The number of English Language Learners (ELLs) has risen by an astounding 61% in our nation’s public schools in the last 10 years posing an increased burden on English Language Learning in our already over-taxed schools struggling to meet the demands of the system-wide reforms mandated by No Child Left Behind (NCELA, 2007). Coupled with the demand for teaching English as a Second Language is acquiring knowledge about diverse cultural backgrounds, understanding the differing backgrounds of diverse learners, such as differences in schooling from their native country, interrupted learning, and varying levels of family literacy. The need of ELLs is not often just a student concern, but also a family concern.
The following best practices have been submitted by ALAS members:
Ivy League Project Academic Strategic Game Plan – by Martin Mares
Blending Learning + Deep Conceptual Learning = Success for ELLs – by Kevin Sotomayor, Prinicipal, Madison Park School of Dynamic Interactive LearningIncreasing Brain Fitness and Efficiency Helps ELLs Accelerate Academic Gains – by Dr. Sergio Páez, Manager of ELL, Worcester, MA Public Schools
Click here for more details on submitting “best practices” you have implemented in your districts or schools that can help others adopt strategies to ensure that ELLs have an equitable and excellent education that leads to academic success.
BEST PRACTICES SUBMISSION PROCESS
We are interested in identifying those “best practices” you have implemented in your districts, or schools that can help others adopt strategies to ensure that ELLs have an equitable and excellent education that leads to academic success. Using the template below, please identify those practices so that we might share them with others. We are interested in a variety of practices to include: Second Language Acquisition, Cultural Knowledge (culturally-responsive teaching practices), professional development for teachers in content areas; literacy instruction for adolescents in the content areas, family literacy instruction, etc. As you think about these practices, consider what the literature tells us about shared responsibility for language acquisition at the school level, the development of curriculum that supports language development as well as general academics, the integration of second language learners into mainstream environments, and flexible scheduling. We are interested in hearing about the innovative ways you are working with ELL students and their families!
Steps for submitting your ELL Best Practices.