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Social Emotional Learning for Multilingual Learners: Essential Actions for Success 

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Though multilingual learners (MLs) comprise nearly 25% of the school-age population, the most widely-used social emotional learning (SEL) frameworks and programs lack an intentional focus on these students’ unique strengths and challenges. To foster MLs’ academic success and  wellbeing, educators must consider students’ cultures, languages, assets, expectations, norms, and life experiences when integrating SEL practices. 

In this groundbreaking book, Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD and Mindi Teich, MEd break down how each of the five competencies in the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) SEL framework can be implemented with ML success in mind. Staehr Fenner and Teich’s practical and engaging guide provides SEL considerations that are unique to MLs, relevant research, easy-to-implement educator actions, and tools to seamlessly integrate SEL practices into content and language instruction. Additional features include:

  + Tools and practical strategies educators can apply immediately

  + Programmatic and systemic considerations that impact SEL for MLs

  + Examples of successful SEL strategies for MLs currently being used in classrooms

  + Ample opportunities for reflection and application in each chapter

  + Templates to prioritize and integrate SEL for MLs into teaching practices

MLs thrive when they are validated and supported to achieve their goals, empathize with others, build relationships, and make responsible decisions. The essential actions presented in this guide will enable you–regardless of your role or prior experience with SEL–to empower MLs to achieve academic and lifelong success.

Chapter 1 - Why SEL For MLs Matters

Chapter 2 - The SEL Framework For MLs

Fostering Access to:

     Chapter 3 - Self-Awareness

     Chapter 4 - Self-Management

     Chapter 5 - Social Awareness

     Chapter 6 - Relationship Skills

     Chapter 7 - Responsible Decision-Making

Chapter 8 - Taking Next Steps to Implement SEL with MLs



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.

Mindi Teich

Mindi Teich, MEd, SupportEd ML Coach, has been an advocate for English Learner students and their teachers for over 20 years. She began her career as an ESL teacher in DC Public Schools (DCPS). During her time as an ESL teacher, she worked with students in pull out, push in, and co-teaching environments. It was during her own co-teaching experience that Mindi embraced the co-teaching model and recognized the benefits for ELs. While still teaching, she worked with District staff to develop and implement training on collaborative practices for classroom and ESL teachers. As part of the DCPS Language Acquisition Division, Mindi spent 10 years providing professional development and on-site coaching to DCPS teachers who worked with language learners.

ISBN: 9781071895672

Release Date: April 2024

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Corwin

Format: Paperback

Language: English

Grade Level: PreK-12


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