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ibility in his high school led him to the Radford, A. W., Berkner, L., Wheeless,
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college courses while attending high
But wouldn’t it have been better from
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the start if his high school had recog-
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Double the work: Challenges and solutions
studies, expert consultation, community English language learners entering high
to acquiring language and academic literacy
for adolescent English language learners—
involvement, and curricular planning.
schools, educators can take concrete
A report to the Carnegie Corporation of
Although the model is not broadly used, steps to ensure a more seamless tran-
New York. Washington, DC: Alliance for
it has the potential to get educators
sition to postsecondary education for
talking across the fence.
students like Jose. EL
The Endgame for Jose
Judith Rance-Roney is an associate pro-
Jose succeeded in spite of the odds,
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fessor and chair of Education at DeSales
completing his associate’s degree,
Paying double: Inadequate high schools and
University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania;
email@example.com. As an
attending a state university as an older
community college remediation. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from www English language learner educator, she
student, and pursuing a master’s degree
has taught in high schools, community
in education. The experience of invis-
colleges, and universities.
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