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How to Support Culturally Responsive Instruction in Your School

  • Posted by Sydney Snyder
  • On December 12, 2018
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The holiday season is a great time to reflect on what your school is doing to support and value linguistically and culturally diverse students and their families. In their article entitled Culturally Responsive Instruction for Holiday and Religious Celebrations, Cynthia Lundgren and Giselle Lundy-Ponce provide general recommendations for culturally responsive instruction as well as guidance specifically focused […]
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Our Top Three Takeaways From WIDA 2018

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On December 3, 2018
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We enjoyed connecting in person with many of you and collaborating to better serve our English learners during WIDA 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Today, we’d like to share SupportEd’s Top Three Takeaways from the conference.   Takeaway 1 – Newcomers Teachers are looking for ways to support their newcomers. One great way to address this […]
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Teaching Academic Vocabulary to English Learners: A Q&A with Sydney Snyder

  • Posted by Sydney Snyder
  • On September 13, 2018
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Note: This post first appeared on Education.com June 4, 2018. That piece is titled Teaching Academic Vocabulary to English Learners: A Q&A with Sydney Snyder. It’s a common scenario when teaching English learners (ELs): The textbook or unit plan comes with a lengthy list of key vocabulary. Should all of them be taught in depth? […]
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Top 5 Strategies to Position English Learners for Success This Year

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On August 22, 2018
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We hope you’ve had a restful summer and have taken some time to reflect on the previous school year as well as think ahead to what awaits you this fall. Over the summer, we have had the opportunity to do the same in our work with teachers of English learners (ELs) in several states. We know […]
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Scaffolding Instruction for English Learners

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 8, 2018
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Note: This post first appeared on Education.com June 4, 2018. That piece is titled Scaffolding Instruction for English Learners: A Q&A with Diane Staehr Fenner. With English learners (ELs) numbering more than 4.8 million and comprising 10 percent of the general school-aged population, all teachers should consider themselves teachers of ELs. To that end, all […]
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Yes, We Could!! The Story of How Latino Parents Revived Our School’s PTA

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On March 6, 2018
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Note: This post is a guest blog written by Bilingual Community Liaison Ingrid Montenegro of Fulton County Schools. Montenegro and SupportEd President Diane Staehr Fenner met at the Kennesaw State University 2018 ESOL Conference. I am a Bilingual Community Liaison for Fulton County Schools in Georgia. My school, Lake Forest Elementary, is located in the heart […]
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The Five Pillars of Equitably Grading ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On February 23, 2018
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Note: This post first appeared on Colorín Colorado February 16, 2018 and complements a blog written by Larry Ferlazzo. That piece is titled Grading English Language Learners – A Perspective From Two Teachers. We have recently discovered that there is a lack of resources in our field about how to equitably grade English language learners (ELLs). This blog […]
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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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