SupportEd has developed some free tools to help educators and administrators better serve English learners.
The 5 Pillars of Equitably Grading ELs Infographic
This infographic provides insight into nationwide EL grading challenges as well as expert suggestions to address common issues with EL grading in your contexts.
Resources for Equitably Grading ELs
This bundle of three resources offers original, practical tools to help support you as you work towards the equitable grading of ELs.
Guidelines for Selecting the Right Scaffolds for Your ELs
All teachers who work with ELs need strategies and tools to support ELs in accessing challenging content and acquiring academic language. Our “Suggested Scaffolds at Each Proficiency Level” tool makes it easy to select appropriate scaffolding based on English language proficiency levels (ELP) so you can establish a framework for mapping your scaffolds to students’ ELP level.
Three Main Categories of Scaffolds for Your ELs
Once you have a foundation of EL scaffolds, it’s important to consider different scaffolding categories to maximize the ways in which your ELs can benefit. Use our “Categories of Scaffolds and Examples” graphic to break down the three main categories of EL scaffolds and incorporate some of our examples into your instruction.
A Checklist for Incorporating Scaffolds into Instruction
Helping your ELs thrive academically and personally requires more than knowing and selecting appropriate scaffolds. It’s important to think deeply about the best ways to incorporate those scaffolds into your instruction so you and your colleagues can set goals for encouraging EL success. Our “Scaffolded Lesson Planning Checklist” provides considerations and guidelines in doing so.
Five Steps to Support ELs with Computer-Based Assessments
Assessments can be especially stressful for your ELs. What happens, though, when ELs have to take computer-based assessments? Combine this difficulty of navigating an unfamiliar platform with unique issues specific to ELs who must take content assessments in a language in which they are not yet proficient. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to support ELs with computer-based assessments. This infographic shares five practical, easily digestible tips for helping your ELs with testing.
Questions to Facilitate Educators’ Discussions of the Book
Many school districts are using Diane Staehr Fenner’s book Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators as a foundation for their book study or Professional Learning Community (PLC). To help guide educators’ discussions around the topics in this book, we’ve designed discussion questions framed around the book’s chapters. We encourage you to download this useful list of questions and launch your own groups to focus on advocating for English Learners.
Maximizing Resources and Serving Students Effectively
Creating a schedule that will meet the needs of your English learner population can be quite a challenge! This infographic presents some best practices in designing effective schedules so you will be able to effectively leverage ESOL/bilingual teachers to meet the educational needs of your English learners in all of their classes.
A Checklist for Schools
This checklist is a tool that you can use to evaluate the steps your school is taking to make ELs and their families feel welcome. Once you have assessed what you are currently doing, you can set goals for creating a more welcoming environment at your school.