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Unlocking Multilingual Literacy: Insights from Dr. Claude Goldenberg
Episode 2228th May 2024 • Science of Reading Leadership • Just Right Reader
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“Teach all of our kids, give up on none.” - Dr. Goldenberg

In this inspiring episode of the Science of Reading Leadership Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Claude Goldenberg, Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University to discuss effective strategies for enhancing literacy among multilingual learners.

Dr. Goldenberg's deep passion and extensive research shed light on the evolving challenges and opportunities in bilingual education and language acquisition.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Bridging Literacy and Language Development: Dr. Goldenberg emphasizes the importance of aligning literacy instruction with language development, especially for English Language Learners (ELLs), to foster academic success and equitable opportunities.
  2. Importance of Systematic Instruction: The conversation highlights the critical need for systematic, explicit instruction in foundational literacy skills tailored to the unique needs of multilingual learners.
  3. Empowering Multilingual Students: Dr. Goldenberg discusses the potential of bilingual education programs to leverage students' linguistic resources, enhancing their learning experience and academic outcomes.
  4. Advocacy for Educational Equity: Drawing from his family's commitment to social justice, Dr. Goldenberg advocates for educational practices promoting equity and access, particularly for underserved communities.


  • 00:00 Introduction 
  • 01:12  Dr. Goldenberg's personal and professional background influenced his focus on literacy and multilingual learners.
  • 06:58  Discussion on the unpredictability of educational trajectories and the importance of intervention.
  • 19:53  Detailed strategies for literacy education among multilingual learners.
  • 39:35  Dr. Goldenberg's advice for educators.

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