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You Are Already a Leader: Identifying Your Leadership Skills on Behalf of ELLs

  • Posted by Jill Kester
  • On May 22, 2017
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By Diane Staehr Fenner and Lydia Breiseth | May 15, 2017 Teachers’ leadership skills are crucial in effectively bringing about change, advocating, and collaborating on behalf of English language learners (ELLs), and many educators of ELLs have developed these skills without realizing it! This article highlights some diverse leadership experiences of ELL educators and shares […]
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Addressing the Digital Divide: Computer-Based Testing for ELs

  • Posted by Jill Kester
  • On March 2, 2017
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  • assessment, Computer-Based Testing, digital divide, EL strategies, EL support, ELL, ELs, English language learner, recommendations, Test accommodations
By Sydney Snyder | March 2, 2017 It is important to consider the digital divide that may exist between  ELs and their non-EL peers and how that affects computer-based testing. While most ELs are probably familiar with smartphones, because some lack access to computers at home and at school, they may not feel as comfortable […]
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SupportEd’s Second Guiding Principle: A Supportive School Climate for ELs

  • Posted by Jill Kester
  • On February 27, 2017
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  • Advocacy, EL strategies, EL tips, ELLs, ELs, English as a Second Language, English language learner, English language learners, supportive school climate
by Sydney Snyder | March 1, 2017 In last month’s newsletter we provided an overview of SupportEd’s Five Guiding Principles and focused on the first principle. Here we take a closer look at Principle #2: ELs learn best when they are taught in a welcoming and supportive school climate. A school culture that supports equitable […]
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SupportEd’s First Guiding Principle: ELs Bring Many Strengths to the Classroom

  • Posted by Sydney Snyder
  • On February 13, 2017
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  • EL, ELL, English learner, student strengths
By Sydney Snyder | February 13, 2017 At SupportEd we frame all of our work — from professional development to technical writing to research in the field — on the following five essential guiding principles: 1. ELs bring many strengths to the classroom. 2. ELs learn best when they are taught in a welcoming and supportive school climate. […]
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Translanguaging and English Learners’ Success

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On February 12, 2017
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  • bilingual, ELL, second language acquisition, Translanguage, translanguaging
By Jill Kester | February 12, 2017 Translanguaging is one of the five English language teaching (ELT) trends to watch in 2017, according to a recent TESOL blog post by Kristen Lindahl. Ofelia García, Otheguy, and Reid (2015) describe translanguaging as “the deployment of a speaker’s full linguistic repertoire without regard for watchful adherence to the […]
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SupportEd’s Top 10 Ways to Support English Learners in 2017

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On January 13, 2017
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  • Advocacy, collaboration, ELL, top ten list
By Diane Staehr Fenner | January 13, 2017 Happy New Year! Here are SupportEd, we recognize that we are all moving into some uncertain times, and we would like to share our plan for addressing the anxiety that you may also be feeling when it comes to supporting your English learners. As you may be […]
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English Learner High School Graduation Rates

  • Posted by Jill Kester
  • On December 13, 2016
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The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition in 2016 on English learners and high school graduation rates shows ELs with a graduation rate of 62.6% compared with 82.3% for students overall—an approximate 20% difference. This serves as a sobering reminder to all of us in the field […]
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Meet Our Founder and President Diane Staehr Fenner

  • Posted by Jill Kester
  • On December 13, 2016
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While we at SupportEd love today’s digital world of online meetings, online courses, and webinars, we are always searching for chances to really get to know others in deeper ways and for you to know us, as well. As a result, we have decided to highlight members of the team at SupportEd in the newsletter […]
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Book Review: Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners: Practical Strategies to Develop Higher-Order Thinking Skills

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 22, 2016
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Originally posted on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner Background Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners: Practical Strategies to Develop Higher-Order Thinking Skills is the latest book by Larry Ferlazzo and his teaching partner Katie Hull Sypnieski. Released in May 2016 and published by Jossey-Bass, it serves as a sequel to The ESL/ELL […]
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PART 4: Implementing The Common Core with ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 22, 2016
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Originally posted on achievethecore.org by Diane Staehr Fenner What to Do When Curricular Materials for ELLs Are Not Available Where to look for additional ELL resources to support Common Core-aligned lessons So, now that you’ve hopefully read my last blog post and learned about suggestions for where to go to find CCSS-aligned high-quality instructional resources […]
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