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A Dedication to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Today is a day dedicated to honoring the legacy and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  And while many simply enjoy the extra day at home, it is vital to reflect on what this day truly means.  His life’s legacy is one of equity, access, equality and the ability of each person to realize […]

Week of June 19th Online PD

These two online workshops are “game changers” for schools that are ready to focus on accelerating ELLs language development and ability to tackle the CCSS!

How Is Everyone a Language Teacher?

Over recent years, it seems that the challenges students face when having academic conversations have only gotten larger. Students struggle to have meaningful conversations, they struggle to stay on topic, they struggle to find the words to help them speak knowledgeably and precisely about the topic being discussed.  While these challenges exist for a number […]

VOCABULARY JOURNAL: Building Academic Vocabulary with SPEED™

It’s finally available!!!!  The student journals for academic vocabulary called, VOCABULARY JOURNAL: Building Academic Vocabulary with SPEED™ is now available on Amazon!  So why did we create this resource? Well, we know that challenges with vocabulary strongly influence the readability of a text (Chall & Dale, 1995).  Not only that, but lacking vocabulary is known to […]

1 Research-based Strategy Truly Great Teachers Use

In the world of high stakes testing, we often worry about how we are going to “cover” all the standards in our curriculum, especially when we serve EL’s (English Learners) and struggling students that need greater amounts of support.  It is a real concern with no easy answers.  So what is one part of the […]

5 Reasons Why Expectations Change Results for all Students, especially ELLs

It seems simple, that as educators, we have the same high learning expectations for all students in given classroom, grade level, or school. After all, we wouldn’t want to knowingly deny the access and benefits of a high-quality educations to any child. And the reality is that the vast majority of educators do not approach […]

Essential Language for Reaching the Common Core:

Aligning the CCSS with Language Development Standards

Over the last few weeks, we have talked at length about a number of ways to increase your students’ vocabulary so that they are able to access increasingly more complex text and grow as readers and intellectual beings. In fact, with the arrival of the Common Core State Standards, we’ve all become more mindful of […]

Part 5: Teaching Cognates to English Learner Students

  When it comes to English Language Learners, it is critical that students have the opportunity to see their native language as an asset.   Particularly for native Spanish speakers, a way to do that is to help them understand the sheer amount of academic vocabulary they have at their disposal through the use of cognates. […]