Wednesday Jul 12, 2023

Tips for Supporting EL Students

Andrea Bitner is an educator, author, and speaker.  She lives in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked with students in grades K-12 throughout her twenty-two years in public education from all around the world.   Her first book, “Take Me Home,” was published by Austin Macauley in July of 2021. "Take Me Home" is the true story of 11 of her former EL students who give a first-hand account of what it's really like to become bilingual in America.  She is also a co-author of Chip Baker’s “The Impact of Influence-Volume 3 and Dr. Rick Jetter’s 100 No-Nonsense Things ALL School Leaders Shout STOP Doing.”  She teaches EL’s daily, and travels the country speaking and teaching educators how to teach and reach EL students, and effectively communicate with EL families!  

You can find Andrea at


Resource: “Take Me Home”


What is the most challenging mental health issue in your school or district right now?: Teacher Retention, Student Traumas, Socialization 


How is mental health currently addressed in your school(s), and what are the limitations?: Monthly Social Worker Newsletter, free counseling services, admin support


What are a few points you'd like to cover relating to school mental health improvement? (This serves as a helpful reminder when it's time for you to interview).: Traumas, Resiliency, and Affect on EL students and families


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