Sarah B. Ottow is the founder and director of Confianza, which works with professional learning leaders, coaches, and teachers to develop educators’ capacity to provide access and opportunity for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
When I heard about this year’s Learning Forward Annual Conference theme – transformation – I was inspired to plan a deep-dive preconference session on transforming schools for a population of students near and dear to my heart: multilingual learners (also known as English Language Learners or English Learners). With school populations growing more diverse, and […]
Almost 1 in 10 students in the U.S. is identified as an English learner, also known as a multilingual learner (MLL) or emergent bilingual. Multilingual learners are extremely diverse, speaking more than 400 languages, learning two or several languages, and attending all kinds of school districts (urban, suburban, exurban, and rural) (NCES, 2020). But they […]
“We are stuck in logistics land,” is something I hear from instructional leaders I support almost daily. For many of us, this is all too true right now. Logistics are still very much the focus during this ongoing pandemic. Many schools are still having issues with poor Wi-Fi, lack of available devices, engaging students in […]