The tool kit is a companion to joint guidance the departments released in January to remind schools of their federal obligations to the nation's nearly 5 million English-learners.
This Education Week story examines efforts to counter discrimination and bias in a Colorado school system where 60 percent of students are English-language learners.
A Los Angeles judge ruled last fall that the state failed to ensure that districts provided English-language learners with services required under federal law.
Miami-Dade joins the District of Columbia, Chicago and a growing number of states in offering the special recognition for students.
A Migration Policy Institute report finds that children of immigrants are more likely to form "positive connections with the larger U.S. society" when schools view the students positively.
The Westminster, Calif., school system partnered with California State University-Fullerton's National Resource Center for Asian Languages to develop texts.
The complaint alleges that thousands of children are denied adequate special education services because their parents don't speak or read English.
Over the next six months, staff will interview school employees and review records and instructional materials to ensure compliance with federally mandated services for English-learners.
During the 2011-12 school year, less than one percent of teachers nationwide identified as American Indian or Alaska Native.
Arabic is the second-most common foreign language spoken at home in the Houston school district, and the metropolitan region has seen its Arabic-speaking population spike in recent years.