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Identifying Equitable Intervention

For multilingual learners struggling academically or with social–emotional learning, it can be difficult for educators to identify whether the primary challenge is language acquisition or an underlying learning disability. Proper identification of the actual challenge that is getting in the way is critical to providing them with the appropriate interventions to support improved outcomes. Unfortunately, this difficulty in accurately...

Multiliteracies and Multilingual Learners

Equipped with Miami Linguistic Readers, Camino de la Escuela, and my own ingenuity, my young multilingual learners and I dived into what we believed were sound biliteracy practices. These leveled reading programs developed eons ago were lifeblood to a novice teacher like me who had been trained in Spanish as a “foreign language.” Although in the mid-1970s Illinois was...

Supporting Our Youngest Dual Language Learners

California is home to more dual language learners (DLLs) than any other state, both in number and share. DLLs, or children learning English in addition to another language, represent over 50% of the state’s population between the ages of zero and five years and are one of the fastest-growing groups in California.From 1998 to 2016, California public school instruction...

Supporting Early Literacy in Spanish and English

Building early literacy skills is imperative for all students, especially the five million English learners (ELs) being educated in today’s public schools.1 The mastery of these skills—including oral language, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and use of phonics—helps ELs develop the strong reading foundation needed for grade-level learning and success across all subject areas. Whether these early literacy skills are...

California Allocates $10 Million Dual Language Grant

A total of 27 schools and school districts in California have been selected through a competitive grant process to receive up to $400,000 each to expand a current dual language immersion program or establish a new one.“I applaud these schools for taking the...

$120 Million to Support ELL Educators

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) recently announced awards of nearly $120 million over five years under the National Professional Development Program (NPD) to support educators of multilingual learners. The NPD program provides grants to eligible Institutions of Higher...

Shine a Light on Bilingualism

The winners were chosen by Renaissance’s RAICES (Respectfully Amplify the Impact of our Culture to Empower and Succeed) employee resource group and Biliteracy Advisory Council. Grades 9–12 Title: “Fusion” Artist: Gabriela, grade 10, Texas Gabriela’s inspiration: “Lo que me inspiró para el desarrollo de esta obra fue mi cultura. Soy...

Washington Plans to Offer Dual Language Ed forAll by 2040

Washington State superintendent for education Chris Reykdal wants to expand dual language education programs in the state so that all school-aged children have access to them by 2040.In August, Reykdal laid out a plan to increase the accessibility of dual language programs, starting with an investment of $18.9 million over the course of the next three years. This money...

Canada’s Languages Diversify

The number of Canadians who mainly speak a language other than English or French at home grew to 4.6 million (13% of the population)—a record high—in 2021, according to new census data released by Statistics Canada. About 25% of Canadians also reported...

United for Bilingual Education

As we move further into the millennium, many national and local educational systems are considering how best to meet the changing needs and demands they face, especially in developing countries. Arising from those reflections is an increased interest in teachers and teacher training because teachers are uniquely positioned to implement any changes with children and youth. In this context...
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