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What is scaffolding instruction? Importance to MLs SupportEd’s approach

A scaffold is a temporary support teachers provide multilingual learners (MLs), so MLs can perform a task they are learning to perform independently. The ultimate goal of scaffolding is for MLs to be able to complete a similar task without the scaffold.

Scaffolds can help make rigorous grade-level curriculum accessible for MLs. Selecting the appropriate scaffolds is key to supporting MLs in being able to successfully engage with and complete the academic task. Scaffolds can be grouped into three categories: instructional materials, instructional practices, and instructional groupings.

In order to select appropriate scaffolds, you must know your MLs’ backgrounds, their strengths and needs, and understand the linguistic demands of the instructional tasks. SupportEd provides various solutions and practical tools to help build your understanding of scaffolds and how to use them to support your MLs’ content and language development. For a more detailed understanding of scaffolding for MLs, check out chapter 3 of Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible.

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Three Main Categories of
Scaffolds for Your MLs

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Suggested Scaffolds at Each Proficiency Level

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Scaffolded Unit
Planning

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May 2019 Webinar
Findings and Suggestions

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6 Steps to Consider When Supporting MLs in Accessing Complex Texts

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Books Books

Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible

In this eagerly anticipated revision of their bestselling book, authors Diane Staehr Fenner, Sydney Snyder, and Meghan Gregoire-Smith share dynamic, research-backed strategies that every educator of multilingual learners (MLs) can add to their repertoire. Including more of what educators loved from the first edition—authentic classroom examples, a wide variety of research-based instructional strategies, and practical tools to implement across grade levels and content areas—this is the ultimate practical guide to unlocking the potential of MLs in K-12 classrooms.

Self-Paced Learning Self-Paced Learning

Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential

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Scaffolding Content Instruction for MLs

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Strategies for Making Content Accessible to MLs

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Webinars Webinars

5 Practical Steps to Scaffold Lessons for Multilingual Learners 5 Practical Steps to Scaffold Lessons for Multilingual Learners

Do you often struggle with how to include Multilingual Learners (MLs) in meaningful ways in your instruction? Would you like to add some new tools to your toolbox to better support your MLs? This edWebinar provides a practical five-step framework and multiple strategies that you can use immediately to scaffold lessons for MLs so that they can engage with challenging grade-level content. You will leave the recorded presentation with:

  • Knowledge of how scaffolded instruction supports MLs’ language development and acquisition of complex content
  • A five-step framework to guide you in designing scaffolded content lessons to support MLs
  • Practical, implementable strategies for scaffolding content instruction for MLs of varying proficiency levels.

Presenters: Diane Staehr Fenner, and Heather Anderson, 2016 Oregon Teacher of the Year. Hosted by Tatum Moser

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5 Practical Steps to Scaffold Lessons for Multilingual Learners

Webinar Recap by Lily Jones