Posted on 02/11/2014 at 07:57 AM by Global Reach
Trends in educating ELL students are ever changing. The emphasis today among researchers and educators is how to consider the needs of ELLs when implementing the common-core academic standards. That discussion fits into a larger discussion of how ELLs can best gain access to the core curriculum in schools, which is their right under federal law.
Another area of study is how to implement response to intervention, a tiered approach to supporting struggling students, with ELLs, and how to change a whole school to create an environment conducive to learning for ELLs. It is widely accepted that providing professional development for all teachers on how to work with ELLs, not just ELL teachers and specialists, is endorsed.
The linked brief: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/application-for-english-learners.pdf from the authors of the Common Core State Standards offers general suggestions for implementing the standards with ELLs. A similar linked document is also available for students with disabilities.http://www.corestandards.org/assets/application-for-english-learners.
An ancillary document, also available on the CCSS website (www.corestandards.org), gives some general guidelines for applying the standards to ELLs that schools are recommended to provide. Check it out at the following link: http://www.nassp.org/tabid/3788/default.aspx?topic=The_Common_Core_Challenge_for_ELLs