Super ELL Stories: Hamdi Ulukaya

As a child, Hamdi Ulukaya lived on a dairy farm and helped with the family cheese and yogurt business. Hamdi was worried about his human rights as a Kurdish person in Turkey, so at age 22, he moved to the United States to attend...
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Mawi Asgedom

How Immigrants Make America Great

Mawi Asgedom made waves at the Grant Park TEDx Talk, where he declared his vision: to change the conversation on immigration in the U.S. and the world. He shared his personal story and the experiences of many immigrants who have...
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Taking Time Out for Reflection and Celebrating Success

During the academic school year, we work intensively with our students to teach them all the core subjects. Students take tests, and we move on to the next goal. Educators are moving at a record pace, trying to prepare their...
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Getting Students to College, Regardless of Immigration Status

The Associated Press published an article late last week that recounts one student's story about the challenges and successes one student faced as she worked her way through high school toward college.
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Working in Community with Fellow Educators

In my experience teaching English Language Learners, I have been in the traditional setting of teaching as the lone wolf in a class of thirty and also on the flipside of co-teaching with my fellow teachers, or even mentoring new teachers...
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The Importance of Pronouncing ELL Names Correctly

We all know that it can be hard to pronounce the names of students in any classroom. Yet, in an ELL classroom, the correct pronunciation of a name can help students feel welcomed and respected in your classroom.
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How to Incorporate Various Learning Styles into Your Classroom

Educators have a lot on their plate, no matter what the age they teach or institution they are a part of. Much is demanded of them, especially when it comes to achieving results and goals which don't always feel realistic.
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How to Help ELL Parents and Their Children Not Lose Their Cultural Identity

As an educator to immigrant Head Start parents who are learning English, I see both the parents and their children in a struggle to learn a new language, while also trying to adjust and navigate in a new culture. One thing I have noticed...
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Online education for ELL students

Technology is quickly becoming an integral aspect of the classroom. Students are now able to use the internet and computers to enhance their education and engage with content and peers.
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When Policy Knocks on Your Classroom Door

As a teacher, the word policy had a type of visceral reaction for me. Changes to policy invariably seemed to shift the very same teaching terrain that I was just starting to master.
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iNACOL Webinar

We are excited to share Mawi's recent webinar, Increase ELL Success Through Blended and Online Social Emotional Learning, hosted by iNACOL. Watch this webinar to explore research-based social emotional learning, such as grit and growth...
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Tips to increase social skills in ELL students

In one of my favorite speeches from Mawi, he talks about the social stigma he faced as a student because of cultural differences.  
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Super ELL Students at Taft High School

This inspirational video highlights students taking Mawi Learning's Super ELL course at Taft High School in Chicago.
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Differentiating in a classroom with a variance of languages

Is there a trick that you have to differentiating when you have variance of languages and levels in one classroom?  
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Advice for New ELL Teachers

What are the three pieces of advice that you would give to teachers just starting out in their ELL classrooms? 
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