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Hamman-Ortiz, Laura – Educational Leadership, 2020
Laura Hamman-Ortiz, a language and literacy researcher, discusses Translanguaging, an emerging instructional theory that challenges traditional understandings of bilingualism view the different languages used by a student as distinct skill sets. By contrast, translanguaging reframes bilingualism as a flexible linguistic activity that is intimately…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Translation, Bilingualism, Bilingual Students
Olsen, Rebecca L. – Educational Leadership, 2020
A district English learner facilitator describes that needs of newcomer immigrant students, which are often physiological, social-emotional, and psychological in nature, and provides a planning tool to help schools better prepare to accommodate these students in their first weeks.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Planning, Student Adjustment
Garibay, Montserrat – Educational Leadership, 2020
Educators should take care to make all students, especially immigrant students, feel safe and welcomed in their schools. Garibay outlines several ways that educators can build relationships with their immigrant students and their families, including home visits, informative community talks, providing know-your-rights information, and advocating…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Student Needs, Family School Relationship, Teacher Role
Barrera, Angela; Keppler, Lauren; Becker, Melody – Educational Leadership, 2020
At J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 in Cicero, Illinois, nearly 65 percent of the students are English learners. In 2014, the school started looking into how to create a culture where multilingual students were considered an asset. They created a dual-language program with an emphasis on pride and changing the status of bilingualism in…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Urban Schools, High School Students, Hispanic American Students
Fine, Caitlin G.; Strong, Kimberly; Palmer, Deborah – Educational Leadership, 2020
Language ideologies--the way our ideas about language and accent both reflect and are informed by our ideas about people and society--influence us in subtle, often subconscious ways. They can shape classroom practices and potentially create barriers to student learning. In this article, learn about two especially harmful language ideologies that…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Ideology, Teacher Attitudes, Classroom Techniques
Calderón, Margarita – Educational Leadership, 2020
Many U.S. schools now have adolescent students who are recent immigrants arrive throughout the school year--sometimes with little English or having had interrupted formal education in their home country. Teachers need strategies to involve such "newcomer" students in classroom work right away. The author describes a framework of…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Adolescents, English Language Learners, Academic Achievement
Cohan, Audrey; Honigsfeld, Andrea; Dove, Maria G. – Educational Leadership, 2020
Parents know their children best. When schools build relationships with the families of English learners, students benefit. In this article, learn three essential actions from which you can cultivate an engaging and welcoming school community: (1) create a supportive learning environment, (2) make resources multilingual and multimodal, and (3)…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Family School Relationship, English Language Learners, Educational Environment
Ferlazzo, Larry – Educational Leadership, 2020
The author, a veteran ESL teacher, describes a set of specific supports to help long-term English language learners make academic progress that he and other teachers piloted at Luther Burbank High School in California. The interventions included a daily academic support class; monitoring this group's academic progress; "cohorting" them…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, High School Students, Social Support Groups, Intervention
Lander, Jessica – Educational Leadership, 2020
It's time for educators to ditch deficit-based thinking and instead focus on the strengths of immigrant students, writes Jessica Lander. Here, she provides several concrete strategies teachers and schools can use to honor immigrant students' assets, while still providing rigorous English language instruction. For example, teachers can set high…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Refugees, English Language Learners, Cultural Capital
Urtubey, L. Juliana – Educational Leadership, 2020
When an English learner is referred for an evaluation for disability and possible special education services, educators must establish a trusting relationship with that student's family, clarifying the process for them and making the family part of all decision making. Urtubey explains cultural differences we should be aware of in how many Latinx…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Special Education, English Language Learners, Disability Identification
Duckor, Brent; Holmberg, Carrie – Educational Leadership, 2020
In the authors' 2017 book "Mastering Formative Assessment Moves" (ASCD), they outlined seven high-leverage formative assessment strategies that promote ambitious teaching and deeper learning. Since then, they've worked with pre- and in-service teachers who are implementing the new English Language Development Standards (2014) in…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Formative Evaluation, Learning Strategies, Preservice Teachers
Nikula, Johannah; DePiper, Jill Neumayer; Driscoll, Mark – Educational Leadership, 2020
Three mathematics education researchers discuss their findings on the use of diagrams in math instruction for English language learners. The authors show how diagrams can help students who are English learners better develop mathematical thinking and communicate their mathematical understanding.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Education, Mathematical Models
Shanahan, Timothy – Educational Leadership, 2020
If educators want to improve reading achievement on scale, Shanahan notes, we need to organize school days more effectively, so they support increased literacy learning--not hinder it. He presents suggestions for increasing the amount of literacy instruction elementary students receive, through more flexibility of scheduling and more wisely…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Literacy Education, Elementary School Students, Small Group Instruction
Ogden, Jéri – Educational Leadership, 2020
The author, a former early grades teacher, recounts how she overcome erratic curriculum implementation to find her own way to effective reading instruction. What worked for her was an emphasis on explicit phonics in the context of providing engaging and relevant reading material for her students. "As a matter of educating the whole…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Phonics, Reading Material Selection
Redford, Kyle – Educational Leadership, 2020
Elementary-level teacher Redford dispels the idea that instructional time should not be spent teaching content material because content is now Googleable. As research shows, background knowledge significantly influences basic comprehension, even in very young students; students need a core of background knowledge to decipher texts and understand…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Reading Comprehension, Elementary Education, Oral Reading
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