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Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible

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In this eagerly anticipated revision of their bestselling book, authors Diane Staehr Fenner, Sydney Snyder, and Meghan Gregoire-Smith share dynamic, research-backed strategies that every educator of multilingual learners (MLs) can add to their repertoire. Including more of what educators loved from the first edition—authentic classroom examples, a wide variety of research-based instructional strategies, and practical tools to implement across grade levels and content areas—this is the ultimate practical guide to unlocking the potential of MLs in K-12 classrooms.

With fresh graphics and eye-catching colors, this thoroughly revised edition also includes: 
   • Considerations for ML newcomer students and students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE)
An added chapter on building scaffolded instruction and peer learning opportunities into MLs’ academic reading and writing activities
Additional opportunities for reflection and application
A new unit planning template aligned with research-based instructional practices, including a completed example unit

Chapter 1: Why You Need This Book to Support MLs

Chapter 2: Using a Culturally Responsive Framework to Leverage the Strengths & Meet the Needs of MLs

Chapter 3: Scaffolding Instruction for MLs

Chapter 4: Peer Learning: Fostering MLs’ Oral Language Development and Content Understanding

Chapter 5: Teaching Academic Language to MLs at the Word/Phrase Level

Chapter 6: Teaching Academic Language to MLs at the Sentence and Discourse Level

Chapter 7: Activating and Teaching MLs Background Knowledge

Chapter 8: Engaging MLs in Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

Chapter 9: Formative Assessment for MLs

Appendix A: Unlocking MLs’ Potential Unit Planning Template

Appendix B: Unlocking MLs’ Potential Unit Planning Template Completed Example

Appendix C: Classroom Checklist to Foster a Language Learning Environment for MLs

Appendix D: Culturally Responsive School Checklist and Goal Setting

Appendix E: Scaffolding for MLs Self-Assessment

Appendix F: Checklist for Supporting MLs’ Academic Language Development in Speaking and Writing


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.


Sydney Snyder, PhDis a principal associate at SupportEd. In this role, Dr. Snyder coaches ML educators and develops and facilitates interactive professional development for teachers of MLs. She also works with the SupportEd team to offer technical assistance to school districts and educational organizations. Dr. Snyder has extensive instructional experience and has worked in the field of English language development (ELD) for over 25 years. She started her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. This experience ignited her passion for language teaching, culturally responsive instruction, and ML advocacy. Dr. Snyder is co-author of Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity and contributing author to Breaking Down the Monolingual Wall. She served as an English Teaching Fellow at Gadja Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education at George Mason University and her M.A.T in TESOL at the School for International Training.

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Meghan Gregoire-Smith, MAis a multilingual learner (ML) coach at SupportEd. In this role, Ms. Gregoire-Smith coaches ML educators and develops and facilitates interactive professional development for teachers of MLs. Ms. Gregoire-Smith began her career teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to young adults in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her time in Ecuador sparked her love of language teaching. She then spent over a decade supporting MLs in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland, first as an elementary English language development (ELD) teacher and then as an ELD teacher specialist. As an ELD Teacher Specialist, Ms. Gregoire-Smith wrote the K-12 ELD curricula, planned and delivered professional development around best practices for working with MLs, and provided coaching for ELD teachers new to the profession. Ms. Gregoire-Smith’s experiences as an ELD teacher and teacher specialist led to a passion for supporting educators of MLs through high-quality professional development and coaching. She earned her Master’s in TESOL from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

ISBN: 9781071902660

Release Date: January 16, 2024

Page Count: 376

Publisher: Corwin

Format: Paperback

Language: English


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