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

The Stress of Testing: How to Keep Your Cool and Calm Your Students

Mike Maiello is an ESL teacher at Fremont Elementary School in Carson City, Nevada and a member of Ellevation’s 2015 Dream Team.

It’s that time of year again, and I’m not talking about the holidays or spring break. Whether you’re administering new tests, implementing online assessments for the first time, or struggling to keep up with your classroom schedule, chances are you might be a little stressed right now. I know I am.  

Topics: District Spotlights, Teacher Tips

Napa Valley Schools: Take the Dread out of Collecting Teacher Feedback

Who’s ready for a math problem? Let’s say you have 4,000 English Learners in your district. After spending weeks pulling together data to track which students are ready to be reclassified, you finally identify 1,242 students that might be - cross your fingers - ready to exit the program. With a sigh of relief, you realize that half of your students are at the elementary level, so you only need to collect one teacher input form for each of them.

Topics: District Spotlights

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