English learners

Why I’m focusing on multilingual learners at Learning Forward’s conference (and why you should, too)

By Sarah Ottow | November 19, 2021

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 […]

What English learners need now

By Sarah Ottow | April 29, 2021

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 […]

Supporting equity for English learners during the Coronavirus pandemic

By Learning Forward | April 3, 2020

By Sarah Ottow Learning Forward is pleased to share this blog post in collaboration with 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. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all facing challenges in our personal […]

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