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 excellent ones out there with vivid artwork, engaging plotlines, and excellent characterization).

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.

"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

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 students. We are so honored!

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 for students, we know we still have more work to do. 


Check out this resource from the organization BRYCS about working with refugee children!


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 models do not serve the realities of public education. Essentially, many teachers in public schools are bilingual educators--they teach English Learners in their general education classrooms.

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:

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 in how students learn, how they think, and how they respond to instruction.

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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