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Kids Come in All Languages

Kids Come in All Languages
Visible Learning for Multilingual Learners

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May 2023 | 128 pages | Corwin

Everything you need to create a high-trust, high-achieving learning environment for multilingual students

We have never known more than we do now about teaching multilingual students — nevertheless, we teeter on the edge of retreating to old-think practices. The next generation depends upon our getting this right, and this spare, salient guide helps ensure we do.

Kids Come in All Languages provides teachers and leaders with all they need to design high-quality curriculum to support multilingual learners. With this book, learn to:

  • Create a low-anxiety, high-expectation classroom climate that gives multilingual students access to engaging grade-level content
  • Plan clear, cohesive lessons and tasks that motivate students to produce language, use critical thinking skills, and access complex texts
  • Offer ample time for student-led talk that ramps up knowledge and amps up a sense of belonging
  • Use heterogeneous, flexible grouping so children acquiring English don’t stall out in fixed-mindset, below-grade level groups
  • And much more

Teachers act like tributaries, helping learners access a wider stream of knowledge, and catch the swift current of wanting to learn. It’s time to envision this expansiveness for multilingual students. It’s time to design learning experiences with optimism for their futures.

Using the Visible Learning data base to focus specifically on teaching multilingual learners, the authors provide a practical resource for teachers that is grounded in research. This book is chock full of 'use-tomorrow' ideas that teachers will find invaluable.

Jana Echevarria
Professor Emerita, CSU Long Beach

Kids Come in All Languages—the title alone speaks volumes and sends chills through my body. We are in the progressive era where instruction, literacy practices, and pedagogy should be transformative. This groundbreaking text is one that is needed, one that is one that will become a highlight in the education field, no doubt.

Darius Phelps
Adjunct Literacy Instructor, Poet, and Classroom Teacher, Teachers College, Columbia University, CUNY Queens/Hunter College

"I really enjoyed this Visible Learning Book. The authors did a great job of looking at the ways we serve and support multilingual learners through components of climate, challenge, clarity, cohesion, and checks into learning. The content is easily digestible, and the graphics are supportive of the content. Great book!" 

Carly Spina
Multilingual Education Specialist, Author, Illinois Resource Center

Oscar Corrigan

Oscar Corrigan is currently an administrator and director of English Language Learner program at Health Sciences High and Middle College (HSHMC) in San Diego, California. He has experience teaching middle school social studies, high school history, supervising teacher candidates, and implementing restorative practices. He earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University and is a Leading Edge Certified teacher in online and blended learning. With his classroom experience, and as a doctoral candidate at SDSU, Oscar strives to implement instructional practices that best promote an equitable learning... More About Author

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey is professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Nancy was a teacher, academic coach, and central office resource coordinator in Florida.  She is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California.  She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. She has published widely on literacy, quality instruction, and assessment, as well as books such as The Artificial Intelligences Playbook, How Scaffolding Works, How Teams Work, and The Vocabulary Playbook. More About Author

Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator.  He is a credentialed teacher and leader in California.  In 2022, he was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame by the Literacy Research Association. He has published widely on literacy, quality instruction, and assessment, as well as books such as Welcome to Teaching, PLC+, Teaching Students to Drive their Learning, and Student Assessment: Better Evidence, Better Decisions, Better Learning. More About Author

John Hattie

John Hattie, PhD, is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly thirty years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of nearly thirty years synthesizing more than 2,100 meta-analyses comprising more than one hundred thousand studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over three hundred international conferences and has received numerous recognitions for his... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781544341484