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Glendaliz “Glenda” Martinez Almonte has worked in the education field for two decades. Over the course of her career, she has taught at every grade level, including college-level English Learners (ELs) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. In her role as National Director, Content and Implementation, for Curriculum Associates, she advises and supports school districts in the planning for and implementation of culturally responsive teaching practices and curriculum that assures equity and access for ELs. Presently, Glenda is focused on helping districts ensure they are meeting the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements for the way ELs are taught and assessed.
There’s a great deal of confusion in the education world about culturally responsive teaching. Glenda Martinez explains how culturally responsive teaching can transform instruction and lead to more equitable classrooms where all students feel valued and engaged.
Teachers need personalized learning platforms they can trust to help them efficiently and effectively address unfinished learning. In this article, we describe four components that are essential to excellent programs.