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3 Ways to Maximize EL Student Learning in Group Work

Questions for Self-Assessment with Expert “Do’s and Don’ts”



This infographic shares the do’s and don’ts of EL group work and provides three key self-reflection questions to help you reflect on and refine your teaching strategy.

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5 Pillars of Equitably Grading ELs

The 5 Pillars of Equitably Grading ELs Infographic



This infographic provides insight into nationwide EL grading challenges as well as expert suggestions to address common issues with EL grading in your contexts.

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5 Strategies to Position English Learners for Success

SupportEd’s Top 5 Strategies to Position ELs for Success This Year



Whether you’re a content, ESOL, bilingual teacher or administrator, this infographic will help you refine classroom strategy and position your ELs for success in the upcoming school year.

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10 Keys for Developing an English Learner Master Plan

SupportEd’s 10 Key Components to EL Master Plan DevelopmentpportEd’s Tips in Response to Educators’ Questions



EL Master Plans bring together the necessary elements of EL education: high-quality standards, effective instructional principles, assessment, research, and professional development. We drew from our experience in EL Master Plan development to share our ten keys and provide a roadmap for supporting your ELs in reaching their full academic potential. Click here to read our full 10 Keys for Developing an EL Master Plan blog post.

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Four Practices for Fostering ELs’ Oral Language Development

Practices to Engage ELs in Academic Conversations and Encourage Oral Language Development



Despite the proven benefits of academic conversations, many ELs are still provided insufficient opportunities to engage in oral language activities and often remain largely silent during instruction. This sketch note proposes four practices to foster greater EL engagement and participation in academic conversations. Click here to read our corresponding blog post that details each practice and provides examples.

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Making Text Accessible to ELs Infographic

May 2019 Webinar Findings and SupportEd’s Tips in Response to Educators’ Questions



This infographic shares insights into nationwide challenges of making text accessible to ELs and strategies for making complex text more accessible to our ELs.

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Overcoming Barriers to EL Family Engagement

4 Steps to Removing Obstacles and Fostering Greater EL Family Engagement



We know family engagement plays a key role in supporting our ELs and setting them up for success. This sketch note shares four steps to overcoming common family engagement barriers and fostering stronger relationships with EL families. Click here to read our corresponding blog post that discusses why family engagement matters, what it looks like, and steps you can take to overcome obstacles that might be preventing EL family participation in your school.

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The State of EL Advocacy Infographic

The State of EL Advocacy, According to Educators Infographica



This infographic provides insight into nationwide EL advocacy challenges and suggestions to address common advocacy issues in your contexts.

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Supporting English Learners’ Oral Language Development

SupportEd’s Tips to Support ELs’ Oral Language Development Through Academic Conversations



This infographic shares insights into nationwide challenges of EL oral language development and strategies to increase EL support in academic conversations.

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Supporting Undocumented Students Applying to College

4 Advocacy Steps



There is still a great deal of confusion around undocumented students applying to college and the added layer of complications they face, and applying to college is stressful enough without being undocumented. As educators, we owe it to our students to help them navigate this complicated and murky process. This sketch note shares four steps you can take to support undocumented students who want to apply to college. You can also click here to read our corresponding blog post.

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Three Strategies for Promoting ELs’ Assets

Shifting from a Deficit to an Assets-Based Disposition



Engaging in an assets-based approach with ELs requires a shift in our thinking. We must shift from what we believe is lacking in our students in order to recognize and promote the strengths and assets they already possess and contribute to their classrooms. This sketch note shares three replicable ways to better promote ELs’ assets within your school; you can also click here to read our corresponding blog post that details each suggestion and discusses the importance in shifting from a deficit to an assets-based disposition.

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Ways to Make Text More Accessible to ELs

6 Steps to Consider When Supporting ELs in Accessing Complex Texts



Making text accessible to our ELs can be quite the challenge, and finding a starting point can be even more difficult. Are you leveraging strategies and resources to maximize support and provide your ELs an equitable education experience? This sketch note share six steps to consider when supporting ELs in accessing complex, grade level text. Click here to read our corresponding blog post that details each step and explores specific examples to help support your ELs in accessing the texts you choose.

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5 Pillars of Equitably Grading ELs

Resources for Equitably Grading ELs



This bundle of three resources offers original, practical tools to help support you as you work towards the equitable grading of ELs.

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Advocating for English Learners PLC and Book Study Questions

Questions to Facilitate Educators’ Discussions of the Book



Many school districts are using Diane Staehr Fenner’s book Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators as a foundation for their book study or Professional Learning Community (PLC). To help guide educators’ discussions around the topics in this book, we’ve designed discussion questions framed around the book’s chapters. We encourage you to download this useful list of questions and launch your own groups to focus on advocating for English Learners.

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Categories of Scaffolds and Examples

Once you have a foundation of EL scaffolds, it’s important to consider different scaffolding categories to maximize the ways in which your ELs can benefit. Use our “Categories of Scaffolds and Examples” graphic to break down the three main categories of EL scaffolds and incorporate some of our examples into your instruction.

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Culturally Responsive Unit Planning Template

Plan your units with Culturally Responsive Teaching in mind.

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Cyber Learning Environments for ELs

Two Types of Cyber Learning Environments for ELs At-A-Glance



The temporary closure of brick and mortar schools is worldwide, unprecedented, and ongoing. Teachers are called to quickly figure out how to educate students in a distance learning environment, and the disruption and confusion experienced by all students may be compounded exponentially for ELs and their families. This resource shares the two types of cyber learning environments–synchronous and asynchronous–and considerations for EL distance learning.

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Creating a Welcoming Environment for English Learners (ELs) and Their Families

A Checklist for Schools



This checklist is a tool that you can use to evaluate the steps your school is taking to make ELs and their families feel welcome. Once you have assessed what you are currently doing, you can set goals for creating a more welcoming environment at your school.

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Formative Assessment Choice Board

Tic-Tac-Toe Formative Assessment Choice Board



Now more than ever, we recognize the sense of urgency around assessment and equity as many ELs continue navigating distance learning. Our tic-tac-toe Formative Assessment Choice Board provides a variety of task options for ELs to demonstrate their understanding of content and increase assessment validity. Tailor tasks to ELs’ proficiency levels, strengths, and needs, provide different boards for different students, and embed appropriate scaffolds for tasks.

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Possible Barriers to EL Family Engagement and Solutions

Possible Barriers to EL Family Engagement and Solutions



This tool offers six possible barriers to EL family engagement and solutions. We invite you and your colleagues to use this tool to facilitate conversation around shaping a welcoming environment for EL students and their families.

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Reflection Tool for ELs Returning to School in 2020

Five Areas of Considerations for the Upcoming School Year



After an unexpected pivot to distance learning, teachers are now starting to look ahead and plan for what the instruction of ELs might look like this fall. This tool will help you reflect on five areas that are crucial for ELs in the upcoming school year and can be leveraged by educators providing distance learning exclusively, face-to-face instruction with social distancing, or a combination of both practices.

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Suggested Scaffolds at Each Proficiency Level

Guidelines for Selecting the Right Scaffolds for Your ELs



All teachers who work with ELs need strategies and tools to support ELs in accessing challenging content and acquiring academic language. Our “Suggested Scaffolds at Each Proficiency Level” tool makes it easy to select appropriate scaffolding based on English language proficiency levels (ELP) so you can establish a framework for mapping your scaffolds to students’ ELP level.

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What I Know About My EL

A Guide for Learning About Your EL Students



Use this tool to help you and your colleagues expand knowledge and leverage valuable information about your EL students. Explore items such as home languages, educational experiences, family backgrounds, and more to better understand each student and support their success within and beyond the classroom.

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