Could this Bad Behavior be Trauma-Related?

You know the kids: the troublemakers, the ones who can't sit still, the kids that often make your job more difficult. They may be diagnosed with ADHD, Bipolar or Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Or they may just seem disrespectful and...
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It’s All About the Connections

Many of us have experienced traveling to a foreign country and having a difficult time understanding the language, but at the same time being exciting to learn about the history, culture, and food of where we were visiting.
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Graphic Novels for ELLs

Graphic novels get a bad rap sometimes. Some people confuse them with comic books, which tend to be shorter, more action-oriented, and with fewer words (though, don't get me wrong--I quite like reading comics as well and there are some...
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Turning Students into Teachers

In my third period class of 28 students, we speak 14 different native languages and represent 17 countries from five continents. Maybe this sounds exceptional, but in our school, it is the norm for ELL classes.
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5 Tips for a “Safe Haven” ELL Classroom

"I realized if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities you can change the world." --Erin Gruwell
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Mawi Learning Wins NewSchools Venture Fund ELL Challenge

We are excited to announce that Mawi Learning is a winner in the NewSchools Ignite ELL challenge, thanks to our Super ELL program! The funding and technical support will allow us to expand our impact and better serve our partners and...
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Relatable Role Models

It matters for students to see relatable examples of positive role models who look like them or have a similar background to theirs. Though the educational system as a whole is getting better at presenting a diverse array of role models...
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Resource: Educator Toolkit for Working with Refugee Children

  Check out this resource from the organization BRYCS about working with refugee children!  
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Serving Our Latino-America

There is a developing demand for a model of bilingual education that we haven't yet come up with, and time is of the essence. Old models of forced immersion and English-only classrooms in public schools are becoming irrelevant. These...
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US Department of Education: New Guidance on ELs

At the end of September, the US Department of Education released new guidelines for the education of English Learners under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Secretary of Education John King introduced the guidelines, remarking that:
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Working with a Variety of Languages and Language Proficiencies in your Classroom

Even though all the ELLs in a class could be the same age, have the same native language, or test into the same proficiency level, English language instructors will always have variation in the classroom. There will always be differences...
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Resource: Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students

We found this great resource from My (Un)Documented Life and wanted to share it with you!Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students
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Super ELL Stories: Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek grew up in Mexico with her Lebanese father and Mexican/Spanish mother. Salma was five years old when she saw the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and decided she wanted to become an actress.
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Upcoming Conference Keynotes

Here are some conferences I'll be keynoting in the coming months: 1) Illinois Association of School Boards: This will be to about 2,200 school board members and school leaders in my home state.
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3 Activities to Bring Fun into the Classroom

For many instructors, the fall is the beginning of a new school year. There is much excitement and anxiety that comes with this time of year from both the instructors and learners.
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The Rise of Additive Bilingualism

Have you heard the term "additive bilingualism" before? Even if it's not familiar, chances are you can figure out the meaning. In additive bilingual programs, students are encouraged to build their literacy in two (or theoretically more...
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