Comments from EDC Managing Project Director Mark Driscoll are featured in this article that discusses the importance of mathematics teachers having resources and professional development to support them in addressing language development in connection with math instruction: "In providing coaching to math teachers who work with English-learners, for example, Mr. Driscoll of the Education Development Center said that his organization has had success in using sequences of diagrams showing the steps that fictional characters named Mario and Estella take as they work through solutions to math problems. The idea is for teachers to prompt students to try to explain the math strategies used by the characters in each frame, with the help of simple sentence starters. (For example, "In step one, Mario _____.") Throughout the process, Mr. Driscoll said, teachers are guided to bring in a variety of other common language-instruction strategies, such as revoicing terms and clarifying key vocabulary. 'We believe you can use visual representation as a bridge to academic vocabulary,' Mr. Driscoll said. 'It can act as a mediator between the words in a problem and the symbolic solution.'"