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We Teach Rhode Island: RIC is Responding to Shortage of ELL-Certified Teachers

Like many school districts across the country, Rhode Island’s public school system is facing one of the fastest-growing populations of English language learners (ELLs). This population now represents eight percent of all students statewide and 23 percent of Providence students, according to U.S. Rep. James Langevin '90. The problem is that there aren't enough teachers certified to teach these students. Hundreds of ELL-certified teachers are needed. And Rhode Island College is responding to that need.

Report on Title III Implementation Highlights Key Data Points in EL Education

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a report highlighting the educational landscape for English learners (ELs) and how Title III funds are being used to support their learning. The Biennial Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Title III State Formula Grant Program is mandated by law and provides data from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico on a variety of indicators including funding, demographics of the EL subgroup, language programs for ELs, accountability metrics for current and monitored former ELs and teaching staff to work with ELs.

Synagogue Shooting Tests Pittsburgh, A Community Proud of Welcoming Refugees

Resettled to this city's southern suburbs after 20 years in Nepalese refu­gee camps, Bhanu Phuyel has acclimated and prospered. In the nine years since two Jewish refu­gee agencies helped him join this community, Phuyel has worked at McDonald's and the post office, as a long-haul trucker and as a caretaker for older people, he said. In 2013, he opened his own jewelry store, and he has since purchased rental apartments. But this week, Bhutanese refugees such as Phuyel and the aid agencies that brought him here were disturbingly reminded that there are those who do not welcome them in Pittsburgh.

Squirrel Hill: Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Fred Rogers, the public television star, was one of Squirrel Hill's most famous residents. He also, in times of crisis, had advice for the media and those watching.

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in schools. After Pittsburgh, teachers grapple with a response.

At New York City's Harvest Collegiate High School on Monday, social studies teacher Andy del Calvo did what educators often do: He adapted his lesson for the times. He shared news stories about the massacre of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue and about last week's shooting of two African-Americans at a Kentucky supermarket, and urged his students to think.  This weekend's mass shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue, carried out by a shooter authorities have said targeted the Jewish community and expressed anti-immigrant sentiments online, strikes at the heart of rising concerns about how bias shapes people’s thinking and where the school system should fit in pushing back on those mentalities.

5 Tips for Talking with Children about the Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue

How can educators, caregivers and family members given children and teenagers the tools they need to understand what has happened and take steps to challenge bias and hate in safe and effective ways?  These points begin to answer that question and start a frank conversation that can lead to greater awareness and understanding.

Responding to the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

While moments of hatred and violence may feel all-too-common these days, Teaching Tolerance offers resources in this edition of The Moment to talk to your students about how hate takes hold and what they can do to fight it.