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Recruiting More Bilingual Teachers: The Challenges and Solutions

Research points to dual language immersion programs—where instruction is given in two languages with roughly equal shares of native speakers for both—as an ideal model for the nation’s growing English learner population. Yet researchers at The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank, found that only about 16.5 percent of all English learners are enrolled in some form of a bilingual program, with 7.9 percent specifically in dual language immersion programs, according to state data from 2019-20. Part of the challenge of enrolling more English learners into these programs is the lack of bilingual staff in K-12 schools, as new research has found.

The quest to make the outdoors more diverse and inclusive

In this personal essay, writer "As the daughter of Kenyan Indian immigrants, I’ve grown up believing the outdoors is somewhere I don’t belong. It’s where those with high levels of eumelanin get stares — or the Brown person nod of acknowledgment when they happen upon another hiker of color. So when I told my mom I was going camping in the middle of nowhere in the rain, she shook her head. After a childhood in India and Kenya, she perceives most spaces outdoors to be full of hidden dangers and unknown entities. 'Why would you want to do this?' she said. For me, it was an opportunity to learn how to enjoy nature in a safe environment. The retreat, an excursion to hear the song of nightingales, was free and only for people of color. No nodding necessary."

More college campuses leveraging the outdoors to support student mental health

ccording to a 2018 study published by Frontiers of Public Health, spending time outdoors can aid people in a variety of categories: “attention and cognition, memory, stress and anxiety, sleep, emotional stability and self-perceived welfare or quality of life.” At San Diego State University, one space in particular, the turtle pond, has become a popular destination for students seeking solace from their academic lives.

Meg Medina Offers Office Hours as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (

As National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Meg Medina is making history as the first to hold office hours. The Newbery-winning author is launching Meet Meg Medina: Family Office Hours with the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, an opportunity for DC-area families to speak with her for 20 minutes at the Library of Congress. In each session, children, teens, and family members can talk about their favorite books and ask questions about writing. Medina will share her favorite Library of Congress resources as well as book recommendations connected to a child’s interests.

How bibliocounseling can create space for Black girls and girls of color to connect in school

Like many school counselors, Christina Tillery had trouble reaching kids during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2020-21 school year, only 100 out of 1800 students opted for in-person learning at her school, while her office remained in the building. Despite the challenges, Tillery used the opportunity to develop programming that could help her connect with students in new ways. Through many brainstorming sessions, she planned a bibliocounseling group, which she launched the next year.

30 Picture Books to Celebrate the Diversity of Latinx Heritage

Read one book a day for Latinx Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15, and every month after that. From migration and history to food and family, these works capture the many complexities and joys of the Latinx culture.

Using Read-Alouds to Support Social and Emotional Learning

In elementary school, interactive read-alouds are commonly used to build various literacy skills, such as students’ listening comprehension, background knowledge, vocabulary, and understanding of language structures. Beyond their academic benefits, however, read-alouds can also serve as a support for developing social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. 

Big impact of Little Amal

At 12 feet tall, Little Amal is hard to miss. But the towering puppet, who represents a 10-year-old Syrian refugee searching for her mother, has already had an outsized impact on people worldwide as she carries a message of hope for marginalized people everywhere.