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Canadian Teachers Share 9 Ways They Support English-Learners

Three-fourths of the roughly 500 students at Islington Junior Middle School in Toronto, Ontario, speak a language other than English at home. There are also a growing number of refugee children from Syria settling here, many of whom have had interrupted schooling and are not at grade level in their home language.

Elementary School Dance Troupe a Hit at Cinco de Mayo Festivities

Mexican-based music and dance groups performed at the historic Mesilla Plaza on Saturday to commemorate Cinco de Mayo, the annual celebration that honors Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

In Dallas, Junot Díaz Talks About His New Children's Book, 'Islandborn' — And Why the World Needs More Like It

His mother never read him a children's book, and he is not a father, but the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz wanted to write a book for children for more than 20 years. Islandborn is finally here. The book, illustrated by Colombian artist Leo Espinosa, tells the story of Lola, a 6-year-old Afro-Caribbean girl who came over to the United States so young that she has no memories of the island where she was born.

What's the State of Diverse Books in Libraries? We're Fielding a Survey.

A conversation on Twitter evolved into a movement, We Need Diverse Books. That was in 2014. School Library Journal (SLJ) thought it was time to learn more. With the support of Baker & Taylor, SLJ has launched a survey about children’s and young adult book collections in school and public libraries — they want to know how diverse titles are being selected and acquired in these institutions, where there are gaps in collections, and how popular the books are with library users.

LISTEN: An ESL Student, Teacher on Plans for Moving JCPS' Newcomer Academy

Hundreds of students are seated in a gym on a recent weekday at Shawnee High School. They just wrapped up the morning portion of the ESL Newcomer Academy's 11th Global Homecoming Exhibition. The gym is filled with tables showing multicultural student projects, and there are also performances throughout the day. The 600 or so students that attend JCPS' ESL Newcomer Academy are from places such as Angola, Rwanda, Cuba, Iran and Tanzania. And right now, they're spread out among four different schools. But next year, they’ll all be consolidated in one location: the Phoenix School of Discovery in the Buechel neighborhood. The move is part of JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio's plan for his first 100 days, which he announced last month. Listen to the player above to hear students and teachers speak about how this consolidation will affect English-language learners.

National Teacher of the Year Shares Immigrant Students' Stories with White House

President Donald Trump thanked teachers for their dedication in a short speech in the historic East Room of the White House on Wednesday.  He was speaking to a crowd of renowned teachers and their family members. The teachers had all received their state's highest honor in 2018. The National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning, stood behind Trump as he delivered his remarks. Manning teaches newly arrived immigrant and refugee students in Washington state. She told Education Week that she had her students write letters to the White House to share their stories—from bureaucratic red tape splitting up families to being told to "go back to Africa." 

Super Heroes: These Superintendents Champion School Libraries

Thomas S. Woods-Tucker vividly remembers his high school’s media center in Cotton Plant, AR. He would pore over the Arkansas Democrat and the Arkansas Gazette and spend time on the first computer he’d ever seen, an IBM Tandy 1000. "I have no idea what the computer cost back then, but I am sure it was a lot," he says. "But this small, rural school purchased one for us. Our librarian knew where the future was going, and the impact it would have on us." Woods-Tucker now leads Princeton City School District in Cincinnati. The district encompasses 10 schools, each with a school library, along with a mobile media center that roams the community each summer. Inside are games, puppets, stuffed animals, maker space activities, and Chromebooks.

Guest Blog: Seven Essential Components for Successful Dual Language Programs

Districts throughout the United States are starting dual language immersion programs at rapid rates. When these programs are started quickly, without a solid foundation or in-depth planning, problems arise that hinder the academic and language development of the students, as well as the overall implementation of the immersion programs. There are seven essential components of a dual language program that districts can follow to ensure the success of these programs. 

Worcester Schools Hires Manager of English Language Learners

The school system welcomed its new manager of English learners Tuesday, according to the superintendent, who once oversaw the new hire when they worked together at South High Community School several years ago. Carmen Melendez comes to the position having most recently worked as head of North Attleboro High School’s guidance department.