Little Rock Schools: From State Takeover to Student Achievement


Ellevation is proud to play a role in serving school districts as they help their English Language Learners achieve their highest aspirations. We are also delighted to showcase the gains schools are making with the help of our tools, including our Ellevation Strategies. As part of our Success Stories series, enjoy this piece about Little Rock School District in Arkansas and its journey from state takeover to student achievement. 

Just as a carpenter needs a hammer and saw to craft cabinets, educators need certain tools to teach children. The teachers who get the strongest academic outcomes use effective instructional practices, or tools, such as explicit teaching, monitoring of progress, and multiple opportunities to practice (Graves, Gersten, & Haager, 2004).

Topics: District Spotlights

Crossing the Finish Line: An Inspiring Story from Houston ISD

For most educators in America, this is the home stretch of the school year. It’s the time to assess, report, celebrate, and soon enough (let’s hope!) get some rest.

Teachers, administrators, specialists, and staff: if you’re tired, you ought to be. Infusing joy in learning while serving as a springboard so students can rebound from setbacks, and setting stepping stones a single beat ahead of each child’s learning journey is, quite frankly, exhausting.

Topics: District Spotlights

Efficiencies Enable California Districts to Innovate

Educators and administrators from nine California school districts, spanning 345 miles across the state, recently came together to discuss
the changing policy landscape and the systems they have in place to help English Learners (ELs) succeed in school and beyond.

Topics: Leadership, District Spotlights

Alabama ESL Camp Provides Unique Learning Opportunities for Students and Teachers Alike [Video]

Every summer, Alabaster City Schools, Alabama, offers ESL Camp - ten days of academically engaging activities for English language learners (ELLs) that enhance their English language development in literacy, science and math. Last week, a few of us at Ellevation were fortunate enough to visit and get a first-hand glimpse at some of the project-based learning and personalized instruction taking place in this district.

Topics: Leadership, Standards & Instruction, District Spotlights, Teacher Tips

Spring Cleaning: Dusting off your EL Student Data to Identify Support Needs

I’ll admit that I’m a clean freak. So naturally when I received the Spring Cleaning issue of my home improvement magazine, I expected to breeze through their cleaning checklist with ease. Most of their tips were already a regular part of my weekly routine, but I felt my stomach turn when I read Tip #12.  

Topics: Policy, District Spotlights

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