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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2021 / 12PM - 3PM
Building Our Collections to Meet the Needs of MLLs: Review of 3 Frameworks that Can Guide Our Work; Address Essential Understandings About HS MLL Diversity and Take Initial Looks at Our Library Collections with a MLL Lens

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2021 / 12PM - 3PM
Identify and Critically Review YA Titles that Meet the Various Needs of MLLs (Outlined in Session I); Create Welcoming Spaces in Our Libraries for MLLs, Review of Unique Sources/Specialized Book Companies that Can Help Librarians Diversify Their Collections for MLLs

High School Librarians (grades 9-12); Community Librarians serving HS Multilingual Learners;
ENL and Bilingual Teachers Working with Librarians to Diversity the Collection for MLLs


  • Review 3 Frameworks to guide this work: New York State’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework, TESOL’s 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Language Learners, and Re-Imagining Migration’s Frameworks for Understanding a World on the Move
  • Identify the various groups that make up the English Language Learner population in high school in order to best differentiate services for MLLs
  • Build collections that appreciate & validate the unique social-emotional needs of first generation and second generation adolescent MLLs; including: refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, migrants, dreamers; Newcomers, Long Term ELLs, and SIFE students
  • Outline a process for collecting data to describe the populations of MLLs at your school to provide best services
  • Define the characteristics of the New York State Education Department’s 5 English Proficiency Levels in order to diversify your library collection to meet the needs of ELLs at each proficiency level
    Practice leveling age-appropriate picture books and YA novels by English proficiency level
  • Identify bias and discrimination incidents unique to MLLs in order to engage in anti-bias literacy events at the school to support MLLs and promote empathy and cross-cultural understanding
    Create Welcoming Spaces in Our Libraries for MLLs
  • Explore age-appropriate picture books and photo-text books that meet the needs of Newcomer (Entering & Emerging ELLs) and SIFE Students
    Identify book companies that publish narrative and informational texts for newcomers/SIFE students
  • Acquire strategies for locating literature in the home languages of your students and YA novels that represent the speech patterns of MLLs (different varieties of students’ home languages; Translanguaging)
  • Prioritize & Provide reference tools to include in a high school library specifically designed for MLLs, such as bilingual dictionaries and glossaries (online and print resources), online and mobile translators, “ESL” and home language newspapers, etc.


The New York State Statewide Language RBERN is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) pursuant to Section 80-6 of the Regulations of the NYS Commissioner of Education.

CLTE credits will ONLY be granted to participants who fully attend both workshops. Please log in prior to the start of the session to ensure that your full participation is logged (CTLE EMAIL: