According to the National Education Association, by 2025, an estimated 25 percent of public school students will be ELLs, and represent over 300 languages. As these numbers increase, so do the demands for concrete solutions for how to address how to teach them. Our ELLs are “often highly intelligent and highly motivated,” says Kenneth Patterson, a teacher leader at Woodmoor Elementary School in Baltimore, Md. “The language is a barrier, not their intellectual capacity.” As a result, educators can leverage Google’s technology to gauge learning while maximizing language development.

This is about acknowledging the fact that learners may have more knowledge in their primary language. This is about providing both teachers and learners robust tools to tap into the diverse groups that make up classrooms. This is about providing strategies for educators to create culturally responsive learning environments.