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September 6, 2023 56 mins

The 2023 National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) report on elementary reading instruction demonstrates how little teacher preparation programs spend on building teacher skills to support English Language Learners.

Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, EdD, joins READ to shares her expertise in integrating structured literacy with cultural and linguistic diversity to support English Language Learners. 

READ listeners will learn about the

  • structure of the reading brain across languages.
  • importance of vocabulary and background knowledge in order to build schema and connections.
  • the reading-writing connection from oral to print language.

This episode addresses the importance of multi-component and inclusive instruction to target the needs of English learners and benefit all readers. 

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