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From Equity Insights to Action
Critical Strategies for Teaching Multilingual Learners

Illustrated by Claribel González.



August 2021 | 120 pages | Corwin

Your Greatest Assets are Right Before Your Eyes: Your Multilingual Learners!

Equity for multilingual learners (MLLs) means that students’ cultural and linguistic identities, backgrounds, and experiences are recognized as valued, rich sources of knowledge and their academic, linguistic, literacy, and social–emotional growth is ensured to the fullest potential. This ready-to-use guide offers practical, classroom-level strategies for educators seeking thoughtful, research-informed, and accessible information on how to champion equity for MLLs in a post-COVID era.

Focused on the deliberate daily actions that all teachers of multilingual learners can take, this resource guide captures a compelling advocacy framework for culturally and linguistically responsive equity work, including

  • Authentic examples of how educators understand and support MLLs through an equity lens
  • Student portraits of multilingual learners’ experiences
  • Accessible answers to essential how-to questions
  • Robust professional learning activities
  • Access to print and online resources for additional information

Thoughtful probes throughout the guide help teachers develop student agency and foster pathways in their own practice and communication with multilingual learners.  

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
About the Illustrator
 
CHAPTER 1. ESTABLISH YOUR WHY
THE URGENCY

 
WHO ARE MULTILINGUAL LEARNERS?

 
WHAT IS EQUITY?

 
HOW THIS BOOK GUIDES EQUITY WORK FOR MLS

 
CHAPTER ORGANIZATION

 
WHY EVERY EDUCATOR SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

 
REFLECTIONS AND ACTIONS

 
KEY RESOURCES

 
 
CHAPTER 2. AMPLIFY THE TALENTS, SPIRITS, AND PERSONAL POWERS OF MLS
THE URGENCY

 
TALK WITH AND LISTEN TO YOUR STUDENTS

 
STUDENT PORTRAITS

 
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

 
AMPLIFY MLS’ TALENTS, NURTURE THEIR GIFTS, AND UPLIFT THEIR SPIRITS

 
MULTILINGUAL CONSCIOUSNESS: A PATHWAY TO EQUITY

 
EQUITY MOVES TO BOLSTER STUDENTS’ TALENTS

 
BRIDGES TO EQUITABLE PRACTICES: INFUSING THE SPIRIT OF LEARNING

 
EQUITY IN ACTION

 
PARTING THOUGHTS

 
REFLECTIONS AND ACTIONS

 
KEY RESOURCES

 
 
CHAPTER 3. RECALIBRATE THE CURRICULUM TO ACCELERATE LEARNING FOR MLS
THE URGENCY

 
STUDENT PORTRAITS

 
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

 
RECALIBRATING THE CURRICULUM

 
TALK WITH AND LISTEN TO YOUR STUDENTS

 
EQUITY IN ACTION

 
PARTING THOUGHTS

 
REFLECTIONS AND ACTIONS

 
KEY RESOURCES

 
 
CHAPTER 4. TEACH AND ASSESS TO BUILD STUDENT AUTONOMY, AGENCY, AND RESILIENCE
THE URGENCY

 
STUDENT PORTRAITS

 
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

 
LET’S TEACH THE WAY STUDENTS LEARN

 
LET’S TEACH THE WAY STUDENTS CAN SUCCEED

 
EQUITY-INFORMED, INTEGRATED APPROACHES TO PLANNING INSTRUCTION FOR MLS

 
TALK WITH AND LISTEN TO YOUR STUDENTS

 
EQUITABLE ASSESSMENT PRACTICES

 
EQUITY IN ACTION

 
PARTING THOUGHTS

 
REFLECTIONS AND ACTIONS

 
KEY RESOURCES

 
 
CHAPTER 5. HARNESS THE POWER OF CONNECTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
THE URGENCY

 
STUDENT PORTRAITS

 
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

 
OUR CONNECTED RESPONSIBILITY TO STUDENTS

 
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN SUPPORT OF EQUITY

 
STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING CONNECTIONS IN THE CLASSROOM

 
STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING CONNECTIONS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

 
TALK WITH AND LISTEN TO YOUR STUDENTS

 
EQUITY IN ACTION

 
PARTING THOUGHTS

 
REFLECTIONS AND ACTIONS

 
KEY RESOURCES

 
 
References and Further Reading
 
Index

As an advocate for multilingual children, I found From Equity Insights to Action to be both profound and practical. This is a book that is relevant to the times we live in and is much needed. These authors push us to think critically about the issues at hand.   Not to mention the layout is lovely, and the graphics are captivating as well.

Valentina Gonzalez
Co-Author of Reading & Writing with English Learners: A Framework for K-5

"From Equity Insights to Action is an extremely useful and timely book about lessons learned from the pandemic and moving forward with a new vision of providing equitable practices for MLs. The authors deliver their promise as reflected in the title and in the introductory chapter by laying out pathways for approaching equity through actionable research-based practices and strategies that teachers can use to amplify, accelerate, and empower MLs. The personal accounts, reflections, sketch notes, authentic examples from classrooms allow the reader to experience an educational world of equity and justice where MLs have the potential to succeed because they are given everything they need to thrive."

Vicky Giouroukakis, Professor of Education
Molloy College

"From Equity Insights to Action is focused on impacting systematic change by addressing issues that our Multilingual Learners have faced and are currently facing now more than ever. This book not only presents research-based supports through an equity-lens, but readers will dive deep into critical reflection that will challenge all notions. This book provides practical and valuable approaches that guide open and honest conversations with educators. As a Director of English Learning, working with teams and systems, I found that The Equity in Action sections were valuable in providing educators with practical, real-life examples of how we can put equity practices into action. With beautiful illustrations, guiding resources, and real-life student encounters, readers are left with inspiration!"


Shadia Salem, Director of English Learning
North Palos SD 117

"From Equity Insights to Action is an urgent call for educators to understand who multilingual learners are, what equity in the classroom looks like, how to perform equity work in schools, and, most importantly, why it all matters in this critical pandemic era. Andrea Honigsfeld, Maria Dove, Audrey Cohan, and Carrie McDermott Goldman convince readers of the importance of appreciating and building on the strengths and abilities that multilingual learners bring to the classroom. The authors go beyond teaching and learning strategies by also including sections on advocacy, reflections, and actions, along with chapters on assessment and teacher-student relationship-building. Beautifully written and creatively illustrated, this book should be read by all practitioners committed to equity in our increasingly diverse society, schools, and classrooms."

Allison Roda
Assistant Professor of Education at Molloy College

The beauty of the judicious book From Equity Insights to Action, Critical Strategies for Teaching Multilingual Learners is that it functions both as a robust resource and urgent clarion call to action.  The book aims for research informed and evidence-based teaching while envisioning and embracing educational equity for multilingual learners (MLs). From Equity Insights to Action paints in vivid colors the fight for a world of equity in classrooms, schools, and communities across America. Practical strategies are internalized through purposeful reflection; strategies for curriculum recalibration intertwine with the social-emotional dimensions of learning. Vivid student portraits, setting contexts and evocative reflective questions lead the readers on a profound path of self-examination and self-discovery.  This book transcends the distance between personal insights, individual growth, and action-oriented processes beyond classrooms

Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin
Assistant Professor and TESOL/Bilingual Practicum Coordinator at Touro College
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Andrea Honigsfeld

Andrea Honigsfeld, EdD, is Professor in the School of Education at Molloy University, Rockville Centre, New York. Before entering the field of teacher education, she was an English-as-a-foreign-language teacher in Hungary (Grades 5–8 and adult) and an English-as-a-second-language teacher in New York City (Grades K–3 and adult). She also taught Hungarian at New York University. She was the recipient of a doctoral fellowship at St. John’s University, New York, where she conducted research on individualized instruction and learning styles. She has published extensively on working with English language learners and providing individualized... More About Author

Maria G. Dove

Maria G. Dove, Ed.D, is currently a Professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. Prior to working in higher education, she spent over thirty years as an English-as-a-second-language teacher in public schools and adult English language programs. She is well-known for her professional development work across the United States, focusing on culturally and linguistically diverse students. Dove's work has led her to publish books, articles, and chapters on collaborative teaching practices and instructional strategies for English learners. In collaboration with Andrea Honigsfeld, she has... More About Author

Audrey F. Cohan

Dr. Audrey Cohan is the Senior Dean for Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Studies at Molloy University, Rockville Centre, New York. She has been at Molloy University for twenty-nine years during which time she served as Professor, Chairperson of the Education Department, and Interim Dean for the Division of Natural Sciences. Dr. Cohan has taught in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. She began her career as a special education teacher in New York City working with students with special needs in both self-contained and resource room settings. Her first book, published in 1995, was titled Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse:... More About Author

Carrie McDermott Goldman

Carrie L. McDermott Goldman, Ed.D.,  is Associate Professor, Coordinator of Graduate and Post-Graduate TESOL/ Bilingual Programs, and Director of Bilingual and TESOL Grants at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. She teaches pre-service and in-service teachers equitable pedagogical approaches, research-and asset-based practices, and embedded language theory. Prior to higher education, she taught Pre-K - 12 in high needs settings and college-level ESL.  She continues to collaborate with schools as an instructional coach and mentor for teachers and administrators.  Throughout the pandemic, she also created and... More About Author

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