English Learners

The Nov/Dec issue of Leadership has a very nice article on supporting English Learners. Among the steps discussed were providing ELD classes, English courses that met college entrance requirements, careful placement based on multiple criteria, ongoing assessments, PD for teachers of English Learners, “pep talks”, advanced courses in L1, special recognition for students at graduation with more than one language, and reclassification celebrations. I enjoyed the article in particular because it did not speak of English Learners in the deficit mode but as bringing value and encouraging that value. The positive assessment results show that building on strengths is a better approach than trying to “fix” kids.

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