Special Education, ESL or Both? The Case for Dual Language Assessment

Editors note: At Ellevation, we take pride in sharing insights from exceptional practitioners across the country about promising instructional models from the field. Here’s an article from Diane Staehr Fenner, president of DSF Consulting and an author of many works in the field of EL education. 

Recently published research starkly proves what many ELL educators already know: ELL students are routinely under or over-identified in Special Education programs. Too often, ELL students in need are denied special services because district professionals cannot differentiate between a language barrier or learning disability. Alternatively, many ELL students placed in Special Education programs have later been found to have no disability at all. Even when students are properly referred for special services, they may often receive the wrong types of services - witness the astonishingly high incidence of autism among Asian American students. Thousands of children and families may suffer as a result of misidentification.

Topics: Leadership, Standards & Instruction

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

Subscribe to Email Updates