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

Greenfield Union Schools, CA Uses Ellevation to Boost Reclassification Rate

Imagine for a moment that you are representing your district on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and you’ve made it to the $10,000,000 question. You hold your breath and wait for the final question. As the words slowly appear on the screen you read, “How many English Learners in your district are eligible for reclassification today based on their test scores and teacher approval?” Hmm, you definitely don’t have that number memorized. Perhaps you can phone a friend…

Topics: District Spotlights

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