Creating a Welcoming Environment for ELs and Their Families 

A Checklist for Schools 

Use this checklist to reflect on and evaluate steps you and your colleagues take to create a welcoming environment for EL students and their families. Once you have assessed your current practices, set goals for shaping and maintaining a more welcoming environment within your school.

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3 Strategies for Promoting ELs’ Assets 

Shifting from a Deficit to an Assets-Based Disposition 

Engaging in an assets-based approach with ELs requires a shift in our thinking. We must shift from what we believe is lacking in our students in order to recognize and promote the strengths and assets they already possess and contribute to their classrooms. This sketch note shares three replicable ways to better promote ELs’ assets within your school; you can also click here to read our corresponding blog post that details each suggestion and discusses the importance in shifting from a deficit to an assets-based disposition.

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Overcoming Barriers to EL Family Engagement

4 Steps to Removing Obstacles and Fostering Greater EL Family Engagement 

We know family engagement plays a key role in supporting our ELs and setting them up for success. This sketch note shares four steps to overcoming common family engagement barriers and fostering stronger relationships with EL families. Click here to read our corresponding blog post that discusses why family engagement matters, what it looks like, and steps you can take to overcome obstacles that might be preventing EL family participation in your school.

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Making Text Accessible to ELs Infographic 

May 2019 Webinar Findings and SupportEd’s Tips in Response to Educators’ Questions 

This infographic shares insights into nationwide challenges of making text accessible to ELs and strategies for making complex text more accessible to our ELs.

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Ways to Make Text More Accessible to ELs 

6 Steps to Consider When Supporting ELs in Accessing Complex Texts 

Making text accessible to our ELs can be quite the challenge, and finding a starting point can be even more difficult. Are you leveraging strategies and resources to maximize support and provide your ELs an equitable education experience? This sketch note share six steps to consider when supporting ELs in accessing complex, grade level text. Click here to read our corresponding blog post that details each step and explores specific examples to help support your ELs in accessing the texts you choose.

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Supporting English Learners’ Oral Language Development

SupportEd’s Tips to Support ELs’ Oral Language Development Through Academic Conversations

This infographic shares insights into nationwide challenges of EL oral language development and strategies to increase EL support in academic conversations.

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Four Practices for Fostering ELs’ Oral Language Development

Practices to Engage ELs in Academic Conversations and Encourage Oral Language Development 

Despite the proven benefits of academic conversations, many ELs are still provided insufficient opportunities to engage in oral language activities and often remain largely silent during instruction. This sketch note proposes four practices to foster greater EL engagement and participation in academic conversations. Click here to read our corresponding blog post that details each practice and provides examples.

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10 Keys for Developing an English Learner Master Plan

SupportEd’s 10 Key Components to EL Master Plan Development

EL Master Plans bring together the necessary elements of EL education: high-quality standards, effective instructional principles, assessment, research, and professional development. We drew from our experience in EL Master Plan development to share our ten keys and provide a roadmap for supporting your ELs in reaching their full academic potential. Click here to read our full 10 Keys for Developing an EL Master Plan blog post.

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5 Strategies to Position English Learners for Success

SupportEd’s Top 5 Strategies to Position ELs for Success This Year

Whether you’re a content, ESOL, bilingual teacher or administrator, this infographic will help you refine classroom strategy and position your ELs for success in the upcoming school year.

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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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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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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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