Expert Alert

Multilingual student education

Left: Three students in an uniform work together at a desk. Right: Professor Kendall King
Credit: Getty Images. Kendall King

As Minnesota schools have a growing amount of migrant, refugee and multilingual students, College of Education and Human Development Professor Kendall King can speak to trends in migration, multilingualism and teacher needs. 

Kendall King, Ph.D.

“My concern for students and families seeking new lives in  Minnesota — many of whom are new to English and school generally — is that they will not receive the support they need to be successful learners and community members.

Multilingual teachers and staff who are knowledgeable about linguistic and cultural differences, and how to bridge those differences with academic content, are critical components to meeting this important need in communities throughout the state. Literacy and English skills, along with family outreach, are also important aspects of this work.”

About Kendall King
Kendall King is a professor of multilingual education and the director of graduate studies. She has researched multilingual development for more than three decades and tracks current trends in migration, multilingualism and teacher needs. 


About the College of Education and Human Development
The University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) strives to teach, advance research and engage with the community to increase opportunities for all individuals. As the third largest college on the Twin Cities campus, CEHD research and specialties focus on a range of challenges, including: educational equity, teaching and learning innovations, children’s mental health and development, family resilience, and healthy aging. Learn more at

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