5 Free Resources for Teachers

A teacher’s work is never done.  After spending the entire day in the classroom, you have to research topics and activities to bring into the classroom, plus correct assignments.  We’re not going to sugarcoat it. Being a teacher is hard, especially if you lack the right resources. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 free resources for teachers.  Hopefully, … Read More

Oral Language: Essential for English Learners

When it comes to reaching fluency in a language, English Learners (ELs) must master both written and spoken language skills.  Take a look at 4 essential components of oral language that need are essential for English Learners to master. Phonemic Awareness The English language consists of around 41 phonemes, which are the smallest units that make up spoken language.  Phonemes … Read More

3 Strategies for Teaching Struggling ESL Readers

English as a second language (ESL) students come to the classroom with varying levels and complexity of struggles and knowledge.  Some ESL students lack background knowledge, while others may have difficulties connecting their native language with the new language they are learning.  Every ESL student is unique with varying levels or oral, listening, and text skills. Additionally, some students have … Read More

Bilingual School Readiness Books – A Fun Way to Learn Colors, Letters, and Numbers

Infants and young children learn language skills through interactions with their parents and family members, as language is a form of communication to share feelings, thoughts, and ideas.  Literacy is also a skill that is learned through interaction with parents, family members, and educators. It is essential for young children to be cognizant of symbols and text, for them to … Read More

Multicultural Literature and Library Programs

Multicultural literature is oftentimes unheard of in libraries across America.  Considering that America is a multicultural nation, and that more and more immigrants and English Learners (EL) are coming to America, that is unacceptable.  Experiential, ideological, cultural, and social aspects in multicultural literature typically aren’t found in the basic, status quo literature in our country’s libraries and schools.  Let’s explore … Read More

Tips for Reading Aloud with Infants & Toddlers

Reading is an integral part of our lives, so it’s important to start reading to children from the day that they’re born.  Infants and toddlers listen and learn everything they hear.  So, it’s important to read aloud to them.  Additionally, when children begin speaking, they’ll start repeating the terms and phrases they’re hearing.  In turn, there vocabulary will increase. Take … Read More

Culturally Meaningful Children’s Books for Hispanic Families

Reading is crucial for all kids in order to improve their reading comprehension, literacy, and language skills.  Research demonstrates that kids are more engaged when they read books that they can relate to, especially if the books connect to their heritage or cultural background.  It is important to note that not all books about Spanish-speaking individuals are relevant to all … Read More

Laws and Policies for English Learners

Laws and policies play a huge role in the education system at the federal, state, and local levels.  These laws come straight from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. Further, there are some laws that are specific to English Learners.  Take a look at some of these laws and how they affect English Learners. Services for the Educationally Disadvantaged … Read More

5 Tips for Teaching Biliteracy to Adults

Adult English Language Learners (ELLs), experience the same stresses, difficulties, and anxieties that young ELLs do, but at times can have tougher experiences as they have more concrete knowledge in their native or first language.  Additionally, adult ELLs have greater responsibilities and issues dealing with work, family, and life occupying their minds. Oftentimes it is thought that adult ELLs need … Read More

Striving for Educational Equity

School districts and educators know the importance of an equitable learning environment.  However, every school district has unique obstacles to overcome, and every single student has unique needs.  Educators often influence factors that allow for these inequities to continue; therefore, not all inequities can be solved by educators in the classroom setting.  However, there are principals, which can guide any … Read More