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Episode 44: Transforming Schools for Multilingual Learners with Debbie Zacarian

October 10, 2022


Season 4, Episode 5:

In this episode, Debbie Zacarian shares updates in the world of educating multilingual learners. This research includes a more nuanced understanding of the socicultural underpinnings of language development, a shift from deficit to asset-based models that affirm the value of multilingualism, a greater appreciation of the importance of both culturally responsive instruction and more. Debbie proposes a thorough revision to address all these developments that keeps the needs of multilingual students front and center.



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Debbie Zacarian


Debbie Zacarian

Debbie Zacarian is known nationally for her work in advancing student achievement, policies, programming and professional development with schools.  She is a popular and frequent speaker at national and international conferences of major education organizations, as well as state conferences throughout the United States. 

Beyond Crises, Breaking Down the Wall, In It Together, Mastering Academic LanguageThe Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English LearnersTransforming Schools for English Learners

Check out Zacarian Consulting: Achievement through Access, Equity, and Engagement, and connect with her on Twitter.


Peter DeWitt


Peter DeWitt

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.), a former school principal in Upstate, NY, previously taught elementary school for 11 years. His syndicated blog, Finding Common Ground, is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine. Peter has traveled the world, developing content, visiting school sites, influencing policy, and presenting with John Hattie. He has worked with educators at schools, districts, educational service centers, and educational organizations, including the Council of Chief State School Officials. His presentations focus on school leadership, school climate, as well as safeguarding LGBT students and other social justice topics.

Learn more about Peter's onsite professional development consulting, Collaborative Leadership, and connect with him on Twitter.



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   Transforming Schools for Multilingual Learners   

Transforming Schools for Multilingual Learners

Essential principles, practices, and structures for multilingual learners

Much has changed in the ten years since this book was first published. A celebrated triumph, it provided state, district, school, and teacher leaders with a comprehensive guide to support multilingual learners to reach their full potential. From selecting the appropriate program model to partnering with families and infusing federal and state laws governing the education of multilingual learners and the rights of their families into all we do, the key messages that made the first edition of this book a renowned success have been re-examined in the second edition with a robust lens to meet these demanding times.

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