Using SEAL Practices in California to Fulfill the Promise of New ELD Standards

Editors note: At Ellevation, we take pride in sharing insights from exceptional practitioners across the country about good instructional models from the field. Here’s an article from one of our subscribers in California, Dawn Addis, a district-level educator on special assignment for English Learner and Intervention programs.

California is one of the most linguistically diverse states in the nation. Over 1 in 5 children (1.4 million) in our K-12 classrooms are learning English as an additional language. In fact, our education system serves more English learners than anywhere else in the US. For too long, English learner graduation rates have trailed far behind those of other students in our state. California must change this.  

Topics: Standards & Instruction

Teaching Language and Content with Comprehensible Input

Before I took my first class towards my ESL licensure, I had never heard of the term comprehensible input. At first, it seemed a bit complex and even intimidating. Now, after seven years as an ELL and classroom teacher, I can’t imagine my life as an educator without it.

Topics: Standards & Instruction

Searching for Instructional Experts to Join Summer Dream Team Teachers

Help_WantedWe are excited to announce that we are hiring teachers for part-time summer contract work to help us develop a new product feature aimed to improve classroom instruction and support for English language learners. This new feature, available later in the 2015-2016 school year, will deliver instructional strategy resources for classroom and content teachers.

Topics: Standards & Instruction

Challenges With ELL Specialist and Classroom Teacher Collaboration

We all know that collaboration is key to student success, especially as it relates to English language learners. And, we’ve certainly been talking about collaboration a lot lately. But what does collaboration look like in schools today? More importantly, what should it look like to ensure that schools and teachers get the desired results for their ELL students?  For perspective, we spoke with a few educators to understand what collaboration looks like in their districts today - the good and the bad.

Topics: Standards & Instruction

Effective Practices for Differentiating for ELLs in the Classroom

All teachers are teachers of language. In fact, English language acquisition happens best when the language has context and purpose.  So for classroom teachers working with ELLs, there is a tremendous opportunity to improve both English language development and content mastery. Collaborating with your ELL specialist will allow you to take students’ language instruction from an isolated part of the day to an embedded component of content and classroom teaching. Larry Ferlazzo’s article has some great tips that inspired me to share a powerful structure for lesson planning, delivery and assessment.

Topics: Standards & Instruction

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