Summer Reading and Activities with English Learners

Are you looking for books for English Learners to keep kids reading all summer long? Below is a list of bilingual books to help Spanish speaking kids develop their interest in reading and also learn English at the same time. Many bilingual books can be turned into activities for kids to do with their parents, so that their parents also … Read More

The Secret Lives of Bilingual Books on Huff Post

As published on Huffington Post March 31, 2015 Many Americans are familiar with well-known mainstream children’s books such as the Dr. Seuss series, Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are. But what about Americans who come from another culture, speak another language or are bilingual? What children’s books are there for them and their families? This group, until recently, … Read More

Public School Dual Language Programs on the Rise

Public School Dual Language Programs on the Rise Recent reports in the New York Times and Chalkbeat New York track the rise of dual language programs in public schools. The dual language programs promote biliteracy and positive cross-cultural understanding in our increasingly multicultural and interdependent world. Chalkbeat New York reported that Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s continued focus on dual language … Read More

Teacher Gives Secret for Unlocking English for ELLs

A teacher of ELLs in Arkansas recently offered his “secret sauce” for unlocking English for ELLs in his school. Justin Minkel is a first-grade teacher at Jones Elementary in northwest Arkansas. It’s a public school and his experience is a case study in how to “unlock” English for ELLs. 85 percent of his students speak English as a second language. … Read More

Research About English Learners

Click here to watch Dr. Echevarria present research about English Learners! At a recent Literacy Leadership symposium, Dr. Jana Echevarria presented on who are our English Learners today and provided research about English Learners. The Latino population leads the country in population growth over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Census reports, and Spanish is the largest second … Read More