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On the Highest Aspirations Podcast, we engage in important conversations about the most rapidly growing student demographic in the United States - English Language Learners. We speak with educators and students, researchers and policy makers, and parents and community members about how we can help all students reach their highest aspirations. Join us on this important journey as we bring the vibrant ELL Community together around the topics that matter most to the students we serve.
 
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On this special encore episode, we revisit the topic of collaborating, co-planning, and co-teaching with content teachers with Tan Huynh. Tan is a career teacher specializing in language acquisition. Tan has taught students from fifth to twelfth grade in public schools, private boarding schools, and charter schools. Internationally, Tan has taught …
 
How can we help colleagues, families and community members become advocates for dual language programs? What does it mean to truly embrace biliteracy? Why is embracing bilingualism good for all students? We discuss these questions and more in part 2 of a 2 part series with Sandra Medrano-Arroyo. Sandra Medrano-Arroyo presently works at Ellevation E…
 
On this special episode of Highest Aspirations, we're sitting down to speak with 2021 Ellevation Scholarship Winner Sirenia Garcia from Deer Park ISD in Texas. Sirenia was born and raised in Texas and plans on attending the University of St. Thomas in Houston in the fall, where she will be studying Music Education and minoring in psychology. She ho…
 
On this special episode of Highest Aspirations, we're sitting down to speak with 2021 Ellevation Scholarship Winner Jesse Ding. Jesse Ding graduated as the class valedictorian from Wilmington High School in Wilmington, Massachusetts. She is planning to study computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. In the future, she hopes to become a roboti…
 
In this episode, I share my FAVORITE, time-saving co-planning strategies. I wished I learned these when I first started co-teaching. You can read an article about these strategies by going to this link (https://www.empoweringells.com/5-co-planning-strategies/). You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh and www.empoweringells.com…
 
How might growing up as a multilingual learner shape the message that educators communicate to their EL students and families about home language and learning English? What are some of the most important sources of research on dual language programs and how can they help school leaders and educators shape valuable learning experiences for all stude…
 
It was an honor to have Dr. @DebbieZacarian interview @KatieToppel, Dr. @MsSalvac, and me about how teachers can take charge of their own professional learning journey. Katie even got teary-eyed, which made us all emotional as well. You can purchase a copy of the book here http://www.johnseidlitz.com/DIY-PD-210003.htm or https://amzn.to/3HarHjn.…
 
Dr. Debbie Zacarian and Dr. Ivana Soto have teamed up to write Responsive Schooling for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (Amazon Affiliate link). The goal of this book is to help us teach from an assets-based perspective. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh and TanKHuynh.com You can learn more about my courses at https:/…
 
In this special episode of Highest Aspirations, we feature one of our 5 Ellevation scholarship winners, Paola Gutierrez. Paola recently graduated from Tahquitz High School in Hemet, CA. She is currently attending UCLA where she is studying Human Biology on a pre-med track. As an aspiring physician, she looks forward to caring for people in low-inco…
 
I consistently go back to these metaphors and mantras to help me ground my collaboration with teachers. I hope these can reinforce your work with your colleagues. Please share mantras that support your work! You can read an in-depth article about these metaphors and mantras in this article (https://www.empoweringells.com/mantras/). You can connect …
 
On this special encore episode, we revisit the topic of ensuring multilingual learners have highly qualified teachers to help them achieve their Highest Aspirations - with guests Amaya Garcia and Alexandra Manuel. The lack of teachers who have the training necessary to effectively support multilingual learners has been plaguing school districts acr…
 
How can teachers help students assert positive identities so they have the confidence necessary to achieve academic success and advocate for social justice in their schools and communities? What are some strategies teachers can use to infuse language concepts into content lessons while simultaneously providing students with the skills they will nee…
 
Co-teaching can come with structural and societal power inequities. Often, language specialists are the ones who experience the power deficit. In this podcast, Dr. Cahnman-Taylor and Dr. Greg McClure explain these inequities and what we can to life the role of a language specialist. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh and www.empoweri…
 
What current limitations do we face in our educational system when it comes to data collection about students with limited or interrupted formal education (or SLIFE students)? How can project-based learning and group work help support SLIFE students and their classmates so they can better learn from one another? What are a few steps educators can t…
 
Angela Groves (@AngelaMGroves) & Susan England share how they shifted from a pull-out model to a co-teaching one. Their story will inspire you to find ways to move into co-teaching. You can read more about clustering in this article (https://www.empoweringells.com/clustering/). You can also learn more about SIOP in this article (https://www.empower…
 
How can teachers structure one-to-one student conferences to help ELs own their academic growth while also building relationships? What are some innovative ways we can leverage everything from testing data, student work artifacts, and portfolios to help students and teachers set and measure progress towards goals? How can schools make these confere…
 
Author and international educator, Aaron Dupree, shares how he still collaborates with teachers on behalf of language learners even though there is no formal co-teaching model at his school. You can read more about the Collaboration Continuum here (https://www.empoweringells.com/collaboration-continuum/). You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @Tan…
 
What’s in a name, or in this case, a label? Why do many prefer the term “Emergent Bilingual” over other terminology like English learner, LEP, or even multilingual learner? On the 40th anniversary year of the Castañeda v. Pickard Case, what progress have we made and what do we still need to do to ensure the civil rights for our multilingual learner…
 
What are some ways mindfulness activities can help multilingual students succeed and how can teachers get started using them successfully? How can educators proactively elevate the voices of their students while decreasing teacher talk time? How can we apply concepts from exercise and other training programs to academic language instruction? We dis…
 
What are some easy ways that content teachers and ELL specialists can collaborate to better support their multilingual learners? How can schools and teaching teams build out systems for housing key instructional resources to support practices like scaffolding? What can educators do to ensure multilingual learners have equitable access to high-quali…
 
Come hear @AndreaHonigsfel @MariaGDove @audrey_cohan @claribel716 share their vision of a more equitable school experience for MLs and the brave actions we can take. You can purchase their book with this Amazon Associates link (amzn.to/3kKAka4), and at no cost to yourself support the podcast. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh and Ta…
 
What are some steps that educators can take now to build positive relationships with students and their families this school year? What experiences can educators pull from to build empathy and appreciation for multilingual students and their families? How might we go beyond language so we can also build an understanding of diverse cultures, and how…
 
In this transformative, practical, passionate conversation with SLIFE expert, Dr. Helaine W. Marshall, we come to learn what SLIFE need to be successful and how we can create the conditions for growth. Meeting the Needs of SLIFE can be purchased with this Amazon Associates link (https://amzn.to/38E3Ys2). Thank you for supporting the podcast at no e…
 
Why are content-specific and intentional language supports so critical for effective instruction of multilingual learners? How can we advocate for multilingual learner perspectives to be included in key processes regarding curriculum and instruction at school, district and state level? What role do professional development and formative assessment …
 
How might we seize the opportunity of a new school year as a chance to gather information on their multilingual learners, specifically the learning they may have done in languages other than English? How can teachers who aren’t comfortable speaking languages other than English facilitate and support their students’ learning in their home languages?…
 
In this inspiring conversation, Regie Routman (@regieroutman) reminds us of the most essential things when it comes to literacy instruction. This will fill your heart with love as she will speak directly to teachers of multilinguals. https://amzn.to/2Wfgaw9 You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh and TanKHuynh.com…
 
How might new approaches to assessment create more equitable opportunities for multilingual learners? In what ways could local and professional accountability help motivate teachers to encourage students’ home language use? Why is it so important that relationships and a deeper understanding of our students be at the center of how we design and ana…
 
Co-assessing is an essential part of our co-teaching practice. Allyson Caudill from @readysetcoteach talks about how we can co-assess for success. You can read the article that Allyson talked about here (https://www.readysetcoteach.com/co-assessment-the-what-why-how/). You can also purchase Collaborating for English Learners here (https://amzn.to/2…
 
Welcome back to Highest Aspirations, an education podcast that focuses on how we can help maximize impact on multilingual learners. If you’d like to join us on the podcast or if you have an idea for a topic or guest, we want to hear from you. Take less than a minute to fill out our form at bit.ly/haptopics. As always, if you’re looking for great re…
 
Ashley Blackley (homeroom teacher), Allyson Caudill (language specialists), John Cox from @readysetcoteach share their story of coming together as a team. Their story will inspire you as they show how they started from humble beginnings and not serve as a model for teachers in their district and beyond. You can visit their website by going to https…
 
Dr. Jim Knight (@jimknight99) shares fundamentals of instructional coaching that are transferable to the language specialist role. His book The Impact Cycle can be purchased here amzn.to/3mKPFI6. The article about the Partnership Approach can also be read by going to this link (https://tinyurl.com/hatndrep). Finally, you can read my article about a…
 
Anne Beninghof (@annebeningho), an expert in special ed shares how we can make co-teaching work, based on her book Co-Teaching that Works. You can download the resources mentioned in the podcast by going to this link (http://www.ideasforeducators.com/downloadables.html). An accompanying article can be found at the blog (https://www.empoweringells.c…
 
Dr. Maria G. Dove (@MariaGDove) shares her thoughts on teacher collaboration and how school leaders can create a culture of collaboration. Her co-authored book can be purchased here (https://amzn.to/3dDYpdf), and by purchasing the book with this link, you are supporting the podcast. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh…
 
Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, (@AndreaHonigsfel), a pioneer of teacher collaboration for language learners, shares how to make the best of our partnership! She will talk about a framework called the collaborative instructional cycle, which you can read about in more detail in this article Her story is so inspiring, and her advice is so safe! You can order…
 
Dr. John Hattie shares what he means by collective teacher efficacy and the conversation teachers need to be having about their practice. You can read the companion article where I provide ideas on how we can foster collective teacher efficacy around language learns in this article Read the article that goes with this article: https://tankhuynh.com…
 
Welcome to our season wrap up episode - and what a season it was. We’ve released 49 episodes and covered so many topics since August of 2020 - definitely a record for the 3 and a half year history of Highest Aspirations. For our season finale, we thought we'd take some time to reflect on what we’ve learned through so many rich conversations with ou…
 
Award-winning investigative journalist, Jo Napolitano, follows the courageous fight of 6 refugee children who sued their school district for denying them equal access to an equitable education. This interview was inspired by her book entitled, The School I Deserve. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh and www.empoweringells.com.…
 
Dr. Debbie Zacarian (@DebbieZacarian) shares how we can overcome the inequities found in the community, school, and classroom with inspirational examples from around the country. You can purchase Dr. Zacarian's co-authored book Beyond Crisis with this link. bit.ly/beyondcrisesbk You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh…
 
What supports can a designated immigrant/refugee program provide for students and families that go beyond what a typical school or district may be providing? After the past year of interrupted learning, what can we learn from educators who have worked with SIFE students and newcomers - particularly when it comes to social-emotional needs? How are r…
 
If you teach Ss, you’re a school leader. If so, then Dr. Moníca Lara (@DRMLARA) is speaking to you through this podcast. You’ll leave this conversation so inspired! Dr. Lara's books: Toma la palabra! (https://amzn.to/3wv8fsg) You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh https://twitter.com/tankhuynh…
 
How does trauma that migrant children experience manifest in the classroom, and what impact does it have on their ability to communicate and develop relationships at school? What can educators who do not share the lived experiences of their students do to best support them, and why is better representation so crucial? How can those entering higher …
 
Welcome back to the second episode in our two-part series with Professor K. David Harrison. Make sure to check out part one on Anchor or wherever you listen to podcasts, and visit our community page to find our key takeaways from the whole conversation, resources and more. How are languages inextricably connected to other aspects of society and wha…
 
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