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Bringing Immigrant Students into the Fold

As a high school teacher of English language learners (ELLs) at the Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School, one of my school goals is to teach students to be civically-engaged leaders. Because the English language learners at Kurt Hahn are mostly new to the country and 90 percent speak no English, they need direction to do this. Though they often find comfort, a new home and new language in my class, I want to continue to provide authentic learning opportunities and build ways for them to connect the world outside of our school, to American culture and to their own neighborhood communities.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Developed by a Canadian educator, this website provides educational web tools and mobile applications for teachers and educators.

English Learner Tool Kit

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) offers this online English Learner (EL) Tool Kit Resource to support states, districts and schools in meeting their legal obligations to ELs and ensuring access to quality education. Included in the tool kit are tools and resources for identifying ELs, delivering high quality EL programs, evaluating the effectiveness of EL programs, preventing unnecessary segregation, providing qualified staff, ensuring access to school programs and activities (including disability-related services), exiting ELs from EL programs at the appropriate time, monitoring students’ progress and supporting limited English proficient parents. The EL Tool Kit is a companion to the English Learner Guidance released jointly by ED and DOJ in January 2015.

Preparing All Teachers to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners

This 2012 Center for American Progress report explores the issues associated with teacher preparedness for teaching English language learners. As noted in its introduction, “this report summarizes key findings drawn from the literature on promising practices that all teachers can employ when working with ELLs.”

Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School

This What Works Clearinghouse practice guide provides four recommendations that address what works for English learners during reading and content area instruction. 

Teaching Channel - Modeling: The Digital Demo

This Teaching Channel video demonstrates an approach to digital modeling. It is applicable to all grades and subjects. This video runs two minutes in length.

Teaching Channel - The Multilingual Classroom

This Teaching Channel video demonstrates a variety of strategies supporting English language learners. This video runs 14 minutes in length.


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