A Quick Guide to Know How to Support Your Child’s Education

By Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D. January 30, 2014 Are you getting ready to prepare for next school year? Is your child a second language learner? Does your child struggle with school? Do you want to know what questions to ask when you meet with your child’s teacher? Parents are often trying to prepare their children for the demands of school but often times they get conflicting messages about what children should.

Recent Open Access Article- How RTI Can Address the Needs of English Language Learners (ELLs)

This recent article just appeared on Google Alerts and I wanted to share it here. The article provides a good summary of what is Response to Intervention (RTI) and culturally and linguistical diverse pedagogies. Aside from providing a good definition of all terms, they summarized the research on how culturally responsive pedagogy can impact the effectiveness and success of RTI. The focus is on Tier 1 Core instruction as a.

Read Conmigo a Great Website of Bilingual Reading Materials

Looking for bilingual reading options? Visit Read Conmigo The website has resources for parents, children, and teachers. You can even submit your story for potential publication. Teacher can also print out resources and worksheets. Signing up is free and you get access to 26 books and a report on a study they did on the use of tablets for reading bilingual books in the classroom. You can also share with.

Benefits of Immersion Language Schools NECN Report

I am happy to share that Boston’s Channel 5 just ran a story on the growing number of language immersion preschools in MA and shared that story of Pine Village Preschools. Now in their 14th year across 8 centers Pine Village Preschools provides young children with an incredible opportunity to become bilingual and reap the benefits on brain development that have been identified in the research. I was also excited.

Does this English Learner have a Disability or a Language Difference?

How many times do teachers ask you how you differentiate between a learning disability and a language difference? Check out the most recent toolkit from the RTI Action Network and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Proud to have co-authored this guide for all teachers working with struggling English language learners. http://www.rtinetwork.org/getstarted/sld-identification-toolkit/ld-identification-toolkit-considerations-for-ell

Implementing MTSS– A How to Book

Announcing “Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers: A Multi-tiered Instructional Approach Using Hi-lo Books” by Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D. and Orla Higgins Averill, Ph.D. After working with districts and schools for the last 6 years helping them to implement response to intervention (RTI) and multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), I am happy share the publication of our first book “Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers: A Multi-tiered Instructional Approach.

Blogging Using Voice and an Avatar- The possibilities for Students

I just discovered this great free app to add a video presence via an avatar. As I was learning how to use it, I realized that this can be a very effective tool for English language learners and engaging parents. Try it!

How Do You get Your District Started with Multi-tier System of Supports (RTi & PBIS)?

Here is a great small collection of readings and websites that district leaders can explore and disseminate to the district and school staff as they get ready to role out MTSS (RTI and PBIS). Getting the Vision of the MTSS model in your district is key! Think about an internal and external presence and engage parents from the start. Here are a few links to the parent guide for RTI.

Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Use Peer Mediated Learning in All Classes

In the past I have posted about one of my favorite education strategies to increase fluency and comprehension. Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University (http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/pals/index.html) is an educational strategy that was developed to support fluency and comprehension in grades K-12th (of course, it looks different across the grades). I have been supporting schools in the implementation of PALS and I know from the data and.

Free webinar April 30 at 2 pm of Learning in Two Languages in Early Childhood

My colleague Mileidis Gort will be presenting a free webinar on Learning in two languages and what every educator should know. Below find a description “In this webinar, you will learn about the language development process of young bilinguals, or dual language learners, including different types of dual language learners and pathways to bilingualism, stages of dual language learning for simultaneous and sequential bilinguals, oral language acquisition strategies used by.