New York Times book reviewer Elizabeth Wein writes, "Last year, during a visit to a school in Birmingham, England, I met a seventh grader who told me he had traveled there from Syria as a refugee. I wasn't equal to imagining what that journey was like. Yet here was this rosy-cheeked boy in a British school uniform, clearly a survivor, sitting in on my author event along with 150 other interested students. I tried to respond. 'You must be …' Brave? Resourceful? Determined? I struggled for an appropriate word. The boy filled in the gap himself. 'Unstoppable!' he pronounced triumphantly. And 'unstoppable' is the word that best fits the fictional children in three timely, poignant and sometimes tragic new novels describing the current global refugee crisis."
"Young Children in the Digital Age: A Parent's Guide," is a new primer written by Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early-childhood education expert, who has spent decades advocating for allowing young children learn through play.
This articles looks at some of the myths around bilingualism, as well as the facts that researchers have confirmed.
There were nearly 5 million English language learners in U.S. public schools in fall 2015, according to the most recent available data from the National Center for Education Statistics. This represented 9.5% of U.S. public school enrollees, an increase from 8.1% in 2000. Here are six facts about English language learners in U.S. public schools.
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with former first lady Michelle Obama about her new book Becoming. Cornish and Obama are joined in the conversation by three young women from Obama's high school in Chicago.
Robert Worth is a New York Times journalist who has visited Yemen many times during his reporting career. After his last visit in August, he writes in this in-depth piece, "The ongoing war in Yemen has turned much of the country into a wasteland and has killed at least 10,000 civilians, mostly in errant airstrikes. The real number is probably much higher, but verifying casualties in Yemen’s remote areas is extremely difficult. Some 14 million people are facing starvation, in what the United Nations has said could soon become the worst famine seen in the world in 100 years. Disease is rampant, including the world’s worst modern outbreak of cholera."
Are all politics local? The adage fits here in Michael Siraguse's two AP Government classes, where students are peppering their teacher with post-midterm questions about the city council race. The discussion about elections is not just part of the classroom curriculum – in the past year, Siraguse has helped register about 1,000 of his students to vote. One first-time voter, Jaime Trejo-Angeles, credits his teacher's instruction with increasing student engagement around voting. "He really drives the point home and gets really into detail and depth, where other teachers just read from the textbook," Trejo-Angeles says. When asked how voting for the first time felt, Trejo-Angeles reports, "I had a sense of adrenaline just walking into there."
In the first big election since teachers across the country walked out of their classrooms this spring, dozens of current teachers claimed state legislative seats — joining the policymaking bodies that greatly influence pay and funding for schools. While 42 teachers won, nearly 80 teachers — or two-thirds of those on the ballot — lost their legislative bids in Tuesday’s midterm elections, according to an Education Week analysis. Still, educators remain hopeful that the tide is turning — that after the series of teacher walkouts that swept the country, voters are paying more attention to education. (Note: An Illinois legislature race that includes a bilingual teacher as one of the candidates is currently separated by a single vote.)
Students across Maine can now be recognized for being proficient in multiple languages as part of a new initiative from the state's Department of Education. The agency announced Monday that beginning in May, it will offer a new award, called the Seal of Biliteracy, that will be featured on student transcripts. To earn the seal, students will need to show proficiency in English and another language.
When a group of Central American teenagers at a New Orleans charter school wanted a soccer team, it looked like the teenagers would have to do without the advantages sports participation could bring: The nonprofit that governs Louisiana's high school sports won't allow most of the Central American students to play. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association requires all student-athletes to present some proof of age — a birth certificate or official immigration papers — along with a social security number. Though some of the Central American students are in the country legally or have temporary visas, most do not have the required documents. Frustrated, Cohen teachers and administrators decided this fall to try something different. They started an unsanctioned team.