Isabella Sanchez

Zooming in: A Close Look at Literacy Practices in Low-Income Latino Homes

Dual language learners (DLLs) come from linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse families. Considering that culture and communication are close cousins, DLLs’ early communication styles are likely shaped both by their distinct home cultures and their interactions with family members. So how do the communication styles of DLLs’ parents shape the ways they expose their children… Read more »

Project GLAD: So Much More to Learn

Project GLAD — which stands for Guided Language Acquisition Instruction — is a model of sheltered English instruction that school districts around the country have used to prepare their teachers to work with English language learner (ELL) students. 1 In fact, almost 300,000 teachers in 18 states have received training in GLAD strategies. GLAD began as a… Read more »

Addressing Bilingual Teacher Shortages in Connecticut

Connecticut has recently experienced rapid growth in the number of English language learners (ELLs). In fact, between 2002 and 2006 the number of ELLs jumped from 20,000 to 30,000 — a staggering 50 percent increase — and numbers haven’t gone back down. Connecticut’s difficulty adjusting to the change shows up in the performance of its… Read more »