Larry teaches English, Social Studies and International Baccalaureate classes to English Language Learners and mainstream students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.

He’s written nine books: The ELL Teacher’s Tool Box (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski) Navigating The Common Core With English Language Learners (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski); Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond; Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching; Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies For Student Motivation; The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski); Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges; English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work, and Building Parent Engagement In Schools (with co-author Lorie Hammond).

He writes a popular education blog at, a weekly teacher advice column for Education Week Teacher and regular posts for The New York Times and The British Council. His articles on education policy appear in the Washington Post and the Huffington Post. In addition, his articles have appeared in publications such as ASCD Educational Leadership, Social Policy, and Language Magazine.

In addition, he hosts a weekly radio show on BAM! Education Radio.

Larry was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a public school teacher.

Larry is married and has three children and two grandchildren.

Follow Larry Ferlazzo on Twitter.