Posted on 09/18/2017 at 09:05 AM by Blog Experts

Today, we, as educators, are charged with serving all students based on their unique educational needs. Many states have adopted or created new standards for college and career readiness. Just recently the state of Iowa adopted new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards. Educating English Learners can be exciting, yet at the same time, challenging. The authors of Engaging English Learners Through Access to Standards: A Team-Based Approach to Schoolwide Student Achievement 1st Addition, urge administrators and educators to implement a differentiated approach; emphasizing the learning of content, thinking, and academic language; and to do so in research-based and creative ways. How? With a team-based approach that is focused on a clear and shared vision. The authors of this book discuss how schools and districts can implement the Engage Model. This model is built on 5 key components.  

  • Establish a shared vision grounded in deep understanding of ELs.
  • Name and capitalize upon relevant expertise within collaborative teams.
  • Gather and analyze EL-specific data.
  • Align standards-based assessments and grading with ELs' current levels of linguistic and content development.
  • Ground standards-based instruction in both content and language development.
  • Examine results to inform and drive next steps.  

This is a great read!

Book:  Engaging English Learners Through Access to Standards: A Team-Based Approach to Schoolwide Student Achievement, 1st Addition

Authors: Shelley Fairbairn and Stephaney Jones-Vo

Copyright 2016 by Corwin  

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