I am an instructional coach in a large urban district in the South.  In the last decade we have seen our English Learner population grow to represent over 100 languages.  While the increased diversity has advantages, it has also presented teachers with new challenges. In this age of increased accountability, many teachers struggle to know how to accelerate the English language acquisition process and how to best serve these students’ unique language, academic, and social needs.  I hope that this blog sheds some light on the issues educators face and helps them to feel better equipped to handle the day-to-day complexities and rewards of working with English Learners.