Blog: Starting Early: Building Strong Partnerships with Multilingual Families in Kindergarten


In the dynamic landscape of modern education, the significance of fostering inclusivity and embracing linguistic diversity cannot be overstated. Sahira Larios, a dedicated kindergarten teacher and SEAL partner in the bilingual Spanish-English program at Oak Grove School District, has become a beacon of inspiration in this regard.

Learn more about how she builds strong partnerships with multilingual families in this enlightening New America blog post authored by SEAL’s Research & Evaluation Manager, Camille R. Whitney.


We delve into Sahira’s remarkable approach to teaching, as she shares her insights on supporting multilingual learners and nurturing collaborative relationships with families to amplify student engagement and language development. Join us as we explore Sahira’s unique perspective and glean wisdom from her experience, illuminating a path for educators and policymakers to enrich the educational journey of every multilingual student.

“I became a bilingual teacher because of my own positive experiences as a student in a bilingual program from kindergarten to third grade. My parents, who immigrated from Mexico, always encouraged me and my three sisters to speak Spanish at home because they wanted us to keep our connection to our roots in Mexico while also learning new things in the U.S. When I became a teacher I really wanted to reinforce in my students that they come with a lot of assets from their hometowns and countries, and help them integrate that part of themselves in the classroom.”

Blog: Starting Early: Building Strong Partnerships with Multilingual Families in Kindergarten2023-08-23T15:52:43-07:00

Four Educator Resources to Kickstart the School Year


As an exciting new school year begins, equitable access to quality educator resources is essential. We’ve gathered some free materials to assist educators as they support English Learners and Dual Language Learners. 

Get ready for a wonderful year ahead by accessing the following tools:

  1. Introduction to SEAL Video
  • Learn about our approach to building rich, rigorous engaged learning where students enjoy being in the classroom.
  • From SEAL 
  1. Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students 
  • Read Chapter 3: Multilingual Programs and Pedagogy: What Teachers and Administrators Need to Know and Do
  • From California Department of Education
  • co-authored by SEAL‘s Senior Director of Research and Evaluation, Martha I. Martinez and Associate Director, Heather Skibbins.
  1. Early Literacy Development and Instruction for Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Education
  • Literacy development and effective literacy instruction for young, developing bilingual children who are learning English as a new language in early childhood classrooms.
  • From the National Committee for Effective Literacy, co-authored by SEAL’s Senior Director of Research and Evaluation, Martha I. Martinez
  1. A Framework for Foundational Literacy Skills Instruction for English Learners
  • Framework for foundational literacy skills instruction around six principles to ensure that ELs develop the necessary literacy skills to engage with complex text in all subject areas successfully.
  • From Council of the Great City Schools

For even more free materials, visit our SEAL resource page. You can also access our YouTube channel, with more than 40 videos.

Four Educator Resources to Kickstart the School Year2023-08-30T10:47:41-07:00
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