English language learners (ELLs) are not a monolithic population. They come from different countries, have different levels of English exposure at home, and have widely different educational needs. Here, two district leaders discuss their approaches to giving every ELL the best possible chance at reaching their literacy goals.

Vicky B. Saldala: Seeing Bilingualism as an Asset

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. In a diverse student population, with students representing 208 countries and 181 languages, ELLs comprise almost 14 percent of our student body. Promoting language...

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  • About the Author:

    Vicky B. Saldala is the Bilingual and ESOL Department Director at the Broward County Public School system in Florida. She can be reached at victoria.saldala@browardschools.com.

    Jose M. Aldaco is the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Director of Personnel for the Waterford Unified School District in Waterford, CA. Follow him on Twitter @AldacoJaldaco or email him at JAldaco@waterford.k12.ca.us.