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Considerations for Supporting English Language Learners within Remote Learning, Part 1

These are truly unprecedented times and we all are trying our best to navigate ever-changing models of instruction. One thing remains true: we are seeking ways to adapt…

Oct 22, 2020  |  By Veronica Vasquez
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Scaffolding Techniques for English Language Learners: Part 2

In part 1 of this blog series, we considered two overarching types of scaffolds that support English language learners: Verbal Scaffolds use language to support students during instruction…

Mar 20, 2018  |  By Veronica Vasquez
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Scaffolding Techniques for English Language Learners: Part 1

When supporting English Language Learners during instruction we must consider that the instruction is two-fold. Teachers are supporting content and language acquisition simultaneously. This is not an easy…

Feb 28, 2018  |  By Veronica Vasquez
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English Language Learners and Culturally Responsive Teaching, Rule 1

Recently, some colleagues and I have engaged in a powerful book study of Zaretta Hammond’s book Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain. Hammond’s work has immersed us ways…

Feb 26, 2018  |  By Veronica Vasquez
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Setting the Stage for Supporting our English Language Learners in Collaborative Literacy

All our students bring such richness to our schools. Second language learners in particular bring unique perspectives to the table. I can attest to this as a second…

Aug 24, 2017  |  By Veronica Vasquez
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Lowering the Affective Filter for English Language Learners Facilitates Successful Language Acquisition

What is the affective filter? The “affective filter” is a theoretical construct in second language acquisition that attempts to explain the emotional variables associated with the success or…

Mar 30, 2017  |  By Veronica Vasquez
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