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Themes I’m Seeing in ELL Education: Fall 2017 Edition

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On December 12, 2017
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Now that the school year is well underway, the time seems right to share some themes I’ve been noticing in educating English language learners (ELLs). While these started as hunches, I confirmed that these are all topics gaining traction while attending the WIDA 2017 conference in Tampa, Florida in October – either through the high-quality […]
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How to Serve your Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

  • Posted by Jill Kester
  • On September 13, 2017
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  • Advocacy, ELL, English as a Second Language, ESL, SIFE, SLIFE
by Diane Staehr Fenner | First published on LinkedIn September 12, 2017 Have you noticed any changes to your English learner (EL) population lately? As educators of ELs, we are aware that world events often have an impact on our newly arrived ELs’ backgrounds. In this point in time in which immigrants and ELs are often […]
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Starting the School Year Right for our English Learners: Part 2

  • Posted by Jill Kester
  • On September 11, 2017
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  • English as a Second Language, English language learner
In this second part of the blog post series, “Starting the School Year Right for Our ELs”, we will focus on setting up a plan for effective communication with ELs and their families. In this blog post, we’ll share three steps you can take to foster better communication with EL families and some guiding questions […]
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Starting the School Year Right for our English Learners: Part 1

  • Posted by Jill Kester
  • On September 5, 2017
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  • English as a Second Language, English language learner
In preparing for the school year, we teachers can easily spend countless hours setting up our classrooms with eye-catching bulletin boards and classroom organization. But how much time do we put into the unseen foundation for preparing our students–ALL of our students–for academic and personal success? What are we doing before the school year even […]
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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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