SupportEd has developed some free tools to help educators and administrators better serve English learners.

3 Ways to Maximize EL Student Learning in Group Work

Questions for Self-Assessment with Expert “Do’s and Don’ts”

This infographic shares the do’s and don’ts of EL group work and provides three key self-reflection questions to help you reflect on and refine your teaching strategy.

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The State of EL Advocacy Infographic

The State of EL Advocacy, According to Educators Infographic

This infographic provides insight into nationwide EL advocacy challenges and suggestions to address common advocacy issues in your contexts.

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Equitable EL Grading Infographic

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.

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The 5 Pillars of Equitably Grading ELs

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.

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Suggested Scaffolds at Each Proficiency Level

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.

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Categories of Scaffolds and Examples

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.

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Scaffolded Lesson Planning Checklist

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.

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Computer-Based Assessment Recommendations for Teachers of ELs

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.

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Advocating for English Learners PLC and Book Study Questions

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.

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Best Practices in Scheduling for English Learner Education

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.

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Creating a Welcoming Environment for English Learners (ELs) and Their Families

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.

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