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Teachers, Try This: Incorporate Students’ Home Languages Into Your Classrooms

By Lauren Santucci — December 15, 2022 2:56
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Shayna Bright, a 3rd grade English-as-a-second-language teacher in Austin, has a classroom full of students who come from a variety of backgrounds and speak different languages. To build community and help new students feel safe, she incorporates the home languages of her students into her classroom and her lessons.

Lauren Santucci
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As a video producer, Lauren Santucci produces, films, and edits meaningful, human-interest digital video and works closely with Education Week editors and reporters. Prior to joining Education Week in 2022, she produced videos for Al Jazeera, FRONTLINE PBS, and The Texas Tribune. She has a master’s degree in visual journalism from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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