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How Can We Better Support English Language Learners?

This week, I've combined similar questions from two readers -- Wendi Pillars and Tagrid Sihly.  Their combined question is:

What are the greatest challenges to improving ELL student achievement, and how can we overcome them? What are the best strategies schools can use to close the achievement gap for students with disabilities and English Language Learners?

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Please share your thoughts in the comments or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. There will be plenty of space for reader comments.

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Another option is contacting me on Twitter at @Larryferlazzo.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a variety of education publishers.  I'll be highlighting one particular publisher every two months, and it's Routledge's turn now.

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Education Week has published a collection of posts from this blog -- along with new material -- in an ebook form.  It's titled Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching.

Last, but not least, I've recently begun recording a weekly eight-minute BAM! Radio podcast with educators who provide guest responses to questions.  You can listen and/or download them here.

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