Literacy/ESL

Unifying Language Acquisition with Literacy Instruction for Language-Minority Students

Lexia Learning, a company specializing in structured literacy, recently convened a roundtable on a subject that has been given considerable attention in Language Magazine over recent years, “Unifying...

EL Teachers Need More Math Support

Even though nearly 20% of students in California K-12 schools are English Learners, the latest research from EdTrust West (https://west.edtrust.org/ed-trust-west-research-in-brief-series/) finds that the majority of teachers across the...

The Science of the Bilingual Reading Brain

“We are plural. The I is an illusion: bilinguals know this, they are hybrid like the words inside them, surprised halfway on the translation path.” (Jurgenson, 2014, p. 115). Yes, we have always been and...

Motivate Readers Now!

No one disputes the benefits of extensive reading (ER) for students of English. There is a substantial body of evidence supporting using graded readers as an effective way...

Queering English Language Classrooms

Working with queer English learners requires close attention to their emotions and feelings, prior to or in conjunction with the teaching of language and literacy. Queer pedagogy does more than “good” instructional strategies and...

I Am My Language

“I am my language. Until I can take pride in my language,...

Recommendations for Long-Term English Learners

Ten years after their groundbreaking publication Reparable Harm called attention to California’s long-term English learners (LTELs), Californians Together has released Renewing Our Promise, a research and policy report by Manuel Buenrostro and Julie Maxwell-Jolly,...

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...

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...

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...
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