Supporting Our ELLs/MLLs

Jan 19, 2022 by Aqua Stovall

I would like to take a moment to wish you a safe and happy new year where we continue to grow and shine, overcoming our challenges with courage. The new year brings new beginnings and fresh starts. While most beginnings are positive, many of our English Language Learners (ELLs) and Multi Language Learners (MLLs) face a host of challenges as they begin their journeys in our schools. We call on all schools to spend this new year developing solution...

Language Acquisition for Learning Exceptionalities

Jan 18, 2022

English Language Learners (ELL) who are struggling in general education classrooms can present a puzzle. Are the student’s challenges due to their language acquisition or learning exceptionalities? Research shows that most ELLs are either over-identified or under-identified as eligible for special education services when compared to non-ELLs (Artiles, Rueda, Salazar, & Higareda, 2005; Zehler et al., 2003).  Within the managed ch...

Assessments for ELLs/MLLs

Jan 17, 2022

Assessing progress for English Language Learners can be tricky; most assessments rely on reading comprehension and writing skills. While these will help teachers gauge a student’s progress in English Language proficiency, they probably won’t capture the student’s progress toward instructional goals or provide the teacher meaningful feedback on instructional practices. To assess a students progress without language creating a bar...

Academic Parent Teacher Teams for English Language Learners

Jan 16, 2022

We know based on national averages that around 1 in 10 kids have learning disabilities. The same statistics should hold true for our English Language Learners as well. The intersectionality of being an English Language Learner and a student with exceptionalities can make forming effective academic parent/teacher teams a challenge.  The Department of Education recommends asking these questions: Does the IEP or Section 504 team include ...
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