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Breaking Down the Wall: Essential Shifts for Multilingual Learners’ Success

Co-authored by Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD

$34.95 | Paperback

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It was a dark and stormy night in Santa Barbara. January 19, 2017. The next day’s inauguration drumroll played on the evening news. Huddled around a table were nine Corwin authors and their publisher, who together have devoted their careers to equity in education. They couldn’t change the weather, they couldn’t heal a fractured country, but they did have the power to put their collective wisdom about EL education upon the page to ensure our multilingual learners reach their highest potential.

Proudly, we introduce you now to the fruit of that effort: Breaking Down the Wall: Essential Shifts for English Learners’ Success. In this first-of-a-kind collaboration, teachers and leaders, whether in small towns or large urban centers, finally have both the research and the practical strategies to take those first steps toward excellence in educating our culturally and linguistically diverse children. It’s a book to be celebrated because it means we can throw away the dark glasses of deficit-based approaches and seechildren who come to school speaking a different home language for what they really are: learners with tremendous assets.

Chapter 1 - From Deficit-Based to Asset-Based

Chapter 2 - From Compliance to Excellence

Chapter 3 - From Watering Down to Challenging

Chapter 4 - From Isolation to Collaboration

Chapter 5 - From Silence to Conversation

Chapter 6 - From Language to Language, Literacy, and Content

Chapter 7 - From Assessment of Learning to Assessment for and as Learning

Chapter 8 - From Monolingualism to Multilingualism

Chapter 9 - From Nobody Cares to Everyone/Every Community Cares


 Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD, president and founder of SupportEd, established the company in 2011 as a way to serve educators who work to help multilingual learners (MLs) realize their full potential. Dr. Staehr Fenner is an author of six educational learning books. She is a frequent keynote presenter on ML education at conferences across North America. She spent a decade as an ESOL teacher, dual language assessment teacher, and ESOL assessment specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA and taught English in Mexico and Germany. She earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Literacy at George Mason University. She earned her MAT in TESOL at the School for International Training and her Masters in German at Penn State University. She lives in Fairfax, VA with her husband and three school-age kids who learned math and science through Spanish in their public elementary school. Dr. Staehr Fenner grew up on a dairy farm in New York State’s Finger Lakes region and is a first-generation college graduate.

ISBN: 9781452257693

Release Date: September 2013

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Corwin

Format: Paperback

Language: English

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