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5 Ways to Support Speakers of Low Incidence Languages

Dual Language Programs are a fantastic way to honor the linguistic backgrounds of our language minority students, but only the linguistic backgrounds of our language minority students who belong to the majority amongst our minorities.  But what about our students who speak low-incidence languages?  What about our students who are minorities amongst language-minority students?   I…

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5 Do’s and 3 Don’t’s When It Comes to Names

Soon Labor Day will culturally signify the end of the long, hot, lazy days of summer and give way to pumpkin spice and scarecrows.  Once upon a time, Labor Day also signified the last days of summer vacation for our kids.  Now, depending upon where you work, the year might have already started, or you…

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Being a Monolingual Administrator for a Dual Language Program

As this new school year begins, district and school administrators are filled with the typical excitement and anticipation, but additionally, perhaps a novel sense of anxiety.  This anxiety may stem from the fact that the start of this school year is characterized nationwide by a record number of teacher vacancies.  Perhaps it comes from the…

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Teaching About Spring Holidays

The birds are chirping. The weather is getting warmer.  Spring is here, signaling the arrival of the many holidays that take place this time of year.  However, while “Winter Holidays” are often taught at schools in an effort to “multiculturally” celebrate Christmas, the festivities our students engage in during the Spring are often ignored even…

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The Fatal Consequences of Microaggressions

For most of human history, we have had no words to describe the seemingly small statements and actions that indirectly and subtly insult people based on race or other aspects of identity.  During the 1970s, Dr. Chester M. Pierce proposed the term microaggression to describe these statements and actions, but the concept failed to spread.…

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