for their work inside and outside the classroom. The teacher who receives the national honor will be granted a yearlong sabbatical to represent the profession and advocate for an issue of choice.

Here are the four finalists:

Best of 2020: They depended on their parents for everything. Then the virus took both.

News that the novel coronavirus had arrived in Michigan first reached the Ismael family's working-class suburb north of Detroit in early March. The Ismael children, aged 13, 18, and 20, didn't worry about it because they seldom worried about anything. That's how their mom and dad wanted it. The family had come to the United States eight years earlier after escaping Iraq, a country that had grown increasingly dangerous for Chaldean Catholics like them. By mid May, their parents had both died of COVID-19, leaving the teens to cope on their own.