Is There a Silent Period with ELLs?

When it comes to learning English, English Language Learners (ELLs) go through a variety of stages or periods.  One of the stages that most ELLs go through is a silent period.  During this silent period ELLs typically listen and observe more than they speak.  Teachers must be aware that this silent period is a time of true learning, as ELLs … Read More

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Acculturation and Its Impact on a Home-School Connection

The United States is a diverse country that has been a haven for immigrants from all over the world.  Since its inception, the United States has shaped the lives and experiences of immigrants who hope to improve their lives.  In order to do well in the United States, immigrants must become acculturated to our customs, beliefs, and way of life. … Read More

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Strategies for Authentic Family Engagement with English Learners

Classrooms in the U.S. are more diverse than ever. English Learners account for over 20 percent of students in our nation’s public school system.  School districts and teachers are always looking for ways to connect with EL kids and families for academic support and for family engagement.  Providing EL students with culturally engaging books to take home is a good … Read More

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Research on School Readiness with Hispanic Kids

My Super Cool Friends – Mis amigos super fabulosos Bronze Winner for Moonbeam Award – Reading & Literacy Skills School readiness is a phrase that is used to illustrate the physical, social, and intellectual readiness of young kids at the start of formal education, which is usually at kindergarten.  Some researchers have pinpointed certain questions that can be asked to … Read More

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High Expectations for English Learners

English Language Learners (ELLs) are a growing population in the U.S. school system.  This demographic statistic has steadily risen over the years, with an estimated 25% of children in the U.S. school system coming from immigrant families.  This is a new reality, which has significant implications for the U.S. school system and educators. However, effective educators know that ELs are … Read More

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3 Ways to Promote Culturally Relevant Family Programs

Parental and family involvement is a very important component in the academic achievement of students.  However, oftentimes, school administrators and teachers lack the knowledge on how to connect with immigrant and English Language Learners (ELLs).  This results in a lack of parental and family involvement within the immigrant community. But this can all change! Take a look at 3 ways … Read More

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3 Easy Ways to Use a Bilingual Book

3 Easy Ways to Use a Bilingual Book Research shows that the support for home language is important for the academic success of students.  It bridges the home and school connection. Reading aloud at home between parents and kids is one way that parents can be involved in the school-going process with their children. Bilingual Books have been proven to … Read More

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3 Ways to Bridging Theory & Practice with ELs

English Learners (ELs) are the fastest growing student population, as there has been a huge influx of individuals from around the globe coming to the U.S.  The arrival of non-English speakers creates a bit of disconnect between theory and practice in the classroom. However, there are measureable ways to bridge the gap and promote academic success among ELs.   Continue to … Read More

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Reaching Out to Hispanic Families in Rural Schools

Rural schools have their own unique challenges, very different than urban or suburban schools. For the Hispanic children in these schools, the daily life issues facing them include poverty, travel distance, housing, and fear. One in four babies born in the U.S. is Hispanic and, more than ever, they are being born into immigrant families who live in rural America, … Read More

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Issues of Poverty in Reading and Language Development

Socioeconomic status greatly impacts mental and physical factors, such as language development, reading, and academic success.  It is undeniable that poverty leads to disparities in reading and language development.  Research has consistently demonstrated that poverty levels are associated with a decrease in phonological awareness, vocabulary, and syntax throughout the various stages of development.  But, what causes those disparities, and how … Read More

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