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A Fresh Approach to Intervention Is Boosting Achievement in a Michigan School District

Hear from educators about a new approach to intervention that’s raising student achievement in the Wayne-Westland Community School District, outside Detroit.

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Find instructional strategies to teach vocabulary to English language learners.

Dana Leon
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Texas dual language kindergarten teacher Blanca Hernandez shares how she builds a bilingual classroom culture that fosters a growth mindset in English and Spanish.

Jennifer Corujo
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Try these 7 ELL strategies for reading success. Help your ELL students to engage with reading and foster a desire to connect with texts.

Rebecca Salinas
Learning Architect, HMH

Richard Blankman
Shaped Executive Editor

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What is scaffolding and how does it help ELL students? Read to learn about scaffolding for ELL students, including benefits and best practices.

Dana Leon
Shaped Contributor

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Explore the 6 levels of English language proficiency for ELL students to support your multilingual learners.

Jennifer Corujo
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Learn how to use sentence frames for ELL students to support written and oral language development.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

WF1742327 Shaped 2023 Blog Post How to Support Multilingual Learners

Find best practices to support multilingual learners (MLLs) in the classroom.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

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Find strategies and best practices on how to build background knowledge for ELLs.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

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Learn more about intervention strategies to help improve student outcomes in your school and district.

Zoe Del Mar
Shaped Executive Editor

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Find a collection of graphic organizer to help ELL students build vocabulary, compare and contrast, and activate prior knowledge.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

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Dr. Ivannia Soto specializes in second-language acquisition and systemic reform for English language learners. Here we share the accommodations for English language learners in the classroom that she says work best.

Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Executive Editor

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Support your ELL students with writing strategies to build confident and capable writers.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

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Find out about HMH's new platform and program enhancements for back-to-school 2022.

Christine Condon
Shaped Editor-in-Chief

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Help prepare ELL students with support resources that benefit your multilingual learners.

Zoe Del Mar
Shaped Executive Editor

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Get students excited about reading by organizing your classroom library with relevant books and updated displays.

Ellen Ullman
Shaped Contributor

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These ELL strategies for math instruction will help you with teaching math to English language learners and supporting math learning for multilingual students.

Richard Blankman
Shaped Executive Editor

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Try these strategies to engage long-term English learners (LTELs) and provide the support students need in the classroom.

Carissa Ford
Learning Experience Designer, English Language Development, HMH

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Meet Margarita Lezama, an ESL and ESOL teacher at Brownsville Middle School in Miami, Florida. Originally from Nicaragua, Margarita now teaches a large immigrant population and relates with her students on topics like coping with culture shock, learning English, and facing discrimination.

Ali Habashi
Shaped Editor

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