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We collect questions from real educators who are looking for new ways to support students in their classrooms. The answers to those questions, developed in partnership with Usable Knowledge at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, can provide the first steps for using research to improve student learning.

How can school leaders model acceptance of bilingualism, and understand it as a right for students?

Listen to students and families; recognize that bilingualism can foster academic success and authentic expression

What type of academic vocabulary instruction is most effective for ELL students?

Vocabulary instruction — explicit teaching and guided practice — should be consistent across all instructional formats