Le Moyne College Professor Emerita Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt and Althier A. Lazar, a professor at St. Joseph University, have just published with Teachers College Press, Columbia University, Schools of Promise: Transforming Literacies, Learning and Lives. The book introduces readers to the inner workings of schools that successfully serve multilingual students. Readers will meet administrators, caregivers, and community members who are working together to advance students’ learning. They do this through varied school-wide initiatives that include caring for students in authentic ways, developing students home and academic languages, recruiting caregivers and community members to mentor students, establishing positive and respectful climates, providing rigorous instructional interventions, and inviting students to take leadership roles. This book will inspire teachers and school leaders to see the possibilities for humanizing schools with the ultimate goal of creating such environments for all learners, and particularly for students of color.

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