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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. The mastery of these skills—including oral language, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and...

The Three Elements of Reading Comprehension

We’ve all heard that when students can read on grade level by the end of grade three, their academic path forward is greatly facilitated. As a result, many states have enacted policies and testing...

A Superpower Hidden in Plain Sight

How can educators ensure that emerging bilingual students are well served in their schools, and how can we as educators foster linguistic diversity as an asset rather than as a problem? Who Are...

A Two-Way Information Highway

Being informed is empowering. For both educators and researchers, being informed allows us to make decisions with confidence and to participate in professional communities with discernment. Nobody disputes the importance of being informed. The...

How My Midwestern Neighborhood Became ‘Mi Barrio’

When I found out that I was pregnant with my first child in the US and I realized that my baby would be born in this...

What We Say and How We Say It

Even behind masks or through a screen, the language that educators use is one of the most powerful tools available to build a relationship with students, support their identities, and scaffold their...

Creating a Supportive SEL Forum for English Learner Lesson Contributions

The Need for Re-engaging English Learners Socially and AcademicallyAs K–12 educators transition to in-person instruction after two years...

Rebound: Turning Our Attention to Acceleration

Pandemic teaching was hard. It stretched and pulled us. We worried about our students and their well-being. But we did it. We supported students’ learning to...

Connecting the Community

I’m the principal at Brookwood Elementary, where we serve more than 1,200 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Approximately 10% of our students are English language learners (ELLs). That may not be an especially...

The 3 Es of Using Translated Materials

Social–emotional learning (SEL) has gained traction in education over the last 20 years. Over the previous two years, it has held a prominent place in the headlines as a top concern of teachers, due...
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