Supporting Undocumented Students Applying to College: 4 Advocacy Steps

  • Posted by Marley Zeno
  • On December 13, 2019
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In October at the annual WIDA Conference, Diane Staehr Fenner and I presented a session on Strengthening English Learners’ Pathways to High School Graduation. During the Q&A, an educator raised the issue of undocumented students applying to college and the added layer of complications they face. We quickly realized there is still a lot of […]
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Top Three Takeaways – WIDA 2019

  • Posted by SupportEd Team
  • On November 8, 2019
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We enjoyed seeing many of you in person recently to collaborate around better serving our ELs at the 2019 WIDA conference in Providence, Rhode Island. In this blog post, we’d like to share SupportEd’s Top Three Takeaways from that conference.  – – Disrupting ELs’ and multilingual learners’ education was a common theme that surfaced during […]
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3 Strategies for Promoting English Learners’ Assets

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 26, 2019
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Note: This post first appeared on k-12talk.com September 24, 2019. That piece is titled Back to School: Promoting English Learners’ Assets. The proportion of English learners (ELs) in the United States public school system has reached nearly ten percent of all students and is on a nationwide growth trajectory¹. Along with this growth in numbers, […]
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Overcoming Barriers to EL Family Engagement

  • Posted by Sydney Snyder
  • On August 30, 2019
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The start of a new school year marks an excellent time to determine priorities and set goals that encourage and support the success of our ELs. One topic to consider as you begin the 2019-2020 school year might be EL family engagement. In this blog post, I will discuss why EL family engagement matters, what it […]
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A Q & A with Diane Staehr Fenner

  • Posted by SupportEd Team
  • On August 6, 2019
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Note: This Q&A with SupportEd president Diane Staehr Fenner first appeared on educateiowa.gov June 18, 2019. That piece is titled Keynote: Ending the education gap for English learners can be done. Staehr Fenner was a keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Our Kids Summer Institute held during June 2019 in Ankeny, Iowa. – – There’s […]
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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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