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Learning in a New Language: A Schoolwide Approach to Support K–8 Emergent Bilinguals


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Within today's multilingual communities, a growing percentage of students are emergent bilinguals—bringing to school a home language other than English and thus poised to become bilingual as they acquire the new language. As a result, school leaders need to have essential background knowledge and a wealth of strategies at their fingertips to ensure that all students are prepared for college, career, and civic engagement.

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Engaging with Linguistically Diverse Families and Communities

Essential Pieces of Program Improvement

Creating Inclusive Schoolwide Structures and Environments

Learning Through a New Language: A Primer for Leaders

Evidence-Based Practices in the Literacy Classroom

About the authors

Lori Helman is a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches and mentors graduate students, literacy specialists, and future teachers and serves as director of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research.

During her career, she has been a bilingual elementary school teacher, a district literacy coordinator, a new teacher program development leader, a teacher educator, and an educational researcher. Helman's research is focused on literacy development, reading difficulties, effective teaching practices for multilingual students, and the implementation of schoolwide systems of support.

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