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Practical Steps to Supporting English Learners in ELA and Math Classrooms by Laura Austin, Carson City School District, & Crystal Gonzales, English Learners Success Forum

Classrooms today are likely to have at least one English learner (EL) student. How do we ensure they are learning the same content as other students? How do we ensure that they are achieving to their full potential? This doesn’t get addressed with “just good teaching” but, instead, requires intentional actions and dedicated conviction to adapt curriculum, policies, and practices …

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Interview with Mariama Sesay-St. Paul

In this episode, Sierah Tyson, the Education Nomad, sits down with Mariama Sesay-St. Paul to talk about literacy education that helps students meet high expectations. Mariama Sesay-St. Paul is a vice principal of curriculum and instruction at Science Park High School in the Newark Public School District. She began her career as an educator in 2000 as a Teach For …

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Preparing Your Students for Complex Texts

You’ve heard it time and time again; all students, regardless of their reading level when they arrive in the grade they find themselves in, deserve to be given access to grade-level texts. The consequences of not doing so are simply too high to ignore.

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Decoding Equitable Phonics Instruction

Tim Shanahan recently posted a blog entry in which he answered a teacher’s question, regarding his “own thinking as well as research referencing the occasional use of decodable texts for small group reading instruction in grades K-2.” Shanahan commented on the research regarding the decodable text part of the request but missed an opportunity to link the text type with …

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