6 Steps to Making Texts Accessible for ELs

  • Posted by Jill Kester
  • On April 24, 2019
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Imagine the following scenario. Ameena is an English learner (EL) in the 8th grade who entered a U.S. public school for the first time one and a half years ago. Her overall proficiency level is 3 on a scale in her state where 1=entering and 6=proficient. When her teachers use complex grade level text for […]
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Four Practices for Fostering ELs’ Oral Language Development

  • Posted by Sydney Snyder
  • On February 5, 2019
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Engaging English Learners (ELs) in Academic Conversations Imagine this scene… your students are in small groups using images from a story that you recently read to discuss the story’s themes. As you kneel down to listen in on one group’s conversation, you overhear one of your quieter English learners say to her classmate, “Could you […]
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10 Keys for Developing an English Learner Master Plan

  • Posted by Teddi Predaris and Joanna Duggan
  • On January 23, 2019
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Have you ever wished for one common vehicle that brings together the necessary elements of English learner (EL) education: high-quality standards, effective instructional principles, assessment, research, and professional development? EL master plans provide a tool that is comprehensive, responsive to your  local context, and accessible to a wide body of stakeholders in multilingual learners’ education […]
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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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